Indiana reports 81 more COVID19
deaths, 7,344 more cases
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - 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.
The state agency 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
As the state continues its efforts
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 Friday, 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
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.