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Indiana tracks coronavirus cases weeks before 1st confirmed

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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 total.

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.


Posted 4/23/2020




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