Indiana reports 31 more COVID deaths, dip in hospitalizations

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported 31 more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the pandemic total in the state to 15,165.

The seven-day moving average of new deaths remained at 28 per day, the health department said.

The department reported 3,482 new cases of COVID-19, up from 2,888 cases the previous day.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 decreased from 2,129 on Tuesday to 2,055 on Wednesday, the department said. That’s the lowest number in more than a month. About 26% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients.

More than 3.26 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m., after an increase of 2,467. Department statistics say 59.5% of Indiana residents 18 and older are now fully vaccinated.

The state released the latest statistics for so-called breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, reflecting data through Sept. 26. The numbers, which are updated weekly, showed that 39,176 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 845 required hospitalization and 334 died. The average age of a breakthrough death was 79 years old.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 3,482

Total cumulative cases: 962,808

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 31

Total cumulative deaths: 15,165

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 9,872

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,192,449

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 23%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.6%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 18.6%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 9.8%**

** 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. 30)

First dose administered: 3,250,562 (daily increase of 2,014)

Fully vaccinated: 3,266,854 (daily increase of 2,467)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 130,870 (increase of 468)

Marion County new deaths: 5

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,025

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 16.4%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 9.4%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 44,689

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 22,793

Johnson County cumulative cases: 24,077

Madison County cumulative cases: 17,795

Boone County cumulative cases: 8,565

Hancock County cumulative cases: 11,140

Morgan County cumulative cases: 9,071

Shelby County cumulative cases: 6,799

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 25.9%

ICU beds in use by non-COVID-19 patients: 57.5%

Available ICU beds: 19.2%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of  Thursday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 43,392,163

U.S. deaths: 695,829

Global cases: 233,518,049

Global deaths: 4,778,083

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