INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana health officials reported 7,344 new coronavirus infections and 81 additional COVID-19 deaths Thursday as the state continued to see expected increases in new cases and coronavirus-related hospitalizations following a holiday lull.
The newly confirmed deaths – most of which occurred over the last several days, but some dating as far back as October – raised Indiana's toll to 8,823, including both confirmed and presumed infections, the Indiana State Department of Health said.
The number of Indiana residents known to have had the coronavirus is now up to 546,499.
In Allen County, an additional 298 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 29,684 cases, according to the Allen County Department of Health. No new deaths were reported. COVID-19 has caused a total of 510 deaths in the county.
The DeKalb County Health Department confirmed 33 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 3,222 cases. The county has seen 68 COVID-19 deaths, though no new deaths were reported Thursday.
State health officials also reported that 2,812 Hoosiers were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday. Of those being treated, 593 were in intensive care, the state agency's daily statistic update said.
As the state continues to inoculate health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities, coronavirus vaccinations will also become available to Indiana residents 80 and older starting today, state health officials announced Wednesday.
In the coming weeks, the plan is to further expand availability of the shots to those 70 and older and then 60 and older.
To date, 2,710,638 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 2,694,585 on Wednesday, the department said. A total of 5,950,922 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.
Jim Chapman of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.
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Sources: Indiana State Department of Health, Allen County Department of Health, DeKalb County Health Department