Indiana’s COVID-19 death toll climbs past 22,000

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 47 new deaths from COVID-19, raising the statewide pandemic total to 22,037.

Indiana has seen its COVID death toll rise by nearly 1,000 over the past three weeks and by 2,000 over the past five weeks.

Meanwhile, statewide hospitalizations due to COVID fell to 751 as of Tuesday, the lowest number since July 25.

Hospitalizations have plummeted 79% since hitting a pandemic high of 3,519 on Jan. 13. COVID patients occupy 6.9% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.

The health department reported 452 new COVID cases on Wednesday, down from a single-day record of 17,684 new cases just more than five weeks ago.

More than 3.68 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Monday at 5 a.m. More than 1.7 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 60.6% of Indiana residents 12 and older and 62.6% of residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

New COVID-19 cases: 452

Total cumulative cases: 1,682,667

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 47

Total cumulative deaths: 22,037

COVID-19 testing

New tests administered: 19,527

Total tests administered: 18,995,229

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 5.5%**

** 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: 223,319 (increase of 46)

Marion County new deaths: 8

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,824

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 4.5%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 81,229

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 40,559

Johnson County cumulative cases: 42,099

Madison County cumulative cases: 32,486

Boone County cumulative cases: 15,041

Hancock County cumulative cases: 20,557

Morgan County cumulative cases: 16,368

Shelby County cumulative cases: 13,526

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–March 2, 2022)

First dose administered: 3,756,328 (daily increase of 741)

Fully vaccinated: 3,685,465 (daily increase of 1,238)

Booster doses: 1,716,563 (daily increase of 1,480)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 6.9%

Available ICU beds: 21%

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