State Health Commissioner: Indiana COVID-19 Cases To Peak 'Mid- To Late-April'

Mar 27, 2020

(Left to right) Health Commissioner Kris Box, Gov. Eric Holcomb and Department of Correction Commissioner Rob Carter provide updates on the state's response to the novel coronavirus.
Credit Lauren Chapman/IPB News

State Health Commissioner Kris Box says the peak of Indiana’s COVID-19 infections is still more than two weeks away.

Box says it’s difficult to tell how many Hoosiers may become infected with the novel coronavirus. 

But she says, based on forecasting models from other states and other countries, that peak is likely after the governor’s “Stay-At-Home” order is currently set to expire.

“We–we expect that peak to be, coming sometime mid- to late-April,” Box says.

As of Friday, the state department of health has reported 24 deaths. Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state will extend the order if need be, and that decision will be data-driven.

“This is sobering every single day. And to know that that’s coming tomorrow that–that’s the urgency about this all,” Holcomb says. 

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Testing has ramped up across the state, and Box says she hopes to add more in-state testing in the next few weeks. In the last week, the state has reported 22 deaths and confirmed more than 900 new cases of COVID-19.

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This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Indiana State Department of Health for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.