Indiana reports 28 new COVID deaths, decline in hospitalizations

The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported 28 more deaths from COVID-19, raising the cumulative total to 14,864.

The seven-day moving average of new deaths dropped from 27 to 24 per day, the health department said.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 dropped from 2,436 on Wednesday to 2,336 on Thursday, down from a recent peak of 2,676 on Sept. 10. Just over 30% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients.

The state also reported 3,659 new cases of COVID-19, down from 3,936 the previous day.

More than 3.23 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m., after a daily increase of 4,998. Department statistics say 58.9% of Indiana residents 18 and older are now fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 3,659

Total cumulative cases: 944,708

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 28

Total cumulative deaths: 14,864

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 11,211

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,142,033

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 22.8%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.7%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 19.9%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 10.7%**

** 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–Sept. 23)

First dose administered: 3,228,094 (daily increase of 3,072)

Fully vaccinated: 3,232,246 (daily increase of 4,998)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 128,705 (increase of 457)

Marion County new deaths: 4

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,987

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 18.3%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 11.1%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 43,980

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 22,354

Johnson County cumulative cases: 23,685

Madison County cumulative cases: 17,439

Boone County cumulative cases: 8,417

Hancock County cumulative cases: 10,886

Morgan County cumulative cases: 8,895

Shelby County cumulative cases: 6,616

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 30.3%

Available ICU beds: 16.3%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of  Thursday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 42,564,782

U.S. deaths: 681,510

Global cases: 230,260,582

Global deaths: 4,722,201

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