State’s COVID cases increase by 493, with 13 more reported deaths

The Indiana State Department of Health on Sunday morning said the number of presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 7,928 after the emergence of 493 more cases.

The department reported the state’s first case on March 6.

The state said Sunday that the death toll in the state rose to 343, up from 330 the previous day.

Deaths and positive cases are not always reported immediately, which means the numbers can move inconsistently day to day.

The state reported that 42,489 people have been tested so far, up from 39,215 in Saturday’s report. 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 2,887 cases—up from 2,742 cases the previous day. The state reported 123 deaths in Marion County, five more than Saturday. The state said 15,176 people have been tested in the county.

The number of cases have grown in all of the region’s counties. Hamilton has had 478 positive cases; Johnson, 317; Hendricks, 315; Boone, 109; Hancock, 118; Madison, 254; Morgan, 101, and Shelby, 71.

Every Indiana county now has at least one case.

The health department is providing case updates daily at about 10 a.m. 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, 530,006 cases had been reported in the United States, with 20,608 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 32,100 people have recovered.

Nearly 1.8 million cases have been reported globally, with 110,042 deaths. More than 412,000 people have recovered.

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