Indiana reports 970 COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths; all clinic pause J&J vaccine rollout

ISDH said the state has not received official notification of a directive to pause but is doing so out of an abundance of caution.

INDIANA, USA — This is a weekly blog with daily updates on COVID-19 numbers, COVID vaccine and other related content across Indiana for the week of April 12, 2021.

Tuesday, April 13

The Indiana Department of Health said Tuesday morning that it is “proactively notifying all vaccination clinics using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to pause its use following news reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called for additional review of its safety.” 

ISDH said the state has not received official notification of a directive to pause but is doing so out of an abundance of caution.

“The health department will be sending the two-dose Moderna vaccine to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is conducting mass vaccination clinics today, so that Hoosiers can continue to get vaccinated without interruption. The department is also working with other clinics that were scheduled to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the immediate future,” ISDH said in a release.

Indiana reported 970 new COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths Tuesday. The state’s 7-day positivity rate is 4.9%, while the rate among unique individuals sits at 12.9%.

There are 881 COVID-19 patients in the state, part of a slow increase of hospitalizations since March 9.

Monday, April 12

Indiana health officials announcing 908 new positive cases, 3 additional deaths. Since the pandemic, there have been 699,823 positive cases reported and 12,746 Hoosiers have died from coronavirus-related illnesses.

As of Sunday, a total of 3,382,357 vaccine doses have been administered in Indiana. This includes 1,979,829 first doses and 1,402,528 individuals who are fully vaccinated. 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.

Mass clinic planned

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.

FEMA offers COVID-related death funeral assistance

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 a 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.

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