More than 250K Hoosiers 70 and older have scheduled COVID-19 vaccine appointments

More than 250K Hoosiers 70 and older have scheduled COVID-19 vaccine appointments
COVID-19 vaccines continue to be administered to eligible Hoosiers. (Source: Courtesy of Augusta Health)

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - As vaccines are being rolled out across the state, Indiana reported 4,411 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Since March 6, the Indiana State Department of Health has recorded 578,494 cases of COVID-19.

Here is a breakdown of new and total cases for Indiana counties in the FOX19 NOW viewing area:

  • Dearborn County: 44 new cases (4,433 total)
  • Franklin County: Seven new cases (1,396 total)
  • Ohio County: Five new cases (454 total)
  • Ripley County: 26 new cases (2,871 total)
  • Switzerland County: 8 new cases (603 total)
  • Union County: Four new cases (603 total)

More than 250,000 Hoosiers ages 70 and older have scheduled appointments to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of noon Thursday, according to the state department of health.

The total includes more than 125,000 individuals ages 70 to 79 who scheduled their vaccines Wednesday, the first day of their eligibility.

While Hoosiers 70 and older account for 11.8% of the state’s population, they represent 42% of the hospitalizations and 78% of the COVID-19 deaths in Indiana, according to the ISDH.

Once the COVID-19 vaccine is available to Hoosiers 60 and older, health officials say they will have targeted 22.5% of all Indiana residents.

[Sign up for an appointment by going to ourshot.in.gov.]

The ISDH reported 40 additional deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday. A total of 8,830 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19 since March 15, according to state health data.

Indiana’s seven-day positivity rate for all tests is 20.6%.

Six southeast Indiana counties in the FOX19 Now viewing area remain at the highest level of the state’s COVID-19 alert map.

Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland, and Union counties are all in the red level of Indiana’s alert map, according to the state’s updated data.

Counties in the red level indicate their seven-day positivity rate is 15% or greater, and there are 200 or more new weekly cases per 100,000 residents.

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