Indiana COVID-19 hospitalizations up 31% over past two weeks as cases rise

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Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have risen more than 31% over the past two weeks amid a recent escalation in cases, according to the latest statistics from the Indiana State Department of Health.

Hospitalizations rose from 1,515 on Wednesday to 1,585 on Thursday, the highest number since Oct. 15. COVID patients occupy 17.9% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.

The state health department on Friday reported 3,767 more cases of COVID-19, increasing the pandemic total to 1,069,450. The moving average of daily cases has climbed from 1,660 at the beginning of the month to 2,848, an increase of 71.6%.

Another 26 deaths from COVID-19 were reported to the state on Thursday, raising the total to 16,673. An average of 16 deaths have occurred daily over the past seven days.

More than 3.4 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday at 5 a.m. after a daily increase of 2,941. Meanwhile, more than 654,000 Hoosiers have already gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 60.2% of Indiana residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

The state released the latest statistics for so-called breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, reflecting data through Nov. 11. The numbers, which are updated weekly, showed that 66,428 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 1,329 required hospitalization and 714 died. The average age of a breakthrough death was 78 years old.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 3,767

Total cumulative cases: 1,069,450

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 26

Total cumulative deaths: 16,673

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 7,896

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,466,410

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 23.8%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.6%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 19.3%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 10%**

** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14–Nov. 19)

First dose administered: 3,437,850 (daily increase of 7,047)

Fully vaccinated: 3,411,058 (daily increase of 2,941)

Booster doses: 654,900 (daily increase of 21,376)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 141,190 (increase of 364)

Marion County new deaths: 3

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,203

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 13.3%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 7.1%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 48,867

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 25,141

Johnson County cumulative cases: 26,508

Madison County cumulative cases: 20,098

Boone County cumulative cases: 9,460

Hancock County cumulative cases: 12,427

Morgan County cumulative cases: 9,970

Shelby County cumulative cases: 7,818

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 17.9%

Available ICU beds: 22.1%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Friday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 47,565,504

U.S. deaths: 769,163

Global cases: 256,430,998

Global deaths: 5,137,400

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8 thoughts on “Indiana COVID-19 hospitalizations up 31% over past two weeks as cases rise

    1. Ryan H. – Your statement tells me you are an anti-vaxxer (a denier, if you will). You won’t hear Tucker Carlson telling you this, but ample existing research demonstrates the vaccines dramatically reduce the odds of getting infected, and the the few people who de get infected have milder cases that often don’t require hospitalizations. Unfortunately, for those who are vaccinated and have serious underlying conditions, like Gen. Colin Powell, vaccines only go so far.

  1. It’s pretty simple. Follow and trust the Science. Your parents did, and we don’t have to worry about diptheria, whooping cough or polio, mumps, measles, etc. You were vaccinated before you could go to elementary school. That’s because your Mom and Dad made sure you wouldn’t get sick and you wouldn’t make anyone else sick.

    You don’t have to get the shot, but please don’t infect all of us. Just don’t go……….Anywhere.