Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 hit lowest mark since July 6

The Indiana State Department of Health on Saturday reported 1,243 new cases of COVID-19, snapping a seven-day streak of daily reports with fewer than 1,000 new cases.

Saturday’s report, however, included an additional 445 cases and 1,241 additional individuals tested from a newly onboarded testing facility.

The state reported 36 new deaths due to the coronavirus. Reported deaths due to COVID-19 have exceeded single digits in 144 of the past 146 days.

The state has reported 161 new deaths over the past seven days, an average of 23 per day. That’s down from 214 the previous week, an average of 30.6 per day. The state reported an average of 90 deaths per day in February.

The department said 6,609 new individuals were tested.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 dropped from 730 on Thursday to 663 on Friday, the lowest number since July 6. The high mark was 3,460, set on Nov. 30.

The state said more than 677,000 Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Saturday at 5 a.m. More than 1.1 million had received the first dose of a vaccination.

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: 1,243

Total cumulative cases: 666,516

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 36

Total deaths: 12,299

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 6,609

Total cumulative tested individuals: 3,145,029

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 21.2%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 9%**

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 9.7%

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 3.2%**

** 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 – March 6)

First dose administered: 1,112,590 (daily increase of 24,279)

Fully vaccinated: 677,890 (daily increase of 20,153)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 91,271 (increase of 216)

Marion County new deaths: 6

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,659

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 6.9%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 2.9%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 32,445

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 15,944

Johnson County cumulative cases: 16,466

Madison County cumulative cases: 11,799

Boone County cumulative cases: 6,166

Hancock County cumulative cases: 7,462

Morgan County cumulative cases: 6,129

Shelby County cumulative cases: 4,633

Indiana intensive care unit usage

Available ICU beds: 33.1 %

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 5.4%

Available ventilators: 80.3%

Ventilators in use for COVID-19: 2.2%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Saturday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 28,908,575

U.S. deaths: 523,238

Global cases: 116,297,977

Global deaths: 2,583,482

*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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