Indiana’s death toll from COVID-19 climbs by 72

The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 2,675 new cases of COVID-19, up from 2,130 the previous day, bringing the pandemic total in the state to 976,802 cases.

The department also reported 72 new deaths from COVID, the highest number in the department’s daily report since Sept. 28, when 89 deaths were reported.

The seven-day moving average of new deaths rose from 21 to 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 by one, from 1,879 on Monday to 1,878 on Tuesday. About 23% 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 4,547. Department statistics show 59.9% of Indiana residents 18 and older are now fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 2,675

Total cumulative cases: 976,802

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 72

Total cumulative deaths: 15,413

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 6,749

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,229,202

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. 6)

First dose administered: 3,269,734 (daily increase of 3,457)

Fully vaccinated: 3,294,439 (daily increase of 4,547)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 132,420 (increase of 207)

Marion County new deaths: 4

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,049

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 15.8%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 8.9%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 45,235

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 23,166

Johnson County cumulative cases: 24,399

Madison County cumulative cases: 18,107

Boone County cumulative cases: 8,669

Hancock County cumulative cases: 11,348

Morgan County cumulative cases: 9,204

Shelby County cumulative cases: 6,923

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 22.6%

ICU beds in use by non-COVID-19 patients: 55.9%

Available ICU beds: 21.5%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of  Wednesday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 43,953,332

U.S. deaths: 705,404

Global cases: 235,972,839

Global deaths: 4,820,181

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