Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in state rises to 79

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday said the number of presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 79 after the emergence of 23 more cases.

The department now reports that 554 people have been tested, up from 380 the previous day.

The death toll in the state remained at two.

Six more cases were diagnosed in Marion County, bringing the total to 25.

Other area counties with cases are Hendricks (4), Johnson (4), Hamilton (5), Boone (2), Madison (1) and Shelby (1).

The health department is providing case updates daily at 10 a.m. based on results received through midnight.

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 27 Indiana counties so far.

As of Friday morning, 14,250 cases had been reported in the United States with 205 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.

More than 246,400 cases have been reported globally, with 10,038 deaths. More than 86,000 people have recovered.

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