Indiana sees new virus cases drop, fewest patients in months

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Posted at 6:14 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 18:14:55-05

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials on Monday reported fewer new coronavirus cases and the lowest number of related hospitalizations since early November as the state’s downward trend that began late last year continued.

An additional 2,210 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 — down from the 2,565 new cases reported Sunday, the Indiana State Department of Health said. That brings the number of Indiana residents known to have had the virus to 613,228.

The department also reported that another 12 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19, raising Indiana’s pandemic toll to 9,728, including both confirmed and presumed infections.

The state agency’s online dashboard shows that 2,045 Indiana residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday. That’s the lowest number of hospitalizations since Nov. 6, when the state had just nine fewer patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

As of Monday, 440,822 Hoosiers have received a first dose of vaccine, and 100,019 are fully vaccinated, the health department said.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said last week he was extending through this week his executive order imposing crowd size limits based on each county’s risk level.

He said he might consider revisions to that executive order, which includes the statewide mask mandate. But that is tempered by Indiana not broadening vaccine eligibility beyond health care workers and those age 70 or older because of limited dose availability from the federal government.

Holcomb has been extending his executive order by at least three-week intervals but he said he wanted to keep reviewing the risk around the state.