State COVID-19 cases rise by 304, deaths by 15

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday said the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the state has risen to 38,337. That marks an increase of 304 cases over the cumulative number—38,033—the department reported on Tuesday.

The state reported an increase of 410 cases on Tuesday, 226 cases on Monday, 400 cases on Sunday, 419 cases on Saturday, 482 on Friday, and 384 on Thursday.

The department said Wednesday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 2,173, up from 2,158 the previous day—an increase of 15.

Nearly 92% of the total deaths involve those who are age 60 or older. More than 75% of those who have died are older than 70. Only 2.7% of the deaths have involved someone younger than 50.

According to the report, 1,011 deaths—or 47.4% of the state’s total—involved long-term-care patients. The state updates long-term-care numbers on Mondays. The state said 155 facilities have experienced at least one COVID-19 death and 250 have had at least one positive case.

The state said 320,094 people have been tested so far, up from 315,390 in Tuesday’s report—an increase of 4,704. That’s the lowest increase in testing since June 1, when 4,350 new tests were reported.

The state said 12% of those tested so far have been positive for COVID-19.

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.

Health officials say Indiana has far more coronavirus cases—probably tens of thousands more—than those indicated by the number of official tests. A study announced May 13 estimated at least 186,000 Hoosiers have or had COVID-19 through the end of April.

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 and first death from COVID-19 on March 16.

Marion County on Wednesday reported 10,464 cumulative cases—up from 10,444 the previous day, an increase of 20 cases.

The county’s cumulative death toll was 634, up from 630 in Tuesday’s report.

The state said 62,803 people have been tested in the county.

In surrounding counties, Hamilton had 1,242 positive cases; Johnson 1,155; Hendricks 1,234; Boone 339; Hancock 367; Madison 606; Morgan 294; and Shelby 403.

Pike County has six cases, but every other Indiana county has at least 10.

The department said 38.1% of the state’s intensive care unit beds were still available. About 12.3% are being used by COVID-19 patients.

The department also said 82.6% of the state’s ventilators were available, with 3.7% 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.

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One thought on “State COVID-19 cases rise by 304, deaths by 15

  1. Below is a link to a spreadsheet collecting this data. Now, a little analysis.
    Indiana has about 6.85 million people. So, there are reported tests for at most 4.67% of the population–assuming these tests were not conducted on the same person more than once. Of those tested, only 11.98% came back positive. The death rate so far is .03172% of our State population (2173 presumed and/or tested deaths/6.85 million people). What to do with that data/analysis is above my pay grade. But, hopefully this helps inform your discussions and decision-making as we each decide how to live our lives.