Indiana COVID Update: IN reports 1,406 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths

Indiana watching counties near Michigan for COVID-19 risk
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana public health officials announced 1,406 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths on Thursday.

Overall, 12,913 Indiana residents have died from COVID-19 and 718,948 have contracted it since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials say the latest recorded seven-day positive COVID-19 test rate in the state is 4.5%. Health officials say there have been more than 9.7 million tests administered.

Indiana watching counties near Michigan for COVID-19 risk

The counties near Indiana's border with Michigan are showing persistent risk of coronavirus spread, with top state health officials saying they were trying to turn around declining COVID-19 vaccination rates.

The ongoing risk comes as Indiana's COVID-19 hospitalizations are at their highest since mid-February with Michigan remaining the national hotspot for infections and hospitalizations.

Indiana's rate of people receiving vaccine shots has dropped by about one-third over the past couple weeks. The State Department of Health's weekly tracking map updated Wednesday showed four of the five Indiana counties that border Michigan with orange risk - the second highest of the four ratings.

WLS-TV contributed to this report.

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