Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations fall to lowest mark since July

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Statewide hospitalizations have fallen to their lowest point since late July, according to the latest figures from the Indiana State Department of Health.

The department on Monday said 818 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Indiana as of Sunday, the smallest number since July 29.

Hospitalizations have plummeted 77% since hitting a pandemic high of 3,519 on Jan. 13. COVID patients occupy 8.6% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds. The state has 24.9% of its ICU beds available overall.

The health department reported just 313 new COVID cases on Monday, down from a single-day record of 17,684 new cases only five weeks ago. Marion County reported just 39 new cases and Hamilton reported only 11. The other counties surrounding Marion County had fewer than 10 cases each.

No new COVID deaths were reported, which is common in a Monday report. The pandemic total is 21,953 in Indiana.

More than 3.68 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Monday at 5 a.m. More than 1.7 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 60.6% of Indiana residents 12 and older and 62.6% of residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

New COVID-19 cases: 313

Total cumulative cases: 1,681,685

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 0

Total cumulative deaths: 21,953

COVID-19 testing

New tests administered: 10,118

Total tests administered: 18,959,208

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 6.3%**

** 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: 222,927 (increase of 39)

Marion County new deaths: 7

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,812

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 4.7%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 81,189

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 40,541

Johnson County cumulative cases: 42,079

Madison County cumulative cases: 32,465

Boone County cumulative cases: 15,032

Hancock County cumulative cases: 20,549

Morgan County cumulative cases: 16,356

Shelby County cumulative cases: 13,519

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Feb. 28, 2022)

First dose administered: 3,755,917 (weekend increase of 1,592)

Fully vaccinated: 3,683,892 (weekend increase of 3,059)

Booster doses: 1,713,756 (weekend increase of 3,979)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 8.6%

Available ICU beds: 24.9%

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4 thoughts on “Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations fall to lowest mark since July

  1. Pretty amazing. Only about half the state got vaccinated and cases are plummeting. Wonder how on earth this could have happened with everyone so cavalier about their vaccinations. Must be a miracle.

  2. Glad to see these numbers dropping and hope they keep dropping. According to the Census Bureau, Indiana is home to 1 in 48.8 U.S. residents (6,785,528 of 331,449,281). According to the CDC, Indiana has experienced 1 in 41.5 U.S. Covid deaths (22,843 of 947,882). Thus, a typical resident of Indiana has had a 17.6% higher chance of dying of Covid compared to a typical U.S. resident.

    1. Since the beginning of 2021 when vaccines generally started to become available, Indiana has experienced 1 of every 40.2 U.S. Covid deaths (14,607 of the 586,955), despite being home to only 1 of every 48.8 U.S. residents. Thus, since the beginning of 2021, a typical Indiana resident has had a 21.4% higher chance of dying of Covid compared to a typical U.S. resident. It’s certainly possible that Indiana’s low rate of vaccination (44th out of 51 states + D.C.) has led to an excess of deaths due to Covid.