Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Indiana have jumped to their highest level in 11 months, according to the latest figures from the Indiana State Department of Health.
The department on Wednesday reported COVID hospitalizations rose from 2,642 on Monday to 2,755 on Tuesday. That’s the highest mark since Jan. 7, when hospitalizations reached 2,769. Hospitalizations have climbed 125% over the past month and are now exceeding levels seen during the surge in August and September, when they peaked at 2,687 on Sept. 13. The pandemic high was 3,460 on Nov. 20, 2020.
COVID patients now occupy 29.3% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.
The state on Wednesday also reported 80 more deaths from COVID, a two-day total of 173. The seven-day average of deaths from COVID rose from 23 to 27 per day.
The department also reported 5,315 new cases of COVID-19, up from 4,241 on Tuesday. The seven-day moving average of cases is at 4,731 per day.
More than 3.4 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m. after a daily increase of 5,976. More than 977,000 Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.
The department said 60.5% of Indiana residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.
*New COVID-19 cases: 5,315
Total cumulative cases: 1,140,151
New deaths: 80
Total cumulative deaths: 17,310
New tested individuals: 8,410
Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,587,297
Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 24.7%
Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.8%
Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 26.8%**
Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 14.8%**
** 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: 147,764 (increase of 388)
Marion County new deaths: 9
Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,265
Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 20.4%
Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 11.6%
Hamilton County cumulative cases: 52,154
Hendricks County cumulative cases: 26,741
Johnson County cumulative cases: 28,138
Madison County cumulative cases: 21,498
Boone County cumulative cases: 10,055
Hancock County cumulative cases: 13,371
Morgan County cumulative cases: 10,619
Shelby County cumulative cases: 8,507
Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Dec. 8, 2021)
First dose administered: 3,527,333 (daily increase of 5,947)
Fully vaccinated: 3,477,651 (daily increase of 5,976)
Booster doses: 977,975 (daily increase of 22,686)
Indiana intensive care unit usage
ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 29.3%
Available ICU beds: 20.4%