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

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday said the number of presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 10,154, following the emergence of 612 more cases.

The 612 new cases are the most the department has reported in its daily update since the beginning of the pandemic.

New reported cases have risen for the past three days, with 587 reported Thursday, 428 on Wednesday and 291 on Tuesday.

The state said Friday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 519, up from 477 the previous day—an increase of 42 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 54,785 people have been tested so far, up from 51,115 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 3,518 cases—up from 3,320 the previous day, an increase of 198 cases. The state reported 182 cumulative deaths in Marion County, up from 164 in Thursday’s report. The state said 17,571 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 542 positive cases; Johnson 371; Hendricks 407; Boone 145; Hancock 132; Madison 305; Morgan 111; and Shelby 97.

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 Friday morning, 672,246 cases had been reported in the United States, with 33,325 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 56,240 people have recovered.

Nearly 2.2 million cases have been reported globally, with 147,632 deaths. More than 556,700 people have recovered.

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8 thoughts on “Indiana reports rising number of COVID-19 cases for third straight day

  1. Please add perspective. Is the increase a result of more testing? If so, the number of positive tests will increase until all are tested. The percentage positive will go down as more are tested, but the positive number will go up. Recognize that your readers are most likely business people that took a statistics course in college in which a required book to read was “How to Lie with

    1. Very well Said Jan B. Is ISDH reporting the metric of positive new cases as a % of new testing? – a solid stat that federal govt. cited as key to opening (entering phase one). We all understand these are suggestions from the administration that Holcomb can reject but seems like a valid stat to report – much more than the comparatively meaningless total new cases.

  2. It’s all political as the “experts” don’t know who’s on first or 2nd with all their conflicting reports.

    As one point they agree on is we all as humans naturally carry Coronavirus on us our lives as to why we get colds and flu that comes from Coronavirus. Its listed on a can of Lysol.

    Of course as the availability of test has increased and the aforementioned, they will be a drastic increase in Coronavirus cases. But as my scientists point out, they can barely get a read on the test and if they read anything, they don’t know if it’s common Coronavirus or COVID-19. So with any read, they call it COVID-19 inaccurately and erroneously thus projecting the tallies way out of proportion!

    This also explains the “They tested positive for the Coronavirus but aren’t displaying any symptoms.” Also the why of the 14 days of quarantine as they really don’t know what they detected unless someone starts displaying symptoms in the 4 or 5 days to get the test results back or from that time in 14 days symptoms show up.

    By the numbers that aren’t reported by the MSM, most of those showing symptoms are from colds and flu and way less than 1% actually turns out to be COVID-19.

    But once again, its all reported as COVID-19 as to string the pandemic out as long as possible to use it as a vehicle to implement their Socialist Marxist Communist Democrat Globalist Anarchist Agendas on our Constitutional Republic!

    1. My understanding is that swab tests using RT-PCR are specific for 2 gene sequences specific to SARS-CoV-2 and not other Coronaviruses. How much cross reactivity there is with other common Coronaviruses, if any, I do not know. I trust the results, though there are false negatives, and I agree that the more people are tested the more positive results we will see. That and the inconsistent (non-real time) reporting of results to the ISDH I hope explains the increase number of “cases” recently. Before the last few days the numbers seemed to be slowing a bit.

  3. Per suggestion of Jonathan W, I added Column I (percent of total positives versus total tests) to the Google Sheet. I recognize the data for positives versus numbers of tests do not necessary track. That said, over time the number should be increasingly reliable (because there is more data as your lodestar). Right now, over 18% of the tests have come back positive. Early on, that number was closer to 13-14%. Still, there are pretty low numbers of tests per day (IMO); I have not seen a big “bump” in the number of tests from the news that Lilly’s was doing drive thru testing. Here’s the sheet: