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Monroe County Records 44 New COVID-19 Cases, Most So Far This Week

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(CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS)

Monroe County      

Monroe County confirmed 44 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, up from 23 Wednesday, and double the 22 recorded Tuesday. Last week, the high was 50 on Thursday. 

The county confirmed no new deaths Thursday, keeping the total at 196.  

The county is still in the orange advisory, which it has been for the last three weeks. Its seven-day positivity rate is up to 4.8 percent Thursday from 4.7 percent Wednesday. The county has recorded 14,724 cases since the pandemic began.       

Currently in District 8, which includes Monroe, Brown, and Bartholomew counties, 98 people are hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s up from  97 Wednesday and  down from 101 Tuesday. Hospitalizations increased in the area from a low of 12 in July but have dropped in the last couple weeks from a more-than-eight-month high of 138 Sept. 10. Monday was the first time hospitalizations have been lower than 100 since Aug. 23.    

Monroe County’s weekly cases per 100,000 are down to 159. Last week, the county reported 204 per 100,000. This is the first time in three weeks cases per 100,000 have gone down.  

The Monroe County Community School Corp. reported five COVID-19 cases in the district Sept. 28. 

Indiana   

The state recorded 3,482 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. That’s up from 2,888 Wednesday and 2,378 Tuesday.  Last week, the state recorded more than 3,000 cases but fewer than 4,000 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Two weeks ago, the state recorded more than 4,000 but fewer than 5,000 cases on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Three weeks ago, the state reported 5,476 cases, the most confirmed in the state in a day since Jan. 8.     

The Indiana Department of Health confirmed 31  new COVID deaths Thursday, bringing the total to 15,165 since the pandemic began. The state first surpassed 14,000 deaths over a month ago, on Aug. 30. The state also has reported  962,808 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. 

The state reported  2,055 Hoosiers were hospitalized with the virus Thursday, down from 2,129  Wednesday, and from  2,113 Tuesday. Hospitalizations topped 2,000 three weeks ago for the first time since Jan. 24 and have not dipped below since. Two weeks ago marked the most hospitalizations since Jan. 7, when they exceeded 2,700. But last week, the state saw a week-long decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations, the first recorded since January. Monday is the first time the state’s hospitalizations have gone below 2,200 since Aug. 31. Thursday is the lowest hospitalizations have been since Aug. 24 when they were at 2,048.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate is 9.8 percent Thursday, the same as Wednesday, but down from 9.9 Tuesday and 10.3 Monday. The positivity rate hit a low of 1.9 percent June 22.   

Breakthrough Cases

Breakthrough cases are COVID-19 infections that happen in fully vaccinated people. The state updates this dashboard every Thursday.

So far, of the 3,266,854 fully vaccinated people in Indiana, 39,176 breakthrough cases have been recorded. That’s an increase from 33,851 last Thursday, 28,790 two weeks ago, and 22,666 Sept. 9.

The state has confirmed 845 breakthrough hospitalizations, up from 735 last Thursday, and 640 two weeks ago. On September 9, breakthrough cases were at 523. Breakthrough deaths are now up to 334, which is 105 more than last Thursday.

Of the breakthrough deaths, 91 percent were 65 or older.

In Monroe County, the percent of vaccinated individuals 12 and up is almost 60 percent.

The rate at which unvaccinated people are getting infected in the county is 6,919 per 100,000, up from 6,696 last week and 6,370 previously.

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