Indiana COVID-19 Updates Saturday, July 2, 2022

The latest coronavirus pandemic updates for Saturday, July 2, 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS – Here are the latest updates from Saturday on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Vaccine registrations are now open to all Hoosiers across the Indiana Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Parents can schedule vaccination appointments for young children

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) announced Friday that the public can now schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for children up to age 5 by visiting

Appointments are available for people seeking the Moderna vaccine for children ages 6 months to 5 years and the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years on the state planning platform.

IDOH updated their map to to show sites that offer vaccines for the youngest age group.

Appointments are recommended due to availability of vaccines and providers. Individuals can also call 211 for help or contact their child’s healthcare provider to find out if they offer vaccines.

Visit the Indiana Department of Health at for important health and safety information.

CDC map shows 9 Indiana counties at ‘high risk’ of spreading COVID-19

On Saturday, July 2, 2022, Blackford, Clay, Henry, Wayne, Fayette, Dubois, Harrison, Floyd and Vermillion counties were listed on the CDC data card as having a “high” community risk of spreading COVID-19, while 42 counties were listed as “medium” risk.

In the states bordering Indiana, Cook County (Chicago) in Illinois was listed in the high-risk category on Friday. The majority of Illinois counties are listed as medium or high risk.

Over the past seven days, Indiana has recorded 10,127 new cases and 36 deaths.

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Latest US and Global Numbers

There have been more than 87.82 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 6:30 a.m. ET Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 1.017 million recorded deaths in the United States

Worldwide, there have been over 548.47 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 6.33 million deaths and over 11.75 billion doses of vaccine administered.

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.

MCPHD offices closed July 4

Marion County Public Health Department offices and clinics will be closed Monday, July 4.

These offices include vaccination clinics, COVID-19 testing sites, and offices processing birth and death certificates.

COVID cases rose by more than 30% in Britain last week

The number of new coronavirus cases across Britain jumped by more than 30% in the past week, with cases largely due to the super-infectious omicron variants.

Data released by the UK Office for National Statistics on Friday showed more than 3 million people in the UK had COVID-19 in the past week, although there was no equivalent spike in hospitalizations .

The number of deaths from COVID-19 also fell slightly last week.

Globally, the World Health Organization said this week that COVID-19 is increasing in more than 100 countries around the world.

Fall COVID boosters must target new omicron types, FDA says

U.S. regulators told COVID-19 vaccine makers on Thursday that any modified booster shots for the fall will need to add protection against new omicron parents.

The Food and Drug Administration said the original vaccines would be used for anyone still receiving their first round of vaccines. But with immunity waning and the family of super-contagious omicron variants improving to dodge protection, the FDA decided the boosters destined for the fall needed a boost. update.

The recipe: combination shots that add protection against the omicron relatives named BA.4 and BA.5 to the original vaccine. Together, these mutants now account for just over half of new infections in the United States.

The combined approach, what scientists call “bivalent” injections, would allow boosters to retain the proven benefits of the original vaccine while adding to its breadth of protection. It’s a common vaccine strategy: flu shots, for example, can protect against four strains of flu and are changed every year depending on what’s circulating.

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Riley Children’s Health offers COVID-19 vaccines

Riley Children’s Health offers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years old.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 211.

Riley Doctors at IU Health West:

  • Monday and Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 1111 Ronald Reagan Drive, Avon

Riley Physicians at IU Health North:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 11700 N. Meridian Street, Carmel

Riley Doctors in East Washington

  • Tuesday and Friday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 9650 Washington St #245, Indianapolis

Riley Doctors at Methodist Medical Plaza South

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 8820 S Meridian St Suite 125, Indianapolis

Riley doctors in Georgetown

  • Tuesday and Friday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 4880 Century Plaza Rd Suite 250, Indianapolis

MCPHD offers the COVID vaccine for children 6 months to 4 years old

The Marion County Public Health Department offers COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 4 years old at its district health offices and at the ACTION Health Center.

To see the schedule for each location, Click here. Vaccinations are by appointment only. Call the specific location to schedule an appointment or call the MCPHD Immunization Program at 317-221-2122.

Hoosier children and teens below national average for COVID-19 vaccines

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionthe percentage of vaccinated children ages 5 to 17 in Indiana is much lower than the rate across the country.

About 20% of Indiana children ages 5 to 11 are fully immunized, compared to about 30% nationally. For Hoosier children ages 12-17, about 43% are fully immunized, compared to about 60% nationally.

The White House offers 8 additional free COVID-19 tests to the public

The government website for people to request free home COVID-19 tests from the US government is now accepting a third round of orders.

The White House recently announced that American households can request that eight additional free home tests be shipped by the US Postal Service.

President Joe Biden pledged in January to make 1 billion tests available to the public for free, including 500 million through But only 350 million of the amount available for online ordering has been shipped so far to addresses across the continental United States, its territories and overseas military bases, the White House said.

People who are having trouble logging in or need help placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.

Round three brings the total number of free tests available to every US household to 16 since the program began earlier this year. Households were eligible to receive four tests during each of the previous two rounds of ordering through the website.

2nd COVID-19 reminder available for Hoosiers 50+

The Indiana Department of Health has announced that Hoosiers age 50 and older, as well as those age 12 and older with compromised immune systems, are now eligible to receive a second COVID-19 mRNA booster. at least four months after their first booster dose.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the supplemental vaccine as an option, but did not urge eligible people to rush in and receive it immediately.

IDOH is advising vaccine providers to begin giving second boosters of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to eligible people.

The CDC also says adults who received a primary vaccine and a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least four months ago can now receive a second booster dose of either mRNA vaccine. .

You can find a vaccination point at or by calling Indiana 211 (866-211-9966). Appointments are recommended, but many sites accept walk-ins.

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