Holcomb Announces 5-Stage Plan To Get Indiana "Back On Track" By July 4

Mar 29, 2020

BREAKING (Posted May 1 at 3:15pm):

Gov. Holcomb announced a complex plan for reopening the state.

Holcomb says parts of the state will reopen for business on Monday…with the goal of having the state fully open by July 4th.

Holcomb outlined a detailed five-stage plan.

It begins with most of the state’s retail non-food businesses reopening on Monday at 50 percent capacity with the exception of Marion, Lake, and Cass counties – that have higher coronavirus case numbers.

Social gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed. But Holcomb says older Hoosiers and those at high-risk for COVID-19 should still remain at home… and people should still work from home if they can.

Churches in all 92 counties won’t be allowed to open until May 8th.

Churches do not have to follow the 25-person limit as of May 8. Holcomb says he would prefer congregations continue remote or virtual options and high-risk individuals should stay home. 

Restaurants can open at 50-percent capacity on May 11th. Personal services like haircuts and tattoos can reopen by appointment only on May 11th. 

The governor says the state will monitor the number of hospitalized cases of COVID, the state’s ICU beds and ventilators, testing capacity, and contact tracing efforts. He says these factors  will decide if future stages can move forward … or, as he puts it, could “pause.

If things stay on track by June 14, face masks will be optional and gatherings of 250 people will potentially be on the table. However, all of these stages still require people to do social distancing. 

In Stage 5 on July 4, restrictions will be lifted on entertainment venues, amusement parks, conventions, festivals and fairs. 

Holcomb says he is willing to put everything on pause if conditions warrant. However, he acknowledges that the number of COVID-19 cases will increase with loosened restrictions. 

Local communities can enact more strict restrictions to supercede the state plan. 

Marion County and Indianapolis have already announced a local stay-at-home order is extended through May 15 th.

To help people wear masks, Holcomb says the state will create a small business marketplace for personal protective equipment. Non-profits and businesses with fewer than 150 employees will be eligible to buy from the state supplies. The state is also distributing $300 million dollars in relief money to counties, cities, and towns.

You can read the details in a 33 page document here.

UPDATE (May 1):

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's governor says any easing of Indiana’s statewide stay-at-home order won’t limit the authority of city or county officials from imposing tighter restrictions in their attempts to slow the coronavirus that has killed at least 1,062 people across the state. Gov. Eric Holcomb is poised to announce on Friday modifications to the business and travel restrictions that have been in place since March 25. Indianapolis officials, however, extended the city’s stay-at-home order on Thursday by two weeks through May 15, saying the state’s largest city was still experiencing too many COVID-19 cases to safely relax restrictions. 

The Indiana State Dept. of Health has released updated COVID-19 data as of May 1. The department's release is below: 

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 815 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 18,630 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 1,062 Hoosiers have been confirmed to have died of COVID-19, an increase of 55 over the previous day following the removal of one duplication. Another 113 probable deaths have been reported. Probable deaths are those for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

                                                      

To date, 99,639 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 94,998 on Thursday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 246. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (31), Bartholomew (11), Cass (50), Clark (24), Dearborn (13), Greene (34), Hamilton (42), Hendricks (35), Jackson (20), Johnson (15), Lake (81), Montgomery (21), Orange (25), Shelby (12) and St. Joseph (11). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov.

NEW (Posted Apr. 30):

Indiana health officials have added 43 confirmed coronavirus-related fatalities to the state’s death toll as the governor nears an announcement on changes to the statewide stay-at-home order. The state has recorded 1,007 confirmed COVID-19 deaths through Thursday since the outbreak hit Indiana in early March. Six more presumed COVID-19 deaths added to the state statistics give Indiana 107 such fatalities. Gov. Eric Holcomb has said he would announce changes Friday to the statewide stay-at-home order that has been in effect since March 25. 

You can read more from the Indiana State Dept. of Health below. 

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 669 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 17,835 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 1,007 Hoosiers have been confirmed to have died of COVID-19, an increase of 43 over the previous day following the removal of one duplication. Another 107 probable deaths have been reported. Probable deaths are those for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

                                                      

To date, 94,998 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 91,550 on Wednesday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 238. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (33), Cass (40), Delaware (17), Elkhart (10), Hamilton (10), Jackson (10), Johnson (16), Lake (60), Madison (14), Montgomery (27), Morgan (12), Orange (12) and St. Joseph (14). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov.

UPDATE (Posted Apr. 29):

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials say more than 1,000 people have died in Indiana with confirmed or likely coronavirus infections since the outbreak hit the state early last month. The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 63 additional deaths, boosting the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 964. Ten more presumed COVID-19 deaths added to the state statistics give Indiana 101 such fatalities. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says he will announce changes Friday to the statewide stay-at-home order that has been in effect since March 25. 

Read more from ISDH below.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 605 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 17,182 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 964 Hoosiers have been confirmed to have died of COVID-19, an increase of 63 over the previous day. Another 101 probable deaths have been reported. Probable deaths are those for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

                                                      

To date, 91,550 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 87,181 on Tuesday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 218. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (26), Cass (27), Dearborn (13), Elkhart (14), Hamilton (19), Hendricks (13), Johnson (13), LaPorte (10), Lake (71), Noble (10), St. Joseph (18) and Wabash (10). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov.

NEW: (Psoted Apr. 28):

Today the State of Indiana released new COVID-19 data showing total Hoosier deaths from the virus now at 901. 

You can read more from the state health department release below. 

 

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 650 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 16,588 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 901 Hoosiers have been confirmed to have died of COVID-19. Another 91 probable deaths have been reported. Probable deaths are those for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

                                                                    

To date, 87,181 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 84,476 on Monday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 158. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (19), Cass (85), Elkhart (24), Hancock (21), Jasper (11), Johnson (11), Lake (129), Porter (13) and St. Joseph (16). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov.

NEW TODAY (Posted Apr. 27):

Tighter business restrictions have been imposed in Cass County where a coronavirus outbreak prompted the closure of a Tyson Foods meatpacking plant. State health officials say test results over the weekend confirmed about 700 more COVID-19 cases in Cass County, boosting the county’s total to 1,025. The new orders in Logansport and Cass County prohibit more than one family member and anyone younger than 16 from entering retail businesses.

Also today it was announced that one-third of all Hoosier deaths from COVID-19 are associated with Indiana long-term care facilities. 

As of today, St. Joseph County’s total number of confirmed cases is at 592. Total deaths are up to 19. Four of these deaths have been attributed to "Clinical coronavirus" and include deaths dating back to late March. A clinical diagnosis of COVID-19 infection refers to cases for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record.

(Read more from the state's latest COVID-19 data release below.)

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 963 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 15,961 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 844 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died of COVID-19. Another 88 probable deaths have been reported. Probable deaths are those for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

                                                                    

To date, 84,476 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 81,708 on Sunday.

 

Cass County had the most new cases, at 439. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (49), Bartholomew (26), Clark (50), Fulton (10), Hamilton (16), Howard (35), Lake (53), Marion (133), Miami (28), St. Joseph (11) and Tippecanoe (15). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov.

THE LATEST (Posted Apr. 26): 

New information from the Indiana State Dept. of Health shows a lower number of new cases in the laat 24 hour reporting period as compared with the previous day. 634 new cases are reported as of Sunday, while Saturday 718 new cases were reported.

You can read more below from the ISDH news release. 

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 634 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 15,012 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 813 Hoosiers have been confirmed to have died of COVID-19. Another 88 probable deaths have been reported. Probable deaths are those for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

                                                      

To date, 81,708 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 79,774 on Saturday.

 

Cass County had the most new cases, at 273. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (14), Elkhart (11), Hendricks (31), Howard (34), LaPorte (32), Lake (19), Marion (72), Miami (23) and St. Joseph (26). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov.

NEW (Posted Apr. 25th): Updated statistics have been released by the Indiana State Dept. of Health on the lastest COVID-19 cases.

Read more below. 

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 718 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 14,395 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. 

A total of 785 Hoosiers have been confirmed to have died of COVID-19. In addition, a total of 87 probable deaths have been reported. Probable deaths are those for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

To date, 79,774 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 75,553 on Thursday. 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 194. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (27), Bartholomew (23), Cass (60), Clark (16), Delaware (12), Elkhart (27), Hamilton (29), Hendricks (24), Johnson (19), Lake (73), Shelby (22) and St. Joseph (38). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments. 

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov.

UPDATE (Posted Apr. 24 at 12:10pm):

Friday as the Indiana State Dept. of Health (ISDH) released new COVID-19 numbers, the Hoosier State reached another new daily high for confirmed COVID-19 cases, 656 new cases in the last 24 hour reporting period.

Here is more information released by ISDH:

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 656 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 13,680 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 741 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

                                                                    

To date, 75,553 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 72,040 on Thursday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 136. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (13), Bartholomew (12), Cass (56), Clark (14), Elkhart (15), Grant (10), Hamilton (27), Hancock (17), Hendricks (15), Johnson (33), Lake (98), Madison (20), Orange (17), Porter (10) and St. Joseph (42) . The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

NEW (Posted Apr. 23 at 12:15pm):

Indiana is reporting 45 new deaths from COVID-19. Total Hoosier deaths are now over 700. The number of new cases reported in the last day is the highest so far for the state. Today 612 new cases were reported.

Read more from the Indiana State Dept. of Health regarding the newly released numbers below.  

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 612 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 13,039 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 706 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

                                                      

To date, 72,040 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 69,470 on Wednesday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 160. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (44), Bartholomew (17), Cass (61), Elkhart (11), Hamilton (23), Hendricks (34), Johnson (22), Lake (55), Shelby (20) and St. Joseph (22). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov.

 

UPDATE (Posted Apr. 22 at 12:30pm):

The Indiana State Dept. of Health has released its latest COVID-19 figures. 31 new deaths have been reported. The state health commissioner has said Indiana’s total number of deaths could rise significantly later this week as the official count starts including deaths that doctors blame on COVID-19 without test results. You can read the rest of the news release below. 

As of today, St. Joseph County has announced that the total number of confirmed cases is at 502. To date, over 120 people have recovered in St. Joe County.

You can read more below from the State of Indiana's latest release on COVID-19 figures.

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 394 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 12,438 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

The new cases and new tests reported today are lower than expected due to a technology issue and should not be interpreted as a decline in new infections. The additional positive cases not included in today’s report will be captured in the coming days and reflected appropriately.

 

A total of 661 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

                                                      

To date, 69,470 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 67,264 on Tuesday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 97. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Cass (31), Hamilton (12), Lake (72), Porter (10) and St. Joseph (21). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

THE LATEST (Posted Apr. 21 at 12:10pm): 

Today the Indiana State Dept. of Health announced 61 new COVID-19 deaths. Monday the State Health Commissioner warned of larger than usual daily reporting numbers as the state works to rectify data to better reflect the overall toll of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

You can read the ISDH release below:

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 431 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 12,097 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

The new cases and new tests reported today are lower than expected due to a technology issue and should not be interpreted as a decline in new infections. The additional positive cases not included in today’s report will be captured in the coming days and reflected appropriately.

 

A total of 630 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH; the deaths reported today occurred between April 7 and April 20.

 

To date, 67,264 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 64,649 on Monday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 133. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (11), Cass (20), Elkhart (14), Grant (19), Hamilton (17), Hendricks (12), Johnson (24), Lake (49), St. Joseph (31) and Warrick (10). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

NEW (Posted Apr. 20 at 12:15pm):

Only 7 new COVID-19 deaths are being reported in Indiana in the last 24 hour reporting period. In the past, numbers have dipped over the reporting periods that represent the weekends. There have been 100+ deaths in Indiana's nursing homes since the outbreak according to Dr. Kris Box of the Indiana State Dept. of Health (ISDH.)

In the WVPE listening area, here are the new county-by-county statistics:

LaPorte: 140 cases, 5 deaths

St. Joseph: 412 cases, 9 deaths

Elkhart 164 cases, 3 deaths

LaGrange: 17 cases, 1 death

Kosciusko: 22 cases, 1 death

Marshall: 24 cases, 0 deaths

Starke: 11 cases, 1 death

Pulaski: 1 case, 0 deaths

Fulton: 6 cases, 0 deaths

Here is more information from ISDH: 

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 505 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 11,686 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 569 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 64,649 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 61,142 on Sunday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 172. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (25), Cass (16), Clark (15), Elkhart (13), Hamilton (22), Harrison (14), Hendricks (29), Johnson (16), Lake (77) and St. Joseph (13). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov.

UPDATE (Posted Apr. 19 at 12:50pm):

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's coronavirus death toll has jumped by 17 more people as state health officials report at least 562 virus-related deaths in little more than a month. The state health department's newly reported deaths happened between April 11 and Saturday. The new reports give this past Tuesday the state's highest single day of COVID-19 deaths at 35. Two days earlier in April each have 34 deaths recorded. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday he would be extending the statewide stay-at-home order until May 1 to slow the coronavirus spread.  

Read more from ISDH here: 

ISDH also announced today that 577 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 11,210 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 562 Hoosiers have died to date. 17 new deaths have been reported. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 61,142 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 56,873 on Saturday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 266. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Cass (19), Delaware (18), Grant (20), Hamilton (20), Hendricks (38), Johnson (17), Lake (12), Madison (10) and St. Joseph (15). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

  

THE LATEST (Posted Apr. 18 at 12:55pm):

Here is new information released this weekend on new figures of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Indiana. 

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 529 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 10,641 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 545 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 56,873 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 54,785 on Friday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 123. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (22), Clark (10), Elkhart (18), Hamilton (25), Harrison (20), Hendricks (29), Johnson (21), Lake (69), Madison (20), Porter (17) and St. Joseph ((37). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

The complete list of counties with cases is included on the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH. The dashboard will be updated at noon each day.

UPDATE (Posted Apr. 17 at 8:30pm):

Gov. Eric Holcomb says his executive stay home order for Indiana that expires Monday will be extended to May 1 as planning is underway to reopen parts of the state’s economy. Holcomb says ideas are being sought from various business sectors on on how they can safely reopen for operators, workers and customers. Meanwhile, state health officials say Indiana’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has topped 500 and its confirmed cases of COVID-19 has swept past 10,000. The Indiana State Department of Health reported Friday that 42 new deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, had raised the state’s death toll to 519.

BREAKING (Apr. 17 at 2:45pm):

Gov. Holcomb announces that on Monday he will extend the executive order mandating that Hoosiers stay at home. The extension will be until May 1. 

The news conference is ongoing right now. This is a developing story and this post will be updated. 

NEW (Posted Apr. 17 at 12:20pm):

Indiana reached new milestones Friday in its reporting on COVID-19. The state surpassed 500 deaths and surpassed 10,000 cases.

Here is a list of total cases and deaths in counties in the WVPE listening area:

LaPorte: 129 cases, 5 deaths

St. Joseph: 358 cases, 7 deaths (56 new cases were reported in the last day)

Elkhart: 130 cases, 3 deaths

LaGrange: 16 cases, 1 death

Kosciusko: 22 cases, 1 death

Marshall: 22 cases, 0 deaths

Starke: 10 cases, 1 death

Pulaski: 1 case, 0 deaths

Fulton: 4 cases, 0 deaths 

Here is more information released by the Indiana State Dept. of Health: 

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 642 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 10,154 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 519 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 54,785 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 51,115 on Thursday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 207. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (47), Bartholomew (13), Hamilton (21), Hendricks (29), Johnson (13), LaPorte (19), Lake (54), Madison (22), Porter (10), Shelby (11) and St. Joseph (56). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

UPDATE (Posted Apr. 16 at 12:05pm):

The Indiana State Dept. of Health released new COVID-19 figures. That data shows LaPorte County reporting 70 new cases in the last 24 hour reporting period. That is a 167% increase in cases in LaPorte County in just one day. In total, LaPorte County has now also seen 5 deaths from COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says there's been a spike in cases (80 now) at the Westville Correctional Facility. Westville is in LaPorte County. An offender died at Westville a few days ago.

Here are the latest total case and death counts for other counties in the WVPE listening area: 

St. Joseph: 306 cases, 7 deaths

Elkhart: 123 cases, 3 deaths

LaGrange: 15 cases, 1 death

Starke: 10 cases, 1 death

Marshall: 20 cases, 0 deaths

Kosciusko: 21 cases, 1 death

Fulton: 3 cases, 0 deaths

Pulaski: 1 case, 0 deaths

Here is more from the ISDH release:

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 611 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 9,542 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 477 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 51,115 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 48,396 on Tuesday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 113. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (44), Elkhart (19), Floyd (10), Hamilton (15), Hendricks (18), Johnson (11), LaPorte (70), Lake (106), Porter (14) and St. Joseph (35). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

NEW (Apr. 15 at 12:25pm):

Today Indiana released its latest data on COVID-19 cases and deaths. 49 new deaths have been reported which is a higher daily number than has been reported over the last several day. 

 

You can read additional information from ISDH below. 

 

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 440 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 8,955 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 436 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 48,396 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 46,017 on Tuesday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 156. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (12), Hamilton (15), Hendricks (11), Johnson (18), Lake (55) and St. Joseph (40). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

UPDATE (Posted Apr. 14 at 3:50pm):

Here is the latest new data on COVID-19 released by the Indiana State Dept. of Health: 

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 313 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 8,527 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 387 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 46,017 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 44,539 on Monday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 50. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (11), Boone (21), Clark (14), Decatur (24), Elkhart (14), Hendricks (19), Lake (30) and St. Joseph (42). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, today authorized long-term care facilities to transfer, discharge, transport or relocate residents in order to reduce the risks of COVID-19 to this vulnerable population. All moves would be done in collaboration with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).

 

Dr. Box’s order, which includes transfers within a facility, between facilities and those occurring across city or county boundaries, will remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency declared by Governor Eric J. Holcomb. It supersedes any orders issued at the local level as allowed under Indiana law.

 

The goal of the order is to help facilities group residents who have tested negative to protect them from infection and better serve residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 by allowing facilities to establish COVID-dedicated units, with approval of ISDH. Box said such units can allow facilities to better care for these residents and protect healthcare workers while helping to conserve personal protective equipment, such as masks and gowns.

 

A copy of the order can be found at https://coronavirus.in.gov.

NEW (Posted Apr. 13 at 3:15pm):

St. Joseph Co. Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox has announced a fourth person has died of COVID-19 in the county. The patient who died was a man in his 70's with underlying health issues. The man was a resident of a long term care facility where 29 other residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.

WVPE's Annacaroline Caruso is reporting from the announcement that is being made and she will have more on this developing story. 

UPDATE (Posted Apr. 13 at 12:25pm):

Today the Indiana State Dept. of Health unveiled new dashboard features to present the latest COVID-19 data. Demographic information by age, race and ethnicity is available. There is also information on ICU bed and ventilator usage and availability. That is in addition to the previous map with county-by-county breakdowns by cases and deaths. 

The state is now reporting new information at noon each day (as opposed to 10am.) As of April 13, only 7 new deaths were reported in the last day. The State of Michigan also saw lower numbers over the weekend, and officials there cautioned that there could be less reporting and testing happening on weekends. 

You can see the latest Indiana data here. 

Below is more information from the ISDH's latest news release: 

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 331 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 8,236 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 350 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 44,539 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 42,489 on Sunday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 129. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Hamilton (11), Hendricks (16), Johnson (11) and Lake (54).  The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

NEW (Posted Apr. 12 at 11am): 

Today Hoosier health officials announced 13 new deaths in the last day due to COVID-19

You can read the rest of the state's release below:

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 508 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 7,928 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. 

A total of 343 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days. 

To date, 42,489 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 39,215 on Saturday. 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 154. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (11), Elkhart (14), Hamilton (33), Hendricks (14), Johnson (29), Lake (69), Madison (20), Newton (17) and Porter (11). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

THE LATEST (Posted Apr. 11 at 10:30am):

Here is new information released Saturday morning from the Indiana State Dept. of Health on new cases and deaths.

As the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to rise, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is partnering with local health officials in four communities to hold free drive-thru testing clinics for healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers who have symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 13-17 at the following locations:

  • CK Newsome Community Center, 100 E. Walnut St., Evansville
  • Ivy Tech, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne
  • St. Timothy Community Church, 1600 W. 25th Ave., Gary
  • Ivy Tech, 8204 Hwy 311, Sellersburg

Participants should bring a driver’s license or other State of Indiana-issued identification card and documentation of place of employment. Only symptomatic individuals will be tested. Tests will be conducted as long as supplies last and will be limited to one individual per vehicle.

 

Essential workers are those identified by Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s executive order (https://bit.ly/2UQxqVt).

 

Due to patient privacy laws, media will not be able to videotape individuals as they are being tested.

 

To date, 7,435 Indiana residents are known to have contracted the novel coronavirus, including 537 additional cases reported Saturday. More than 39,000 test results have been reported to ISDH. A total of 330 Hoosiers have died.

 

A list of counties with cases is included on the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH. Beginning Monday, April 13, the dashboard will be updated at noon each day.

 

NEW (Posted Apr. 10 at 10:15am):

The Indiana State Dept. of Health is reporting more deaths today than at any previous time during the COVID-19 crisis. 55 new deaths have been reported from yesterday to today. 

Here is where counties in the WVPE listening area stand based on the latest state statistics:

LaPorte 31 cases, 3 deaths; St. Joseph 168 cases, 2 deaths; Elkhart 61 cases, 3 deaths; LaGrange 9 cases, 1 death; Starke 8 cases, 0 deaths; Marshall 12 cases, 0 deaths; Kosciusko 17 cases, 1 death; Pulaski 1 case, 0 deaths and Fulton 3 cases, 0 deaths. 

*Note that St. Joseph County's case number is higher than the figure provided by the state. The higher number was provided by St. Joseph County health officials. 

You can read the statement below. 

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 568 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 6,907 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 300 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 35,040 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 32,133 on Friday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 202. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (14), Decatur (10), Hamilton (35), Hendricks (28), Johnson (23), Lake (53), Madison (57), Monroe (10) and St. Joseph (15). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

  

UPDATE (Posted Apr. 9 at 3:45pm):

St. Joseph Co. Health Officer Mark Fox confirms a second COVID-19 death in the county. The test on the now deceased individual took ten days to come back. Fox says a total of 19 people have required hospitalization in St. Joe Co. for COVID-19.  The county has had a total of 154 positive cases so far. (County statistics often don't match state statistics as counties get new information in hour by hour and since the state only updates data once a day at 10am.)

NEW: (Posted Apr. 9 at 10:10am):

State health officials say 42 more Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, marking the largest single-day jump in the state’s death toll during the pandemic and pushing those deaths to 245. The 42 deaths reported Thursday were the largest number the Indiana State Department of Health has reported to date in its daily pandemic updates, trailed only by the 34 deaths it reported Tuesday.

Read more from ISDH below.

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 430 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 6,351 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 245 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 32,133 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 30,869 on Monday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 127. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (11), Bartholomew (17), Clark (11), Decatur (10), Elkhart (10), Floyd (10), Hendricks (12), Johnson (17), Lake (64) and Porter (10).  The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov.

UPDATE (Posted Apr. 8 at 12:00pm):

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say 30 more Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, pushing the state’s death toll during the pandemic past 200 as its confirmed coronavirus cases neared 6,000. The 30 new deaths reported Wednesday by the Indiana State Department of Health raised Indiana’s deaths to 203. Those deaths represented the second-largest tally of deaths the department has reported to date in its daily pandemic updates, following the 34 deaths it reported Tuesday. Indiana had an additional 439 confirmed cases of COVD-19 _ the respiratory disease caused by the virus _ increasing its total cases to 5,943 following corrections to the previous day’s total. 

THE LATEST (Posted Apr. 7 at 10:10am):

Here is new information from the Indiana State Dept. of Health. LaPorte County and LaGrange County are both reporting a new death from COVID-19 since yesterday's state data was released. Also state data is still lagging behind figures being reported out of St. Josseph County regarding total cases. 

Here is the latest date from St. Joe Co. Health officials: 

As of today, the county’s total number of confirmed cases is 138. The turn-around time for
test results continues to improve. The average time to result for all tests is just over five days, but for most recent tests, the results have been available in 1-2 days.

As we mark one month of COVID-19 in our community, we still anticipate our peak COVID-19 activity is several weeks away.

Read more from the ISDH news release below.

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 568 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 5,507 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 173 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 28,764 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 26,192 on Monday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 193. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (12), Clark (11), Floyd (16), Hamilton (22), Hancock (14), Harrison (11), Hendricks (27), Johnson (19), Lake (52), Madison (34) and St. Joseph (17). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

 

UPDATE (Posted Apr. 6 at 4:30pm):

St. Joseph Co. health officials have announced the county now has 135 confirmed COVID-19 cases. That is more than the number showing up on the latest map released by the Indiana State Dept. of Health. Throughout the cornoavirus crisis, the local numbers have frequently updated more quickly than the state map reflects.  In St. Joseph County more than half of the cases are in people under the age of 50. 

NEW DATA (Posted Apr. 6 at 10:25am):

New figures from the Indiana State Dept. of Health show deaths from COVID-19 in the Hoosier State went up by 12 from Saturday through Sunday. During that same time 533 new cases have been identified.

Locally, LaPorte County has seen an additional death from the disease. No other local counties in the WVPE listening area have seen new deaths. However, Pulaski County now has seen its first case. There are now only 3 counties in the entire state that are not reporting any cases.

Here is more information from the State Dept. of Health: 

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 536 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 4,944 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. 

A total of 139 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days. 

To date, 26,191 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 22,652 on Sunday. 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 204. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (12), Decatur (10), Hamilton (35), Hancock (12), Hendricks (20), Johnson (28), Lake (34), Madison (14), Morgan (10), Porter (20), Ripley (10) and St. Joseph (10). The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH. 

THE LATEST (Posted Apr. 5 at 10:40am)

New data from the State of Indiana shows COVID-19 cases in St. Joseph County are now over 100. No new deaths have been reported in any of our local counties. However, 11 more deaths were reported in Indiana in the last 24 hour data collection period. Overall in the state, 458 new cases were reported in one day's time.

Here is more information from the Indiana State Dept. of Health:

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 464 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 4,411 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

A total of 127 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

To date, 22,652 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 19,800 on Saturday.

Marion County had the most new cases, at 191. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Hamilton (34), Hendricks (14), Johnson (14), Lake (21), Madison (14) and St. Joseph (13). The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

UPDATE: (Posted Apr. 4 at 11:45am):

New data from the State of Indiana indicates COVID-19 deaths are now at 116 and 500+ new cases have been counted in the last 24 hour period.

Read more below.

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 523 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 3,953 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. 

A total of 116 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days. 

To date, 19,800 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 17,835 on Friday. 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 155. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Bartholomew (22), Boone (12), Hamilton (41), Hancock (15), Hendricks (23), Johnson (16), Lake (70), Lawrence (14) and St. Joseph (17). The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH. 

NEW (Posted Apr. 3 at 5pm):

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's stay-at-home order has been extended by two more weeks as the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the state tops 100. Gov. Eric Holcomb on Friday announced the extension of the order that had been set to expire Tuesday.

Holcomb has repeatedly urged residents to avoid unnecessary trips outside their homes and to remain at least 6 feet from those they don't live with to help stem the spread of the virus.

State health officials have reported 24 more deaths related to the COVID-19, taking Indiana's death toll to 12. The state has reported 3,437 infections.   

UPDATE (Posted Apr. 3 at 11:45am):

New information from Hoosier health officials on the latest COVID-19 statistics has been released.

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 408 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 3,437 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

A total of 102 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 17,835 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 16,285 on Thursday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 126. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (12), Decatur (11), Hamilton (14), Hendricks (23), Johnson (10), Lake (28), Lawrence (10), Porter (10) and Vanderburgh (10). The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

NEW (Posted Apr. 2 at 3pm): 

At Gov. Holcomb's news conference, Stte Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick announced all K-12 schools will remains closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. 

Indiana is changing its high school graduation requirements for the class of 2020.

That comes after the state Thursday ordered all schools to remain closed for the
rest of the academic year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says the requirements will be a little
more flexible to reflect the current crisis.

“So, if they were enrolled for second semester – and, again, 75 percent of the school year was completed – but for second semester, if they were enrolled in a course, they will get credit. They will get the credit … That will be recognized,” McCormick said.

The state’s guidelines say high school seniors must also participate in any virtual or remote learning that their local districts have required since schools closed last month. They do not have to pass those courses, however.

THE LATEST (Posted April 2 at 10:15am):

13 more COVID-19 deaths have occured in Indiana over the course of the last 24-hour reporting period.

Here's more from the latest ISDH release:

 

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 474 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 3,039 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

 

Seventy-eight Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

 

To date, 16,285 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 14,375 on Wednesday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 192. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Decatur (10), Clark (11), Floyd (13), Hamilton (21), Hendricks (24) and Lake (28).

UPDATE (April 1 at 5:45pm):

The St. Joseph County Health Department just issued new information on the prevalence of COVID-19. The county has seen 56 cases and 20 of those patients have recovered. (The Indiana State map above shows St. Joseph County with 57 cases. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, there often has been a discrepancy between county and state figures.) 

Here is more from the latest release: 

St. Joseph County- 4 new additional individuals in St. Joseph County have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection, bringing the county’s total number of confirmed cases to 56. To date 20 individuals have recovered.

We recognize as the number of cases of COVID-19 rise, residents will increasingly become aware of their own health and day-to-day wellbeing. What may happen, as a result, is the over-utilization of emergency services for non-emergent situations.

As a community, we want to ensure everyone gets the help that they need- we are reminding individuals to use 9-1-1 services in a true emergency. If you are experiencing an emergency, and believe you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection, PLEASE mention that so emergency responders can be prepared upon arrival.

UPDATE (Apr. 1 at 3:15pm)

Elkhart County reported a second death from COVID-19 Wednesday. The county reported its first death yesterday. The second fatality was a 65-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.  COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is most dangerous to older people and those with underlying health problems. 

NEW: 

Here is updated coronavirus information from the Indiana State Dept. of Health. 

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 409 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 2,565 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

                                                                                                                                             

Sixty-five Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths have occurred over multiple days and are reported based on when data are received by ISDH.

 

To date, 14,375 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 13,373 on Tuesday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 159. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Hamilton (49), Hendricks (21), Johnson (17) and Lake (25).

(Posted March 31 at 3:30pm)

Elkhart County is reporting its first death. According to information shared out by the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office, an 80-year-old man with muliple medical conditions died from COVID-19. He died at a hospital in Elkhart County. 

THE LATEST (Posted March 31 at 10:15am):

The latest COVID-19 stats released by the State of Indiana show a one day 40% jump in coronavirus deaths. The one day spike in positive cases is approximately 20%. 

Gov. Holcomb and his team plan to hold a virtual news conference on the latest on COVID-19 in the state at 2:30pm today.

The Indiana State Department of Health has posted this additional information: 

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 374 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 2,159 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. Forty-nine Hoosiers have died.

                                                           

To date, 13,373 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 11,658 on Monday.

Marion County had the most new cases, at 170, while Lake County had 50, Johnson County had 20, Hamilton County had 16, St. Joseph County had 13 and Hendricks County had 11. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

EARLIER POST (From the evening of March 30):  

St. Joseph County Health officials have released new information indicating more cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the county than is being reflected in the most recent Indiana State Dept. of Health data that was released earlier today.

Read more below from St. Joseph County's Health Department. 

Over the weekend, 15 new additional individuals in St. Joseph County have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection, bringing the county’s total number of confirmed cases to 46. We have received numerous inquiries about food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with food or food packaging. Best practice remains to wash your hands prior to preparing and eating food. The Department of Health has issued guidance to food service establishments to ensure safety of food and employees preparing and delivering your food.

PREVIOUS POST:

Here is updated information out of Indiana regarding COVID-19 cases and deaths. 

272 additional cases have been confirmed in Indiana and 3 more people have died. 

The state now has nearly seven times the number of confirmed cases as a week ago, while the number of deaths is five times greater.

Two of the new deaths involved Indianapolis residents, while the other person who died was from southeastern Indiana’s Franklin County.  

The state health commissioner said Friday Indiana’s peak of coronavirus illnesses is expected in mid- to late April.  

PREVIOUS POST (MARCH 29,2020)

The Indiana State Dept. of Health has issued new figures on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Read the release made on Sunday, March 29th below. 

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 290 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 1,514 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. Thirty-two Hoosiers have died.

To date, 9,830 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 8,407 on Saturday.

Marion County had the most new cases, at 119, while Lake County had 17, Johnson County had 15, Hendricks County had 12 and Hamilton County had 10. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.