COVID-19 cases surge to 6,907 in state, 2,600 in Marion County

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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 6,907 after the emergence of 556 more cases.

The increase halted a two-day slowdown in new reported cases. The state reported 408 new cases Thursday, 436 new cases on Wednesday and 563 new cases on Tuesday.

The department reported the state’s first case on March 6.

The death toll in the state rose to 300, up from 245 the previous day. The 55 deaths were the most reported to date in the health department’s daily updates, up from 42 on Thursday.

The department reported that 35,040 people have been tested so far, up from 32,133 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.

Marion County reported 2,600 cases—up from 2,415 cases the previous day—with 107 deaths. The state said 12,185 people have been tested in the county.

Counties in the Indianapolis area have reported at least 63 cases each: Hamilton (431), Johnson (270), Hendricks (287), Boone (90), Hancock (109), Madison (204), Morgan (89) and Shelby (63).

Only two of Indiana’s 92 counties have not reported cases: Benton 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 Friday morning, 466,396 cases had been reported in the United States, with 16,703 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 26,500 people have recovered.

Nearly 1.62 million cases have been reported globally, with 97,039 deaths. More than 365,100 people have recovered.

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10 thoughts on “COVID-19 cases surge to 6,907 in state, 2,600 in Marion County

  1. The number of deaths reported yesterday, is that for the week? Because that is not what their official website states. According to the website there were only 7 reported cases yesterday. These numbers don’t add up. If you add 55 and 42, that is 97 and would be about 1/3 of the overall deaths. These numbers are not daily deaths and should be reported as such. Since Monday there have been 37 deaths per the state’s own Covid-19 website. I think these big numbers being thrown out are being done as a little bit of a scare tactic and need to be clarified.

    1. Matt, the health department revises the historical data on its website frequently. For consistency and accuracy, we have been basing the information we use in these daily stories on the current report compared with previous reports.

  2. Why title this article “COVID 19 Cases Surge to 6,907 in state, 2,600 in Marion County?” It gives the impression that there is a swelling number of new infections and that the disease is running wild. If you read the article of course it admits that this data only reflects reporting of cases and testing results and not a real picture of the situation. There is no “Surging” going on but improved testing and reporting.
    I have already lost a member of my family to this dreaded scourge but I don’t let this sensationalizing run my life. Lets please keep the drama to a minimum. This is not just some sort of game to be used for any political purpose but something to be overcome by all of us.

  3. Its sad the IBJ has moved from a true business publication to politics and drama headlines to try & attract readers. When you email the leadership about these same items….zero response.

    1. Thank you for this chart that is updated daily. I add a column for % positive cases/tests reported each day. To some extent, the fluctuations in positive cases is determined by the number of tests reported. This means daily fluctuations in new positive cases in absolute numbers does not mean much until the new positive cases each day drops dramatically. Since the daily number of reported tests varies greatly, it is tough to discern a trend.

      Just wondering, would a rolling 5 or 7 day average of tests and positive cases be more helpful?

      Either way, thank you for compiling the daily numbers.

  4. Isn’t it accurate and more positive to say that .1% of the population of Indiana has contracted the virus and .004% of the population of Indiana has unfortunately died from the disease with most of those being elderly and/or coming from the densely populated Marion County and surrounding suburbs. This tote board things is getting a little old and fuels the panic.

    1. No, expressing this in percent of population is useful, but the way you worded it would be misleading.
      The numbers reported are just that – just the reported cases. Many times more may be infected.
      Since most of the deaths are probably reported – that only gives a rough estimate of how many people out there actually have caught it WEEKS AGO – so there are probably many more active cases than we have counted so far.

  5. Is any one concerned that Indiana is severely lagging behind the surrounding states in testing, compared to actual cases? It appears they are only testing the very sick and are turning away people with classic symptoms, due to age(being too young) or not having proof of coming in contact with someone infected. Don’t we manufacture test here in Indiana from Lilly. We are sending more out to other state than we are keeping for ourselves. Frankly, my confidence in the way this state is handling this, is going down everyday. Our governor is dropping the ball and not putting a large enough sense of urgency behind getting the tests we need.