Vanderburgh County's COVID cases up 18.3%; Indiana cases holding steady

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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.

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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.

Peyton Roth gets her COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccine clinic for students, aged 5-11, on the Alabama State University campus in Montgomery on Jan. 21. The clinic was run as a partnership between Alabama State University, Montgomery Public Schools and the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Peyton Roth gets her COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccine clinic for students, aged 5-11, on the Alabama State University campus in Montgomery on Jan. 21. The clinic was run as a partnership between Alabama State University, Montgomery Public Schools and the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Vanderburgh County reported 4,637 cases and seven deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 3,920 cases and five deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 48,959 cases and 530 deaths.

Warrick County reported 1,742 cases and four deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 1,201 cases and three deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 17,207 cases and 215 deaths.

Posey County reported 505 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 399 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 5,616 cases and 48 deaths.

Gibson County reported 905 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 670 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 9,749 cases and 126 deaths.

Dubois County reported 895 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 680 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 11,418 cases and 152 deaths.

Spencer County reported 260 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 209 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 4,574 cases and 56 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.

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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.

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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.

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Evansville Courier & Press: Vanderburgh County COVID cases increased by 4,637 this week

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