COVID-19 cases in Indiana increase by 366, deaths by nine

The Indiana State Department of Health on Sunday said the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the state has risen to 39,909. That marks an increase of 366 cases over the cumulative number—39,543—the department reported on Saturday.

The state reported an increase of 397 cases on Saturday, 398 on Friday, 411 on Thursday, 304 on Wednesday, 410 on Tuesday and 226 on Monday.

The department said Sunday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 2,240, up from 2,231 the previous day—an increase of nine. That’s the smallest increase in the death toll since June 1.

Nearly 92% of the total deaths involve those who are age 60 or older. More than 75% of those who have died are older than 70. Only 2.9% of the deaths have involved someone younger than 50.

According to the report, 1,011 deaths—or 47.4% of the state’s total—involved long-term-care patients. The state updates long-term-care numbers on Mondays. The state said 155 facilities have experienced at least one COVID-19 death and 250 have had at least one positive case.

The state said 348,391 people have been tested so far, up from 340,637 in Saturday’s report—an increase of 7,754.

The state said 11.5% of those tested so far have been positive for COVID-19.

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.

Health officials say Indiana has far more coronavirus cases—probably tens of thousands more—than those indicated by the number of official tests. A study announced May 13 estimated at least 186,000 Hoosiers have or had COVID-19 through the end of April.

New positive cases, deaths and tests have occurred over a range of dates but were reported to the department in the previous day.

The department reported the state’s first case on March 6 and first death from COVID-19 on March 16.

Marion County on Sunday reported 10,662 cumulative cases—up from 10,619 the previous day, an increase of 43 cases.

The county’s cumulative death toll was 648, up from 647 in Thursday’s report.

The state said 67,220 people have been tested in the county.

In surrounding counties, Hamilton had 1,277 positive cases; Johnson 1,168; Hendricks 1,270; Boone 360; Hancock 379; Madison 614; Morgan 298; and Shelby 405.

Pike County has six cases, but every other Indiana county has at least 11.

The department said 39.7% of the state’s intensive care unit beds were still available. About 12.5% are being used by COVID-19 patients.

The department also said 83.4% of the state’s ventilators were available, with 3.8% being used for COVID-19 patients.

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

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