-- New information on coronavirus-related deaths among Indiana nursing home
residents collected by state health officials shows 128 more deaths than
previously reported by the facilities.
officials announced Thursday that bars and nightclubs in the city will be
closed in a reversal they said was prompted by a jump in COVID-19 cases
among those younger than 40 years old.
NURSING HOME DEATHS
The nursing home
figures released Wednesday increase such COVID-19 deaths to at least 1,390
residents through July 14, making up nearly half of the state’s coronavirus
deaths since mid-March.
The state health
department on Thursday reported 17 more deaths of people with COVID-19
infections, with most of those happening Tuesday or Wednesday. Those
fatalities raised the state’s coronavirus death toll to 2,880.
The new nursing
home information breaks down the number of coronavirus infections and deaths
at individual facilities after state officials had refused to do so since
April despite complaints from relatives of home residents about a lack of
communication about outbreaks.
Dr. Dan Rusyniak,
chief medical officer for the Indiana Family and Social Services
Administration, said the new report includes reports from 83% of the about
760 long-term care facilities across the state.
“The reason these
numbers are different is that facilities have gotten better at reporting,”
Rusyniak said. “We’ve gotten better at collecting the data. We’ve also made
it easier for facilities by giving them better instructions and more time to
go back and identify cases.”
The nursing homes
reporting the most COVID-19 resident deaths were Harrison Terrace in
Indianapolis (38), Greenwood Meadows in Greenwood (35), Bethany Pointe
Health Campus in Anderson (33) and North Woods Village in Kokomo (33). The
report lists 447 facilities recording no such deaths and 84 having fewer
across the country have been devastated by COVID-19 deaths as elderly people
and those with serious health troubles living in nursing homes are among the
most at-risk from severe illness due to the coronavirus.
homes reported 12 coronavirus-related deaths among staff members. Rusyniak
said the state would not identify the facilities where those people worked
because of privacy concerns.
officials said about 100 new COVID-19 cases were being confirmed each day --
a rate that had roughly doubled since the start of July. About 44% of new
infections identified since June 22 have been among those ages 20 and 39.
Mayor Joe Hogsett
blamed the growing infections on people congregating in locations such as
bars and gyms.
A new city order
taking effect Friday will keep bars and nightclubs closed until at least
Aug. 12. It will also prohibit any schools from resuming in-person classes
before Aug. 5, although additional guidance should be released next week.
Dr. Virginia Caine,
the Marion County health department director, said the steps were needed to
reduce illnesses and deaths.
“There are just too
many of us willing to risk the lives of our neighbors for the sake of
convenience,” Caine said.
Gov. Eric Holcomb
announced Wednesday he would impose a statewide face mask mandate starting
Monday, citing a a renewed growth in the number of COVID-19 infections and
hospitalizations across Indiana.
The state health
department on Thursday announced 954 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, which is
the highest number of new cases reported in a single day.
That figure topped
a day in April when tests confirmed the illness among hundreds of workers at
a Tyson meatpacking plant in Logansport and more half of total tests done
were positive for the virus. Of those test results included in Thursday’s
report, about 8% were positive for COVID-19.