COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in Indiana, United States, continue to remain at high levels, according to the latest data from the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH). The state’s COVID-19 dashboard, updated weekly, paints a concerning picture of the escalating crisis.
The death toll from COVID-19 in Indiana has reached 26,104, with an increase of 126 deaths since January 2. Additionally, there have been 1,421 probable deaths, marking a worrisome rise of 29 within the same period.
Positive cases have also seen a significant increase, with 9,764 new cases reported within two weeks. The total number of positive cases now stands at 2,182,123.
The healthcare system is under strain, although there has been a slight decrease in hospital admissions and emergency room visits. On January 16, there was a seven-day average of 116 hospital admissions and 520 emergency room visits.
In addition to COVID-19, the flu and other respiratory infections are also on the rise in Indiana. There have been 13 influenza-associated deaths in the week ending January 6, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths this season to 45.
Temporary visitor restrictions have been implemented in hospitals in and around the Indianapolis area to protect vulnerable patients. These restrictions include no visitors with symptoms of illness, no visitors under the age of 18, and the provision of masks for guests.
Prominent healthcare institutions in the area have participated in these temporary restrictions, including the Community Health Network, Franciscan Health Indianapolis, Ascension St. Vincent, Indiana University Health, and Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.
Officials are urging the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. Vaccines for flu, COVID-19, and RSV are readily available, and it is recommended that everyone aged 6 months and older receive updated COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr. Virginia A. Caine, the director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department, emphasizes the importance of vaccination, especially for pregnant women and adults aged 60 and older.
Potential visitors are advised to check hospital websites or contact facilities in advance to obtain detailed information on specific restrictions, exceptions, and the start date of restrictions at each hospital.
As Indiana continues to battle the surge in COVID-19 cases and other respiratory viruses, these stringent measures aim to protect the vulnerable and alleviate the strain on healthcare resources. The collective effort to combat the ongoing public health crisis highlights the seriousness of the situation and the need for proactive measures in Indiana.