State reports near-high in COVID-19 deaths, decline in cases

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday said the number of positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 21,033, following the emergence of 526 more cases.

That’s the lowest number of new cases in a daily report since April 22, when 341 were reported.

The state reported 574 new cases on Monday, 638 on Sunday, 665 on Saturday, 795 on Friday, 653 on Thursday and 594 on Wednesday.

The state said Tuesday that the cumulative death toll in the state rose to 1,213, up from 1,151 the previous day — an increase of 62.

That’s the second-largest number of deaths reported in the health department’s daily reports, exceeded by 63 deaths on April 29.

More than 91% of the total deaths involve those who are age 60 or older. More than 74% of those who have died are older than 70. Men account for more than 53% of the deaths.

The state reported that 115,834 people have been tested so far, up from 113,297 in Monday’s report — an increase of 2,537. That’s the lowest number of new tests in the daily report since 1,964 were reported on April 26.

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.

New positive cases, deaths and tests have occurred over a range of dates but were reported to the department in the previous day.

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

Marion County reported 6,419 cumulative cases — up from 6,327 the previous day, an increase of 92 cases.

The state reported 374 cumulative deaths in Marion County, up from 363 in Monday’s report.

The state said 29,076 people have been tested in the county.

As for surrounding counties, Hamilton had 859 positive cases; Johnson 730; Hendricks 785; Madison 452; Hancock 233; Shelby 229; Boone 207; and Morgan 171.

Every Indiana county has at least two cases.

Elsewhere in Indiana, the following counties have at least 170 cases: Lake 2,161; Cass 1,406; Allen 695; St. Joseph 687; Clark 339; Elkhart 342; Bartholomew 297; LaPorte 268; Porter 266; Floyd 212; Howard 211; Delaware 209; Decatur 205; Tippecanoe 190; and Jackson 183.

The department said 43.5% of the state’s intensive care unit beds were still available. About 16.9% are being used by COVID-19 patients.

The department also said 80.2% of the state’s ventilators were available. About 9% were being used for COVID-19 patients.

The health department is providing case updates online 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 Sunday morning, 1.18 million cases had been reported in the United States, with 69,079 deaths, according to a running tally maintained by health researchers at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. More than 187,100 people have recovered.

More than 3.6 million cases have been reported globally, with 252,346 deaths. More than 1.17 million people have recovered.

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