Indiana added 1,000 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths to its total in just two weeks, pushing the state past another milestone: 21,000 dead.
With updated data Tuesday, the Indiana Department of Health brought its confirmed COVID-19 deaths total to 21,079. For context, that’s larger than the population of 25 counties in Indiana.
State health officials say there are an additional 832 suspected COVID-19 deaths – where a test wasn’t administered but health care professionals believe the person had the virus.
After a brief reprieve from the state’s late-summer delta surge, November 2021’s average was 28.9 deaths per day. December 2021 climbed to 55.5. January, so far, stands at 63.1 deaths per day – a number which is still growing as it takes a little longer to report confirmed deaths.
January 2022 also reported two days with more than 80 confirmed deaths. Single-day death totals had not been that high for a year.
The first week of February has reported 184 deaths with an average of 26.2 per day. But it’s important to note: it takes longer to report deaths, so this may or may not actually indicate deaths are declining.
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These deaths still trend younger than earlier in the pandemic. Before August, fewer than 3 percent of deaths were Hoosiers younger than 50. But since then, that has grown to nearly 9 percent.
Three counties – Benton, Spencer and Ohio – reported no deaths. Both Marion and Lake counties reported more than 100.
IDOH has added 392 new deaths to its total in the last week.