State reports 665 more COVID-19 cases, 53 more deaths

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Saturday said the number of positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 19,295, following the emergence of 665 more cases.

The state reported 795 new cases on Friday, 653 on Thursday, 594 on Wednesday, 627 on Tuesday, 949 on Monday and 617 on Sunday.

The state said Saturday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 1,115, up from 1,062 the previous day—an increase of 53.

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 nearly 54% of the deaths.

The state reported that 104,141 people have been tested so far, up from 99,639 in Friday’s report—an increase of 4,502 tests. That’s the second highest number of new tests reported by the department in a daily report, exceeded only by Friday’s increase of 4,641.

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 5,983 cumulative cases—up from 5,754 the previous day, an increase of 229 cases.

The state reported 357 cumulative deaths in Marion County, up from 339 in Friday’s report.

The state said 29,964 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 810 positive cases; Johnson 668; Hendricks 745; Boone 198; Hancock 229; Madison 434; Morgan 160; and Shelby 218.

Every Indiana county has at least two cases.

The department said 42.4% of the state’s intensive care unit beds were still available. About 16.6% 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 Saturday morning, 1,107,815 cases had been reported in the United States, with 65,173 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 164,000 people have recovered.

More than 3.36 million cases have been reported globally, with 239,345 deaths. More than 1 million people have recovered.

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10 thoughts on “State reports 665 more COVID-19 cases, 53 more deaths

  1. So much for the federal guidance promulgated by the Trump adminstration for Phase I re-opening hurdles to be a steady decrease in reported cases for 14 days. Indiana is still hovering at the same or higher cases. But we’re gradually re-opening anyway. Why is Holcomb ignoring those gudinelines?

    1. Fewer new unemployment claims. If drawing and your place of employment is now open, you will lose your UI if you decide for health reasons, not to return. State wins.

  2. I guess neither of you looked at the numbers. 91% of deaths have been to those over 60. That has remained steady. Looking at other data from other states, 91% of those who died under 60, had underlying medical issues. So, for those over 60 and at risk, stay isolated. Hospitals are no where near capacity, which was the primary reason to flatten the curve. For others, where the mortality rate is less than .1%, the guidelines for re-opening seem more than adequate.

    1. Exactly new hospitalization are important not new cases. As testing increases more asymptomatic cases will be seen, and unless they are working in care of the older population, or care of vulnerable population.

  3. Jeff K, you are cherry-picking the data to suit your agenda. You missed the part that TRUMP and the CDC came up with the national guidance for each state and Holcomb is ignoring it for the Phase I re-opening. Everyone, including the people who put together the national guidelines, knows it more lethal to older people AND those with co-morbidities (high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy – that’s a whole lot of people under age 60).

    Just because think you might not be at serius risk, doesn’t mean you won’t go out, contract it, and give it to the elderly or at-risk people with whom you come in contact, or to others in your invincible cohort who would do the same.

    So…. Let’s quote from the POTUS and CDC:

    “Gating” CRITERIA: The data driven conditions each region or state should satisfy before proceeding to a phased opening (must be ALL of the following):

    Symptoms: (1) Downward trajectory of Flu-like AND (2) COVID-like illnesses reported o a 14-day period. (FAIL)

    Cases: (1) Downward trajectory of documented cases (FAIL) OR (2) Downward trajectory of positive as a percent of total tests cases reported of a 14-day period. (FAIL)

    Hospitals: (1) Treat all patients without crisis care (PASS?) AND (2) robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing (UTTER FAILURE).

    Core State Preparedness Responsibilities:


    Ability to quickly set up safe and efficient screening and testing sites for symptomatic individuals and trace contacts of COVID+ results

    Ability to test Syndromic/ILI-indicated persons for COVID and trace contacts of COVID+ results

    Ensure sentinel surveillance sites are screening for asymptomatic cases and contacts for COVID+ results are traced (sites operate at locations that serve older individuals, lower-income Americans, racial minorities, and Native Americans)

    2. PLANS

    Protect the health and safety of workers in critical industries (Probably not for many in “critical industries)

    Protect the health and safety of those living and working in high-risk facilities (e.g., senior care facilities) (Let’s ask the meat packing industry)

    Protect employees and users of mass transit (Hmmm. Doubtful)

    Advise citizens regarding protocols for social distancing and face coverings (YES)

    Monitor conditions and immediately take steps to limit and mitigate any rebounds or outbreaks by restarting a phase or returning to an earlier phase, depending on severity (We shall see.)

    1. Cherry picking the data? Sorry, the data IS the data. You can’t cherry pick it, and it is, what it is. The data does not lie, and the number of deaths decreased, again, to numbers we saw in late March. You opinion, lacks data, which is not so educated.

  4. You realize the death rate in Indiana is .00017. 80% of ventilators not being used, 42% of hospital beds are empty. If you immune compromised or older person, yes be careful.