State total of COVID-19 cases rises to 12 after two more positive tests

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday said the number of presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 has risen to 12 in the state after the emergence of two more cases.

The two new patients reside in St. Joseph and Marion counties and are adults, the department said.

The health department is providing case updates daily at 10 a.m. based on results received through midnight.

The department said the results include tests performed at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and through a private laboratory

On its statistical online dashboard, the department said it had tested 64 Hoosiers for the virus. No deaths have been reported.

The first positive case of COVID-19, reported Friday, involved a Marion County resident who traveled to Boston in late February to attend the BioGen conference. A second case, reported Sunday, involved a Hendricks County patient who also attended the Biogen conference.

The third case in the state, reported Sunday night, involved a student at Hickory Elementary School in the Avon Community School Corp. The fourth was reported Monday in Noble County in northern Indiana.

Two more cases were reported Tuesday, with one patient in Adams County and the other in Boone County.

Four cases were reported Wednesday, with three in Johnson County and on in Howard County.

Johnson (three cases), Marion (two cases) and Hendricks (two cases) are the only counties in the state so far with multiple confirmed cases.

As of 9:33 a.m. Thursday morning, 1,323 cases had been reported in the United States with 38 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins.

More than 127,800 cases have been reported globally with 4,718 deaths.

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