INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported 39 additional COVID-19 deaths and 3,630 new positive cases on the first Monday of 2021.
Since the pandemic began in March, 8,150 Hoosiers have died with COVID-19 and 529,688 total positive cases have been reported.
A total of 364 probable COVID-19 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began in March.
Since testing began in Indiana, 5,814,026 tests have been administered to 2,675,056 Hoosiers.
An additional 23,505 COVID-19 tests have been administered, according to ISDH. A total of 5,792,697 tests for COVID-19 have been given since the pandemic began in March.
Hoosiers hospitalized with COVID-19 increased slightly to 2,836 with 30.4% of hospital ICU beds and 11.5% of ventilators being used for COVID-19 patient.s
Nearly 75% of ICU beds across the state are in use, with 26% remaining. Ventilator use remains low with 70.5% of ventilators still available.
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Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through: Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing; close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; rarely, fecal contamination.
The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap & water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact (within six feet) with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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