ISDH reports 676 new COVID-19 cases, 48 additional deaths

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday announced that 676 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. That brings to 29,936 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

The latest news release from the Daviess County Health Department shows a total of 77 confirmed cases and 17 deaths; however, the state dashboard only reflects 73 confirmed cases and 16 deaths at this time.

Of the confirmed cases in Daviess County, 45 have “fully recovered,” according to the health department.

Other local county totals as of Wednesday were:

  • Clay – 35 current, 1 death
  • Greene – 142 current, 21 deaths, 2 recoveries
  • Knox – 2 current, 21 recoveries
  • Martin – 8 current
  • Parke – 17 current
  • Sullivan – 29 current, 1 death
  • Vermillion – 8 current
  • Vigo – 123 current, 7 deaths

Officials from the Vigo County Health Department said Wednesday that they do not currently plan to report recoveries because they felt there is no way to accurately track the numbers.

“Originally we were going to consider people recovered once they were out of quarantine but now we know time frame & symptoms do not mean a recovery,” according to a Facebook post from the department. “People can shed the virus for up to 6 weeks which means they might not have symptoms but they are still contagious and would test positive.”

A complete list of cases by county is posted at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which is updated daily at noon. Cases are listed by county of residence.

A total of 1,764 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 48 over the previous day.

Another 149 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record.

According to the ISDH, intensive care unit and ventilator capacity remain steady. More than 39 percent of ICU beds and nearly 81 percent of ventilators were available as of Thursday.

To date, 202,995 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 195,738 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.

ISDH is holding drive-thru testing clinics today through Saturday in Brazil, Hammond, Shelbyville and Wheatfield.

For details about these clinics, or to find other testing locations around the state, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.

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