State reports 291 more COVID-19 cases, 37 more deaths

The Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday said the number of presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 8,527 after the emergence of 291 more cases. The figure marks the fourth consecutive daily increase in new cases.

The department reported the state’s first case on March 6.

The state said Tuesday that the death toll in the state rose to 387, up from 350 the previous day.

Deaths and positive cases are not always reported immediately, which means the numbers can move inconsistently day to day.

The state reported that 46,017 people have been tested so far, up from 44,539 in Monday’s report. The ISDH said the test numbers reflect only those tests reported to the department and the numbers should not be characterized as a comprehensive total.

Marion County reported 3,063 cases — up from 3,012 cases the previous day. The state reported 141 deaths in Marion County, up from 123 on Monday. The state said 15,046 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 499 positive cases; Johnson 329; Hendricks 350; Boone 125; Hancock 121; Madison 263; Morgan 104, and Shelby 77.

Every Indiana county has at least one case.

Elsewhere, counties with at least 75 reported cases are: Lake (819), St. Joseph (234), Allen (167), Decatur (153), Clark (132), Porter (127), Floyd (111), Bartholomew (110), Elkhart (100), Lawrence (91) and Ripley (89).

The health department is now providing case updates daily at noon based on results received through 11:59 p.m. the previous day.

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

As of Tuesday morning, 584,073 cases had been reported in the United States, with 23,709 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 44,300 people have recovered.

More than 1.94 million cases have been reported globally, with 121,897 deaths. More than 465,700 people have recovered.

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