Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have fallen to their lowest point since July, according to the latest figures from the Indiana State Department of Health.
The department on Wednesday said 559 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Indiana as of Tuesday, the smallest number since July 21.
Hospitalizations have plummeted 84% since hitting a pandemic high of 3,519 on Jan. 13. COVID patients occupy only 4.7% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds, down from as high as 38% in mid-January.
The state reported 437 new COVID cases, including 48 in Marion County and 51 in Hamilton County. Shelby County reported just one new case.
Despite the decline in hospitalizations and cases, the virus is still claiming lives. Another 77 COVID deaths were reported on Wednesday, raising the pandemic total to 22,215 in Indiana.
More than 3.67 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday at 5 a.m. More than 1.69 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.
New COVID-19 cases: 437
Total cumulative cases: 1,685,997
New deaths: 77
Total cumulative deaths: 22,215
New tests administered: 22,482
Total tests administered: 19,113,942
Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 3.4%**
** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.
Marion County cumulative cases: 224,077 (increase of 48)
Marion County new deaths: 10
Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,837
Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 2.6%
Hamilton County cumulative cases: 81,431
Hendricks County cumulative cases: 40,618
Johnson County cumulative cases: 42,153
Madison County cumulative cases: 32,534
Boone County cumulative cases: 15,087
Hancock County cumulative cases: 20,584
Morgan County cumulative cases: 16,395
Shelby County cumulative cases: 13,548
Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–March 9, 2022)
First dose administered: 3,757,134 (daily increase of 733)
Fully vaccinated: 3,689,953 (daily increase of 936)
Booster doses: 1,724,209 (daily increase of 989)
Indiana intensive care unit usage
ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 4.7%
Available ICU beds: 19.9%