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Indiana coronavirus updates for Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021

The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic from Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021.

INDIANAPOLIS — Here are Wednesday'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 Hoosiers 5 and older through the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated over the course of the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ISDH update

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 2,725 more Hoosiers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The total for Hoosier's vaccinated is more than 3.42 million.

There were 20,000 booster shots administered Tuesday, bringing the total number of booster shots to 741,724.

The state also reported 4,070 new positive cases and 17 additional deaths, that all happened between Nov. 20-23.

There have been more than 1.08 million positive cases of COVID-19 in Indiana since the start of the pandemic, and 16,805 Hoosiers have died due to COVID-19.

US to require vaccinations for all border crossings by January

President Joe Biden will require essential, nonresident travelers crossing U.S. land borders, such as truck drivers, government and emergency response officials, to be fully vaccinated beginning on Jan. 22, the administration planned to announce. 

A senior administration official said the requirement, which the White House previewed in October, brings the rules for essential travelers in line with those that took effect earlier this month for leisure travelers, when the U.S. reopened its borders to fully vaccinated individuals.  

Essential travelers entering by ferry will also be required to be fully vaccinated by the same date, the official said. The official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to preview the announcement.

The rules pertain to non-U.S. nationals. American citizens and permanent residents may still enter the U.S. regardless of their vaccination status, but face additional testing hurdles because officials believe they more easily contract and spread COVID-19 and in order to encourage them to get a shot.

Latest US, world numbers

There have been more than 47.98 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 773,800 deaths recorded in the U.S.

Worldwide, there have been more than 258.83 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 5.16 million deaths and more than 7.45 billion vaccine doses administered worldwide.

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.

MCPHD to close for Thanksgiving, including vaccine clinics

The Marion County Public Health Department, as well as the COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites it operates, will be closed for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. 

Three vaccination sites and a testing site will also have the following schedule changes: 

  • COVID-19 testing at 3838 N. Rural St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24. No appointment will be required. You can make an appointment to be tested at this site by visiting MarionHealth.org/indycovid or calling 317-221-5515.
  • The COVID-19 vaccination site for children ages 5-11 that's located at 3685 Commercial Drive will be closed until Monday, Nov. 29. 
  • The COVID-19 vaccination sites at the College Avenue Branch Library and Martindale-Brightwood Branch Library will be by appointment only Wednesday. The vaccine will not be offered at these sites on Saturday, Nov. 27.

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis vaccine clinic set for Dec. 2

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is partnering with Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health to provide a free COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinic.

It will be held Dec. 2 from 4-8 p.m. at the museum. 

The specific vaccinations provided include:

  • Pfizer shots for children 5-11 years old
  • Pfizer shots for adolescents and adults 12 years old and older
  • Pfizer booster shots for adults 18 years old and older
  • Influenza (flu) vaccine for anyone 6 months and older

Additionally, Dec. 2 marks the museum’s $6 First Thursday Night for families and children who may want to attend the monthly discount event.