Over the past week, 49 more deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus in northwest Indiana, according to data from the Department of Health.
Amid an increase in cases nationwide, several national medical associations have called on Americans to get vaccinated and receive boosters during the holiday season.
“As the delta variant and the new omicron variant contribute to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the county, we are doubling down on our call to all Americans eligible to get vaccinated and receive their booster shots,” a said Kelly Jakubek of the American Medical Association.
The American Hospital Association and the American Nurses Association joined the call to action, highlighting the impact of the pandemic on the medical community, those who have suffered severe symptoms and those who have lost loved ones. .
âScience has shown that receiving a booster injection decreases your chances of contracting COVID-19, becoming seriously ill, ending up in hospital or dying,â Jakubek said. “As families reunite for the holidays, now is the time to do your part to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community.”
In total, COVID-19 has killed 17,757 Hoosiers since the start of the pandemic, data showed Friday. Seven days ago that number was 17,400.
State health records show a total of 3,058 Hoosiers were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday. Currently, 34.8% of intensive care beds are used by coronavirus patients with 12.5% ââof intensive care beds available in the state.
The color-coded classifications for the 92 counties in Indiana have 46 counties in the worst possible red rating and 46 in the orange designation, with none of the counties in the blue or yellow designations, showing a continuing increase in infections.
The worst possible red rating indicates an uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus, which is classified as 200 or more positive cases per 100,000 population.
Lake County is currently in the orange designation, indicating a positivity rate of 10% to 14.9%. Currently, Porter County, LaPorte County, Jasper County and Newton County are in the red rating.
Across state borders, a total of 5,266 Calumet City residents and 4,618 Lansing residents have tested positive for the virus.
State health officials urge Hoosiers aged 5 and older to reduce their risk of infection, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated against COVID-19, or by getting themselves vaccinate against COVID-19 for people previously vaccinated, as soon as possible.
The free COVID-19 vaccine is available, in most cases walk-in, at 1,488 locations across the state, including retail pharmacies, health clinics and hospitals.
Records show that more than 3.5 million Hoosiers aged 5 and older, or 54.1% of the state’s eligible population, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including 52.8% of eligible residents of the state. Lake County, 58.5% in Porter County, 53.4% ââin LaPorte County, 39.4% in Newton County and 43.8% in Jasper County.
So far, a total of 1,163,179 people have received a booster shot statewide.
A complete list of COVID-19 vaccination sites is available online at ourshot.in.gov.