More than 2 million Hoosiers now fully vaccinated

Registered nurse Stacey Meskimen gives 86-year-old Bruce Melchert the first of two shots for his COVID-19 vaccine in January. Melchert's daughter helped him sign up as soon as the appointments went online. (IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday said more than 2 million Hoosiers are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That represents nearly 30% of the state’s population.

Another 2.38 million people have received the first dose of the vaccination.

Despite the rising vaccination numbers, COVID-19 cases rose again and hospitalizations hit their highest mark since mid-February.

The state reported 1,160 new COVID-19 cases, ending a brief two-day streak below 1,000 daily cases.

The seven-day moving average of positive cases in Indiana ticked down from 1,140 on Monday to 1,124 on Tuesday—up from 985 on April 1.

The state reported 10 new deaths from COVID-19, raising the cumulative total to 12,960.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 jumped from 967 on Monday to 1,019 on Tuesday, the highest mark since Feb. 14. The all-time high mark was 3,460, set on Nov. 30.

The health department reported the testing of 5,059 new individuals.

The state said more than 2 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m. More than 2.38 million had received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination.

Following are the latest COVID-19 numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health. The department updates its data daily based on information received through 11:59 p.m. the previous day.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 1,160

Total cumulative cases: 725,353

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 10

Total deaths: 12,960

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 5,059

Total cumulative tested individuals: 3,401,725

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 21.3%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 13.3%**

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.8%

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 4.8%**

** 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–May 5)

First dose administered: 2,389,057 (daily increase of 12,947)

Fully vaccinated: 2,006,049 (daily increase of 36,724)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 99,083 (increase of 183)

Marion County new deaths: 1

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,737

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

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 5.3%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 35,392

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 17,121

Johnson County cumulative cases: 17,856

Madison County cumulative cases: 12,549

Boone County cumulative cases: 6,660

Hancock County cumulative cases: 8,225

Morgan County cumulative cases: 6,543

Shelby County cumulative cases: 4,885

Indiana intensive care unit usage

Available ICU beds: 31.3%

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 9.1%

Available ventilators: 78.9%

Ventilators in use for COVID-19: 3.2%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Wednesday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 32,518,233

U.S. deaths: 578,593

Global cases: 154,480,519

Global deaths: 3,230,537

*New cases, deaths and tests are previously unreported cases, deaths and tests submitted to the Indiana State Health Department in the 24 hours through 11:59 p.m. the previous day. The cases and testing categories typically contain numerous duplicates—as many as 20% or more—that are later eliminated from the cumulative totals.

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5 thoughts on “More than 2 million Hoosiers now fully vaccinated

  1. “The state reported 1,160 new COVID-19 cases, ending a brief two-day streak below 1,000 daily cases.” That’s a reasonable, appropriate point. But, we should also take solace in the fact that there were basically double the tests reported today (from yesterday). The positive percentage fell to about 25% of today’s tests. It was 34% of yesterday’s tests. I remain hopeful that our positivity rates will begin/continue to fall, much like they did last year.

  2. Indiana lags far behind the national immunization pace. While roughly 30-percent of Hoosiers have been fully vaccinated, nationally 44-percent of the total population has been full vaccinated. That’s a huge difference. Anyone care to explain why?

    1. Cite please (for the 44% figure)?
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      “As of 6 a.m. EDT May 5, a total of 107,346,533 Americans had been fully vaccinated, or 32.3 percent of the country’s population, according to the CDC’s data.”
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      The biggest factor I’ve seen cited is political leanings. Pro-Trump folks have been shying away from the vaccine. Not surprisingly, they’re also the ones most likely to have browser bookmarks to web sites describing how to create fake vaccination records.
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      I’m betting that most pro-Trump people believe he had Covid last Fall yet would likely not question the fact he recovered in 72 hours. (I’m betting he didn’t have it.)
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      By the same token, if you were to ask them if Trump received a vaccination in private in January, they would likely find this improbable.

    2. The source is today’s Washington Post. Each day the paper cites the number of people fully vaccinated as a percentage of the total population as well as a percentage of the eligible population.

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