Indiana reports 150 more deaths as COVID cases surge to another high

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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.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 15,277

Total cumulative cases: 1,314,688

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 150

Total cumulative deaths: 18,794

COVID-19 testing

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.

County numbers

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

COVID-19 vaccinations

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%

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6 thoughts on “Indiana reports 150 more deaths as COVID cases surge to another high

  1. Whatever. This needs to spread and keep spreading. The curve will go up and then it will go sharply down in a month or two. Work from home, home schooling, shutdowns, etc. will only prolong the inevitable spread of this Omicron variant. Unvaccinated people need to be exposed to get the antibodies and if they are too dumb to not have already gotten the vaccine and they have complications from COVID they have no one to look to but themselves. Otherwise, this is essentially a cold if you are vaccinated and perhaps the foolishly stubborn who haven’t been vaccinated yet might finally have the light bulb go on due to the current increase in cases.

    1. Yeah, Michael, but the problem is even Omicron will cause some severe cases among the unvaxxed…which will make the hospital crisis even worse for longer.

  2. Hate to say it Chris, but so be it for the unvaxxed. Like I said, the spike curve will go up sharply and then fall sharply regardless…unless we start seeing some very unwise decisions as far as shutdowns are concerned. The media would love nothing more for that to happen so that the sheeple can sit in front of their TV’s and computer and be scared and told what to do.

    1. As someone who’s been saying the same thing for awhile, It’s amazing how much resistance there is to letting the unvaccinated die, Michael.

      “What about the obese or smokers or elderly?”, they say.

      Of course, they can’t reference a time when not only were obese people taking up 30% of beds at the same time, but also getting the health care professionals taking care of them sick at the same time.