Indiana’s COVID-19 death toll rises by 78

The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported 78 more deaths due to COVID-19, raising the cumulative total to 15,694.

The seven-day moving average of new deaths rose from at 17 to 20 per day, the health department said.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 decreased from 1,708 on Tuesday to 1,634 on Wednesday, the lowest number since Aug. 17. Hospitalizations reached a recent peak of 2,687 on Sept. 13. COVID patients occupy 21% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.

The department reported 2,644 new cases of COVID-19, down from 2,773 the previous day. The cumulative total of cases rose to 991,460.

More than 3.3 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m., after a daily increase of 3,916.

The health department said 58.7% of Indiana residents 18 and older are now fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 2,644

Total cumulative cases: 994,079

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 78

Total cumulative deaths: 15,694

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 7,598

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,279,667

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 23.2%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.6%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 17.5%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 9%**

** 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. 14)

First dose administered: 3,294,272 (daily increase of 3,273)

Fully vaccinated: 3,325,091 (daily increase of 3,658)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 134,094 (increase of 253)

Marion County new deaths: 11

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,086

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 13%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 7.4%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 45,877

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 23,603

Johnson County cumulative cases: 24,778

Madison County cumulative cases: 18,488

Boone County cumulative cases: 8,793

Hancock County cumulative cases: 11,562

Morgan County cumulative cases: 9,346

Shelby County cumulative cases: 7,085

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 21%

ICU beds in use by non-COVID-19 patients: 55.6%

Available ICU beds: 23.5%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of  Wednesday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 44,680,231

U.S. deaths: 719,483

Global cases: 239,111,930

Global deaths: 4,873,330

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