Indiana reports 51 more COVID deaths, drop in hospitalizations

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 51 deaths from COVID-19, raising the cumulative total to 15,883.

The  seven-day moving average of new deaths remained at 19 per day, the health department said.

The department reported 2,023 more cases of COVID-19, up from 1,593 the previous day. The cumulative total rose to 1,003,647.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 decreased from 1,551 on Monday to 1,475 , their lowest number since Aug. 15. Hospitalizations reached a recent peak of 2,687 on Sept. 13. COVID patients occupy almost 19% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.

More than 3.3 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m., after a daily increase of 2,852. More than 247,000 Hoosiers have already gotten vaccine boosters, after a daily increase of 5,690.

The health department said 59% of Indiana residents 18 and older are now fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 2,023

Total cumulative cases: 1,003,647

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 51

Total cumulative deaths: 15,883

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 7,129

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,309,438

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 23.3%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.6%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 16.8%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 8.6%**

** 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–Oct. 20)

First dose administered: 3,303,693 (daily increase of 5,690)

Fully vaccinated: 3,343,857 (daily increase of 2,852)

Booster doses: 247,571 (daily increase of 5,690)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 135,107 (increase of 198)

Marion County new deaths: 2

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,116

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 12.5%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 7.1%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 46,217

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 23,795

Johnson County cumulative cases: 25,007

Madison County cumulative cases: 18,694

Boone County cumulative cases: 8,891

Hancock County cumulative cases: 11,682

Morgan County cumulative cases: 9,438

Shelby County cumulative cases: 7,171

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 18.9%

ICU beds in use by non-COVID-19 patients: 57.1%

Available ICU beds: 23.9%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Wednesday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 45,150,490

U.S. deaths: 728,671

Global cases: 241,755,779

Global deaths: 4,916,944

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