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ISDH: More than 600 new cases of COVID-19, 63 additional deaths

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health announced 605 more COVID-19 cases and 63 more deaths.

Currently, Indiana has 17,182 cases and 964 total deaths related to the virus.

There have been 91,550 tests administered in the state of Indiana, according to the department.

UPDATE 1:35 p.m.

The Hamilton County Health Department has released the number of deaths at long-term care facilities.

  • Carmel Health & Living – 10
  • Hamilton Trace – 7
  • The Stratford – 6
  • Brookdale Carmel – 3
  • Heritage Woods – 1
  • The Hearth at Windermere – 5
  • Grand Brook Memory Care -2
  • Harbour Manor – 3
  • Maple Park – 1

ISDH has been providing daily updates here.

Officials in Indiana are not yet providing information on recoveries. Dr. 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 3,141,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with more than 948,000 recoveries and more than 218,000 deaths.

In a Wednesday virtual press conference, Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials provided updates on the virus in Indiana.

  • Gov. Eric Holcomb started off his daily briefing announcing he would be with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday when he visits the GM plant in Kokomo. The governor will continue to be involved with the daily briefing on Thursday from a different location.
  • State health commissioner Dr. Kris Box thanked the public for their prayers and support while her father battles health issues in Terre Haute. She said her dad is stable and receiving great medical care.
  • Box said the state has had 605 more people test positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 17,181. 63 more Hoosiers have died, bringing the total to 964 deaths. 4,503 new tests have been performed, bringing the total to 91,550.
  • Kroger announced it will be launching free COVID-19 drive-thru testing in Fort Wayne beginning Thursday. Kroger is also working on an additional site in Marion County.
  • N95 respirators have recently been in short supply for physicians. Box announced Indiana has acquired what is called a Battelle CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System. The system will allow hospitals, EMS, dentists and other health care providers to conserve their N95s by sending them to a unique location to be decontaminated. The process was explained in a detailed chart during the press briefing. The state is hoping to begin the cleaning process late next week.
  • The state will be expanding their new testing sites from 20 to 50. ISDH will be able to assist with testing in congregate living facilities such as nursing homes and prisons.
  • Dr. Box detailed the state’s contact tracing process. Contact tracing is the process by which the state will help determine who an infected person has been in contact with in order to notify those individuals and help control the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing is important because the spread of the virus must be minimized, especially among asymptomatic people, as businesses reopen or people return to the workplace.
  • Local health departments have been conducting contact tracing. Health officials are contacting individuals who test positive and then a case investigation is launched. The investigation includes a phone interview that could take a couple hours. Health officials also educate the patients and notify them that they should isolate for 7-10 days.
  • Box said ISDH is currently conducting investigations and contact tracing in 16 counties. She said each case often has about 10 additional contacts that need to be notified they need to quarantine for 14 days. If those individuals begin experiencing symptoms, they will be tested for the virus.
  • Indiana will centralize all contact tracing for COVID-19 through ISDH for all Indiana counties. Centralized contact tracing will begin around May 11. Timely contact tracing will be critical to control the ongoing spread on a wide scale.
  • Box said health officials will contact potential infected people via text or email asking them to contact ISDH. If the individual doesn’t respond within four hours, they will be contacted again. The individual will be asked to send a daily text or email of their symptom assessment. The individuals may be contacted to follow up on the information they reported. Case investigators, or tracers, will never ask for a Social Security number or request money or financial information.
  • The cost of the contact tracing in the state is estimated to be about $43 million per year.
  • The ISDH contact tracing will allow local health departments to focus on follow-up or tracing that requires work in their communities. The local health departments will still be notified about all positive cases. Their resources will be put to use focusing on tracing in long-term care facilities or employers, such as manufacturing facilities. Local health departments are better suited for connecting isolated people with needed resources such as help getting food or medication.
  • Gov. Holcomb said he agrees with President Trump that the meat supply chain in the country should be open. “We want to make sure that our groceries are stocked. We want to make sure that you can go and provide for your families,” he said.
  • Dr. Box said 50% of employees at a Tyson facility in Logansport did test positive for COVID-19. The company and the state have been working together to ensure the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are met and that employees are safe. “Our goal is to keep the plants open, but not at the expense of the health of the individuals, the employees that work there,” said Dr. Box.
  • Male Hoosiers have been dying from COVID-19 at a higher rate than women and more women are being tested than men. Dr. Box said women tend to be the leaders of health care within their own families, meaning they are more consistently getting checkups and choosing doctors for their family members.
  • Box said 500 individuals will be trained to conduct the state’s contact tracing. “We feel very good and confident about how we’re standing up on this mission,” Gov. Holcomb said. These individuals do not need to have a college degree, but they do have to complete training.
  • Gov. Holcomb said the Indianapolis 500 “very well could” happen on Aug. 23. When asked if he believed it would happen, he said he hoped so.
  • Holcomb and Box did not provide a date when asked if and when gyms and fitness centers could open up. Georgia allowed fitness centers and gyms to open up last week. Box provided ideas for how gyms can be safely reopened, for example, ensuring equipment is wiped down, setting up barriers between machines and limiting the number of people allowed in the facilities.
  • Commissioner of Department of Workforce Development Fred Payne said that once individuals are asked to return to work, they are legislatively required to return to work. Payne said under the CARES Act, benefits will remain available to an employee if he or she is unable to return to work due to COVID-19 and due to that employer not having available work for them. DWD is expected to provide more guidance on the topic of concern.
  • Prior to COVID-19, Indiana had one of the highest rates of individuals in training programs in the state’s history. “We don’t see that slowing down,” said Payne.
  • The National Association of County and City Health Officials is recommending that based on Indiana’s population, the state should be hiring around 2,000 people to conduct contact tracing. The state is currently only hiring 500. “We didn’t want to over hire to begin with,” said Box. She said the entire workforce at local health departments are involved with the contact tracing. If the state feels they need more, they will hire more.
  • Dr. Box said every preparedness or health care region in the state is reporting less admissions to the hospital, less EMT runs and less usage of ICU beds and ventilators, expect for the region that includes the Tyson plant where 50% of the facility’s employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The contact tracing process will be kept private, Box said. The information will only be shared with local and state health departments and the individuals.
  • Gov. Holcomb said he will elaborate more on Friday on the status of reopening the state. The current stay-at-home order is set to expire on Friday. No new guidelines have been announced.
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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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