Indiana COVID-19 Updates for Saturday, March 19, 2022
Indiana COVID-19 Updates for Saturday, March 19, 2022

Indiana COVID-19 Updates for Saturday, March 19, 2022

The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Saturday, March 19, 2022.

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

Registrations for the vaccine is now open to Hoosiers 5 and older through 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 American, world numbers

There have been more than 79.71 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States at 06.00 ONE SATURDAY, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 970,800 deaths have been recorded in the United States

Worldwide, there have been more than 468.22 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 6.07 million deaths and more than 10.77 billion administered vaccine doses.

For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with pre-existing health problems, it can cause more serious illness such as pneumonia or death.

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China reports first COVID-19 deaths in more than a year

China’s health authorities have reported two COVID-19 deaths, the first since January 2021, as the country struggles with its worst outbreak in two years driven by an increase in the highly transmissible omicron variant.

The deaths, both in northeastern Jilin province, bring the country’s coronavirus death toll to 4,638. A National Health Commission official says both deaths occurred in elderly patients and were the result of their underlying conditions.

One of them was not vaccinated for COVID-19.

The majority of new 2,157 cases came from Jilin. The province has introduced a travel ban where people must have permission from the police to travel across borders.

China has been pushing hard with its policy of lockdowns and mass testing of millions of people.

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German lawmakers are voting to abolish most pandemic restrictions

German lawmakers have voted to abolish most of the country’s coronavirus pandemic restrictions despite an increase in infections, with nearly 300,000 new daily cases reported.

The Bundestag passed an amendment to the pandemic rules by a vote of 364-277 with two abstentions. The upper house of parliament also approved the measure.

The changes mean the requirement to wear face masks can be dropped for most public environments from Sunday, although all German states have said they will keep them in place for up to two weeks. Masks may still be required in public transportation.

Nursing home visitors will continue to need negative COVID-19 tests. German states can still impose new restrictions to curb outbreaks in virus “hot spots”.

Moderna is seeking FDA approval for the 4th dose of COVID shot

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Moderna has asked the Food and Drug Administration to approve a fourth shot of its COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose for all adults. The request Thursday is broader than rival pharmaceutical business Pfizer’s request earlier this week for the regulator to approve a booster shot for all seniors.

In a press release, the company states that its request for approval for all adults was made “to provide flexibility” to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical providers to determine the “appropriate use” of another booster dose of the mRNA vaccine, ” including those at higher risk for COVID-19 due to age or comorbidities. “

US health authorities are currently recommending a primary series of two doses of the Moderna vaccine and a booster dose months later.

Moderna said their request for an additional dose was based on “recently published data generated in the United States and Israel following the advent of omicron.”

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Marion County COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinics continue

The Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) continues to offer free COVID-19 vaccination and testing to anyone interested in receiving these services.

MCPHD operates a COVID-19 test site, which is a drive-thru clinic located at 3838 N. Rural St. in Indianapolis.

The clinic’s current opening hours are Monday-Friday at 8.30-15.30. This clinic only offers PCR tests and no rapid tests. A list of additional test sites registered with the Indiana Department of Health is available at

Appointments for COVID-19 testing at the MCPHD site are not required but are available by visiting or call 317-221-5515.

MCPHD also offers COVID-19 vaccines at its district health offices, ACTION Health Center and four other locations in Marion County. Appointments for vaccines are not required, but are recommended.

Please visit or call 2-1-1 to find a vaccination clinic.

Marion County March clinic schedule

  • Northeast District Health Office, 6042 E. 21st St.
    Mondays: 12.00 – 16.00
    Tuesdays: 15.00 – 19.00
    Only Saturday, March 26 at 8-12
  • Eagledale Plaza Health Office, 2802 Lafayette Road
    Tuesdays: 8-12
  • Northwest District Health Office, 6940 N. Michigan Road
    Thursdays: 15.00 – 19.00
    Only Saturday, March 19: 8-12
  • South District Health Office, 7551 S. Shelby St.
    Mondays: 15.00 – 19.00
    Fridays: 8-12
  • ACTION Health Center, 2868 N. Pennsylvania St.
    Wednesdays: 15.00 – 17.00
  • Martindale-Brightwood Public Library Branch, 2435 N. Sherman Drive (only aged 12-over)
    Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 – 15.30
    Saturdays: 10-13
  • College Avenue Public Library Branch, 4180 N. College Ave. (only aged 12-over)
    Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 – 15.30
    Saturdays: 10-13
  • East 38th Street Public Library Branch, 5420 E. 38th St. (only aged 12-over)
    Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 – 15.30
    Saturdays: 10-13
  • IndyGo Carson Transit Center, 201 E. Washington St. (only aged 12-over)
    Tuesdays: 10-14
    Wednesdays: 10-14
    Thursdays: 10-14

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