Indiana COVID hospitalizations slip 27% from peak

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Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have fallen 27% since reaching a pandemic high of 3,519 on Jan. 13, according to numbers posted by the Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday.

COVID hospitalizations slipped from 2,705 on Tuesday to 2,567 on Wednesday. The last time they were above 3,000 was Jan. 26, when they stood at 3,013.

The health department said COVID patients occupy 27.3% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds. The state has 12.1% of its ICU beds available overall.

The department reported 6,615 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, for a total of 1,642,625.

The state reported 57 additional deaths from COVID on Thursday, for a total of 20,856. According to the state, COVID death have averaged 37 per day for the last seven days.

Every county in Indiana was colored red on the state’s advisory-level map Thursday. Red is the highest level on the four-color map, which means every county is seeing at least 200 new cases week per 100,000 residents and a seven-day positivity rate for all tests of 15% or more.

The state said 100% of COVID test samples checked for their variant strain on Jan. 17 were the Omicron variant. That marked the first time since April 19 that no trace of the Delta variant was detected.

More than 3.65 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m. More than 1.67 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 56.1% of Indiana residents 5 and older and 60.3% of residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

New COVID-19 cases: 6,615

Total cumulative cases: 1,6,42,625

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 57

Total cumulative deaths: 20,856

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 6,604

Total cumulative tested individuals: 5,039,558

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 31.4%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 10.7%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 41%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 26.2%**

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

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 219,573 (increase of 644)

Marion County new deaths: 6

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,684

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 32.6%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 23.8%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 79,304

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 39,708

Johnson County cumulative cases: 41,294

Madison County cumulative cases: 31,717

Boone County cumulative cases: 14,613

Hancock County cumulative cases: 20,171

Morgan County cumulative cases: 15,976

Shelby County cumulative cases: 13,179

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Feb. 3, 2022)

First dose administered: 3,738,352 (daily increase of 1,478)

Fully vaccinated: 3,650,268 (daily increase of 2,060)

Booster doses: 1,676,611 (daily increase of 3,691)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 27.3%

Available ICU beds: 12.1%

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9 thoughts on “Indiana COVID hospitalizations slip 27% from peak

    1. Denmark also has a much higher vaccination rate than most other countries, has mandated masks and vaccinations to go out in public multiple times during the pandemic, and has only 32 people in the ICU for a country of 6 million. We’ve got 550, best I can tell, for our state of 7 million.

      So if you want to be like Denmark, sure, I’m on board. But we haven’t done the hard work up front to enable us to get to where they are, nor are we as Americans interested in that.

  1. Like so many games, the Covid-19 game is a poster-child example of … whoever keeps score wins!

    We don’t need no stinkin’ comorbidity statistics … nothing to see here.

    What a headline … a 27% “slip”. IBJ staff should suffer a 27% pay cut … and see if they headline that a “slip”.

  2. “Slipped” implies a negative movement ie. “The S&P 500 slipped from its high of 4,700”. Shouldn’t a decrease in hospitalization be referred to as a positive?

  3. The use of the word “slip” got the hair on the back of my neck up too. I agree with Adam B. that “slip” implies a negative and this is a positive, but what really irritates me is how the IBJ (in this forum and in Eight@8) consistently use the word “surge” to describe ANY increase in COVID cases or hospitalizations, then use the word “slip” to describe a 27% decrease. Wouldn’t “plummet” or something similar be more consistent with the opposite “surge”? You know that if hospitalizations INCREASED by 27%, IBJ would not say they “ticked up.” I know, I know – drama sells media.