Indiana reported 98,650 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, from 96,454 the week before of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Indiana ranked 26th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 14.9% from the week before, with 4,770,122 cases reported. With 2.02% of the country's population, Indiana had 2.07% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 27 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Many counties did not report during data during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, disrupting the current and previous weeks' statistics. Week-to-week comparisons are skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they're accurate to what states reported.
Lawrence County reported 653 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 497 cases and nine deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 10,308 cases and 221 deaths.
Within Indiana, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Warrick County with 2,765 cases per 100,000 per week; Gibson County with 2,689; and Vanderburgh County with 2,556. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Marion County, with 12,850 cases; Allen County, with 6,784 cases; and Hamilton County, with 4,979. Weekly case counts rose in 72 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Vanderburgh, Warrick and Elkhart counties.
Indiana ranked 46th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 59.6% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 75.5%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Sunday, Indiana reported administering another 144,732 vaccine doses, including 47,216 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 119,623 vaccine doses, including 30,231 first doses. In all, Indiana reported it has administered 8,933,809 total doses.
Across Indiana, cases fell in 18 counties, with the best declines in Marion County, with 12,850 cases from 15,757 a week earlier; in Lake County, with 3,462 cases from 5,277; and in Hamilton County, with 4,979 cases from 5,525.
In Indiana, 525 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 612 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,524,527 people in Indiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 20,751 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 70,700,678 people have tested positive and 866,540 people have died.
Indiana's COVID-19 hospital admissions staying flat
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 23.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
Last week: 4,098
The week before that: 4,055
Four weeks ago: 3,280
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
Last week: 188,864
The week before that: 197,883
Four weeks ago: 99,261
Hospitals in 25 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 22 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 30 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
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This article originally appeared on The Times-Mail: Lawrence County COVID cases increased by 653 this week