Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations climb to another high

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday reported 15,926 new cases of COVID-19, the second-highest mark during the pandemic, trailing the all-time high of 16,563 on Thursday.

COVID-related hospitalizations hit an all-time high of 3,519 on Thursday, up from 3,451 on Wednesday. COVID patients occupy 37.9% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds. The state has just 9.2% of its ICU beds available overall.

The state reported 97 more deaths from COVID, increasing the cumulative death toll to 19,491. The seven-day moving average of deaths rose from 41 to 43 per day.

More than 3.59 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m. More than 1.5 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 59.8% of Indiana residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 15,926

Total cumulative cases: 1,425,877

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 97

Total cumulative deaths: 19,491

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 12,050

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,887,170

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 28.5%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 9.9%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 40.6%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 27.3%**

** 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: 194,915 (increase of 2,305)

Marion County new deaths: 8

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,485

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 47.4%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 35.6%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 68,659

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 33,886

Johnson County cumulative cases: 36,032

Madison County cumulative cases: 27,416

Boone County cumulative cases: 12,862

Hancock County cumulative cases: 17,657

Morgan County cumulative cases: 13,449

Shelby County cumulative cases: 10,964

COVID-19 vaccinations

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

First dose administered: 3,691,756 (daily increase of 4,460)

Fully vaccinated: 3,599,575 (daily increase of 4,557)

Booster doses: 1,549,826 (daily increase of 15,163)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 37.9%

Available ICU beds: 9.2%

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12 thoughts on “Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations climb to another high

    1. “Only when this [unvaccinated] bacillus infecting the life of peoples has been removed can one hope to establish a co-operation amongst the nations which shall be built up on a lasting understanding.”

    2. You’ve been hypnotized by CNN. And remember, if you are vaccinated, boosted, masked, and social distancing, you have nothing to worry about.

    3. Scott, Scott, Scott…. how many times do you need to be told? Unfortunately, due to uninformed guys like you (and rich countries’ unwillingness/ inability to rapidly get the vaccine out to every person on this earth), we’ve let a new, much more highly contagious variant develop. And more will be on the way.

      “If you are vaccinated, boosted, masked, and social distancing…” then YES, you STILL have something to be worried about. As you know, the fully vaccinated can easily catch this variant and spread it to their kids under age 5 or their friends with young kids, or anyone they come into contact with that is immuno-compromised.

      But you just keep on watching out for #1 and your “freedumbs” and everyone else can GTH, right Big Guy?

  1. Randy, I’m handing out free pacifiers, blankies and diapers at the corner of McCarty and Delaware this weekend. Would you like some for you and your loved ones? I give an extra pair to anyone who uses the word “freedumb”. That way they have the freedumb to soil themselves and not embarrass themselves too badly.

    What do you say to the tens of thousands of healthcare workers who refused to get the jab in NY State alone, and chose to forfeit their jobs? It must be terrifying thinking how many tinfoil-hat wearing devotees of Alex Jones there are in that generally progressive state.

    “the fully vaccinated can easily catch this variant and spread it to their kids under age 5”

    That fact that you don’t see the inherent paradoxical thinking about this mediocre elixir embedded in this half-sentence is proof that you’re not employee all the gears in your cognitive faculties upstairs. Do you wear full plate armor to avoid mosquito bites?

    1. “What do you say to the tens of thousands of healthcare workers who refused to get the jab in NY State alone, and chose to forfeit their jobs?”

      Go move to another state with no such restrictions. But those employers might require the flu shot already, so good luck with that.

      The sooner we let the unvaccinated feel the consequences of their choices, the better. Crushing the American healthcare system to save some folks who don’t appreciate their efforts and want to learn a lesson the hard way is a waste.

      ‘Everyone is so tired’: Inside IU Health Methodist as it is overwhelmed by COVID patients

      “Timothy Garner, 55, was one of those patients on Saturday. Garner, who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, stood up in his Tipton home and realized something was very wrong with his left foot. The extremity felt numb but also on fire.

      The local hospital emergency room staff diagnosed him with blood clots in his foot and arranged for him to be airlifted to IU Health Methodist. Two days later, Garner lay in bed, tethered to supplemental oxygen, but a new man, feeling “300% better,” foot intact, able to wiggle his toes.

      “I was one of those stubborn old fools that didn’t get vaccinated,” he said. “After almost losing your foot, that changes things.”

      About 52% of the state’s total population has been vaccinated. About 66% of those in Garner’s age group are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s vaccine dashboard.

      While both his elderly parents were vaccinated, Garner had always leaned toward conspiracy theories, he said. The electrician had distrusted the vaccine, which he said, seemed to have been developed too fast.

      But after what he’s just been through? He wouldn’t wish it on his worst enemy. He told Kapoor he wanted to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

      “This stubborn old man has figured out it ain’t worth it,” Garner said. “My mind’s all different now.”

    2. Lauren B – it’s curious that not a single word in your blather contests the FACTS I stated. Just your twisted thinking.

  2. Randy and Joe, if you are scared, you should stay home and think of more things to worry about or how you can get others to worry with you.

    While we are at it, make sure you stop smoking, drinking, eating junk food, and start exercising five days a week so you can stop clogging up the health care system with your self-centered attitude.

    1. Scott C – I do not stay at home. I am not scared of getting the virus since I’m fully vaccinated. I CARE about other people, which is why I advocate for everyone getting the vaccine. You mistake caring about other people with fear. And there you are wrong.

      The rest of your post is a non sequitur. (Go look it up.)

    2. I actually exercise six, but thanks for your concern.

      Once all the unvaccinated get natural immunity the hard way over the next month or so, I’m looking forward to getting back out and living life again like I did for the last half of 2021. I’d rather just not constantly worry that if my elderly parents have a heart attack or stroke, they’re going to die because some bozo who thinks Joe Rogan or Dr. Oz are the people to listen to when it comes to vaccinations.

      “This stubborn old man has figured out it ain’t worth it. My mind’s all different now.”