INDIANAPOLIS — This is a weekly blog with daily updates on COVID-19 numbers and other related content across Indiana for the week of Jan. 18, 2021. Governor Eric Holcomb does a live briefing at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Sunday, January 24
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 2,565 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday and 23 additional deaths.
The deaths occurred between Jan. 20 and Saturday, and bring the state's confirmed total of Hoosiers who died after testing positive for the virus to 9,340.
Indiana has now recorded 611,039 positive cases in unique individuals.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported Saturday that more than 94,000 Hoosiers have been fully vaccinated as of Friday. Nearly 419,000 Indiana residents have received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or just more than 6 percent of the state's population.
Saturday, January 23
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 3,188 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday.
Another 50 deaths that occurred between Dec. 7, 2020 and Friday were reported, bringing the state's confirmed total to 9,317.
Friday, January 22
The state is reporting 3,560 new cases and 49 more confirmed deaths Friday. Indiana's has totaled 605,426 positive cases of the virus and 9,267 deaths.
There are another 375 probable deaths due to the virus.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 6,652,500 tests administered to 2,879,896 Hoosiers.
Thursday, January 21
Gov. Holcomb and state leaders gave an update on COVID-19 and vaccination efforts.
The state said it will continue to request as many vaccinations as it can from the federal government. The state is receiving around 80,000 doses weekly. Mass vaccine sites are still not necessary as the supply of vaccine is still limited.
The state has received a total of 736,000 doses of vaccine and that includes first and second doses. The state has administered 450,000 doses and has 286,000 doses of vaccines not yet administered. There are 270,000 first- and second-dose vaccination points scheduled. The state is limiting appointments to ensure the vaccine will be available when a patient arrives.
The state plans to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine for Hoosiers 65 and older. The state did not give a timeframe for when that happened. It did say that because of the limited supply of vaccine it receives, it does not know when it will be able to open up vaccines to those 60 and older.
People can register to get a vaccine by clicking here or calling 2-1-1.
Indiana reported 3,733 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, the highest daily total this week. Health officials also reported 64 new deaths that happened between Dec. 22 and Jan 20.
In total, there have been 9,218 deaths and nearly 602,000 cases in Indiana since the pandemic started.
Gov. Eric Holcomb's weekly briefing will take place Thursday, moved up from Wednesday due to the presidential inauguration.
Wednesday, January 20
The Indiana State Department of Health reports 2,942 new cases for a total of 598,313.
There were also an additional 62 deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 9,154 Hoosiers.
Governor Eric Holcomb will not be holding a weekly COVID-19 brief due to the inauguration. Holcomb will give the brief Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19
State health officials announced 2,756 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 595,436 cases.
There were also 126 deaths recorded, all of which happening between Dec. 15 and Jan. 18. At this time, 9,092 Hoosiers have died from the virus.
Hospitalizations have decreased, with around 2,330 Hoosiers being treated for COVID-19. Nearly 30% of ICU beds are available and 75% of ventilators are open.
Monday, January 18
The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 2,548 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 30 more deaths. Indiana has recorded a total of 592,709 positive cases and 8,966 confirmed deaths since March 2020.
There have been a total of 6,462,786 tests administered to 2,839,505 Hoosiers.
Indiana is distributing vaccine doses by age group. Right now, Hoosiers who are 80 and older can make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The next group to be eligible will be those 70 and older, then 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."