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Indiana COVID-19 Trends Remain Stable Despite Increases In COVID-19 Cases



The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has reported more than 1,000 single-day cases over the past two days, despite a previous decrease in cases. But COVID-19 trends in the state remain relatively unchanged.

Indiana recorded fewer than 1,000 COVID-19 cases Feb. 14 for the first time since early October. Since then, seven days have recorded fewer than 1,000 cases, but on Thursday the IDOH documented 1,109 new cases and 26 new deaths. These new numbers increased the state totals to 659,127 cases and 12,065 deaths; however, Indiana still is averaging fewer than 1,000 cases and 20 deaths every day.

The state has administered more than 7.9 million tests on more than 3.1 million Hoosiers, with a seven-day positivity rate of 4.1% — which has not changed for four days.

The IDOH’s hospital census shows a slight increase, with 889 Hoosiers hospitalized due to the virus, but ICU bed usage continues to fall. COVID-19 patients occupy 6.8% of the state’s ICU beds while 35.8% remain available. Less than 3% of Indiana’s ventilators are in use by patients with the virus.

More than 941,000 Hoosiers have received their first dose of the vaccine, while 507,155 Hoosiers — about 7.5% of the state’s population — have been fully vaccinated.

In Monroe County, the IDOH reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death, increasing the county totals to 10,285 cases and 159 deaths.

Monroe County has administered more than 340,000 tests on 80,601 residents with a seven-day positivity rate of 0.8%. Prior to this slight increase, the county positivity rate was 0.7% for the past four days.

Thirty-four residents in the area are hospitalized with COVID-19, and patients with the virus occupy 1% of ICU beds. Nearly 62% of ICU beds in the area remain available.

IDOH data show 18,424 county residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 11,064 residents — about 7.5% of the county — have received both doses.

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