Indiana Department of Health announces new COVID-19 strain, updates case counts

Last Updated on January 12, 2021 by Indiana State Department of Health

Stats from coronavirus.in.gov as of noon on January 11, 2021:

Cass: 4575 (25 new cases); 58 deaths (2 new), 19.4% positivity
Carroll: 1482 (9 new cases); 15 deaths, 18.2% positivity
Fulton: 1543 (14 new cases); 29 deaths, 13.9% positivity
Pulaski: 921 (0 new cases); 35 deaths, 14.7% positivity
Miami: 2983 (29 new cases); 41 deaths, 15.6% positivity
Howard: 7520 (47 new cases); 131 deaths, 16.3% positivity
White: 2580 (20 new cases); 38 deaths, 21.5% positivity

Statewide ICU Bed Usage (2148 total capacity)
26.7% available
26.4% in use – COVID
46.8% in use – Non-COVID

District 4 ICU Bed Usage (71 total capacity)
33.8% available
42.3% in use – COVID
23.9% in use – Non-COVID

Statewide Ventilator Usage (2798 total capacity)
72.5% available
10.2% in use – COVID
17.3% in use – Non-COVID

District 4 Ventilator Usage (60 total capacity)
70% available
15% in use – COVID
15% in use – Non-COVID

COVID-19 Hospital Census – 1/10
Total COVID-19 patients – 2537 statewide; 134 in District 4

Find info on the vaccine dashboard at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/

SOURCE: News release from Indiana State Department of Health

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Health today announced that a new strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been identified in Indiana.

The strain, which was identified through testing at the Department of Health laboratory and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the same one identified in the United Kingdom last fall. It does not cause more severe infections, but it is much more easily spread.

“It’s common for viruses to mutate, and we are seeing that occur with COVID-19,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “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.”

To date, 567,338 Indiana residents are known to have had the novel coronavirus, an increase of 3,726 from Sunday. Of those, 8,643 are confirmed to have died, an increase of 30 from the previous day. Another 373 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.

To date, 2,762,573 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 2,752,524 on Sunday. A total of 6,140,884 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.

To find testing sites around the state, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.

Hoosiers age 80 and older, along with healthcare workers and first responders, are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. To find an appointment, go to https://ourshot.in.gov.

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. The Indiana Department of Health has created a vaccine dashboard that will show the latest number of vaccines administered. The dashboard will be updated daily beginning today.