Coronavirus cases in Indiana grow to more than 5,500, deaths to 173

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday morning said the number of presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 5,507 after the emergence of 563 more cases.

The daily increase is the largest the state has reported so far during the outbreak. The previous daily high was on Monday, when the total increased by 533. The department reported the state’s first case on March 6.

The death toll in the state rose to 173, up from 139 the previous day.

The department reported that 28,764 people have been tested so far, up from 26,191 in Monday’s report. The ISDH said the test numbers reflect only those tests reported to the department and the numbers should not be characterized as a comprehensive total.

Marion County reported 2,141 cases—up from 1,956 cases from the previous day—with 48 deaths. The state said 10,234 people have been tested in the county.

Counties in the Indianapolis area have reported at least 37 cases each: Hamilton (363), Johnson (212), Hendricks (225), Boone (74), Hancock (89), Madison (137), Morgan (79) and Shelby (51).

Only three of Indiana’s 92 counties have not reported cases: Benton, Perry and Pike.

The health department is providing case updates daily at about 10 a.m. based on results received through 11:59 p.m. the previous day.

Health officials say Indiana has far more coronavirus cases—possibly thousands more—than those indicated by the number of tests.

As of Tuesday morning, 368,449 cases had been reported in the United States, with 10,993 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 19,900 people have recovered.

More than 1.36 million cases have been reported globally, with 76,373 deaths. More than 292,185 people have recovered.

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