State reports 394 additional COVID-19 cases, 17 more deaths

The Indiana State Department of Health on Sunday said the number of positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 24,126 following the emergence of 394 more cases.

That’s the lowest number of new cases reported in a single day’s report since April 22.

The state reported 586 new cases on Sunday, 643 new cases on Friday, 633 on Thursday, 837 on Wednesday, 526 on Tuesday and 574 on Monday.

The department said Sunday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 1,379, up from 1,362 the previous day—an increase of 17.

More than 91% of the total deaths involve those who are age 60 or older. More than 74% of those who have died are older than 70. Men account for 52.2% of the deaths.

The state reported that 140,029 people have been tested so far, up from 135,686 in Saturday’s report—an increase of 4,373.

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 and first death from COVID-19 on March 16.

Marion County reported 7,336 cumulative cases—up from 7,245 the previous day, an increase of 91 cases.

The county’s cumulative death toll rose to 416, up from 412 in Saturday’s report.

The state said 33,849 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 925 positive cases; Johnson 807; Hendricks 958; Boone 223; Hancock 264; Madison 503; Morgan 197; and Shelby 264.

Every Indiana county has at least three cases.

The department said 41.6% of the state’s intensive care unit beds were still available. About 17.3% are being used by COVID-19 patients.

The department also said 81.5% of the state’s ventilators were available. About 7% 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 Sunday morning, more than 1.3 million cases had been reported in the United States, with 78,862 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 212,500 people have recovered.

More than 4 million cases have been reported globally, with 279,791 deaths. More than 1.38 million people have recovered.

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