Indiana reports 137 more COVID-19 deaths as cases climb past 1.5M

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported 137 more deaths from COVID-19, raising the official pandemic death toll to 19,898.

The state’s seven-day average of new deaths from COVID rose from 41 to 44 per day.

The state reported 16,539 new cases of COVID, up from 16,502 in Wednesday’s report. The count was the second-highest of the pandemic, trailing only Jan. 14’s mark of 16,563.

More than 1.5 million cases of COVID—1,506,866—have been officially identified in Indiana.

Every county in Indiana was colored red on the state’s advisory-level map Thursday for the second day in a row. 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 seven-day positivity rate for all tests of 15% or more.

The state said 74.3% of COVID test samples checked for their variant strain in January have been the Omicron variant while 25.3% were the Delta variant.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations rose from 3,492 on Tuesday to 3,506 on Wednesday, the second-highest mark of all time. The pandemic high was 3,519 on Jan. 13. COVID patients occupy 39.2% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds. The state has 10.4% of its ICU beds available overall.

The state released the latest statistics for breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, reflecting cumulative data through Jan. 13. The numbers, which are updated weekly, showed that 218,793 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 2,776 required hospitalization and 1,367 died. The average age of a breakthrough death was 79 years old.

More than 3.6 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thurssday at 5 a.m. More than 1.6 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 60% of Indiana residents 12 and older and 62% of residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 16,539

Total cumulative cases: 1,506,866

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 137

Total cumulative deaths: 19,898

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 12,282

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,945,391

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 29.6%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 10.2%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 44%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 29.9%**

** 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: 205,689 (increase of 1,797)

Marion County new deaths: 24

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,545

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 46.4%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 34.6%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 72,876

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 36,427

Johnson County cumulative cases: 38,300

Madison County cumulative cases: 29,024

Boone County cumulative cases: 13,514

Hancock County cumulative cases: 18,686

Morgan County cumulative cases: 14,409

Shelby County cumulative cases: 11,649

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Jan. 20, 2022)

First dose administered: 3,711,913 (daily increase of 3,356)

Fully vaccinated: 3,618,086 (daily increase of 3,395)

Booster doses: 1,615,254 (daily increase of 7,898)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 39.2%

Available ICU beds: 10.4%

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4 thoughts on “Indiana reports 137 more COVID-19 deaths as cases climb past 1.5M

    1. IK!! Awful! Bad! I suggest you move to a Democrat Heaven like IL or NY where Covid is completely under control.

    2. Chuck, how many times do you need to be told that there are Republicans in every state, and they are the ones who are primarily responsible for continuing the spread since they are not vaccinated. It won’t help to move to a blue state.