State reports 30 more COVID-19 deaths; hospitalizations decline

The latest surge in COVID-19 cases in Indiana that began in July has shown signs of tapering off over the past two weeks, with daily cases counts and hospitalizations slowly decreasing.

One category in the Indiana State Department of Health’s daily COVID report that is still disturbingly high is deaths. The department on Friday  reported 30 more deaths from COVID-19, raising the cumulative total to 14,895. The state has reported 211 new deaths over the past four days, an average of 52.8 per day.

The seven-day moving average of new deaths increased from 24 to 25 per day on Friday, the health department said.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 decreased from 2,336 on Thursday to 2,279 on Friday. After hitting a recent peak of 2,676 on Sept. 10, hospitalizations have fallen almost 15%. Almost 29% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients.

The state also reported 3,255 new cases of COVID-19, down from 3,659 the previous day.

More than 3.23 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday at 5 a.m., after a daily increase of 5,597. Department statistics say 59% of Indiana residents 18 and older are now fully vaccinated.

The state released the latest statistics for so-called breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, reflecting data through Sept. 17. The numbers, which are updated weekly, showed that 33,851 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 735 required hospitalization and 229 died. The average age of a breakthrough death was 80 years old.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 3,255

Total cumulative cases: 947,918

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 30

Total cumulative deaths: 14,895

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 9,600

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,150,799

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 22.8%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.7%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 19.7%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 10.7%**

** 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–Sept. 24)

First dose administered: 3,232,752 (daily increase of 4,714)

Fully vaccinated: 3,237,813 (daily increase of 5,597)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 129,118 (increase of 415)

Marion County new deaths: 3

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,990

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 18.3%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 11.2%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 44,082

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 22,410

Johnson County cumulative cases: 23,727

Madison County cumulative cases: 17,492

Boone County cumulative cases: 8,463

Hancock County cumulative cases: 10,935

Morgan County cumulative cases: 8,928

Shelby County cumulative cases: 6,647

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 28.8%

Available ICU beds: 17.2%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of  Friday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 42,688,225

U.S. deaths: 684,613

Global cases: 230,768,087

Global deaths: 4,731,671

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