Coronavirus cases rise to 981 in state, death toll climbs to 24

Editor’s note: This story has been updated. 

The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday morning said the number of presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 981 after the emergence of 336 more cases. The death toll in the state has risen to 24, up from 17 the previous day.

The department reported that 6,936 people have been tested so far, up from 4,651 people in the previous day’s report. The ISDH said the test number reflects only those tests reported to the department and the numbers should not be characterized as a comprehensive total.

Marion County reported 484 cases — up 191 cases from the previous day — with eight deaths.

New fatalities were reported Friday in Dearborn, Hendricks, Madison, Marion and St. Joseph counties. Previously, six deaths had been reported in Marion County, three in Johnson County, and one each in Allen, Delaware, Franklin, Hancock, Howard, Jasper, Putnam and Scott counties.

Other area counties with cases are Hamilton (52), Johnson (42), Hendricks (28), Boone (7), Hancock (13), Madison (7), Morgan (10) and Shelby (6).

Health officials say Indiana has far more coronavirus cases — possibly thousands more — than those indicated by the number of tests.

Cases have been confirmed in nearly 70 of Indiana’s 92 counties so far. Outside central Indiana, counties with the most cases include Lake (47), St. Joseph (27) Decatur (26), Franklin (21), Allen (21), Ripley (14) and Clark (12), Floyd (11).

As of Friday morning, 85,996 cases had been reported in the United States, with 1,301 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than a third of deaths occurred in New York and Washington state.

The United States now has more cases than any other country.

More than 549,600 cases have been reported globally, with 24,863 deaths. More than 127,500 people have recovered.

State Department of Health coronavirus updates are available here. The health department is providing updated data daily at 10 a.m. EDT based on results received through midnight.

Meanwhile, the state remains under a stay at home order effective through April 6.

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