Indiana sees 29 more COVID deaths, decrease in hospitalizations

The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported 2,326 new cases of COVID-19, down from 2,675 the previous day, bringing the pandemic total in the state to 979,000 cases.

The department also reported 29 new deaths from COVID, raising the total to 15,442.

The seven-day moving average of new deaths remained at 23 per day, the health department said. Almost 90% of those who have died of COVID in Indiana are at least 60 years old.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 decreased from 1,878 on Tuesday to 1,838 on Wednesday. About 22% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients. Hospitalizations reached a recent peak of 2,687 on Sept. 13.

More than 3.29 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m., after a daily increase of 5,455. Department statistics show 60% of Indiana residents 18 and older are now fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 2,326

Total cumulative cases: 979,000

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 29

Total cumulative deaths: 15,442

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 6,474

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,235,254

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 23.1%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.6%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 17.9%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 9.4%**

** 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. 7)

First dose administered: 3,273,193 (daily increase of 3,569)

Fully vaccinated: 3,299,816 (daily increase of 5,455)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 132,602 (increase of 199)

Marion County new deaths: 5

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,054

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 15.7%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 9%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 45,278

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 23,235

Johnson County cumulative cases: 24,445

Madison County cumulative cases: 18,140

Boone County cumulative cases: 8,685

Hancock County cumulative cases: 11,403

Morgan County cumulative cases: 9,213

Shelby County cumulative cases: 6,975

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 21.9%

ICU beds in use by non-COVID-19 patients: 57%

Available ICU beds: 21.2%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of  Thursday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 44,166,808

U.S. deaths: 710,319

Global cases: 236,917,231

Global deaths: 4,837,361

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