Indiana’s total of COVID-19 cases rises above 20,000

The Indiana State Department of Health on Monday said the number of positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 20,507, following the emergence of 574 more cases.

That’s the lowest number of new cases in a daily report since April 22, when 341 were reported.

The state reported 638 new cases on Sunday, 665 on Saturday, 795 on Friday, 653 on Thursday, 594 on Wednesday and 627 on Tuesday.

The state said Monday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 1,151, up from 1,132 the previous day—an increase of 19.

About 91% of the total deaths involve those who are age 60 or older. About 74% of those who have died are older than 70. Men account for more than 53% of the deaths.

The state reported that 113,297 people have been tested so far, up from 108,859 in Sunday’s report—an increase of 4,438.

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.

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.

Marion County reported 6,327 cumulative cases—up from 6,176 the previous day, an increase of 151 cases.

The state reported 363 cumulative deaths in Marion County, up from 360 in Sunday’s report.

The state said 28,892 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 845 positive cases; Johnson 718; Hendricks 774; Boone 199; Hancock 231; Madison 450; Morgan 168; and Shelby 224.

Every Indiana county has at least two cases.

The department said 45.4% of the state’s intensive care unit beds were still available. About 16.3% are being used by COVID-19 patients.

The department also said 80.5% of the state’s ventilators were available. About 8% were 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.

Health officials say Indiana has far more coronavirus cases—possibly thousands more—than those indicated by the number of tests.

As of Monday morning, 1.16 million cases had been reported in the United States, with 67,795 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 180,300 people have recovered.

More than 3.53 million cases have been reported globally, with 248,164 deaths. More than 1.1 million people have recovered.

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