Hospitalizations from COVID-19 reach highest mark since last year

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Indiana have reached their highest level since late last year, according to the latest figures from the Indiana State Department of Health.

The department on Monday reported COVID hospitalizations rose from 2,931 on Saturday to 2,934 on Sunday. That’s the highest mark since Dec. 29, when hospitalizations reached 2,941.  The pandemic high was 3,460 on Nov. 20, 2020.

Hospitalizations from COVID have climbed 27% since Dec. 1 and 124% over the past month.

COVID patients now occupy 31.8% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.

The state said three more deaths from COVID were reported on Sunday, raising the total death toll to 17,471. The seven-day average of deaths from COVID was 20 per day.

The department also reported 3,005 new cases of COVID-19. The seven-day moving average of cases is at 4,534 per day.

More than 4,451 new student COVID-19 cases have been reported over the past week by state schools. Schools also reported 243 new teacher cases and 386 new staff cases.

More than 3.5 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Monday at 5 a.m. after a weekend increase of 13,004. More than 1 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 60.8% of Indiana residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 3,005

Total cumulative cases: 1,162,284

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 3

Total cumulative deaths: 17,471

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 5,793

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,626,997

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 25%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.8%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 26.5%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 14.7%**

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

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 150,032 (increase of 366)

Marion County new deaths: 0

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,280

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 21.1%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 11.8%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 53,241

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 27,254

Johnson County cumulative cases: 28,618

Madison County cumulative cases: 22,035

Boone County cumulative cases: 10,201

Hancock County cumulative cases: 13,721

Morgan County cumulative cases: 10,845

Shelby County cumulative cases: 8,719

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Dec. 13, 2021)

First dose administered: 3,548,714 (weekend increase of 10,822)

Fully vaccinated: 3,501,249 (weekend increase of 13,004)

Booster doses: 1,077,531 (weekend increase of 46,094)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 31.8%

Available ICU beds: 18.8%

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