Indiana has had a slight dip in COVID-19 hospitalizations, but intensive care units are still stressed by the current surge in cases.
There were 2,527 patients hospitalized with the disease in Indiana on Tuesday, which was the fewest in a week and 160 fewer than on Monday.
However, it was still nearly double the number of a month ago and a level not seen since January’s peak. With 68 new coronavirus deaths reported Tuesday, Indiana’s pandemic death toll hit 15,011.
Nearly all Indiana counties are in the higher risk categories for COVID-19 spread on the state health department’s risk ratings. The ratings, which are updated every Wednesday, placed 22 of Indiana’s 92 counties in the highest-risk red category, which was one more than last week and the most since mid-January.
About 54% of Indiana residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday, which was the 15th-lowest rate among the states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State health officials, meanwhile, said 98% of Indiana’s recent COVID-19 hospitalizations were for unvaccinated people.