State reports 633 more COVID-19 cases, 31 additional deaths

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday said the number of positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 22,503 following the emergence of 633 more cases.

The state reported 837 new cases on Wednesday, 526 on Tuesday, 574 on Monday, 638 on Sunday, 665 on Saturday and 795 on Friday.

The state said Thursday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 1,295, up from 1,264 the previous day—an increase of 31.

More than 91% of the total deaths involve those who are age 60 or older. Nearly 75% of those who have died are older than 70. Men account for 52.4% of the deaths.

The state reported that 124,782 people have been tested so far, up from 120,496 in Wednesday’s report—an increase of 4,286.

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 6,914 cumulative cases—up from 6,730 the previous day, an increase of 184 cases.

The state reported 398 cumulative deaths in Marion County, up from 390 in Wednesday’s report.

The state said 31,257 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 894 positive cases; Johnson 754; Hendricks 893; Boone 211; Hancock 241; Madison 474; Morgan 183; and Shelby 243.

Every Indiana county has at least two cases.

The department said 42% of the state’s intensive care unit beds were still available. About 18% are being used by COVID-19 patients.

The department also said 80.3% 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 Thursday morning, 1.23 million cases had been reported in the United States, with 73,573 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 189,900 people have recovered.

Nearly 3.8 million cases have been reported globally, with 264,679 deaths. More than 1.25 million people have recovered.

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5 thoughts on “State reports 633 more COVID-19 cases, 31 additional deaths

  1. Its hard to figure out what’s going on just looking at these raw numbers, A previous poster is keeping a running tally here:

    If I’m thinking right the best number to look at is the % positive total, which, if we’re flattening the curve, ought to be slowly but steadily declining, right? The % positive/day can be expected to fluctuate but trend downward. I don’t see either one happening.

    I’m as eager to get back to normal as anyone but if our leaders are making data-driven decisions, and they’re looking at this data, I’m not sure why they think opening up is a good idea. Am I missing something?

    1. Yes, its that Medicare pays the hospital $13000 for each patient diagnosed with COVID 19 and $39000 if a patient dies and is listed as dying from COVID 19, so numbers or “data” could be skewed. Also, distancing and quarantines only work in the short term. The only way that COVID 19 or any other virus or bacterial infection gets defeated ultimately is through “herd immunity.” Prior to mass vaccinations, this was widely recognized. View the video, from 60 minutes back in the eighties that shows what happens when there is a mass fear created. It talks explicitly about the 1976 “Swine Flu” epidemic.

  2. I understood “flattening the curve” to mean “slowing the growth rate of new cases” OR “having an actual decrease in new cases”.

    It looks as if “slowing the growth rate” may be happening, as the number of new infections seems to be growing only slowly, if at all. (I wouldn’t put much stock in daily fluctuations; I’d rather look at an actual weekly average, week to week, or at a moving 7-day average.)

  3. Is it possible to publish new hospital admissions that are specific to C-19? As that is really the most relevant stat. Also, would like to see an article on the definition off “recovered”.