Indiana reports new all-time high for COVID-19 cases

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported 12,020 new COVID-19 cases—the highest number of cases in the daily report since the beginning of the pandemic.

The previous high was 8,527 new cases in the Dec. 3, 2020, report.

Marion County reported a whopping 2,661 new cases and five more deaths from COVID.

The state reported 3,056 hospitalizations on Wednesday, down slightly from 3,061 on Tuesday. Tuesday’s number was the highest count since Dec. 12, 2020, when there were 3,123 hospitalizations.

COVID patients occupy 37.2% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds. The state has only 8.9% of its ICU beds available overall.

The state reported 48 more deaths from COVID-19, coming on top of 58 deaths the previous day and 170 in Tuesday’s report. The seven-day average of deaths ticked down from 33 to 32 per day.

The state released the latest statistics for breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, reflecting data through Dec. 23. The numbers, which are updated weekly, showed that 112,773 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 2,192 required hospitalization and 1,090 died. The average age of a breakthrough death was 79 years old.

More than 3.55 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m. More than 1.36 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 59.3% of Indiana residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Thursday’s report was the last for 2021. The department said it would resume updates Monday.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 12,020

Total cumulative cases: 1,246,854

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 48

Total cumulative deaths: 18,386

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 11,999

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,746,821

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 26%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 9.1%

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

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 14.2%**

** 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: 163,311 (increase of 2,661)

Marion County new deaths: 5

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,362

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 25.7%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 17.4%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 57,850

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 29,166

Johnson County cumulative cases: 30,799

Madison County cumulative cases: 23,820

Boone County cumulative cases: 11,034

Hancock County cumulative cases: 15,028

Morgan County cumulative cases: 11,595

Shelby County cumulative cases: 9,446

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Dec. 30, 2021)

First dose administered: 3,625,020 (daily increase of 7,252)

Fully vaccinated: 3,554,209 (daily increase of 4,326)

Booster doses: 1,363,936 (daily increase of 21,918)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 38%

Available ICU beds: 9.2%

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18 thoughts on “Indiana reports new all-time high for COVID-19 cases

  1. So, anti-vaxxers – with less than 9% of ICU beds available in the entire state, and 37% of the occupied beds taken by Covid patients (the overwhelming majority of whom were not vaccinated), tell me again how this pandemic is no big deal.

    1. The unvaccinated are holding the rest of us hostage. It’s time for society to ration their care and save the increasing number of pediatric cases instead.

    2. Where do you get that it’s the anti-vaxxers? We have had people vaccinated report being ill in my office after the booster. We have people in my office who have added the vaccine and still got COVID. Where is the logic? I have had two friends get vaccinated and still pass away. Let’s talk about the comorbidities. Let’s talk about how many smokers we have in Indiana and how we can reduce that number. How many Indiana residents have Type 2 diabetes or the giant killer of all Americans and Indiana residents. Heart disease and how most of that is brought on by lifestyle. All death is tragic, so stop blaming people who make their own health choices.

    3. The unvaccinated are 42% of the population but make up 87% of the hospitalizations this week.

      Look, everyone is going to get COVID at some point. If you got vaccinated and boosted, odds are high you’re going to have a cold. If not? Odds are higher you will have a rougher go of it. Not everyone can be saved and it’s past time to make choices. Those who got vaccinated/boosted should have their hospital care prioritized, along with the children who still aren’t eligible for vaccination.

      And it’s funny, those who say “what about smokers” are the same ones who fight increased cigarette taxes, saying people should be able to make their own choices… or who fight against healthier school lunches … pick a side and live with it.

    4. Why does CNN report most new variant cases are among the vaccinated? Google it and reply with your answer please.

    5. Bernard – because the vaccinated are getting a cold. The unvaccinated remain the ones going to the hospital.

      Again, the unvaccinated are 42% of the population but 87% of the hospitalizations this past week. Explain that if vaccines don’t work.

      We are getting to the herd immunity that folks like you wanted back in spring 2020. But those of us who are vaccinated won’t be participating in the dying to the rate that the unvaccinated will… but we will, stupidly, impact society trying to save the unvaccinated.

    6. LA M. ~ This past week I tested positive for Covid. I was fully vaccinated with the booster. Had I not been, I likely would have landed in the ICU and probably a casket after that. Vaccines save lives, no matter what the naysayers and deniers think.

    7. Brent B., unless you are 97, 330 pounds, and have five other co-morbidities, you are spreading disinformation when you claim you would have ended up in the ICU and then die—whether boosted 30 times or a “science denier”.

  2. Should their time come to be admitted to an intensive care unit due to their stubbornness, ignorance, or whatever justification they have , I’d bet non ( zero!), of them would be unwilling to accept critical care services and just go home and try to recover on their own, in their own simple world. Thank you to all the front line CCU workers and support staff who have been suffering through these unacceptable workloads due to such ignorance! Maybe it is time to start thinking about triaging critical care capacity.

  3. The 87% of hospitalizations unvaccinated, which used to be 99.9% until last week via Twitter data from Joe , Wes, etc. along with the “give me as many shots as you can” crowd is tiring.

    Most every family I know and/or work with have been sick in the last 3 weeks. The triple vaxx masking lunatics, to the vaccinated moderates. We used to say everyone is sick at home and we are holding back, now it’s all the media and politicians want to discuss. Least sick of anyone around my family/work circles? The only unvaccinated person. And trust me she is not the deadly carrier shedding all this crap in Indianapolis.

    We’ve had 2 years of listening to the “professionals” who keep hiding behind the science keeps changing. Not a single treatment protocol in 2 years for the public.

    CDC: Cloth masks don’t work. PCR can be positive 12 weeks after. Isolate just 5 days or less if you need to go back to work at the hospital.

    Well, you’ve had your time… this is a virus like many before and many after we will have to live with and vaccinating your way out of it is not going to work.

    One thing doesn’t change: rest, hydration, healthy lifestyle of moderation, oh, and as others have said, so humility, gratitude. Not pointing fingers and continuing to segregate society.

    Sorry not sorry.

    1. Yet again, not a single solution.

      Did you ever figure out which election that career politician Fauci got elected in, JCB? Did you get the long-term data on the virus back yet, the long-term data you want from the vaccine? Or do you want some more Republicans to keep getting politics involved in medicine, to push their agenda and keep driving some more division?

      You are right, we won’t vaccinate our way out of it. Just need the unvaccinated to all get exposed and let nature take its course. Sure, that will kill a fair chunk of them, but that’s the part of herd immunity they don’t talk about. So more more lockdowns, and time to start rationing care. Chasing a bunch of health care professionals into a burnout-induced retirement in a futile effort to save the ungrateful unvaccinated doesn’t help anyone, especially those who need care without COVID.

      And, as my New Year’s gift to you, some more data. Of course, you harp on that I see it on Twitter and ignore that it’s data from the Indiana State Department of Health, and the journalist in question is the most experienced Indiana government reporter left.


      Week ending Dec 23: 11,150 new #COVID19 cases among fully #vaccinated Hoosiers — but just 209 hospitalizations and 19 newly reported deaths. 62% of the week’s cases and 87% of hospitalizations were #unvaccinated.

      95% of the week’s newly reported deaths were #unvaccinated, but the data on total death reports (for all tweets in this thread) will be squirrelly this week and next because of the Christmas layoff, which throws a wrench into the reporting dates.

      Since 11/4 (approx start of fall surge):

      72% of cases were #unvaccinated
      90% of hospitalizations
      76% of deaths* (*see prev tweet)

      Since 1/18 (1st full #vaccinations):

      82% of cases
      95% of hosp
      88% of deaths*

      3.17% of fully vaxed tested positive
      .06% hosp
      .03% died

  4. As a reminder to all, we are experiencing a pandemic. In very simple terms this means, we were faced with an infectious agent of unknown origin with unknown ways to detect it, and unknown ways to mitigate it. In this case, mitigations means to at least control its spread. In the beginning, we had no tests for detection, and obviously no ways to treat it. The whole world was starting from scratch. Of course, it did not take long to define the virus and realized that it was in a family of viruses that the world had seen before. Mitigation was then potentially possible based on previous world pandemics of a similar nature, i.e. SARS, MERS. The world even had the experience of EBOLA (different virus) but required more extreme mitigation procedures in a much smaller location. Well, then remember, the US was totally unprepared, i.e. not enough masks, gloves, disposable gowns, ventilators etc. Obviously, no treatments or vaccines. Of course, with all viruses, there was constant mutations. As the world was responding on all fronts, new variants (a collections of mutations in a new strain of the original virus) emerged. In other words, the treatment and mitigation strategies had to keep up with this constantly moving target of the newest and most current variant. (There have been over 50,000+ mutations detected so far of the original SARS-CoV-2 virus.) New variants have emerged and are given names based on the Greek alphabet. Currently, the delta variant has been the most prevalent strain with omicron variant probably going to be the most prevalent soon in all areas of the US. With this constant evolution of the “enemy,” we have to evolve our strategy to combat the new “enemy.” What worked for treatment/mitigation yesterday may not work today. The scientific and healthcare communities fully understands this. New treatments and new strategies are constantly being developed. Unfortunately, the public and our political leaders (especially in Indiana including the Governor, the legislature, the Indiana Department of Heath with politically appointed staff), in general, have not seriously taken these concepts and implemented then in any type of serious or effective public heath approach for the citizens of Indiana. We have no outside expert providing guidance for our State. That is why Indiana is in such a dire situation with very catastrophic consequences to come. Obviously, public health has never been a priority for our State. The new initiative by the Governor for the task force on public health is only glossing over issues that will never be addressed. We have a public health crisis now. Action needs to occur now. It only appears that economics and “personal choice” trump any serious concern for the public at large. In a civilized society, we make scarifies for the common good. With this pandemic, selfishness and greed seems to rule the day

  5. Fearporn. Vaxism.

    See ya at the Pacers game, the Colts game, or the National Championship. Unvaccinated. Twice Covid “survivor”. Living guilt free with the other 99.997 percent of Hoosiers that survived the redefined “fluenza” virus.

    Where did the flu deaths and pneumonia deaths disappear to the last 18 months? Take your pre-conditions and call them what they are. No faith in the people distributing politicized BS that call themselves healthcare leadership. Tread on someone else.

    1. Thank you Ryan H.

      Work in healthcare daily and disgusted by these career politicians hungry on power and scumbags at the CDC/NIH who have yet to be held accountable for their lies and crystal ball of scams.

      But it was a pangolin right?

    2. Amen. According to these published numbers Median age of death 79 years old…and until they clearly define hospitalized “with” and hospitalized “from” Covid theses numbers mean squat. No one’s discussing the countless deaths reporters FROM the vaccine. The FDA, CDC and NIH can just wipe out thousands upon thousands of VAERS reports if it doesn’t fit their agenda.

      Fear and propaganda is all the media wants to push. I pity those, like many in this thread, that choose to live with that unnecessary and manufactured fear.

    3. And I pity all y’all who live in a manufactured reality, being con’d that you are the victims. You have been worked into a state of fear and anger for so long that you can’t see or think straight any longer. Even your leaders can’t convince you to vaccinate.

      I get it, change is hard. But America has changed a lot over 200 years and will continue to change. What hasn’t changed is that we’ve always had groups of people who are the scapegoats, be those the Indians or the Catholics or the Irish or people from s**thole countries, that we denigrate and blame our problems on. And it’s no accident that the 1918 flu pandemic had the exact same responses when it came to people refusing to listen to the best science of the day.

      If you don’t study history, you can’t learn from it. Maybe that’s why Republicans have manufactured their CRT “crisis”.