INDIANAPOLIS — Saturday'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.
State reports 25K more people fully vaccinated, 5 new deaths
The Indiana State Department of Health reported Saturday morning that 25,196 more individuals are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 1,552,648 people who have received a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or both doses of one of the two-dose vaccines.
A total of 3,699,872 total vaccine doses have been administered in Indiana as of Saturday.
With five additional deaths that occurred between Thursday and Friday, Indiana has now lost 12,808 people to the virus. Another 408 probable deaths have been reported in patients who died with COVID-19 symptoms but had no positive test on record.
Indiana reported 1,263 new positive cases Saturday. That brings to 707,111 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus, including the addition of 1,241 historical cases that had not been previously reported by laboratories.
A total of 3,330,579 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana.
Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops 3 million
The global death toll from the coronavirus has topped a staggering 3 million people. The milestone, recorded by Johns Hopkins University, comes amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France. The toll is about equal to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; or metropolitan Lisbon, Portugal. It is bigger than Chicago (2.7 million) and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined.
Walk-ups welcome at weekend IMS vaccine clinic
The Indiana State Department of Health announced 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.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been more than 31.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 6 a.m. ET Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 566,200 deaths in the U.S.
Worldwide, there have been more than 140 million confirmed cases with more than 3 million deaths and 79.7 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.