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ISDH: More than 500 COVID-19 cases, 32 additional deaths

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Monday, the Indiana Department of Health announced 511 more cases of COVID-19 and 32 more deaths.

In Indiana, there are currently 24,627 cases of COVID-19 and 1,411 deaths related to the virus.

According to the department, there have been 146,688 tests administered.

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 4,136,00 confirmed cases worldwide, with more than 1,422,000 recoveries and more than 283,000 deaths.

News conferences will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, going forward. If there is significant news that needs to be shared, and state officials will hold additional briefing as needed, Gov. Eric Holcomb said Monday afternoon.

We’re ready to get back to work across state agencies, Holcomb said.

Box said about 17% of of the more than 100,000 tested Hoosiers have been positive for COVID-19.

ICU beds and ventilators still have a steady amount of availability.

Contact tracing begins in a centralized capacity from ISDH

Increased testing means increased contact tracing to identify people possibly exposed and ensure they are taking precautions to avoid infecting someone else, said Indiana health commissioner Dr. Kristina Box.

Contact tracing is a core part of any disease investigation and has been done in Indiana for more than a century: for TB, measles, mumps, HIV and outbreaks of foodborne illness. Box said this is different because it’s on a much broader scale with a different disease process. It’s something they’re legally authorized to do, and more importantly, ethically mandated to do, she said. Contact tracing allows the state to respond swiftly and contain the disease.

Contact tracing involves asking a series of questions to people who test positive for the virus, including when their symptoms started, where they went and who they might have been in contact with, Box said.

The centralized tracing group will get a list of people the infected person they might have had close contact with and contact those people to see if they have symptoms and to provide information that they need to keep themselves and others safe since they might have been exposed. At all times, we protect individuals’ privacy. We don’t release the name of the person who tested positive and don’t share personal information with others. All information is secured at the state level.

Traditionally, contact tracing has been done by local health departments, but starting Monday, the state’s centralized contact tracing system has begun.

The state, working with Maximus, has hired 325 tracers. A total of 500 people will be onboarded by the end of the month. Phase 1 starts Monday for 21 counties.

Box mentions state-sponsored testing sites around Indiana. There is no cost for this test. Box lists the criteria to get a test at one of the sites: if you have symptoms, if you live with someone who has symptoms, if you have been exposed to a positive case and need a test to go back to work, if you’re high risk — someone over 65, with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, pregnant, a member of minority population at greater risk, or someone who lives with someone who is high risk. If you’re high-risk, you don’t need to be symptomatic to get tested for free at a state-sponsored sites.

Box reminded Hoosiers not to ignore health issues unrelated to COVID-19 and encouraged people to continue to get routine exams and checkups done.

Kids and coronavirus: Immunizations and ‘well child’ checks

Box says there has been a significant decline across the country and in Indiana of routine vaccines ordered and administered. Box said they believe parental concerns about COVID-19 has contributed to the decline.

Dr. Tony GiaQuinta, president of the Indiana Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, discussed the decrease in immunizations seen in Indiana — around a 30-40% decrease — and the importance of “well child” visits.

GiaQuinta said the delays in immunization introduces the risk of the emergence of infectious diseases. Indiana has a high rate of “herd immunity” because we have a high rate of child vaccination.

“We are open for children and your pediatrician needs to see you in their office,” GiaQuinta said.

Box and GiaQuinta also discusses important elements of “well child” visits, including development, physical and mental health screenings.

Teens and adolescents rely on strong social bonds, and when those are taken away, that does increase their anxiety and causes an increased risk of depression. They also react to adults’ mental health around them, GiaQuinta said.

GiaQuinta said that statewide, offices are ensuring visits are safe. Many offices have split appointments by morning and afternoon so that well visits and sick visits don’t interact. Others are skipping waiting rooms completely to avoid contact. He also said many doctors are using telemedicine to address what they can over the phone.


Box, in answer to a question about an increase in positive cases as the state entered Phase 2, said the state knew they would see additional cases as they increased testing. That’s why they have used several other metrics, including hospitalization data, Box said.

About a report that utility companies are petitioning to collect lost revenues, Holcomb said that’s why the state has the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. It will go before the IURC.

About presumptive positive cases, Box said the state has a little over 100 cases and won’t be providing a further breakdown about them. She said the COVID-19 test is not perfect. If the test is positive, you have COVID-19, but if it’s negative, you could sometimes still have the virus. Box said we have to look at the whole clinical picture and let health care professionals help us understand how a person died: If they include the virus in the death certificate, we include it.

Holcomb said the reports he’d received about people following virus guidelines have been “a mixed bag.” He has been heartened by reports of people doing the right thing.

Joe Heerens, general counsel for the governor, said that since the start of the “Stay at home” order, there have been 1,458 complaints, 1,266 of those investigated and determined to be unfounded and 138 verbal warnings issued. Those businesses that were warned have complied. A business in Benton County was warned and did not comply. Unfortunately, the state issued its first cease-and-desist letter, and the business came into compliance over the weekend.

Box said she does not believe the number of deaths from COVID-19 has been inflated or incorrectly categorized in Indiana. If an individual passes away, and they have a positive COVID-19 test and that was felt to be the reason for this death, then they will call that a COVID-19 death. If the individual, on their death certificate, the health care professional said that COVID-19 was a contributor to their death, then that will be a COVID-19 death. And ISDH separates cases where the person did not have a positive test.

Dr. Mike Kaufmann, Indiana EMS director, talked about the kinds of runs they are seeing and how those calls are handled. They’re looking at trends in those calls and looking at overall prevalence in different parts across the state to determine how to allocate resources

Box said the state does not release the name of person who is positive during contact tracing. Sometimes people figure it out or reach out to see if their friends are ill, but the state cannot force someone to say who they have been in contact with or where they’ve been. She said she has not heard reports of issues with people refusing to share information.

Box said there is a recently approved emergency use authorization for at-home saliva tests but it is not widespread and there’s only one approved test at this time.

We’re starting to see more tests for antibodies. FDA has pulled back on some of those tests because some were testing for multiple COVID strains, including just the common cold, which all of us would probably test positive for.

Box and Holcomb addressed a question about why campgrounds and gyms are included in a later phase, discussing the need to have resources in place to protect people in places where the virus can spread easily.

  • 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.