INDIANAPOLIS — Friday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana. Registrations for the vaccine are now open for select groups through Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated over the course of the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Walk-ups welcome at weekend IMS vaccine clinic
The Indiana State Department of Health announced today that free COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway without an appointment today through Sunday.
The speedway is offering the Moderna vaccine from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. this weekend. Enter through Gate 2 off 16th Street.
Additional appointments are available at the Speedway later this month and can be scheduled at https://ourshot.in.gov.
Second-dose appointments will be scheduled at the time of the first dose and will be offered at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Indiana Department of Health announced Friday that 1,327 more Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
That brings the total to 704,632 Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus.
The state reported 14 new deaths. To date, 12,802 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19.
As of Friday, a total of 3,646,880 vaccine doses have been administered in Indiana. This includes 58,282 newly administered first doses reported Friday.
There are 29,754 more Hoosiers fully vaccinated as of Friday, which brings the total number of fully vaccinated Hoosiers to 1,527,472
The fully vaccinated number represents individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and those who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Hoosiers age 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule an appointment, visit https://ourshot.in.gov or call 211 if you do not have access to a computer or require assistance.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been more than 31.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 8 a.m. ET Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 565,000 deaths in the U.S.
Worldwide, there have been more than 138.3 million confirmed cases with more than 2.97 million deaths and 78.7 million recoveries.
The actual number of people infected by the virus around the world is believed to be much higher — perhaps 10 times higher in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — given testing limitations and the many mild cases that have gone unreported or unrecognized.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness like pneumonia, or death.