Indiana reports slowdown in emerging COVID-19 cases for second straight day

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 6,351 after the emergence of 408 more cases.

The increase in cases fell for the second straight day, after 436 new cases were reported on Wednesday and 563 were reported the previous day.

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

The death toll in the state rose to 245, up from 203 the previous day. The 42 deaths were the most reported to date in the health department’s daily updates.

The department reported that 32,133 people have been tested so far, up from 30,869 in Wedneday’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 2,415 cases—up from 2,290 cases the previous day—with 81 deaths. The state said 11,356 people have been tested in the county.

Counties in the Indianapolis area have reported at least 56 cases each: Hamilton (395), Johnson (248), Hendricks (256), Boone (84), Hancock (100), Madison (146), Morgan (82) and Shelby (61).

Only three of Indiana’s 92 counties have not reported cases: Benton, Perry 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 Thursday morning, 432,434 cases had been reported in the United States, with 14,808 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 24,100 people have recovered.

Nearly 1.5 million cases have been reported globally, with 89,733 deaths. More than 337,074 people have recovered.

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3 thoughts on “Indiana reports slowdown in emerging COVID-19 cases for second straight day

  1. The new presumptive case numbers are encouraging but is it the result of less test results being reported to the state for the last two days?

  2. Your 42 deaths in one day don’t line up with the graph on the ISDH website. It shows we were at 203 deaths 5 days ago and 245 yesterday?? Just curious which is correct.

    1. Tim, 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.

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