The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported another record for new COVID-19 cases and 150 more deaths from the virus. Hospitalizations continued to climb.
The department said 15,277 more people have tested positive for COVID. That tops the previous high mark of 12,960 reported by the state on Wednesday.
Marion County reported 2,753 new COVID-19 cases and 22 more deaths.
The 150 new deaths raised the pandemic total to 18,794. The state has reported 361 deaths over the past three days, an average of 120 per day.
The health department said 3,303 were hospitalized with the virus as of Wednesday, an increase from 3,260 the previous day. That’s the highest mark since Dec. 2, 2020, when 3,362 people were hospitalized. The pandemic peak was 3,460, reached on Nov. 30, 2020.
COVID patients occupy 36.2% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds. The state has only 9.5% of its ICU beds available overall.
The state released the latest statistics for breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, reflecting cumulative data through Dec. 30. The numbers, which are updated weekly, showed that 132,247 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 2,296 required hospitalization and 1,201 died. The average age of a breakthrough death was 79 years old.
More than 3.57 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m. More than 1.4 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.
The department said 59.5% of Indiana residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.
*New COVID-19 cases: 15,277
Total cumulative cases: 1,314,688
New deaths: 150
Total cumulative deaths: 18,794
New tested individuals: 12,409
Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,803,990
Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 27%
Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 9.4%
Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 32.5%**
Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 20.8%**
** 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: 176,376 (increase of 2,753)
Marion County new deaths: 22
Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,408
Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 43.5%
Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 31.3%
Hamilton County cumulative cases: 62,396
Hendricks County cumulative cases: 30,873
Johnson County cumulative cases: 32,719
Madison County cumulative cases: 25,139
Boone County cumulative cases: 11,695
Hancock County cumulative cases: 15,995
Morgan County cumulative cases: 12,267
Shelby County cumulative cases: 10,018
Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Jan. 6, 2022)
First dose administered: 3,653,375 (daily increase of 6,802)
Fully vaccinated: 3,572,863 (daily increase of 4,256)
Booster doses: 1,444,231 (daily increase of 18,837)
Indiana intensive care unit usage
ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 36.2%
Available ICU beds: 9.5%