About 2,000 health care, public safety and hospitality workers were on the floor or seated nearby for Miley Cyrus’ musical tribute on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The state said more than 1.22 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Saturday. More than 1.75 million had received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination.
Fortune magazine reported that ticket prices are 145% higher than any other Final Four in history. Brokers say the prices would be even higher if a Midwestern team was in the final rounds.
The South Meridian Street bars, Tiki Bob’s Cantina and The Patron Saint, were cited for multiple violations including not requiring masks and social distancing. Both establishments corrected the violations, the health department said.
The holdouts are leery about possible side effects. They tend to be Republican, and they are usually younger and less susceptible to becoming critically ill or dying if they catch COVID-19.
While the state’s rollout of eligibility for the vaccine has come under some fire, many Hoosiers have begun planning for a summer and fall free from worry, ready to resume their normal lives.
Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose from 677 on Wednesday to 697 on Thursday.
The state said more than 1.16 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday. More than 1.69 million had received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination.
The companies also said the vaccine was 91% effective against symptomatic disease and was even more protective in preventing severe disease.
The move comes as the state gets a larger allotment of doses from the federal government and seeks to expand vaccination sites beyond hospitals, pharmacies and health centers.
Delays could be a setback for Indiana and other states that have counted on the one-shot J&J vaccine as a growing part of their coronavirus immunization mix, along with the two-shot doses of Pfizer and Moderna.
The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 1,127 new cases of COVID-19, the second time cases have topped 1,000 in five days.
The seven-day moving average of positive COVID-19 cases in Indiana was 918 on Monday, up from 744 two weeks ago.
Seven of the Elite Eight teams’ schools are located no less than 800 miles from Indianapolis, as the crow flies. Michigan is the outlier, and local tourism officials have indicated that if the Wolverines advance to the Final Four, it could provide a helpful economic boost.
Meanwhile, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that she had a recurring feeling of “impending doom” about a potential fourth wave of COVID-19 infections after cases in the U.S. rose 10% over the last week.
Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose from 617 on Saturday to 655 on Sunday.
The announcement comes two days before Indiana opens vaccination sign-ups to Hoosiers 16 and older.
A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely.”
The state said more than 1.08 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Sunday. More than 1.6 million had received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination.