INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana’s number of confirmed or probable coronavirus-related deaths has
jumped to over 1,300 as state health officials added 62 fatalities to that
toll on Tuesday.
Most of the newly
confirmed deaths happened between Friday and Monday, but others date back as
far as March 31, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
The new state
statistics show that at least 1,004 people died during April with COVID-19
infections - an average of nearly 33.5 people a day. That one-month death
toll far exceeds Indiana’s average of about 150 flu deaths over a
seven-month period in recent years.
A new order from
Gov. Eric Holcomb that took effect Monday eased many business and travel
restrictions for most of Indiana as a top state health official said
coronavirus cases had reached a “level plateau.”
The state health
department has recorded 1,213 deaths with confirmed coronavirus infections
and 113 presumed deaths of people with COVID-19, the respiratory disease
caused by the virus. Those are deaths that state officials said doctors
blame on coronavirus infections without confirmation of the illness from