COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Wabash Valley

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INDIANAPOLIS — As protests over the death of George Floyd have taken center stage over the coronavirus pandemic, cases have continued to rise in local counties.

The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday announced new cases in Daviess (3), Vigo (3), Martin (1), Greene (1) and Clay (1) counties. Clay County has also seen two additional COVID-19 related deaths in two days, according to the latest state report.

Statewide, 452 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since Wednesday, according to the ISDH. That brings to 36,096 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

A total of 2,052 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 20 over the previous day.

Another 179 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days. 

According to the ISDH, intensive care unit and ventilator capacity remains steady. As of Thursday, nearly 38 percent of ICU beds and nearly 83 percent of ventilators were available.

To date, 285,234 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 277,815 on Wednesday.

Hoosiers who have symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been exposed and need a test to return to work are encouraged to visit a state-sponsored testing site for free testing. Individuals without symptoms who are at high risk because they are over age 65, have diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or another underlying condition, as well as those who are pregnant, live with a high-risk individual or are a member of a minority population that is at greater risk for severe illness, also are encouraged to get tested.

To find testing locations, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link. More than 200 locations are available around the state.

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