Coronavirus cases jump to 3,039 in state, 1,304 in Marion County

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday morning said the number of presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 3,039 after the emergence of 474 more cases.

The state has reported 1,525 cases over the past four days, with numbers rising on a daily basis.

The death toll in the state has risen to 78, up from 65 the previous day.

The department reported that 16,285 people have been tested so far, up from 14,375 in Wednesday’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.

The first COVID-19 case in Indiana was reported March 16.

Marion County reported 1,304 cases—up 187 cases from the previous day—with 24 deaths.

Counties in the Indianapolis area have reported at least 24 cases each: Hamilton (207), Johnson (126), Hendricks (116), Boone (32), Hancock (37), Madison (62), Morgan (48) and Shelby (24).

Only eight of Indiana’s 92 counties have not reported cases.

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 Thursday morning, 216,722 cases had been reported in the United States, with 5,137 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.

More than 956,585 cases have been reported globally, with 45,583 deaths. More than 202,700 people have recovered.

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