Indiana reports 50 more COVID-19 deaths as cases, hospitalizations surge

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported another increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, along with 50 more deaths from the virus.

The health department reported 5,240 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number of cases in the daily report since Jan. 9, when 6,045 new cases were reported.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 jumped from 2,513 Tuesday to 2,602 on Wednesday, the largest number since Jan. 8, when 2,678 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus. More than a third (33.6%) of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients.

The 50 new deaths due to COVID-19 lifted the cumulative total to 14,308 during the pandemic. The seven-day moving average of new deaths rose from 18 to 19 per day, the health department said.

The state released the latest statistics for so-called breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, reflecting data through Sept. 2. The numbers, which are updated weekly, showed that 22,666 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 523 required hospitalization and 144 died. The average age of a breakthrough death was 79 years old.

More than 3.14 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m. after a daily increase of 6,714.

Following are the latest COVID-19 numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health. The department updates its data daily based on information received through 11:59 p.m. the previous day.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 5,240

Total cumulative cases: 894,516

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 50

Total cumulative deaths: 14,308

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 13,232

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,013,398

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 22.3%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.6%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 20%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 11.6%**

** 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. 9)

First dose administered: 3,166,079 (daily increase of 5,647)

Fully vaccinated: 3,147,716 (daily increase of 6,714)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 122,136 (increase of 725)

Marion County new deaths: 3

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,914

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

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 11.5%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 42,070

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 21,082

Johnson County cumulative cases: 22,553

Madison County cumulative cases: 16,389

Boone County cumulative cases: 8,034

Hancock County cumulative cases: 10,248

Morgan County cumulative cases: 8,397

Shelby County cumulative cases: 6,138

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 33.6%

Available ICU beds: 16.4%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Thursday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 40,480,607

U.S. deaths: 652,993

Global cases: 222,782,099

Global deaths: 4,600,027

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