Indiana reports fewer new COVID-19 cases after 3 days of increases

The Indiana State Department of Health on Saturday said the number of presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 10,641, following the emergence of 487 more cases.

New reported cases dropped in Saturday’s report after rising for the past three days. There were 613 new cases reported on Friday, 587 on Thursday, 428 on Wednesday and 291 on Tuesday.

The state said Saturday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 545, up from 519 the previous day—an increase of 26 deaths.

Deaths and positive cases are not always reported to the department immediately, which means the numbers can move inconsistently day to day.

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

The state reported that 56,873 people have been tested so far, up from 54,785 in Friday’s report—an increase of 2,088 tests.

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 3,624 cases—up from 3,518 the previous day, an increase of 106 cases. The state reported 190 cumulative deaths in Marion County, up from 182 in Friday’s report. The state said 18,136 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 563 positive cases; Johnson 393; Hendricks 435; Boone 151; Hancock 135; Madison 323; Morgan 111; and Shelby 99.

Nearly 55% of the state’s cases have been reported in the nine-county Indianapolis area.

Every Indiana county has at least one case.

The department said 47.5% of the state’s intensive care unit beds were still available. About 23% are being used by COVID-19 patients.

The department also said 77.5% of the state’s ventilators were available.

The health department is providing case updates daily at noon 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 Saturday morning, 706,856 cases had been reported in the United States, with 37,087 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 60,500 people have recovered.

More than 2.27 million cases have been reported globally, with 156,140 deaths. More than 579,600 people have recovered.

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4 thoughts on “Indiana reports fewer new COVID-19 cases after 3 days of increases

  1. would love to know how these daily numbers track with the regular flu bug every year….especially the 2018-19 season that was reported to be particulary bad ….

    1. The CDC estimates that during the 2018–2019 flu season, an estimated 35.5 million people got sick with influenza, resulting in 16.5 million people going to a health care provider for their illness, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths. This is a national number and considers a flu season of about eight months.

  2. IBJ— good data. Thank you. please define “presumptive positive”. Also, would be interested in a deeper dive on the 57k tested. What % tested positive? How many were symptomatic? Assuming the vast majority of those tested were high risk.

  3. Presumptive positive means the patient has tested positive at the state level but that test hasn’t been confirmed by the CDC. It’s a term we should just drop because the CDC is no longer requiring states to confirm tests.

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