INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials are warning about a growing number of COVID-19 illnesses in the Evansville and South Bend areas as the state health department added 17 more coronavirus-related deaths to Indiana’s pandemic toll less than two weeks after most statewide precaution rules were lifted. The state agency’s coronavirus update on Wednesday also showed Indiana’s seven-day rolling average of new cases of the respiratory disease continued growing at record levels. The agency reported that average reached 1,178 through Tuesday. That rolling average has grown about 40% since Sept. 24. Local health officials say they’re worried about Evansville- and South Bend-area hospitals becoming overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.