COVID cases lead Indianapolis hospital leaders to push vaccinations

Hospital officials around the state are watching Indiana’s COVID-19 numbers – and not liking what they’re seeing.

As of Tuesday, COVID hospitalizations in Indiana had crossed the 1,500 line for the first time since early February with no sign of a decrease in the future. That’s only slightly under half of the peak 3,441 hospitalizations that Indiana saw last winter.

More than 470 people are hospitalized in Central Indiana, about the same number as early November and early February. At the beginning of July, fewer than half that number were in the hospital for COVID treatment.

Space in intensive care units is growing uncomfortably thin for both COVID and non-COVID patients. About 24% of Marion County ICU beds are available, compared with about 28% statewide, according to the state dashboard.

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