Diagnosed COVID-19 cases surpass 37,000 in Indiana

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Sunday said the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the state has risen to 37,397. That marks an increase of 400 cases over the cumulative number—36,997—the department reported on Saturday.

The state reported an increase of 419 cases on Saturday, 482 on Friday, 384 on Thursday, 475 on Wednesday, 407 cases on Tuesday, 256 on Monday, and 363 cases on Sunday.

The department said Sunday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 2,121, up from 2,110 the previous day—an increase of 11.

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, 945 deaths—or 47.8% of the state’s total—involved long-term care patients, as of Monday. The state said 150 facilities have experienced at least one COVID-19 death.

The state said 304,263 people have been tested so far, up from 297,530 in Saturday’s report—an increase of 6,733.

The state said 12.3% 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 10,326 cumulative cases—up from 10,276 the previous day, an increase of 50 cases.

The county’s cumulative death toll was 621, up from 616 in Saturday’s report.

The state said 60,071 people have been tested in the county.

In surrounding counties, Hamilton had 1,205 positive cases; Johnson 1,133; Hendricks 1,218; Boone 331; Hancock 362; Madison 603; Morgan 290; and Shelby 398.

Pike County has six cases, but every other Indiana county has at least 10.

The department said 37.3% of the state’s intensive care unit beds were still available. About 13% are being used by COVID-19 patients.

The department also said 82.7% of the state’s ventilators were available, with 4.5% 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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