The Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 21 new COVID-19 deaths throughout the Hoosier State.
According to ISDH, that brought the total number of COVID-19 deaths throughout the state to date to 13,090.
The state health department also said Tuesday that 495 new positive cases of COVID-19 had been identified throughout the state through testing, bringing the total number of Hoosiers known to have tested positive for the virus so far to 736,480.
While ISDH reported 21 new COVID-19 deaths throughout the state Tuesday, no new deaths attributed to the virus were identified in our area.
Here are Tuesday's local COVID-19 case increases reported by ISDH:
- Vanderburgh County: 9 new cases
- Gibson County: 7 new cases
- Warrick County: 2 new cases
- Knox County: 2 new cases
- Daviess County: 2 new cases
- Dubois County: 1 new case
- Spencer County: 1 new case
- Pike County: 1 new case
- Perry County: 0 new cases
- Posey County: 0 new cases
The state health department is now testing a portion of all positive COVID-19 samples to identify the prevalence of each COVID-19 variant throughout the state.
ISDH says that of the roughly 5,000 total samples tested, 47.1% of those samples have been confirmed as variant cases. The B.1.1.7 variant, also known as the "UK Variant," is the dominating strain throughout the state, accounting for 2,008 of the 2,477 total variant cases.
Another statistic now being tracked by the state health department is the number of MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children) cases throughout the state.
ISDH says 89 total cases of MIS-C have been confirmed throughout the Hoosier state in individuals age 20 and below so far.
The health department started tracking the number of MIS-C cases throughout the state when Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine became available to individuals age 12 and above as a way to determine the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine in the younger population.
For more information on COVID-19 in Indiana, you can visit ISDH's COVID-19 dashboard.