Indiana reports rising number of COVID-19 cases for second straight day

The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday said the number of presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 9,542 after the emergence of 587 more cases.

New reported cases have risen for the past two days, with 428 on Wednesday and 291 on Tuesday.

The state said Thursday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 477, up from 436 the previous day—an increase of 41 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 51,115 people have been tested so far, up from 48,396 in Wednesday’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 3,320 cases—up from 3,204 the previous day, an increase of 116 cases. The state reported 164 cumulative deaths in Marion County, up from 155 in Wednesday’s report. The state said 16,604 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 520 positive cases; Johnson 358; Hendricks 378; Boone 136; Hancock 127; Madison 283; Morgan 108; and Shelby 86.

Every Indiana county has at least one case.

The health department is now 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 Thursday morning, 640,014 cases had been reported in the United States, with 31,002 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 52,770 people have recovered.

More nearly 2.1 million cases have been reported globally, with 139,419 deaths. More than 528,000 people have recovered.

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15 thoughts on “Indiana reports rising number of COVID-19 cases for second straight day

  1. Simple math seems to indicate that after weeks of dealing with this crisis we still haven’t tested even 1% of Indiana citizens. Given the federal testing debacle I accept the fact we were forced to forfeit containment as a strategy from the outset, but are we also now going to blindly reopen our state with similar deadly consequences?

    1. If we don’t re-open, the consequences could be as equally deadly and destructive as the virus itself. Use the precautions. Use common sense. Shutting down everything like a police state won’t solve anything. Don’t listen to Dr. Fauci. He is a fraud, wrapped up in a number of other frauds, from false HIV tests and solutions to the Truvada for Prep debacle. His relationship to the Gates foundation is equally disturbing.

    2. I agree we have had a lack of testing so far! As testing increases, we will continue to see increases in cases (since most people who want tested likely will have symptoms, a high % will be positive). Under the new rules, we have to have 2 weeks of declining numbers to re-open. That means as they ramp up testing, it ensures we will stay closed. It is a vicious circle.

  2. when this supposed pandemic has come to some sort of closure let’s hope there’s a thorough investigation on what was done right and done wrong. At the sound of seeming callous there have simply not been enough deaths to warrant the extreme measures that have been taken, especially when 90% have been 65+ and/or compromised immune systems. Don’t let the cure kill us.

    1. What is wrong with you? We’ve lost 32,000 citizens of the US. Does that mean nothing to you? If it was you or one of your family members, you would think differently about there not “enough deaths.” How many does there need to be in order to warrant extreme closures? What’s your number?

    2. I couldn’t agree more Jeffery. While no one is dismissing any death, it is the magnitude of the response relative to the affects of the virus that is completely out of proportion. What was the response to the flu in 2017/2018? That flu killed 2x as many people, 61000 according to the CDC as the current morbidity numbers nationally. NYC is recording 1/3 of ALL deaths nationally. Isolate that population of 7.5 Million and the response to the virus has been irrational, irresponsible and unwarranted. Education and common sense should prevail. Be smart, be cautious, be safe and chose to live your life in a way that you are comfortable with but trampling over everyones civil liberties is not the answer.

    3. Agree Jeffrey! We have put millions into poverty and unemployment, lost jobs, lost businesses, eventually lost homes, etc. The economic devastation could be mitigated by allowing younger healthy people to work with new social distancing measures, while continuing the lockdown for elderly and the sick.

      We need widespread testing.

  3. Let’s simply look at history: Polio. Science won the war; it will again. What complicates this issue is not economics…it’s fear of the unknown.

  4. Question to all: If the government or local officials ended the stay at home order today- no restrictions – would you feel comfortable dining in a restaurant?

    1. First of all, I don’t think anyone is recommending “Turning on the Light Switch.” But to answer your question, yes IF the restaurant is using some common sense prevention. As soon as restaurants are open, I will seek them out and patronize them IF they are taking some common sense precautions.