Indiana reports 55 more deaths from COVID-19, rise in cases

The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported 55 more deaths from COVID-19, raising the total death toll to 17,704. The state has reported 232 deaths over the past three days. The seven-day average of deaths from COVID rose from 31 to 32 per day.

The health department reported 5,486 new cases of COVID, up from 4,732 the previous day. The seven-day moving average of cases is at 4,409  per day.

The department said reported COVID hospitalizations dipped from 3,058 on Tuesday to 3,029 on Wednesday. The pandemic high was 3,460 on Nov. 20, 2020.

COVID patients now occupy 35.4% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.

More than 3.5 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m. after a daily increase of 5,471. More than 1.1 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 60.9% of Indiana residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 5,486

Total cumulative cases: 1,176,411

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 55

Total cumulative deaths: 17,704

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 9,605

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,649,119

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 25.2%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.8%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 25.5%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 14%**

** 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: 151,570 (increase of 697)

Marion County new deaths: 4

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,300

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 21.5%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 12%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 53,880

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 27,587

Johnson County cumulative cases: 28,975

Madison County cumulative cases: 22,348

Boone County cumulative cases: 10,301

Hancock County cumulative cases: 13,918

Morgan County cumulative cases: 10,972

Shelby County cumulative cases: 8,926

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Dec. 16, 2021)

First dose administered: 3,564,608 (daily increase of 6,905)

Fully vaccinated: 3,515,356 (daily increase of 5,471)

Booster doses: 1,143,869 (daily increase of 28,401)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 35.4%

Available ICU beds: 13.2%

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7 thoughts on “Indiana reports 55 more deaths from COVID-19, rise in cases

  1. IBJ- why is there no data on what % of the cases/hospitalizations/deaths are vaccinated? Seems like that would by far be the most relevant story, unless the data doesn’t fit the narrative so the “experts” don’t want to talk about it….

    1. Chuck, according to the Indiana Hospital Association, 95% of those hospitalized in November were unvaccinated.

      And according to WIBC’s Eric Berman, here are the latest stats.

      “Week ending Dec 9: 9,836 #COVID19 cases among fully #vaccinated Hoosiers, with 162 hospitalizations and 77 deaths. 70% of cases and deaths, and 91% of hospitalizations, were #unvaccinated.

      Since Nov 4 (approx start of Nov surge):
      71% of #COVID cases were #unvaccinated
      90% of hospitalizations
      66% of deaths

      Since Jan 18 (1st full #vaccinations):
      83% of cases
      95% of hospitalizations
      88% of deaths

      2.68% of #vaccinated Hoosiers have tested positive
      .05% hosp
      .03% died”

      Here’s a link to his Twitter where he put this but some find links to Twitter triggering.

      Now, what’s the narrative you were going to try to create … pandemic of the vaccinated? Or just more whining that the COVID vaccines are a failure because they doesn’t prevent 100% of infections?

    2. The state does not update information on breakthrough cases on a daily basis, but we have reported the numbers several times in the past few months and I’m sure we will again in the not-to-distant future. One quick unofficial stat: As of Dec. 9, there had been 980 breakthrough deaths in Indiana since vaccinations became available to some of the population on Jan. 18. There have been roughly 8,400 COVID deaths overall since then, which means about 88.3% of the deaths involved unvaccinated people.

  2. Thanks for the responses. If WIBC has this data, why doesn’t IBJ?

    Joe, you couldn’t be more wrong about my position. I’m GOP, Vax’d, know the vax doesn’t prevent getting Covid or prevent transmission, but feel like it dramatically mitigates the symptoms.

    My point is, if the above is correct, why isn’t it being repeated daily by every media outlet, politician, and health “expert”? Rather than hand wringing and vague opinions, the message should be very straightforward—. Hard data shows the vax has a 90% chance of preventing serious illnesses. Go get a shot.

    1. Chuck, as I just pointed out, we at IBJ do not get daily updates on breakthrough cases. Neither does WIBC. The data posted from WIBC by Joe B. appears to come from a weekly update from the state health department. We have frequently included those numbers in our stories.

    2. Chuck – that point (Go get the shot) is being repeatedly mentioned by lots of people and in lots of outlets. Mitch McConnell told people to get the shot. Franklin Graham told people to get the shot. The Pope told people to get the shot. Heck, Donald Trump told people one time to get vaccinated. Then they booed him and he figured out he’d just keep telling them what they want to hear, not what they need to hear. (Heck of a leader there.)

      Now, it’s not being pushed on conservative media, but that’s a whole other story. You’d have to ask all those Fox anchors why they’re vaccinated yet they’re not telling their viewers to get vaccinated, why they keep having the anti-vaxers on, why they’ve made vaccination a political thing. The same should be asked of Facebook.

      Maybe there wouldn’t be a need for government vaccination mandates if conservative media was using their full influence to tell people to get vaccinated. Also, they’d stop killing off their audience.

      You want hard data? Here’s more … COVID has become a pandemic of the Republican voter. Pre-omicron, but data all the same:

      “ Since May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump during the last presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-President Biden. That’s according to a new analysis by NPR that examines how political polarization and misinformation are driving a significant share of the deaths in the pandemic.”

      “NPR looked at deaths per 100,000 people in roughly 3,000 counties across the U.S. from May 2021, the point at which vaccinations widely became available. People living in counties that went 60% or higher for Trump in November 2020 had 2.73 times the death rates of those that went for Biden. Counties with an even higher share of the vote for Trump saw higher COVID-19 mortality rates.”

  3. Please note that the pace of breakthrough infections, hospitalizations, and deaths is quickening. That’s likely caused by a variety of factors, one of which is the predicted declining efficacy of the vaccines over time (hence, the call for boosters).
    Also, please remember that you are MORE susceptible to the virus for the 14 days after receiving the shot. So, be really careful for those two weeks after getting a booster.
    Personally, I would be fascinated to learn if vaccination numbers would rise substantially if employers gave employees two weeks of paid time off after getting a booster, at government expense (like through unemployment).

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