Nearly a quarter of state’s ICU beds filled with COVID-19 patients as cases rise

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported another escalation in COVID-19 cases and another jump in hospitalizations from the virus.

The department reported 5,037 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily number since Jan. 10, when 5,127 new cases were reported.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose from 1,956 on Monday to 2,048 on Tuesday, the largest number since Jan. 23, when 2,188 people were hospitalized with the virus. Almost a quarter (24.2%) of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients.

The state reported another 19 deaths from COVID-19, raising the cumulative death toll to 13,903. The seven-day moving average of new deaths remained at 14 per day, the health department said.

More than 3 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m. About 20,000 other Hoosiers had received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine but not the second dose.

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: 5,037

Total cumulative cases: 833,968

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 19

Total cumulative deaths: 13,903

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 13,982

Total cumulative tested individuals: 3,849,767

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 21.7%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.5%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 18.6%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 10.9%**

** 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–Aug. 25)

First dose administered: 3,085,734 (daily increase of 8,318)

Fully vaccinated: 3,065,718 (daily increase of 7,586)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 114,334 (increase of 542)

Marion County new deaths: 1

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,856

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 16.1%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 10.7%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 39,912

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 19,639

Johnson County cumulative cases: 20,822

Madison County cumulative cases: 15,074

Boone County cumulative cases: 7,648

Hancock County cumulative cases: 9,447

Morgan County cumulative cases: 7,641

Shelby County cumulative cases: 5,571

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 24.2%

Available ICU beds: 24.1%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Wednesday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 38,088,128

U.S. deaths: 630,928

Global cases: 213,461,327

Global deaths: 4,457,027

*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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21 thoughts on “Nearly a quarter of state’s ICU beds filled with COVID-19 patients as cases rise

  1. Why isn’t Indiana making the antibody treatment readily available for people in the early stages of Covid to decrease hospitalizations? Florida has them everywhere? My mother had this treatment in 2020 and she felt better quickly.

    1. Get with the program? Why don’t you get educated. People are getting COVID with and without the vaccine. No one knows at what rates – because the scientists either don’t know or won’t tell us if the vaccine is not working.

    2. The vaccine is not a golden bullet that promises you will never get COVID… and it never has been.

      What it does is promise a much reduced risk of infection, hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation, and death. There are copious examples of this data unless you choose to ignore it.

  2. Playing around with numbers to spread fear. So a hospital sets aside say 15% of its beds in ICU for Covid (to keep it simple lets say 15 out of 100 total ICU beds). Covid is now taking 25% of those beds set aside or 4 beds (rounding up). So the media can now print 1 Quarter of ICU beds taken up by Covid. When in reality….in this example, it would be only 4%.

    And did you read the fine print on the stats….”The cases and testing categories typically contain numerous duplicates”… that’s because they test and test once you have Covid, if the same person test positive multiple times, they count that in the overall total.

    Manipulating numbers for an agenda….

    1. R.R., that’s not how the ICU calculation works. There are 2,185 ICU beds in the state, and 529 of them are taken up by COVID-19 patients.

    2. Not true. Every hospital designates ICU beds to Covid-19 patience only. That is how the hospital is segregated for cross contamination. And your numbers came from where??

    1. Free country….believe whatever you want to believe. However, I’d suggest you talk to real people of influence and get your own facts. GBY!

    2. R R, facts are facts. It’s not something to believe or not believe. It just is what it is. You can choose not to believe in facts, but that means you live in an alternate reality.