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ISDH: More than 600 more COVID-19 cases; 41 additional deaths

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — On Thursday morning, the Indiana State Department of Health announced that 611 more positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Indiana. The department also said that 41 more people had died as a result of the virus.

Currently, Indiana stands at 9,542 positive cases with 477 total deaths.

According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 2,000,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with more than 528,000 recoveries and nearly 140,000 deaths.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson and State Health Commissioner Kristina Box were among officials who gave updates midafternoon Thursday. Here are highlights:

  • Gov. Holcomb began his daily press briefing to honor the life of fallen IMPD Officer Breann Leath. He said Leath wore three different uniforms. She served in the Army National Guard, worked at the Department of Corrections and served as an IMPD police officer. “She had a profound impact on everyone that she came into contact with. She had such an influence on her coworkers and inmates at our Department of Corrections.”
  • A clip of a documentary was shared during the press briefing that showed the type of person Breann Leath was. It also highlighted her involvement with the Dept. of Corrections “Wee Ones Program.” It was announced the nursery at the Dept. of Corrections will now be named in her honor. It will now be called the Officer Breann Leath Memorial Maternal & Child Health Unit.
  • “I hope that not just during this time, but in the coming days as we all together as a state work our way through this pandemic that we bring an equal amount of passion and compassion as Breann did everyday that she came to work,” said Holcomb.
  • State health commissioner Dr. Kris Box went over the daily ISDH COVID-19 report. The state reported 611 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional 41 Hoosiers who have died. The state conducted 2,735 new tests with a total of 51,115 total tests. The state death total is now at 477.
  • Box said nearly 45% of Indiana’s ICU beds are available. 23.8% of the ICU beds are being used for COVID-19 patients and 31.6% are being used for non-COVID-19 patients. About 76% of ventilators are available. 14.4% of ventilators are being used for COVID-19 patients and 10% are being used for non-COVID-19 patients. “These are amazing statistics,” Box said. “They’ve remained very steady and we’re very pleased to see that.”
  • Box said the state is seeing an increase in numbers of inmates testing positive for COVID-19. “We have now greater than 80 offenders at Westville (Correctional Facility) that have tested positive,” she said. The state earlier this week reported that one inmate from Westville had died. Box said the state’s strike teams have been conducting testing at two other facilities. “Like any congregate living situation, our correctional facilities are ripe for rapid transmission of COVID-19.”
  • Box also provided an update on the state’s Health Care Reserve Workforce. Over 14,000 volunteers completed the state’s original survey. More than 4,000 have been matched to requests within health care systems. “Those include 4,062 health care reservists and 382 student volunteers,” said Box. She said 6,454 volunteers are still available for work.
  • More than 1,300 people have been tested in three days at four drive-thru locations in Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary and Sellersburg. More than 2,200 individuals have been tested at these sites, including the drive-thru location at Merrillville High School. Box said they are still calculating the positivity rates from those drive-thrus and hope to have that information in the next few days.
  • Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development Fred Payne said the state is continuing to experience “extreme volumes of claims filings in Indiana.” Payne reported that 118,184 unemployment claims were filed in during the week ending in April 11. That number is down from 133,639 claims in the week before but still posted one of the highest weekly totals of the amount of claims filed in Indiana history.
  • The state has made 432,740 unemployment insurance payments from April 1 to April 15. For the entire month of April 2019, 71,000 total claims were paid out.
  • DWD has made a variety of changes to Indiana’s online filing system, known as Uplink. Payne said the Uplink system is “holding its own” with the extreme amount of claims. Payne said one of the DWD’s greatest challenges now is the high-call volume. So far, for the month of April, DWD has seen over 800,000 phone interactions. Wait times and dropped calls remain a challenge for the department. A new callback feature has been implemented to help.
  • Payne said the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments are a bit ahead of schedule, but he said the Uplink system will be temporarily taken offline Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m. It will be offline until about 10:30 p.m. in order for the system to be updated. “We believe that this small inconvenience is worth us providing payments a few days earlier.” PUC payments will begin going out Friday.
  • The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program is available for self-employed individuals and gig and contract workers. The system is still being phased in in order to process these claims. Payne said two processes are working simultaneously right now. One is the Application Acceptance process and the other is the Payment Disbursement process.
  • DWD is still in the construction phase of the application acceptance process. The target date for opening up this part of the system is April 24. For individuals who have already filed under the current system, you will be receiving an email soon with further instruction.
  • DWD is a little further behind on the payment disbursement process. A target date for release of this system is May 4.
  • DWD is planning virtual job fairs in conjunction with its regional offices across the state. You can learn more about those at and scroll down to the DWD News section for a list of the job fairs and other relevant information. If you are looking for open job postings visit
  • Secretary of State Connie Lawson said further recommendations to the Indiana Elections Commission will soon be made regarding the primary election that is now scheduled for June 2. The commission will meet virtually Friday afternoon. Zoom meeting info can be found on Indiana Election Division website.
  • “These recommendations come after many discussions with county clerks, election staff, the state parties, the Indiana Election Division and they represent what we believe to be best practices for an unprecedented election cycle,” said Lawson.
  • As of Thursday morning, over 70,400 voters have requested an absentee ballot. May 21 is the deadline to request an absentee ballot.
  • Early, in-person voting will be available from May 26 through June 1. Absentee ballots submitted after Dec. 2, 2019 are accepted. Lawson said she is also procuring PPE for all 92 counties using vendors outside of critical health care supply lines.
  • Indiana is applying for the Federal Election COVID-19 funds in the amount of $7.9 million. The money will be used to purchase cleaning supplies, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, electronic poll books and general services. The supplies will be distributed to the counties.
  • Lawson said they will be recruiting high school students, college students and recently unemployed to represent their party at the polls in an attempt to recruit younger election workers.
  • Voters and reporters should expect delayed voting results.
  • “We’re known around the country as one of the top (National) Guard states in America,” said Gov. Holcomb. “It’s never been more obvious on the ground in our state I think on a perpetual minute-by-minute basis like what we’re going through right now.” The governor thanked the National Guard for their work and response amid the pandemic.
  • Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday said he expects Indiana to experience a reopening in early May. Holcomb said a number of Midwest states on Thursday “signed on to jointly” make sure that neighbors are informed about the actions the neighboring states are taking when it comes to the reopening process. He said Indiana is communicating with Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and Kentucky.
  • Holcomb has also sent a letter to “major associations” in Indiana requesting input, recommendations and suggestions on modifications and changes that can be made to allow employees to feel safe to go back to work. He requested the associations make their recommendations by April 22 so the state “can in May hit the ground running.”
  • Holcomb said he is looking at early May as a possibility of reopening the state. “I’m not putting a May 1 date out there, or May 2, or May 7 or May 8, but we are thinking early May,” he said.
  • Holcomb said he will speak with Sen. Mike Braun about Braun’s appointment to the White House Reopening the Economy Committee. He said he will also be jumping on a phone call with President Donald Trump to learn more about what the president has planned for reopening the economy.
  • Lawson was asked why the state was dedicating $7.9 million in federal funds to PPE and additional supplies rather than focusing on mail-in only voting. She said, “I think we are putting the $7.9 million to good use and we will continue to look at better ways to improve our elections.”
  • Box said guards at infected correctional facilities will be tested and get appropriate medical care. She said she thinks the Department of Corrections has done an “amazing” job at being vigilant.
  • Lawson continues to encourage voters to vote absentee. “The fact of the matter is that there are some people who feel very, very strongly about voting in person,” she said. A total of 8 days of in person voting will be available for voters in hopes of decreasing the amounts of people at voting locations.
  • Lawson said some counties are having difficulties recruiting polling workers. “We’ve re-honed our election ads and they will be starting very soon.”
  • “I have no reason to believe that we will have problems with the mail in November,” said Lawson in response to a question about the USPS potentially running out of funds in September. Indiana is not a vote-by-mail state, she said. “We will work around the postal service issues as they arise.”
  • When asked about easing the opening of the economy Gov. Holcomb said it won’t go from zero to 100. “We didn’t arrive here overnight, we’re not going to get out of the woods overnight,” he said.
  • Lawson said the state cannot afford to mail an application for an absentee ballot for every voter. “We felt we could spend our money wisely in other ways,” she said. Lawson said the state is about a week away from getting an absentee ballot application online in order to eliminate the process of calling the clerk’s office and requesting a mailed application.
  • Dr. Box said the state has been unable to provide PPE to every single community health care worker, such as individuals going into homes to care for elderly or the sick. Box is encouraging essential workers to use their own PPE, such as homemade masks. She emphasized again how important it is for individuals to continue sanitizing and washing their hands.

The next briefing is expected at 2:30 p.m. Friday. It will air on WISH-TV, the WISH-TV app and the WISH-TV Facebook page.

ISDH has been providing daily updates here.

Officials in Indiana are not yet providing information on recoveries. Dr. Kris Box has said 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 2,078,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with more than 525,000 recoveries and more than 138,000 deaths.

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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