Indiana’s COVID death toll tops 18,000

The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 86 more deaths from COVID-19, raising the total death toll to 18,057. The seven-day average of deaths from COVID remained unchanged at 36 per day.

The health department reported 4,813 new cases of COVID, up from 3,805 the previous day. The seven-day moving average of cases is at 4,284 per day.

The department said reported COVID hospitalizations rose dipped from 3,002 on Monday to 2,940 on Tuesday. The pandemic high was 3,460 on Nov. 20, 2020.

COVID patients now occupy 36.5% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds. Taking into account the 51.3% of ICU beds in use for other reasons, the percentage of available ICU beds statewide is 12.2%.

Nearly 3.53 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m. after a daily increase of 4,477. Nearly 1.25 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 54.3% of Indiana residents 5 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 4,813

Total cumulative cases: 1,200,926

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 86

Total cumulative deaths: 18,057

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 8,590

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,690,162

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 25.4%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.9%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 24.6%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 13.4%**

** 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: 154,816 (increase of 646)

Marion County new deaths: 8

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,332

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 20.9%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 12.4%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 55,131

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 28,120

Johnson County cumulative cases: 29,588

Madison County cumulative cases: 22,910

Boone County cumulative cases: 10,529

Hancock County cumulative cases: 14,267

Morgan County cumulative cases: 11,222

Shelby County cumulative cases: 9,179

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Dec. 22, 2021)

First dose administered: 3,592,343 (daily increase of 7,236)

Fully vaccinated: 3,533,145 (daily increase of 4,477)

Booster doses: 1,254,879 (daily increase of 27635,401)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 36.5%

Available ICU beds: 12.2%

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15 thoughts on “Indiana’s COVID death toll tops 18,000

    1. But I thought it had already killed 133.465% of everyone in the state. Don’t be bringing your rationality here when I’d rather huddle in the corner with 8 masks and “doing the right thing” by making all those untouchables make my food or pick it at Kroger and deliver it to me.

    1. You’re right, Bernard. Given that most of the folks dying from COVID are doing so because they believed the misinformation on COVID and didn’t get vaccinated, they shouldn’t be classified as COVID deaths. They should be classified as deaths by misinformation. That would really stick it to those hospitals and punish them for all that expensive care they spent on people who didn’t believe in science …

      We can solve a lot of problems by sending the unvaccinated out to a field hospital at the Fairgrounds with the Army to supervise the dispensing of the new Pfizer antiviral pill or monoclonal antibodies… that seems like the extend of care we should offer the unvaccinated at this point. No reason to let a bunch of anti-vaxers take down the American health care system on their way out the door.

  1. Why doesn’t the State Health Dept. specify how many of the new cases and deaths are vaccinated patients. This is a critical statistic necessary to understand the value of vaccines in controlling the pandemic.

  2. My spreadsheet did not print properly. The data is a couple of days old, but trends are still the same. Indiana is doing worse than the overall national averages:

    Population US 331,449,281 Indiana 6,805,663
    Cases 50,595,990 1,181,554
    Cases/Total Population 15.3% 17.4%
    Deaths 804,938 17,757
    Deaths per 100,000 243 261
    Deaths/Total Population 0.24% 0.26%

  3. Even typing in the numbers, this Comment Box did not separate the US and the Indiana numbers properly. however, I am sure you get the picture. With time, we should be able to get the number of the 1918 pandemic!!! See the information below of the 1918 pandemic.

    Population 103,000,000
    Cases 25,750,00
    Cases/Total Population 25% (estimated by CDC)
    Deaths 675,000
    Deaths per 100,000 655
    Deaths/Total Population 0.66%

  4. If you want numbers, here are a few: There have been roughly 240 homicides in Indianapolis in 2021. That works out to 0.00027 percent of the city’s population (roughly 888,000) … less than 1/100th of the Covid death rate. The Indiana Department of Health reported that there were 7,756 abortions in Indiana in 2020. That equals 0.00114 percent of the state’s population (roughly 6,786,000), less than 1/10th of the Covid death rate. So, by the reasoning I’m seeing here, homicides and abortions are no big deal, either. Right? I’m guessing that many of those mocking those who choose to be vaccinated and to wear masks for living in fear own guns for self-defense, have an alarm system in their home, wear seatbelts, are vaccinated against polio/measles/mumps, pay for homeowners/auto/life/medical insurance, tell their children not to play in the street, etc. So, what’s the real reason for downplaying this particular public health crisis?

    1. I’m reading a book about Berlin. During a stretch of a couple of hundred years multiple plagues knocked off 10-40% of the population at a time. And it wasn’t disproportionately older or fatter people.

    2. We certainly haven’t upended society for homicides or abortions. Nor have we upended society for heart disease, cancer, opioid addiction, and a variety of other morbidities that killed more people within this same time frame as COVID.

      If you really want to control people, the best way is through getting them good and scared. If a sufficient crisis does not exist, the best thing to do is isolate an event and promote the bejesus out of it–using the psychological fallacy of the representativeness heuristic, it’ll get people sufficiently panicked that they’ll be willing to do your bidding. It’s the same reason we have this ridiculous and excessive, overwhelmingly unhelpful security theater each time we board an airplane…primarily courtesy of the other political party (not the one fearmongering for COVID), which proves that both parties harness this tactic for the purposes of control. And, much like COVID with people wearing face diapers while alone in their cars, we have huge portions who get agitated whenever they have to fly, to the point that many just take a sedative so they can be unconscious the whole way through. All based on an infinitesimal risk of terrorism/crashes despite the fact that thousands of planes take off each day in this country alone with no major consequence.

      Fear is a terrific manipulating tool.

    3. Spare me the both sides nonsense. There’s one party that is the fear party.

      40% of the population is more scared of a vaccine created in America than they are a virus with a non-zero chance of being created in a Chinese bio weapons lab. That fear is thanks to the efforts of one party… which now they finds themselves unable to get their own voters won’t take the product of the greatest success of their last Presidential administration, the vaccine. Those voters boo when encouraged to take it despite the fact it’s those same voters who are dying at a rate three times higher than those who voted for Biden. It’s insane and it’s a sign that they’ve lost control of the fear monster they created.

      Don’t forget how many of those same people are scared of critical race theory even though they couldn’t tell you what it is, or how scared they are of that brown foreigner coming to take their job even though they’re only going to work at the fast food joint down the road that can’t find workers anyway. Heck, for many of them, it was the election of black man as President that was their breaking point.

      Find me the Democratic equivalent of Todd Rokita. The attorney general of the state of Indiana who runs around spreading fear everywhere he goes, blaming everyone can find from Democrats to Big Tech and calling the COVID numbers lies. This is what passes for campaigning for office in the Fear Party.

      And don’t even start with how scared one party is at the concept of free and fair elections. It’s almost as though they know they have to rig elections in order to win them, that they will never win if everyone votes. (Oh yeah, the party leader said that out loud. Not smart, is he?)

  5. Not to be picking about math, but I need to make sure that we are using the correct math calculations for %

    If the quotient comes out to 0.0001for example, one needs to multiply by 100 to get the %. In this example, 0.0001is 0.01%

    So 18,000 divided by 6,800,00 = 0.0026. Multiply that X100 and this is 0.26% and NOT 0.0026%.

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