INDIANAPOLIS — This is a weekly blog with daily updates on COVID-19 numbers and other related content across Indiana for the week of Jan. 25, 2021. Governor Eric Holcomb does a live briefing at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Sunday, January 31
The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed 1,750 additional cases of COVID-19 Sunday, and 5 additional deaths from the virus.
Saturday, January 30
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 2,389 new cases of COVID-19 among Indiana residents Saturday.
The state also recorded 43 additional deaths that happened between Dec. 23, 2020 and Friday. That brings to 9,592 the total number of Hoosiers who have died from the virus since March.
Friday, January 29
State health officials are reporting 2,647 new cases for a total of 622,625 cases since the pandemic started.
ISDH also reported 46 deaths taking place between Jan. 14-28, bringing the statewide total to 9,549 deaths.
Nearly 519,000 Hoosiers have been vaccinated at this time.
Thursday, January 28
The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 2,890 new cases and 34 additional deaths from COVID-19.
Wednesday, January 27
Gov. Eric Holcomb and state leaders provided an update on the COVID-19 response and vaccination effort.
Holcomb said the state is seeing good signs as the positivity rate and hospitalizations are going down.
The latest executive order for Feb. 1 - Feb. 28 adjusts crowd levels at social gatherings and events depending on a county's color level:
- Red or orange – May not exceed 25 percent capacity
- Yellow – May not exceed 50 percent capacity
- Blue – May be 100 percent capacity
- With appropriate social distancing, face coverings and other safety precautions.
The state was notified by the federal government that it will receive an additional 16 percent of vaccine (13,000 extra doses) per week. Around 477,000 Hoosiers have received one dose of vaccine and 113,000 have received both doses.
In the past week, Meijer, Kroger and Walmart have started or plan to start offering the vaccine at select stores around the state. Meijer and Kroger will use their own sign-up systems. Walmart will use the state system through ourshot.in.gov and by calling 2-1-1.
In total, the state has received 809k vaccine doses and approximately one million appointments to receive the vaccine have bee scheduled since Dec. 18.
The state hopes to be able to open vaccinations up to Hoosiers 65 and older in the next week. Currently vaccinations are for those 70 and older in Indiana.
Here is a look at the current vaccination rates in Indiana:
- Age 80+: 51 percent
- Age 70+: 57 percent
- Health care workers & first responders: 60 percent
The Indiana National Guard will begin living its support role in long-term care facilities around Jan. 31. Some Guardsmen could leave in the days before or days after that date. By Feb. 22, 80 percent of Guardsmen will be out of the facilities and all of them by March 15.
The state is reporting 2,260 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 617,176 since the pandemic began.
There were also an additional 40 deaths bringing the death toll in Indiana to 9,470.
Tuesday, January 26
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reporting 1,777 more positive cases of COVID-19 and 80 more confirmed deaths from the virus. Indiana's totals are now at 614,946 cases and 9,432 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Registrations for the vaccine are now open for select groups through Indiana State Department of Health.
Monday, January 25
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 2,210 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the statewide total to 613,228 cases.
Officials also reported 12 new deaths that took place between Jan. 22-24. At this time, 9,352 Hoosiers have died of COVID-19.
The state's 7-day positivity rate for all tests currently sits at 9.6%. A total of 440,822 Hoosiers have been vaccinated. Of those Hoosiers, 100,029 are fully vaccinated.
Indiana is distributing vaccine doses by age group. Right now, Hoosiers who are 70 and older can make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The next group to be eligible will be those 60 and older. Dates for these next age groups have not been released.
To make an appointment, anyone can call the state's 211 telephone assistance service or follow these steps to register online:
- Go to ourshot.in.gov.
- Click on the link in the red box near the top of the page that says "Click here to find a vaccination site."
- Select the county you live in.
- Select a vaccine clinic available in your county.
- Select the blue link that says "Click here to register."
- Select the group you belong to (People 80 years or older), and enter your date of birth.
- Certify that you are 80 years or older.
- Click "Schedule an appointment."