INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana’s first coronavirus infections occurred at least a couple weeks
before the first illness for a resident was confirmed in early March, the
state health commissioner said Wednesday.
That would indicate
the virus could have been spreading around Indiana for perhaps six weeks
before the statewide stay-at-home order took effect March 25.
“We tracked cases
that we thought probably went back to at least mid-February,” said the
health commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box.
Box said Indiana’s
number of presumptive deaths will add fewer than 100 fatalities to the state
She said some
respiratory illnesses before the state’s first confirmed COVID-19 infection
on March 6 were undoubtably from the coronavirus.
“There will be
individuals that never hit the hospital system that may very well have had
COVID-19 and they won’t know that until we have that good antibody test out
there to show that they are immune,” Box said.
Gov. Eric Holcomb
said comparing the dangers of the flu and COVID-19 were “not close.”
“You’re not going
in and getting a shot and having the confidence that you can go back to
work,” Holcomb said.