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.
*New COVID-19 cases: 12,020
Total cumulative cases: 1,246,854
New deaths: 48
Total cumulative deaths: 18,386
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.
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
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%