The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Saturday, January 15, 2022.
INDIANAPOLIS — Here are Saturday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.
Enrollment for the vaccine is now open for Hoosiers 5 and up through the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news about the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Latest US and Global Numbers
There were more than 64.96 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 5:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 849,250 recorded deaths in the United States
Worldwide, there have been over 323.71 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 5.52 million deaths and over 9.59 billion doses of vaccine administered worldwide.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older people and people with existing health conditions, it can lead to more serious illnesses like pneumonia or death.
The Indiana Department of Health reported nearly 16,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday. Of the 15,926 positive cases reported on Friday, 15,896 of them were confirmed on Thursday. There were also 97 additional deaths reported, bringing the state’s total since the pandemic began to 19,491.
The state set a new record for hospitalizations. As of Thursday, 3,519 patients were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals across the state. It is the first time since March 2020 that the number has exceeded 3,500.
As of Friday, the state had 9.2% of its critical care beds available. Nearly 38% of all intensive care beds used in the state were occupied by COVID-19 patients.
The state reported there were 4,557 newly fully vaccinated Hoosiers on Friday, bringing the total to 3,599,575.
Federal testing website launching next week, 4 tests per household
The White House said the federal website where Americans can request free COVID-19 tests will begin accepting orders on Wednesday, January 19.
Friday’s announcement comes as the administration seeks to address nationwide shortages, but supplies will be limited to just four free tests per household.
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Americans shouldn’t expect quick order turnaround, and Americans will need to plan ahead and request the tests well in advance of meeting federal guidelines about when to use a test.
The White House said “tests will typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering” via the United States Postal Service, which reports shipping times of 1-3 days for its premier parcel service. class in the continental United States.
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Supreme Court suspends COVID-19 vaccine rule for large US companies
The Supreme Court has blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees of large companies must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly tests and wear a mask at work.
Meanwhile, court allows administration to proceed with vaccination mandate for most US healthcare workers
Court orders Thursday during a spike in coronavirus cases were a mixed bag for the administration’s efforts to boost vaccination rates among Americans.
The court’s conservative majority found that the administration exceeded its authority by seeking to impose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine or test rule on U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people are said to have been affected.
“OSHA has never imposed such a mandate. Neither does Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it has refused to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has enacted here,” the conservatives wrote in an unsigned notice.
In dissent, the three liberals on the tribunal argued that it was the tribunal that went too far in substituting its judgments for health experts. “Acting outside of its jurisdiction and without legal basis, the Court overturns the judgments of government officials charged with responding to health emergencies in the workplace,” Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a joint dissent.
The vaccination mandate that the court will allow to apply nationwide covers virtually all healthcare workers in the country.
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Vincennes switches to remote learning after MLK weekend
The University of Vincennes announced remote learning plans on Friday that will take effect after the MLK weekend.
“In response to changing COVID metrics and trends for the Vincennes campus.” the university announced, “There will be a temporary pause in face-to-face instruction for the four days following the Martin Luther King Jr. Day extended holiday weekend (January 18, 19, 20, and 21) All other sites will continue instruction as usual.Off-campus internships, clinics and related activities will not be affected by this temporary change in instruction.
Classes are expected to resume face-to-face instruction on Monday, January 24. Students will receive instructions from faculty members regarding specific delivery instructions for their courses.
The school cited the heavy presence of COVID-19 around campus and in Knox County as the reason for the decision to walk away.
Fisherman’s Health Department offers vaccines and testing on Martin Luther King Jr.
The Fishermen’s Health Department will offer vaccines and testing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Health Department hopes that with many schools and businesses closed for the holidays, people will take advantage of this opportunity.
The Angler Vaccination Clinic, located at 12520 E. 116th Street, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, January 17 for walk-in visits and appointments. The clinic will also be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments can be made at fishers.in.us/vaccine.
The Fishers Testing Site, located at 4 Municipal Drive, will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for drive-through testing and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for priority testing for students and staff at K-12 Fishers Schools . Testing can be scheduled at fishermen.in.us/testing.
The current school test times are as follows:
- Monday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday: 12 p.m.-2 p.m.