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Statewide 815 new cases 55 more deaths

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The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning the second highest number of new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began: 815 over the last 24 hours.

The highest daily tally of new cases: 963, reported on Monday.

The 815 new cases (669 new cases on Thursday) bring the total number of cases so far in Indiana to 18,630, up from 17,835 on Thursday, an increase of 4.5 percent over the last 24 hours.

ISDH was also reporting 55 additional deaths from COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (44 additional deaths on Thursday), for a total to date of 1,175, up from 1,114 on Thursday, an increase of 5.5 percent. That number includes 113 probable deaths: those for which x-ray, scans, and clinical symptoms all point to COVID-19 but for which no positive test is on record.

Nursing home cases and deaths remain unchanged from Thursday: 1,467 cases, 260 deaths. Number of nursing home facilities in the state with at least one case of COVID-19: 148. Number with at least one death: 85.

Meanwhile, 99,639 tests have been reported to date to ISDH, up from 94,998, an increase of 4.9 percent, with a positive rate of 18.7 percent. Tests are being conducted by ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and private laboratories.

Tests in Porter County: 1,773 (1,687 on Thursday). In Lake County: 8,751 (8,340). In LaPorte County: 1,289 (1,222).

If positive rates are an indication of the extent of COVID-19 testing in a county, then Porter County's 13.5-percent positive rate compares favorably to Lake's (22 percent), LaPorte's (17.3), and the state's (18.7 percent).

Marion County has the most reported cases, 5,754 (5,530 on Thursday); and the most deaths, 339 (328). Lake County has reported 1,929 (1,846) and 92 deaths (83), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 224 cases and six deaths (218 and five).




Posted 5/1/2020




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