Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 climb past 2,400

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday reported 5,079 new cases of COVID-19, the second day in a row that cases have topped 5,000.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continued to increase, rising from 2,366 on Wednesday to 2,443 on Thursday, the highest number since Jan. 12, when 2,484 people were hospitalized with the virus. The number has risen from 385 just two months ago. More than a quarter (28.4%) of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients.

The department reported another 20 deaths from the virus, raising the cumulative total to 14,121. The seven-day moving average of new deaths remained at 18 per day, the health department said.

More than 3.1 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday at 5 a.m. after a daily increase of nearly 6,000.

The state released the latest statistics for so-called breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, reflecting data through Aug. 26. The numbers, which are updated weekly, showed that 18,042 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 397 required hospitalization and 115 died. The average age of a breakthrough death was 80 years old.

Following are the latest COVID-19 numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health. The department updates its data daily based on information received through 11:59 p.m. the previous day.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 5,079

Total cumulative cases: 873,480

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 20

Total cumulative deaths: 14,121

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 14,857

Total cumulative tested individuals: 3,960,242

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 22.1%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.6%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 19.2%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 11.5%**

** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14–Sept. 3)

First dose administered: 3,140,793 (daily increase of 6,247)

Fully vaccinated: 3,119,002 (daily increase of 5,936)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 119,371 (increase of 586)

Marion County new deaths: 1

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,892

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 17.8%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 11.6%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 41,321

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 20,586

Johnson County cumulative cases: 22,004

Madison County cumulative cases: 15,993

Boone County cumulative cases: 7,883

Hancock County cumulative cases: 10,000

Morgan County cumulative cases: 8,124

Shelby County cumulative cases: 5,946

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 28%

Available ICU beds: 19.7%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Friday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 39,562,893

U.S. deaths: 643,776

Global cases: 219,273,783

Global deaths: 4,546,104

*New cases, deaths and tests are previously unreported cases, deaths and tests submitted to the Indiana State Health Department in the 24 hours through 11:59 p.m. the previous day. The cases and testing categories typically contain numerous duplicates—as many as 20% or more—that are later eliminated from the cumulative totals.

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4 thoughts on “Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 climb past 2,400

    1. Breakthrough data on hospitalizations and deaths, maybe. But vaccines never promised they would keep you from catching COVID 100%. It does reduce your chances of ending up in the hospital, going to the ICU, ending up intubated, or dying.

      Hospitalization is relevant because it shows our ER’s and ICU’s are now slammed and those with non-COVID emergency health care needs are going to suffer. The case of the Marine vet who died an entirely preventable death from a gallstone makes me think that maybe it’s time to reserve ICU capacity for non-COVID patients, and care of breakthrough patients and those truly medically unable to get vaccinated should be prioritized over care for those who have chosen not to get vaccinated.

    2. JOE B. Maybe it’s time to reserve ICU capacity for non-smokers, non-obese, non-drinkers, and non-druggies over everyone else?

    3. You know, Scott, maybe I wouldn’t feel that way if not for all the neighsayers who pass on the vaccine who talk a tough game about how they don’t need the vaccine, how they’ll be fine if they get COVID.

      “99.4% of people survive!” “The shot is more deadly than the virus!”

      Just commit to your choice, that’s all I’m saying. If you pass on the vaccine, don’t go to the ER. That’s the call you’re making when you pass on the vaccine – and if you don’t make it, well, your body, your choice, your consequences. Chin up, take it like a man.

      If we are going to make pregnant women feel the consequences for their actions and ban abortion, it’s only fair that vaccine refusers feel consequences, don’t you think?