State reports 41 more COVID-19 deaths as cases top 9,500

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated. 

The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday said the number of presumptive positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 9,542 after the emergence of 587 more cases and 41 deaths — the highest daily tolls in several days.

The state said Thursday that the death toll in the state rose to 477. The increased number of deaths include those since April 2 that were reported to the Health Department in the last 24 hours. Deaths and positive cases are not always reported immediately, which means the numbers can move inconsistently day to day.

The state reported that 51,115 people have been tested so far, an additional 2,719 tests from Wednesday’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 3,320 cases and 164 deaths in Marion County. The state said 16,604 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 520 positive cases; Johnson 358; Hendricks 378; Madison 283; Boone 136; Hancock 127; Morgan 108; and Shelby 86.

Every Indiana county has at least one case.

Elsewhere, counties with at least 75 reported cases are: Lake (978), St. Joseph (306), Allen (224), Decatur (160), Clark (143), Porter (143), Floyd (125), Bartholomew (116), Elkhart (123), LaPorte (112), Monroe (102), Ripley (89), Delaware (85), Jackson (77) and Franklin (75).

The health department is now providing case updates daily online 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, at least 629,264 cases had been reported in the United States, with 26,708 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 47,763 people have recovered.

Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins’ global count of COVID-19 cases passed 2 million Thursday, with 2,090,110 case confirmed and 139,469 deaths.

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