Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID fall for 6th straight day

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While still high, statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have been on the decline for six straight days, according to Monday’s coronavirus update from the Indiana State Department of Health.

Hospitalizations hit an eight-month high of 2,687 on Sept. 13, but have fallen every day since, to 2,432 on Sunday. Almost a third (31.2%) of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients.

The state on Monday reported three more deaths from COVID-19, raising the cumulative total to 14,684, however, the cumulative total rose by 69 over Friday’s report. The seven-day moving average of new deaths is 20 per day, the health department said.

The state on Monday reported 1,920 new cases of COVID-19. The cumulative total rose to 934,586 cases, up by 7,982 cases over Friday’s report.

More than 3.21 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Monday at 5 a.m., a weekend increase of 20,249. Department statistics say 58.6% of Indiana residents 18 and older are now fully vaccinated.

School data

The health department on Monday reported the latest figures related to schools. The results are updated weekly. The latest report covered the week ended Sept. 17.

The latest figures showed a rise in student COVID-19 cases of 4,499, an increase of 210 teacher cases and 332 more staff cases.

Cumulative case counts since the beginning of the school year rose to 26,726 students, 1,356 teachers and 1,986 staff members.

The state said 1,820 schools have reported one or more cases, while 71 have seen no cases. Another 477 schools have not reported data to the state.

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: 1,920

Total cumulative cases: 934,586

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 3

Total cumulative deaths: 14,684

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 5,914

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,116,117

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 22.7%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.7%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 20.9%**

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. 20)

First dose administered: 3,217,384 (weekend increase of 14,751)

Fully vaccinated: 3,214,764 (weekend increase of 20,249)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 127,287 (increase of 262)

Marion County new deaths: 0

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,967

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 18.8%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 11.2%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 43,603

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 22,102

Johnson County cumulative cases: 23,466

Madison County cumulative cases: 17,213

Boone County cumulative cases: 8,351

Hancock County cumulative cases: 10,749

Morgan County cumulative cases: 8,813

Shelby County cumulative cases: 6,526

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 31.2%

Available ICU beds: 19.7%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of  Monday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 42,101,341

U.S. deaths: 673,911

Global cases: 228,688,628

Global deaths: 4,694,578

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4 thoughts on “Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID fall for 6th straight day

  1. Is it because of better masking, more social distancing, perfect hand washing, amazingly effective vaccines that never* need boosters, healthcare heroes, or S-E-A-S-O-N-A-L-I-T-Y?

  2. Eric M., I am not sure that seasonality explains what is happening here. Allergies are certainly up. But, these numbers are quite different compared to last year – here is my chart collecting this data since March 2020: I wonder if we have been experiencing a “wave” of infections associated with Delta, likely coming up from the South? Let’s hope the wave has crested.

    1. Regional patterns, where location determines curves, not interventions, pharmaceutical and otherwise, except in Israel, compared to its most immediate neighbors, where Israel has significantly higher vaccination and infection rates.