INDIANAPOLIS — This is a weekly blog with daily updates on COVID-19 numbers and other related content across Indiana for the week of Jan. 11, 2021. Governor Eric Holcomb does a live briefing at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Sunday, Jan. 17
The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 3,228 new COVID-19 cases and 24 additional deaths Sunday.
That brings to 590,211 the number of Hoosiers now known to have contracted the novel coronavirus. A total of 8,936 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, with another 374 believed to have died with clinical symptoms of the virus but no positive test on record.
Saturday, Jan. 16
The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 3,973 new COVID-19 cases among Indiana residents Saturday.
Another 41 deaths that occurred between Jan. 5 and Friday were also reported.
Friday, Jan. 15
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 4,744 new cases of COVID-19 Friday and 42 additional deaths.
Indiana has seen 583,160 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started, and 8,872 Hoosiers have died.
Thursday, Jan. 14
State health officials reported 4,411 new COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths. Since the pandemic started, there have been 578,494 cases and 8,830 deaths.
Officials said more than 6 million tests have been administered and 287,239 individuals have been vaccinated. Of those, 48,437 people have been fully vaccinated.
Wednesday, Jan. 13
Officials reported 3,686 new COVID-19 cases and 59 deaths Wednesday, bringing statewide totals to 574,119 cases and 8,790 deaths since the pandemic started.
Nearly all southern Indiana counties are in the red zone. Floyd County currently sits at the top of the orange zone with a positivity rate at 14.9%.
Hoosiers age 70 and older are now able to schedule their COVID-19 vaccinations. The Indiana State Department of Health made the announcement Wednesday morning.
Eligible Hoosiers can schedule their shots at 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 70 years or older), and enter your date of birth.
- Certify that you are 70 years or older.
- Click "Schedule an appointment."
During the state's weekly COVID-19 brief, Governor Eric Holcomb and other health officials spoke on vaccine efforts.
As of Wednesday morning, nearly 60,000 Hoosiers 70 and older scheduled an appointment to receive the vaccine.
Additionally, nearly 200,000 Hoosiers have already received their first dose of the vaccine.
Health officials also announced that in the coming weeks each county in Indiana will have a designated vaccination clinics.
When asked on his thoughts of the vaccine rollout, Holcomb said he is pleased with how everything is going so far. Much like past briefs, both the governor and health officials said that inventory is the only limiting factor to administering the vaccine.
"We just don't know when we'll get a big bump in vaccine doses," Dr. Kristina Box said.
Holcomb went on to say that his office is taking a fact based approach to move towards getting every Hoosier vaccinated.
"This is not 'Cabbage Patch' dolls or 'Tickle Me Elmo,'" said the governor. "This is vaccinations to the tune of tens of thousands."
Tuesday, Jan. 12
The Indiana State Department of Health announced 88 new COVID-19 deaths and 3,191 new cases. In total, there have been 570,477 cases and 8,731 deaths since the pandemic started.
Around 26% of ICU beds are available, with 26% in use by COVID-19 patients. There are still 73% of ventilators available. As of Monday, 2,515 Hoosiers are in the hospital with COVID-19.
Monday, Jan. 11
Health officials announced that the new strain of COVID-19 found in the United Kingdom has been identified in Indiana.
While it does not cause more severe symptoms, the Indiana Department of Health said it more easily spread.
"Because this strain of the virus can be transmitted more easily, it’s more important than ever that Hoosiers continue to wear their masks, practice social distancing, maintain good hygiene and get vaccinated when they are eligible," said State Health Commissioner Kristina Box.
ISDH reported 3,726 new COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths Monday, bringing the statewide totals to 567,338 cases and 8,643.
Nearly 194,000 Hoosiers have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 24,000 have received both doses and are fully vaccinated. Hoosiers age 80 and older, healthcare workers and first responders, can find an appointment at https://ourshot.in.gov.