State reports another 586 COVID-19 cases as testing hits second straight high

The Indiana State Department of Health on Saturday said the number of positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 23,732 following the emergence of 586 more cases.

The state reported 643 new cases on Friday, 633 on Thursday, 837 on Wednesday, 526 on Tuesday, 574 on Monday and 638 on Sunday.

The department said Saturday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 1,362, up from 1,328 the previous day—an increase of 34.

More than 91% of the total deaths involve those who are age 60 or older. More than 74% of those who have died are older than 70. Men account for 52.2% of the deaths.

The state reported that 135,686 people have been tested so far, up from 130,128 in Friday’s report—an increase of 5,558. That’s the second day in a row that testing reached a new daily high.

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 and first death from COVID-19 on March 16.

Marion County reported 7,245 cumulative cases—up from 7,078 the previous day, an increase of 167 cases.

The county’s cumulative death toll rose to 412, up from 403 in Friday’s report.

The state said 33,212 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 920 positive cases; Johnson 790; Hendricks 951; Boone 219; Hancock 264; Madison 497; Morgan 194; and Shelby 255.

Every Indiana county has at least two cases.

The department said 40.4% of the state’s intensive care unit beds were still available. About 17% are being used by COVID-19 patients.

The department also said 81% of the state’s ventilators were available. About 7% 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, nearly 1.3 million cases had been reported in the United States, with 77,344 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. Almost 199,000 people have recovered.

Nearly 4 million cases have been reported globally, with 275,527 deaths. More than 1.33 million people have recovered.

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7 thoughts on “State reports another 586 COVID-19 cases as testing hits second straight high

  1. The count will not go down anytime soon unless the governor requires masks in public places. I was in the grocery store last week and fewer than half of the customers were wearing masks.

    1. Amen to this. Kudos to stores requiring masks for entrance; Menards is among them. At Target yesterday only 50-60% had masks.

    2. Unless thry sre older or unhealthy, they are probably asymptomatic not a big deal, if not needing treatment.

  2. So, are we doing the right thing by opening up? We should’ve waited till the end of May, and gradually opening up of the economy. Better safe than sorry.

    1. Opening up is not the issue. It’s people who don’t know how (or don’t care) to social distance or wear face coverings.

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