Coronavirus cases jump to 3,437 in state, 1,429 in Marion County

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Editor’s note: The Indiana State Department of Health updated the numbers for deaths and testing in its daily report after this story was originally published, citing “technical difficulties.” We have updated those numbers.

The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday morning said the number of presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 3,437 after the emergence of 398 more cases.

The death toll in the state jumped to 102, up from 78 the previous day.

The department reported that 17,835 people have been tested so far, up from 16,285 in Thursday’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 1,429 cases—up 125 cases from the previous day—with 33 deaths. The state said 6,779 people have been tested in the county.

Counties in the Indianapolis area have reported at least 26 cases each: Hamilton (220), Johnson (136), Hendricks (138), Boone (38), Hancock (41), Madison (67), Morgan (52) and Shelby (26).

Only seven 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 Friday morning, 245,601 cases had been reported in the United States, with 6,058 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.

More than 1.03 million cases have been reported globally, with 54,369 deaths. More than 218,850 people have recovered.

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8 thoughts on “Coronavirus cases jump to 3,437 in state, 1,429 in Marion County

  1. Sad numbers. It would be helpful to add perspective to this piece. What’s the deaths per capita, or death per hundred population per ADM, MSA or county? It could be revealing if a smaller area was showing a higher incident rate than an expected larger area.

    1. Agreed and well said. It’s possible that officials don’t want to reveal the “micro” info so residents in areas that haven’t been hit the hardest hard don’t get complacent. But this would be good info.

  2. This daily update could benefit strongly from some effort to provide context. How do we compare relative to other municipalities/states/regions? Where are the trends headed? How do these numbers compare with what the state expected before the numbers came in? What is the state’s capacity to manage the rising cases and sick patients? How could that be improved, etc. Information should lead to conclusions & actions. After the crisis recedes, we should all reflect that per capita public health spending in Indiana is 49/50 states and how this effects our health & readiness.

  3. We are not trying to feed any fear. We are just trying to get people information in a timely manner. This story is simply meant to be a daily snapshot report on the numbers issued by the Indiana State Health Department. Readers can get a fuller perspective of the situation by checking out our overall coverage.