As the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads across the country and people ponder new federal guidelines for masking, the daily numbers for new infections in Indiana have spiked again.
The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported that 1,248 Hoosiers had been diagnosed with COVID-19, the highest number of daily new infections since 1,438 cases were reported on April 29.
It also said that 12 people in Indiana had died in the latest daily count, harking back to the spring when daily deaths routinely were in double figures.
On Monday, the state said it had averaged zero new deaths per day from COVID over the past seven days. The number of deaths spiked to 15 on Tuesday, and then dipped to 12 on Wednesday. The seven-day average is now 3 deaths per day.
The state’s cumulative death toll is now 13,564.
Hospitalizations rose to 781, up from 735 the previous day. That’s the highest level since May 25, when 810 people were hospitalized in Indiana due to the virus.
Hospitalizations are down from a recent high of 1,019 on May 4. The pandemic-high mark was 3,460, set on Nov. 30.
The state said more than 2.93 million Hoosiers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. More than 2.91 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. The department no longer issues reports on Saturday and Sunday.
*New COVID-19 cases: 1,248
Total cumulative cases: 768,624
New deaths: 12
Total cumulative deaths: 13,564
New tested individuals: 3,978
Total cumulative tested individuals: 3,661,081
Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 21%
Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.4%
Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 13.5%**
Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 6.5%**
** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.
Statewide totals (Dec. 14–July 27)
First dose administered: 2,915,438
Fully vaccinated: 2,934,389
Marion County cumulative cases: 105,589 (increase of 169)
Marion County new deaths: 2
Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,807
Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 11.7%
Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 7%
Hamilton County cumulative cases: 37,335
Hendricks County cumulative cases: 18,098
Johnson County cumulative cases: 18,843
Madison County cumulative cases: 13,575
Boone County cumulative cases: 7,211
Hancock County cumulative cases: 8,761
Morgan County cumulative cases: 6,924
Shelby County cumulative cases: 5,115
Indiana intensive care unit usage
Available ICU beds: 29.6%
ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 7.9%
U.S. and worldwide numbers
As of Wednesday, from Johns Hopkins University:
U.S. cases: 34,632,615
U.S. deaths: 611,488
Global cases: 195,701,114
Global deaths: 4,182,405
*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.