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ISDH: More than 3,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indiana

Dr. Jennifer McCormick on school closings

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana State Department of Health has released new numbers regarding COVID-19 in our state.

ISDH says 3,039 Hoosiers have tested positive, up from 2,565 in Wednesday’s report. The virus has now taken the lives of 78 Hoosiers. A total of 16,285 people have been tested in Indiana.

ISDH has been providing updates daily at 10 a.m., but recently said updates could soon change to twice-a-day.

Gov. Eric Holcomb and state officials had a midafternoon briefing Thursday. Here are some highlights:

  • Indiana public school superintendent Jennifer McCormick said all K-12 schools will provide remote learning for the remainder of the school year and buildings should remain closed. The governor issued an executive order on the closure and other changes for schools.
  • McCormick said high school seniors on track to graduate when facilities closed March 19 will be provided with the flexibility they need to earn an Indiana diploma. The Indiana public schools leader said high school seniors enrolled in the second semester will get credit toward graduation. Local districts would determine if middle schoolers and other high schoolers will earn credits.
  • McCormick said each school district will be required by April 17 to submit “a continuous learning plan.” She later added that these learning plans will address issues that districts are facing, and the state can then find ways to help districts in remote learning, addressing students “at risk,” and other matters.
  • The Indiana public schools leader said remote learning is being done in different ways in different districts, and she realizes families and districts are facing various challenges.
  • McCormick said local districts will have to be creative and review options on what graduation ceremonies look like for high school seniors.
  • Indiana health commissioner Dr. Kris Box said Hoosiers need to save masks for health care workers.
  • Box said about 60% of the state’s intensive care unit (ICU) beds are in use, with about half of those being used by COVID-19 patients and the remainder by patients suffering heart attacks or other issues not related to the coronavirus.
  • Gov. Eric Holcomb said the state on Friday will provide information on the status of the “stay at home” order and the challenges restaurants are facing.
  • Fred Payne of Workforce Development said 146,243 jobless claims were filed last week in Indiana. The numbers were released earlier Thursday.
  • Payne said Workforce Development has received 210,000 phone calls in the past week. Callers are seeing long wait times. The administration is hiring more people to address the need. Payne said many of the questions asked via calls can be answered by checking the state’s website.
  • Payne said unemployment insurance infrastructure has been updated in the last two weeks. That includes waiving late fees and waiving the initial waiting period.
  • Payne says 169,000 unemployment insurance payments were made in the last week. 
  • Payne said Workforce Development is awaiting instructions from the federal government on benefits offered in the stimulus package. Payments from the federal government benefits may not arrive until May.
  • Payne said Workforce Development said is planning several webinars and will have a Facebook Live next week to address progress on unemployment claims and other information.
  • Payne said Workforce Development is updating its jobless-filing system to address independent contractors, who now are being denied. The denials, though, are in a “holding pattern” so contractors won’t have to reapply once the system is updated.
  • The governor said the Indiana Economic Development Corp. next week will announce incentives to keep employees on the payroll and have loans forgiven.
  • Holcomb said he can’t stress enough that social distancing, washing hands, isolation at home and other instructions are important.
  • The governor, asked about naysayers who say the economy is being hurt, said that “everything we’re doing is trying to get us through this period.” If you’re ignoring this guidance, it’s at the peril of yourself and others, he said.
  • Indiana health commissioner Box said outdoors activity and exercise is important for mental health, but maintain social distancing and don’t have a family reunion where 100 people come.
  • Indiana health commissioner Box said Illinois is doing more COVID-19 testing, particularly in Chicago, because it’s a hot spot.
  • Box, asked why Fort Wayne has lower COVID-19 numbers, said the city has experienced barriers to testing like other parts of the state. But the city “may be feeling the calm before the storm.”
  • Box said outdoor activity and exercise is important for mental health, but she stressed maintaining social distancing and not having “a family reunion where 100 people come.”
  • Gov. Holcomb said state parks, which are spread out around Indiana, are open. Day trips are not encouraged. Trips to multiple parks are not encouraged. However, he said, the parks offer a chance for personal reflection and to get exercise outside for people who live near the parks.
  • Holcomb said one high school offered unused iPads to a nursing home so the residents could communicate with family.
  • The governor said he has doctors looking at him constantly and he has not exhibited COVID-19 symptoms. Therefore, he’s not been tested.
  • McCormick said there is “no magic answer” to address at-risk students, but schools are trying to help. Jennifer Sullivan of the Family and Social Service Administration said work also is being done to address vulnerable populations, such as the homeless, foster youths and the elderly, to get them food and housing.

The officials will again address the media at 2:30 p.m. Friday. You can watch that live WISH-TV,, the WISH-TV news app and on our Facebook page.

Officials in Indiana are not yet providing information on recoveries. On Monday, Indiana health commissioner Dr. Kris Box says that information will be available as soon as medical codes are created that will offer COVID-19 recovery information, which the state does not currently have.

According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 956,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with more than 202,000 recoveries and more than 48,000 deaths.

Update 10 p.m.

Crosspointe Biker Church in Connersville has been feeding more than 1,600 meals a day for the last two weeks with help from Mayor Chad Frank and donations from residents and businesses in the area, says Lori Venable in an email to News 8. Chris Lovett, the pastor, leads the effort and hopes to get more funds to keep it going.

Update 7:30 p.m.

Target says it will actively monitor and, when needed, limit the total number of people inside its stores based on the specific square footage. The effort is to start Saturday. “If metering is needed, a team member will help guests into a designated waiting area outside with social distancing markers, while others will guide guests inside the store and keep things moving quickly and conveniently.”

Update 7 p.m.

A contemporary art nonprofit organization, Indianapolis Contemporary Inc., says it’s shutting down operations after 19 years. Its board says an internal review determined it was not economically feasible to continue operations. President Casey Cronin said in a news release, “The challenges of operating a contemporary art nonprofit organization in Indianapolis have been considerable since our founding in 2001. After navigating our relaunch and new direction during the last year, the impact of the coronavirus is certain to exacerbate economic hardships and reduce exhibition opportunities. We have concluded our operations are not sustainable. We are not alone as other arts institutions struggle in this crisis.”

Update 6:30 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced Thursday the distribution of $44.5 million to help public transportation systems in Indianapolis respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update 4:20 p.m.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that all spring sports are canceled. The announcement came shortly after Gov. Holcomb and State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick announced all K-12 schools in the state would remain closed.

Update 2:24 p.m.

The Broad Ripple Art Fair has been postponed until 2021.

“While it is absolutely heartbreaking to have to postpone the 50th OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair,” Patrick Flaherty, President and Executive Director of the Indianapolis Art Center, said in a statement. “It is overall in the best interest for the safety of all involved. Know that we will be actively working towards next year’s fair and all of the excitement it will bring when the time comes. I wish you all well during these challenging times.”

Update 11:21 a.m.

Gov. Eric Holcomb will hold another press conference on the latest on the coronavirus in Indiana at 2:30 p.m.

According to a social media post from the Indiana Department of Education, during his remarks Thursday, Holcomb will discuss “education-related matters.”

Previously, Holcomb had closed the state’s schools through May 1.

County-by-county numbers, according to ISDH

  • Adams – 1
  • Allen – 46, including two deaths
  • Bartholomew – 15
  • Blackford – 1
  • Boone – 32
  • Brown – 3
  • Carroll – 2
  • Cass – 2
  • Clark – 49, including one death
  • Clay – 1
  • Clinton – 1
  • Crawford – 1
  • Dearborn – 22, including one death
  • Decatur – 59, including three deaths
  • DeKalb – 2
  • Delaware – 25, including one death
  • Dubois – 3
  • Elkhart – 27, including three deaths
  • Fayette – 11, including two deaths
  • Floyd – 34
  • Fountain – 2, including one death
  • Franklin – 45, including six deaths
  • Fulton – 1
  • Gibson – 4
  • Grant –11
  • Greene – 8
  • Hamilton – 207, including four deaths
  • Hancock – 37, including two deaths
  • Harrison – 18
  • Hendricks – 116, including one death
  • Henry – 6
  • Howard – 24, including two deaths
  • Huntington – 3, including one death
  • Jackson – 19
  • Jasper – 11, including one death
  • Jay – 1
  • Jefferson – 3
  • Jennings – 23
  • Johnson – 126, including three deaths
  • Knox – 4
  • Kosciusko – 5
  • LaGrange – 2
  • Lake – 215, including six deaths
  • LaPorte – 14, including one death
  • Lawrence –12, including one death
  • Madison – 62, including three deaths
  • Marion – 1,304, including 24 deaths
  • Marshall – 4
  • Miami – 4
  • Monroe – 36
  • Montgomery – 10
  • Morgan – 48, including one death
  • Newton – 1
  • Noble – 3
  • Ohio – 1
  • Orange – 3
  • Owen – 12
  • Porter – 35
  • Posey – 4
  • Putnam – 11, including one death
  • Randolph – 3
  • Ripley – 39, including one death
  • Rush – 7
  • Scott – 5, including one death
  • Shelby – 24
  • Spencer – 1
  • St. Joseph – 65, including one death
  • Starke – 2
  • Steuben – 2
  • Sullivan – 3
  • Switzerland – 4
  • Tippecanoe – 19, including one death
  • Tipton – 5
  • Vanderburgh – 23
  • Vermillion – 1
  • Vigo – 10, including two deaths
  • Wabash – 1
  • Warren – 2, including one death
  • Warrick – 8
  • Washington – 12
  • Wayne – 3
  • Wells – 2
  • White – 3
  • Whitley – 3

Timeline of coronavirus in Indiana

  • March 6: Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) confirms the first case in Indiana. Officials say the Marion County resident had recently traveled to Boston to attend a BioGen conference as a contractor.
  • March 8: ISDH confirms a second case. An adult in Hendricks County who had also traveled to the BioGen conference was placed in isolation. Noblesville Schools announces that a parent and that parent’s children will be self-quarantining after attending an out-of-state event where someone else tested positive.
  • March 9: ISDH’s total of positive cases rises to 4. Avon Community School Corp. had announced on March 8 that a student tested positive; that case, along with another in Noble County, was confirmed by state health officials at a news conference.
  • March 10: ISDH’s total of positive cases rises to 6 as the state launches an online tracker. Purdue and Indiana universities suspend classes for two weeks beyond their spring breaks. Ball State University basketball fans learn the Mid-American Conference tourney will have no fans in the stands. Three businesses operating nursing homes in Indiana announce they will no longer allow visitors.
  • March 11: ISDH confirms four more positive cases in Indiana. The University of Indianapolis announces it will extend its ongoing spring break through March 22. The Indianapolis-based NCAA announces the men’s and women’s Final Four basketball tournaments will be conducted with essential staff and limited family attendance. The Big Ten announces all sports events, including the men’s basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, will have no fans starting March 12. Ball State University announces classes are suspended for the rest of the spring semester. NBA suspends all games, including the Indiana Pacers, until further notice. Butler University extends its spring break, after which it will go to virtual classes.
  • March 12: ISDH’s total of positive cases rises 12. Taylor University cancels international and domestic spring break trips for students and faculty sponsors. Indianapolis’ annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is canceled. Gov. Eric Holcomb announces new protections that led to extended public school closings and the cancellation of large events across the state. The league including the Indy Fuel hockey team suspends its season. Indy Eleven says it will reschedule four matches, including its April 4 home opener. The NCAA cancels the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. The Big Ten suspends all sporting events through the winter and spring seasons.
  • March 13: Gov. Holcomb announces additional actions — they included eliminating Medicaid co-pays for COVID-19 testing and lifting regulations limiting the number of work hours per day for drivers of commercial vehicles — to help stop the coronavirus. Wayzata Home Products, a Connersville cabinet maker, shut down and lays off its entire workforce due to market uncertainty associated with the coronavirus. The Indiana High School Athletic Association postpones the boys basketball tournament. Franklin College says it will have no in-person classes March 16 and 17, start online classes March 18 through at least April 5 and empty residence halls of students by 5 p.m. March 15. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis says it will be closed March 14-28. The Indianapolis Public Library joins other libraries across Indiana and says it will close all facilities until further notice beginning at 5 p.m. March 14.
  • March 14: ISDH’s total number of positive cases rises to 15. The Indiana Gaming Commission says all licensed gaming and racing operations will close 14 days starting March 16.
  • March 15: ISDH’s total number of positive cases rises to 19, with 121 tested. St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis announces all elective, non-urgent surgeries are canceled as of Tuesday.
  • March 16: Gov. Eric Holcomb announces the first Hoosier death. ISDH’s total number of positive cases rises to 24. Holcomb closes bars, restaurants and nightlubs to in-person patrons, while carryout and delivery services will still be allowed.
  • March 17: ISDH announces the second Hoosier death. Indiana’s Catholic bishops announce the cancellation of Sunday and weekday public masses. Gov. Holcomb activates the National Guard to assist as needed with the virus response. Purdue, Butler and Indiana State universities cancel May commencement ceremonies.
  • March 18: ISDH’s total number of positive cases rises to 39. Eli Lilly and Co. says it will use its labs to speed up testing in Indiana for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The 500 Festival announces suspends all planned, in-person events scheduled through May 9. Simon Property Group closes all malls and retail properties until March 29.
  • March 19: ISDH’s total number of positive cases rises to 56. Gov. Holcomb extends Indiana’s state of emergency into May. Holcomb says all K-12 public schools will be closed until May 1 and nonpublic schools also are to close. Standardized testing was canceled. The state’s income-tax and corporate-tax payment deadline was extended to July 15. Holcomb says the state will waive job search requirements for people applying for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. The IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament was canceled. The Marion County Emergency Operations Center upgrades to Level 1 status.
  • March 20: ISDH reports the third Hoosier death and 23 new cases for a total of 79. Gov. Holcomb moves the state’s primary election to June 2. Indiana University says it is postponing May commencement ceremonies on all campuses. Indiana University Health says it can do limited virus testing.
  • March 21: ISDH reports the fourth Hoosier death, and 47 new cases positive for a total of 126. A total of 833 people have been tested for the virus. Indiana National Guard details how it’s working with the Department of Transportation on distribution of medical supplies to hospitals.
  • March 22: Indiana’s death toll rises to 7. ISDH reports 75 more positive cases.
  • March 23: ISDH reports 259 cases of COVID-19, up from 201 a day earlier. Gov. Holcomb orders Hoosiers deemed nonessential to “stay at home” from March 24-April 7. Eli Lilly & Co. begins drive-thru testing for the coronavirus for health care workers with a doctor’s order. Ball State University cancels the May commencement.
  • March 24: Indiana’s death toll rises to 13. Fred Payne of Indiana Workforce Development says any Hoosiers out of work, including temporary layoffs, are eligible to apply for unemployment benefits.
  • March 25: Indiana’s death toll rises 17. Indianapolis Motor Speedway announces the Indianapolis 500 is moved to Aug. 23. IndyGo suspends fares and changes its ride schedules.
  • March 27: Indiana’s death toll rises to 25. Marion County adds 192 new positive COVID-19 cases, the most of any county in the state for the day, for a total of 484. Indiana has 981 confirmed cases.
  • March 28: Indiana’s death toll rises to 31. Marion County adds 100 new cases, the most of any county in the state, for a total of 584. Indiana has 1,232 confirmed cases.
  • March 29: Indiana’s death toll rises to 32. Marion County adds 92 new positive cases, the most of any county in the state, for a total 676. Indiana has 1,514 confirmed cases. President Donald Trump announces in a press conference that the national social distancing recommendation will be extended by 30 days, to end April 30.
  • March 30: Indiana’s death toll rises to 35. Marion County had the most new cases in the state with 135, for a total of 804. Indiana health commissioner Dr. Kris Box predicted the arrival of the surge in cases and deaths could come in mid-April to late April, but could be as late as mid-May, “but we don’t know.”
  • March 31: Indiana’s death toll rises to 49. Gov. Holcomb extends the limits of bars and restaurants to offer only “to go” and “carry out” through April 6. Health commissioner Box, asked about when Indiana will be in a surge of COVID-19 cases, says she thinks the surge is starting.
  • April 1: Indiana’s death toll rises to 65. Officials extend Marion County’s “stay at home” order through May 1. Marion County health officials say they will start COVID-19 testing services for frontline employees.The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis says it will remain closed until further notice. Gov. Holcomb announces the #InThisTogether campaign.
  • April 2: Indiana’s death toll rises to 78. The state announces K-12 schools will be closed for the rest of the school year. The Indiana High School Athletic Association cancels spring sports seasons.
  • April 3: Indiana’s death toll rises to 102. Gov. Holcomb extends the “stay at home” order through April 20. Indiana officials say the state has received a federal Major Disaster Declaration for all 92 counties. The Indiana National Guard says it, the Army Corps of Engineers and state health officials will begin on Saturday to assess sites for alternate health care facilities.
  • April 4: ISDH reports 14 more deaths, bringing the state’s total to 116. 3,953 Hoosiers have tested positive, with 116 deaths and 19,800 total tests conducted. 
  • April 5: ISDH reports 11 more deaths in Indiana.
  • April 6: Indiana’s death toll rises to 139. The state reports one Madison County nursing home has had 11 deaths. Gov. extends the “stay at home” order through April 20. He also limits additional businesses to carry-out only.
  • April 7: Indiana’s death toll rises to 173. A total of 5,507 Hoosiers have tested positive. Indiana health commissioner Box notes four long-term care facilities have 22 deaths that appear to be related to COVID-19.
  • April 8: Indiana surpasses 200 deaths. Indiana now has 203 deaths and 5,943 confirmed cases. A total of 30,869 Hoosiers have been tested.
  • April 9: ISDH says 6,351 Hoosiers have been tested positive, resulting in 245 deaths. A total of 32,133 Hoosiers have been tested.
  • April 10: ISDH says 6,907 Hoosiers have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in 300 deaths. A total of 35,040 Hoosiers have been tested. ISDH said 24 residents of a long-term care facility in Madison County have died from COVID-related illness.
  • April 11: 30 more deaths are announced, bringing Indiana’s total to 330.
  • April 12: A total of 343 Hoosiers have now died due to COVID-19, according to ISDH. Just under 8,000 cases have been confirmed in Indiana.
  • April 13: Indiana stands at 350 deaths and 8,236 positive coronavirus cases, according to ISDH.
  • April 14: ISDH announces 313 more cases and 37 more deaths, bringing the totals to 8,527 positive cases and 387 deaths.
  • April 15: ISDH announces 49 more deaths for a total of 463. The total of positive cases grows to 8,955.
  • April 16: Indiana reports 477 deaths and 9,542 positive cases. The governor says he expects Indiana to experience a reopening in early May.
  • April 17: ISDH reports 519 deaths and 10,154 positive cases. The governor says that he will be extending the stay-at-home order through May 1, although some restrictions may be lifted in the new order.
  • April 18: ISDH reports 26 more deaths. ISDH says there are now 10,641 positive cases and 545 Hoosiers have died as a result of the virus.
  • April 19: 17 more Hoosiers have died according to ISDH, bringing Indiana’s total to 562.
  • April 20: ISDH reports seven new deaths. ISDH says there are now 11,686 positive cases and 569 deaths related to the virus. Holcomb extended the “stay at home” order to May 1. The governor also said, if the medical supply chain is in good shape, other elective medical procedures can resume April 27.
  • April 21: Indiana reports more than 12,000 positive cases and more than 600 deaths.
  • April 22: Indiana reports 12,438 COVID-19 cases and 661 deaths. The Tyson facility in Logansport voluntarily closes so 2,200 employees can be tested for COVID-19.
  • April 23: Indiana reports 13,039 COVID-19 cases and 709 deaths.
  • April 24: Indiana reports 13,680 COVID-19 cases and 741 deaths. The Indianapolis City-County Council unanimously approved $25 million in an emergency meeting to help small businesses. Fishers City Council creates a city health department with a plan to test every resident.
  • April 25: Indiana reports 14,395 COVID-19 cases and 785 deaths. ISDH launched an antibody testing study for Hoosiers on Saturday. Thousands of residents were randomly selected to participate in the study.
  • April 26: Indiana reports 15,012 positive COVID-19 cases and 813 total deaths.
  • April 27: Indiana reports 15,961 positive COVID-19 cases and 844 total deaths.
  • April 28: Indiana reports 16,588 positive COVID-19 cases and 901 total deaths. Indiana officials say they are opening up COVID-19 testing to more Hoosiers, with expanded criteria and new testing services at 20 sites around the state.
  • April 29: Indiana reports 17,182 positive COVID-19 cases and 964 total deaths. The state said it will spent $43 million on contact tracing.
  • April 30: Indiana reports 17,835 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,007 total deaths. Indianapolis extends its stay-at-home order through May 15.
  • May 1: Indiana reports 18,630 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,062 deaths. Gov. Eric Holcomb announces a phased reopening plan for the state of Indiana. He also extends the stay-at-home order to May 4.
  • May 2: Indiana reports 19,295 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,115 deaths.
  • May 3: Indiana reports 19,993 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,132 deaths.
  • May 4: Indiana reports 583 more COVID-19 cases and 19 additional deaths. The stay-at-home order ends for most of Indiana. That order will end May 11 in Lake and Marion counties, and May 18 in Cass County.
  • May 5: Indiana reports 21,033 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,213 deaths.
  • May 6: Indiana reports 21,870 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,264 deaths. Ivy Tech Community College says it will continue virtual classes when summer courses begin in June.
  • May 7: Indiana reports 22,503 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,295 deaths.
  • May 8: Indiana reports 23,146 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,328 deaths. Cris Johnston, director of the Office of Budget and Management, said the state missed out on nearly $1 billion in anticipated April revenues. All state agencies will be given budget-cutting goals.
  • May 9: Indiana reports 23,732 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,362 deaths.
  • May 10: Indiana reports 24,126 COVID-19 cases in Indiana and 1,379 deaths.
  • May 11: Indiana reports 24,627 COVID-19 cases in Indiana and 1,411 deaths.
  • May 12: Indiana reports 25,127 COVID-19 cases in Indiana and 1,444 deaths.
  • May 13: Indiana reports 25,473 COVID-19 cases in Indiana and 1,482 deaths. The first phase of a state-sponsored study of the coronavirus estimated about 186,000 Hoosiers had COVID-19 or the antibodies for the novel virus by May 1. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced plans for limited reopenings of worship services, retail establishments, the libraries and restaurants.

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