Indiana COVID-19 cases hit highest level in more than a year

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported levels of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations that haven’t been seen in more than a year.

The department reported 7,967 new cases of the virus, the highest mark in the daily update since 8,003 new cases were reported on Dec. 4, 2020.

The state reported 3,061 hospitalizations on Tuesday, up from 3,058 the previous day. That’s the highest number since Dec. 12, 2020, when there were 3,123 hospitalizations.

COVID patients occupy 38% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.

The state reported 58 more deaths from the virus, raising Indiana’s official pandemic death toll to 18,338. The seven-day average of deaths rose from 31 to 33 per day.

More than 3.54 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m. More than 1.3 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

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

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 7,967

Total cumulative cases: 1,234,919

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 58

Total cumulative deaths: 18,338

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 8,159

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,735,792

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 25.9%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 9%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 24.8%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 14.6%**

** 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: 160,666 (increase of 1,440)

Marion County new deaths: 3

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,357

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 24.7%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 16.3%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 57,098

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 28,905

Johnson County cumulative cases: 30,499

Madison County cumulative cases: 23,604

Boone County cumulative cases: 10,899

Hancock County cumulative cases: 14,837

Morgan County cumulative cases: 11,516

Shelby County cumulative cases: 9,450

COVID-19 vaccinations

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

First dose administered: 3,617,866 (daily increase of 6,179)

Fully vaccinated: 3,549,956 (daily increase of 4,305)

Booster doses: 1,342,036 (daily increase of 20,134)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

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

Available ICU beds: 9.2%

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8 thoughts on “Indiana COVID-19 cases hit highest level in more than a year

    1. Possibly, but it would have to be reported. I have not yet reported any of our at-home tests (all negative thus far).

    1. I started to respond as if this was serious. But now I wonder if it was posted ironically, to illustrate the impact of the alternative reality peddlers?