State reports big rise in COVID-19 deaths after reporting change

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday said the number of positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 12,097, following the emergence of 411 more cases.

It also reported 61 new deaths, the largest number of deaths reported by the department in a daily report since the beginning of the pandemic.

The daily count is the lowest since 291 new cases were reported on April 14.

New reported cases were down from 476 on Monday, 569 on Sunday, 487 on Saturday and 613 on Friday.

The department said reported cases were lower than expected in the latest report because of a technology glitch.

The state said Tuesday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 630, up from 569 the previous day—an increase of 61.

The department said Monday that death numbers would begin increasing because it would begin reporting presumptive positive deaths in its totals. Presumptive positive deaths are not necessarily verified by tests, but includes deaths in which a doctor listed COVID-19 as an underlying cause.

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.

The state reported that 67,264 people have been tested so far, up from 64,639 in Monday’s report—an increase of 2,625 tests.

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.

Marion County reported 4,176 cumulative cases—up from 4,052 the previous day, an increase of 124 cases.

The state reported 206 cumulative deaths in Marion County, up from 192 in Monday’s report. The state said 19,706 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 615 positive cases; Johnson 451; Hendricks 511; Boone 161; Hancock 149; Madison 346; Morgan 124; and Shelby 120.

Every Indiana county has at least one case.

The department said 47.4% of the state’s intensive care unit beds were still available. About 23% are being used by COVID-19 patients.

The department also said 77.1% of the state’s ventilators were available.

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 Tuesday morning, 788,920 cases had been reported in the United States, with 42,458 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 73,500 people have recovered.

More than 2.5 million cases have been reported globally, with 171,810 deaths. More than 659,700 people have recovered.

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17 thoughts on “State reports big rise in COVID-19 deaths after reporting change

  1. Bob P., you’re late offering thoughts and prayers to the 630 familied in just Indiana from “The Hoax” that is “very well controlled” and “will probably go away like a miracle”. Speak up, my man!

  2. And hospitals scramble for federal dollars to offset the loss of elective surgeries. Every death will have a “presumptive” Covid designation until the money runs out. We’ll never get clean data. Open the state back up, Gov. We flattened the curve.

    1. Yes, not every death, most every death. I was hoping Dr. Box would stick with her integrity, but the almighty, dollar, WHO, CDC have probably impressed upon her the hospitals will get more funding to make up the difference in canceled elective surgeries, procedures, test. These policies of no elective surgeries
      were based on terrifically poor, wrong modeling. We will never know the real death toll of just Coronavirus positive test deaths. A sad day for the medical world.

  3. I am not a doctor or a health official, but changing the methodology of identifying a COVID death seems disengenious at this point. It would appear now that we are counting people that we surmise died WITH COVID, not necessarily FROM it. While every death is tragic, my sense is, that when a retrospective is done, many of the COVID deaths are not going to be incremental but attributable to existing morbidity that would have been eventually been fatal without COVID. To that point, If we are truly interested in true attribution, we should be certain and consisent and not be co-mingling ‘presumptive’ cause with ‘tested’ cause.

    1. People (for example those in nursing homes) can and do live a fairly long time with “underlying conditions” such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity even though those conditions may eventually be fatal.


      If COVID-19 aggravated the condition and they died much sooner than they otherwise would have, I agree with counting those as “presumptive” deaths in the pandemic.

  4. Every death is tragic and we pray for the families of those who have succumbed but they way they are now reporting it is illogical. How can any
    fair-minded, intelligent person have any confidence in the way this is being reported? It is bad enough that the federal authorities have admitted padding the numbers but why now is the state doing likewise? What is the agenda?

  5. Citation, please, for federal “padding” the numbers?? Trump’s interest is in keeping the results on the low end so he would not be up for padding them. And changing the methodology and explaining why is not illogical, it is being more thorough. Anyone can be accused of having an “agenda”, even you.

    1. Not trying to answer for Joe F. above Mary, but what he could be referring to is the number of pneumonia and influenza deaths in the past two months. The number of deaths in those two categories has cratered/fallen off the charts, and, not surprisingly, they can easily be labelled Covid. Doctors/hospitals get paid for Covid care, as with almost anything, seem you just have to follow the money. But, in reference to your point, the federal government is not padding numbers, but they are having to report padded Covid numbers that are reported to them.

  6. I fought in the Vietnam War which ended with roughly 52,000 plus American deaths over 12 year period. In less than 4 months we have lost over 42,000 Americans to this Virus…don’t believe anyone who tells you that this is not cataclysmic, and that we can easily end it by restarting the American economy. As I see our healthcare workforce do without everything they need to control the crisis and to keep people alive, I am shockingly reminded of when we faced an enemy 24/7 in Southeast Asia, the most powerful, greatest country in the world couldn’t keep us supplied with ammunition, food and everything we needed to fight that war. Some things never change, do they?

    1. Marc, thank you for your service, I remember that time so well as one of our darkest times. Your take on the numbers is spot on. Even in a bad flu season the deaths are spread out over 5 months, and we have more now at 6 weeks, so yes this is very bad. Today my nephew’s wife lost her job, through which they had their health insurance, and he is a free lance ER doc picking up more and more shifts (and risk), some on reservations. And he says in those ERs it is really really bad. He tends to be a calm person and also very libertarian in his political thinking, and is telling all who listen to stay home, don’t even go out for groceries, so if he says that, I have to take note.

    2. Funny you should compare our current “war” against this virus with the Viet Nam conflict. I was just thinking the other day that not since President Johnson attempted to micro-manage a losing effort have we had a president who, likewise zig-zags in his management of our current effort to defeat this enemy. The difference is that Johnson saw how his actions made re-election impossible and chose not to run for a second term, where our current president chooses to blame others for his inadequacies and will do whatever it takes to hang on to the office.

  7. Its always the unexpected thing, the unknown, the uncertainty and the lack of a defined enemy. Mother Nature appears to be very upset with our stewardship of this planet we call home. And the clownshow in DC isn’t doing anything but making it worse. You say – “Let’s come together to beat this crisis!” ..and then we watch the clownshow every night, blaming and taking no leadership. God help us all.