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Grim landmark as Indiana C19 deaths top 1,000

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The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting this morning 44 additional deaths from COVID-19 over the last 24 hours (63 additional deaths on Wednesday), for a total to date of 1,007.

Add to that number 107 probable deaths--those for which x-rays, scans, and clinical symptoms all point to COVID-19 but for which no positive test is on record--and C-19 deaths in Indiana total 1,114.

ISDH was also reporting 669 new confirmed C-19 cases (605 new cases on Wednesday), for a total of 17,835, up from 17,182 on Wednesday. Those 669 new cases represent an increase of 4 percent over the last 24 hours.

Nursing home cases and deaths remain unchanged from Wednesday: 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, 94,998 tests have been reported to date to ISDH, up from 91,550, an increase of 3.8 percent, with a positive rate of 18.8 percent. Tests are being conducted by ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and private laboratories.

Tests in Porter County: 1,687 (1,659). In Lake County: 8,340 (8,009). In LaPorte County: 1,222 (1,162).

If positive rates are an indication of the extent of COVID-19 testing in a county, then Porter County’s 14.1-percent positive rate compares favorably to Lake’s (22.1 percent), LaPorte’s (17.8 percent), and the state’s (18.8 percent).

Marion County has the most reported cases, 5,530 (5,295); and the most deaths, 328 (305). Lake County has reported 1,846 (1,786) and 83 deaths (81), the second highest in the state in both categories. LaPorte County has reported 218 cases and five deaths (209 and five).



Posted 4/30/2020




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