Statewide COVID hospitalizations climb to 11-month high

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.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 5,315

Total cumulative cases: 1,140,151

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 80

Total cumulative deaths: 17,310

COVID-19 testing

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.

County numbers

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

COVID-19 vaccinations

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%

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6 thoughts on “Statewide COVID hospitalizations climb to 11-month high

    1. Takes 30 seconds to find if you know what real news sources to follow …

      Week ending Nov 25: 6,657 fully vaccinated Hoosiers tested positive for #COVID19, with 118 hospitalizations and 39 newly reported deaths.

      Since Jul 1:
      78% of cases have been #unvaccinated
      93% of hospitalizations
      77% of deaths

      Since Jan 18 (1st full vaccinations):
      84% of cases have been unvaccinated
      95% of hospitalizations
      89% of deaths

      2.26% of fully vaccinated Hoosiers have gotten sick
      .05% have been hospitalized
      .02% have died

  1. Agree on all the above. Amazed that data is somehow eluding IBJ. If the data in Joe’s link is correct, the only narrative show be something along the lines of “9 out of 10 deaths and hospitalizations are unvaccinated. Stop being stupid”. I guess endless stories and vax rates, and masks sell more advertising.

    1. I don’t believe the unvaccinated/vaccinated data is updated more than once a week by the state of Indiana. And even if it was updated daily, it wouldn’t change any minds. The trend is pretty clear – this is now a pandemic of vaccine refusers, who are requiring the hospitalization/ICU care that has choked off our hospitals. The vaccinated simply aren’t having bad cases to the level of the unvaccinated.

      When the virus runs out of those folks to burn through, we will see our numbers drop. But it’s going to be a rough stretch until we get there.

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