Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Indiana have jumped past the 3,000 mark, their highest level in almost a year, according to the latest figures from the Indiana State Department of Health.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, the department reported another 90 deaths from COVID-19, raising the total death toll to 17,562. The seven-day average of deaths from COVID rose from 20 to 28 per day.
The department said reported COVID hospitalizations rose from 2,934 on Sunday to 3,020 on Monday. That’s the highest mark since Dec. 22, when hospitalizations reached 3,123. The pandemic high was 3,460 on Nov. 20, 2020.
Hospitalizations from COVID have climbed 30% since Dec. 1 and 126% over the past month.
COVID patients now occupy 32.9% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.
The department also reported 4,057 new cases of COVID, up from 3,005 the previous day. The seven-day moving average of cases is at 4,510 per day.
No new cases of the new Omicron variant have yet to be officially reported in Indiana. The state said 96.1% of samples tested this month for variant have been the Delta variant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday said the omicron variant is rapidly spreading in the United States and could peak in a massive wave of infections as soon as January, according to new modeling.
At such a pace, the highly mutated variant of the coronavirus could ratchet up pressure on a health system already strained in many places as the delta variant continues its own late-autumn surge.
More than 3.5 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday at 5 a.m. after a daily increase of 4,669. More than 1 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.
The department said 60.9% of Indiana residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.
*New COVID-19 cases: 4,057
Total cumulative cases: 1,166,283
New deaths: 90
Total cumulative deaths: 17,562
New tested individuals: 5,793
Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,632,833
Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 25%
Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.8%
Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 26.6%**
Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 14.3%**
** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.
Marion County cumulative cases: 150,483 (increase of 462)
Marion County new deaths: 7
Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,287
Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 21.4%
Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 11.9%
Hamilton County cumulative cases: 53,473
Hendricks County cumulative cases: 27,333
Johnson County cumulative cases: 28,714
Madison County cumulative cases: 22,120
Boone County cumulative cases: 10,215
Hancock County cumulative cases: 13,757
Morgan County cumulative cases: 10,875
Shelby County cumulative cases: 8,806
Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Dec. 14, 2021)
First dose administered: 3,553,124 (daily increase of 4,500)
Fully vaccinated: 3,505,850 (daily increase of 4,669)
Booster doses: 1,095,980 (daily increase of 18,473)
Indiana intensive care unit usage
ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 32.9%
Available ICU beds: 19.6%