Statewide COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations increase to near-highs

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 16,502 new cases of COVID-19, an increase from 12,126 in Tuesday’s report. The count was the second-highest of the pandemic, trailing only Jan. 14’s mark of 16,563.

Every county in Indiana was colored red on Wednesday on the state’s advisory-level map. Red is the highest level on the four-color map, which means every county is seeing at least 200 new cases week per 100,000 residents and seven-day positivity rate for all tests of 15% or more.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations rose from  3,460 on Monday to 3,492 on Tuesday, also the second-highest mark of all time. The pandemic high was 3,519 on Jan. 13. COVID patients occupy 35.2% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds. The state has 10.7% of its ICU beds available overall.

The health department also reported 118 more COVID-19 deaths, raising the pandemic total to 19,761. The state’s seven-day average of new deaths rose to 41 per day.

More than 3.6 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m. More than 1.6 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 59.9% of Indiana residents 12 and older and 62% of residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 16,502

Total cumulative cases: 1,490,496

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 118

Total cumulative deaths: 19,761

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 12,879

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,933,731

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 29.4%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 10.1%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 44%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 29.6%**

** 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: 203,916 (increase of 1,854)

Marion County new deaths: 17

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,521

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 47%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 35.1%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 72,207

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 35,984

Johnson County cumulative cases: 37,906

Madison County cumulative cases: 28,722

Boone County cumulative cases: 13,388

Hancock County cumulative cases: 18,487

Morgan County cumulative cases: 14,245

Shelby County cumulative cases: 11,483

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Jan. 19, 2022)

First dose administered: 3,708,651 (daily increase of 3,260)

Fully vaccinated: 3,614,768 (daily increase of 2,997)

Booster doses: 1,607,401 (daily increase of 8,101)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 35.2%

Available ICU beds: 10.7%

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3 thoughts on “Statewide COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations increase to near-highs

    1. Because it’s Biden’s fault the right wing don’t get vaccinated or wear a mask? What if we had taken it seriously in the beginning? Yeah, I know – facts are troublesome. Oh, wait – vaccinations and masks don’t work anyway – I nearly forgot. Party on…..

    2. Here’s another thought, Ed … based on the data showing that people in counties that went for Trump are dying at three times the rate of those in counties that went for Biden.

      “As of this week, about 1,800 Americans a day are dying of Covid; the C.D.C. expects that number to rise above 2,600.”

      “Virtually all are adults. If 95 percent were unvaccinated and we assume that 75 percent of those were Trump supporters, that’s 1,300 to 1,900 of his voters being subtracted from the rolls every single day.”

      “Donald Trump lost Arizona by a mere 10,000 votes. He lost Georgia by 12,000, He lost Wisconsin by 21,000. He lost Nevada by 33,000.”

      “Right now, about 60 Arizonans, 36 Georgians, 34 Wisconsinites and 14 Nevadans are dying of Covid each day. Seventy five percent of 95 percent of that would be minus 103 Trump voters per day — just in those four swing states. Week after week. That adds up.”

      I don’t buy the totals because I’m not sure it accounts for the percentage of people who don’t vote, so reduce the numbers based on the rough assumption that 67% of people voted in 2020. The point still stands….