The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported another rise in statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

Hospitalizations increased from 2,244 on Tuesday to 2,317 on Wednesday, the highest number since Sept. 22. COVID patients now occupy 26.3% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.

The department reported 5,653 new cases of COVID-19, down from 6,164 the previous day. More than 500 cases were reported in Marion County.

The state also reported 27 more deaths from COVID, for a three-day total of 207. The newly reported deaths increased the overall pandemic death toll to 17,060.

More than 3.4 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m. after a daily increase of 4,982. Meanwhile, more than 855,000 Hoosiers have already gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 60.5% of Indiana residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 5,653

Total cumulative cases: 1,112,735

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 27

Total cumulative deaths: 17,060

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 9,767

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,542,091

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 24.4%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.7%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 22.8%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 11.6%**

** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 145,083 (increase of 512)

Marion County new deaths: 3

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,237

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 17.6%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 9.6%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 50,838

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 26,181

Johnson County cumulative cases: 27,559

Madison County cumulative cases: 21,002

Boone County cumulative cases: 9,815

Hancock County cumulative cases: 13,061

Morgan County cumulative cases: 10,360

Shelby County cumulative cases: 8,210

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Dec. 2, 2021)

First dose administered: 3,496,948 (daily increase of 4,582)

Fully vaccinated: 3,446,898 (daily increase of 4,982)

Booster doses: 855,277 (daily increase of 22,690)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 26.3%

Available ICU beds: 19%

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