Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 drop below 1,600

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday reported 19 more deaths due to COVID-19, raising the cumulative total to 15,713.

The seven-day moving average of new deaths rose from at 20 to 18 per day, the health department said.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 decreased from 1,634 on Wednesday to 1,599 on Thursday, the lowest number since Aug. 16. Hospitalizations reached a recent peak of 2,687 on Sept. 13. COVID patients occupy nearly 21% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.

The department reported 2,303 new cases of COVID-19, down from 2,644 the previous day. The cumulative total of cases rose to 996,341.

More than 3.3 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday at 5 a.m., after a daily increase of 4,266.

The health department said 58.8% of Indiana residents 18 and older are now fully vaccinated.

The state released the latest statistics for so-called breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, reflecting data through Oct. 7. The numbers, which are updated weekly, showed that 48,676 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 1,042 required hospitalization and 485 died. The average age of a breakthrough death was 79 years old.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 2,303

Total cumulative cases: 996,341

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 19

Total cumulative deaths: 15,713

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 6,957

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,286,141

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 23.2%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.6%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 17.4%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 9%**

** 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–Oct. 15)

First dose administered: 3,297,715 (daily increase of 3,614)

Fully vaccinated: 3,329,239 (daily increase of 4,266)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 134,326 (increase of 237)

Marion County new deaths: 4

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,101

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 12.8%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 7.2%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 45,963

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 23,647

Johnson County cumulative cases: 24,821

Madison County cumulative cases: 18,538

Boone County cumulative cases: 8,819

Hancock County cumulative cases: 11,597

Morgan County cumulative cases: 9,361

Shelby County cumulative cases: 7,115

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 20.7%

ICU beds in use by non-COVID-19 patients: 56%

Available ICU beds: 23.3%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Friday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 44,783,838

U.S. deaths: 721,848

Global cases: 239,777,485

Global deaths: 4,885,059

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