INDIANAPOLIS — Monday'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.
The Indiana Department of Health announced Monday that 908 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. That brings the total to 699,823 Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus.
There are 908 new cases in the state.
To date, 12,746 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of three from Sunday. Another 405 probable deaths have been reported in patients who died with COVID-19 symptoms but no positive test. The latest deaths occurred between Christmas Day, 2020 and Monday.
As of Monday, a total of 3,403,950 vaccine doses have been administered in Indiana. This includes 1,993,880 first doses and 1,410,070 individuals who are fully vaccinated.
There are 7,548 newly vaccinated individuals in Indiana.
The fully vaccinated number represents individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and those who received the single 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.
Lucas Oil Stadium vaccination clinic
The Indianapolis Colts and Meijer are trying to get the word out that registration is still open for a vaccination clinic at Lucas Oil Stadium April 23 and 24.
The clinic is open to Hoosiers 18 and older and people will need to pre-register by 4 p.m. on April 19. No walkups will be allowed.
- Text “COLTS” to 75049 or visit Colts.com/vaccine. Registering is not the same as booking an appointment! Registering only means a person will be eligible to receive an invite to reserve an appointment. (Registration for this clinic is not available through coronavirus.in.gov.)
- Appointments are available at 5-minute increments. Once a time slot is filled, it no longer will display.
- Once registration closes April 19, all eligible recipients will receive a phone call or text message with a link to schedule an appointment. To ensure a place in line, registrants are encouraged to respond to this request as soon as possible.
- Appointments will not be available to schedule until April 20.
The clinic will administer 2,000 doses of Moderna vaccine each day.
FEMA offers funeral assistance for those lost due to COVID-19
FEMA will offer assistance with funeral costs to those lost to COVID-19 in the United States.
If you lost a loved one due to COVID-19 after January 20, 2020, you are eligible to receive assistance from the agency. Here is what you need to know when you apply:
- The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
- The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
- There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
FEMA also recommends having a copy of the death certificate and funeral expenses documents.
You can call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at 844-684-6333.
For more information from FEMA, click here.
Johnson County Jail locked down after virus outbreak
The Johnson County Jail went into lockdown on Sunday after eight inmates tested positive for COVID-19.
Inmates at the jail were tested for coronavirus on Saturday. The positive test results were identified as the jail prepares to administer doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Monday and Tuesday.
"We have worked diligently to obtain the vaccine so that we can offer it to the inmates," Sheriff Burgess said.
Sheriff Burgess said he has been in contact with the Johnson County Health Department and is following the health department's coronavirus protocols.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been more than 31.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 3 a.m. ET Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 562,000 deaths in the U.S.
Worldwide, there have been more than 136 million confirmed cases with more than 2.93 million deaths and 77.4 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.
India overtakes Brazil as 2nd-worst hit country
India reported another record daily surge in coronavirus infections to overtake Brazil as the second-worst hit country. The 168,912 cases added in the last 24 hours pushed India’s total to 13.5 million.
Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows Brazil has 13.4 million. India also counted another 904 deaths, taking its total to 170,179, which is the fourth highest toll, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico.
India is experiencing its worst surge of the pandemic, with a seven-day rolling average of more than 130,000 cases per day. Hospitals across the country are becoming overwhelmed with patients, and experts worry the worst is yet to come.