State reports all-time high in new COVID-19 cases, rise in hospitalizations

The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 12,960 new COVID-19 cases across the state, an all-time high for the department’s daily update. The previous high mark was 12,020 cases on Dec. 30.

Marion County reported 2,185 new cases.

The state health department also reported 39 more deaths from COVID, raising the cumulative total to 18,644. The seven-day average of deaths remained at 36 per day.

The health department said 3,260 people were hospitalized with the virus as of Tuesday, an increase from 3,207 the previous day. That’s the highest mark since Dec. 3, 2020, when 3,289 people were hospitalized. The pandemic peak was 3,460, reached on Nov. 30, 2020.

COVID patients occupy 35.6% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds. The state has only 10.2% of its ICU beds available overall.

More than 3.56 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m. More than 1.4 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 59.4% of Indiana residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 12,960

Total cumulative cases: 1,286,590

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 39

Total cumulative deaths: 18,644

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 11,138

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,782,283

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 26.8%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 9.3%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 31.2%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 19.7%**

** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 173,641 (increase of 2,185)

Marion County new deaths: 3

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,386

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 41.8%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 29.5%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 61,252

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 30,499

Johnson County cumulative cases: 32,270

Madison County cumulative cases: 24,789

Boone County cumulative cases: 11,504

Hancock County cumulative cases: 15,706

Morgan County cumulative cases: 12,138

Shelby County cumulative cases: 9,918

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Jan. 5, 2022)

First dose administered: 3,646,718 (daily increase of 5,390)

Fully vaccinated: 3,568,721 (daily increase of 3,908)

Booster doses: 1,425,417 (daily increase of 14,778)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 35.6%

Available ICU beds: 10.2%

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16 thoughts on “State reports all-time high in new COVID-19 cases, rise in hospitalizations

  1. Unfortunately, to non-clinical readers like me, these are just numbers. It would be more meaningful if the IBJ’s reporting on COVID-19 focused more on hospitalizations (not cases) and the percentage of hospitalizations that involve individuals who are not fully vaccinated vs. those who are. This would tell a clearer story and perhaps prevent hysteria from taking hold.

    1. There have been numerous news stories from hospitals proclaiming they are full, and the percentages of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated are only published weekly by the state of Indiana.

      Here’s a sampling of IBJ headlines over the last few days. Are you unable to figure out what’s going on just from reading the headlines?

      Doctors bemoan limited supply of game-changing antiviral pills amid winter surge
      COVID case counts losing some importance amid omicron
      Indiana National Guard to help at Riley Hospital, beleaguered with COVID patients
      Indiana limits COVID rapid-test availability at state, local testing sites
      Statewide hospitalizations from COVID-19 continue to climb
      FDA expands Pfizer boosters for more teens as omicron surges

    1. We can end all of this nonsense very quickly by admitting the reality, we can’t save everyone and we must ration care based on who is most likely to survive. Clinically, those who are unvaccinated are suffering the worst outcomes and consuming the most resources on their way to the morgue.

      Yes, that’s brutal but the numbers don’t lie and the cost to society to save every life is immense. We will all suffer for many years to replace the health care workers who have quit forever due to the pandemic.

    2. Now [insert] another category:

      – elderly
      – obese
      – smokers
      – drug abusers

      Example: the “elderly” are a drain on society as they account for over 35% of healthcare spending and a majority of spend in the last few years of life. They consume the most resources and suffer the worst outcomes on the way to the morgue.

      FluRona – a pandemic of the obese and comorbidity population

      As I’ve said before, you can use statistics to prove most any premise if you focus your sample size and selection criteria.

    3. Which of those categories have driven numerous HCP’s from the field over the past 24 months and driven every hospital in town to diversion?

      All because they believe the horse hockey that you help spread. A couple simple shots and none of this would have happened.

    4. Joe – your “couple of shots” and none of this would have happened is another false statement.

      Parroting statements like “HCPs quitting” from whatever progressive news source isn’t accurate. It just serves an agenda of let’s chase this with a vaccine. It’s not working. 2 years has proven that.

      Political “Science.”

    5. 2 years has proven what, other than you simply call false all news you don’t like and despite claiming you work in health care, you have no idea how science works?

      You can’t just Todd Rokita your way through life.

    1. Just think how lucky this guy was to be one of the 99.4% that survive. He can almost walk by himself again!

      “Muncie man home after 158-day COVID-19 battle”

      “ Jeff tells WRTV they are not anti-vaccine but weren’t sure about it and wanted to see the data.

      Jeff has now gotten his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

      “That’s the last part really of my rehab is to get stronger, to get out and tell my story to people and preach – get the vaccine.”

      Hell of a way to learn a lesson.

    1. Nice of you to admit your news sources are not only …out there, they’re also supported by the Russians.

      You’re getting played by Putin. Now I understand why you don’t post links to your stuff.

      “For those who remember, on October 11, 2018, Facebook and Twitter — without warning or justification — deleted the pages of Free Thought Project and Police the Police which had over 5 million followers. During this purge, they also removed hundreds of other pages who had massive followings like the Antimedia, Cop Block, and Filming Cops.

      The owners of these pages would eventually find out that the secret hand behind this massive purge was tied to government via the Atlantic Council.

      As we previously reported, the Atlantic Council is the group that NATO uses to whitewash wars and foster hatred toward Russia, which in turn allows them to continue to justify themselves. It’s funded by arms manufacturers like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing. It is also funded by billionaire oligarchs like the Ukraine’s Victor Pinchuk and Saudi billionaire Bahaa Hariri and the US government.

      Instead of taking this censorship move lying down, TFTP co-founder, Jason Bassler and Conscious Resistance founder, Derick Broze organized the United for Common Ground summit in Houston to plan a strategy to fight back.”

    2. Yep, I’m being played by Putin.

      Or maybe that little snippet is a perfect example of the dialogue from Fauci, the CDC, etc and their constantly changing “scientific” narrative.

      We in healthcare are really thankful Joe that you have found all the answers.

      They seem to be working well at the hospitals I’m at each week.

      Quad boosted yet?

    3. Not yet. Then again, I’ve got 4 polio shots in me already (and numerous more flu shots) so it wouldn’t be the first time. I know, that’s different. Sure it is. Keep telling yourself that.

      I know don’t have all the answers, but I know the places you’re looking for them are trash. Unless maybe you agree with their thoughts on chemtrails or Seth Rich. And that took me all of 3 minutes to figure out. Apparently “do your own research” doesn’t apply when you like what it says?

      Russia (and China) know they can’t keep up with America. Their vaccines are a failure compared to what America has access to with our mRNA vaccines. And if you can’t keep up with America, tearing America back down to their level has been their game for some time.

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