State reports another 490 COVID-19 cases, 39 more deaths

The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday said the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the state has risen to 33,558 following the emergence of 490 more cases.

The state reported 595 new cases on Thursday, 359 on Wednesday, 363 on Tuesday, 339 on Monday, 475 on Sunday, and 492 on Saturday.

The department said Friday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 1,946, up from 1,907 the previous day—an increase of 39.

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 2.9% of the deaths have involved someone younger than 50.

According to the report, 876 deaths—or 47.8% of the state’s total—involved long-term care patients, as of May 25. More than 142 facilities have experienced at least one COVID-19 death.

The state said 248,713 people have been tested so far, up from 242,287 in Thursday’s report—an increase of 6,426.

The state said 13.5% 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 Friday reported 9,616 cumulative cases—up from 9,524 the previous day, an increase of 92 cases.

The county’s cumulative death toll was 571, up from 558 in Thursday’s report.

The state said 51,387 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 1,156 positive cases; Johnson 1,093; Hendricks 1,161; Boone 309; Hancock 327; Madison 585; Morgan 278; and Shelby 368.

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

The department said 37.6% of the state’s intensive care unit beds were still available. About 16.1% are being used by COVID-19 patients.

The department also said 83% of the state’s ventilators were available, with 5.1% 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.

As of Friday morning, more than 1.72 million cases had been reported in the United States, with 101,698 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 399,990 people have recovered.

More than 5.85 million cases have been reported globally, with 361,270 deaths. More than 2.44 million people have recovered.

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