ISDH: State surpasses 100 COVID-19 related deaths; more than 3,400 positive cases

Holcomb, health officials speak on April 3, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana State Department of Health says more than 100 Hoosiers have died as a result of COVID-19.

So far, 3,437 Hoosiers have tested positive, with 102 deaths and 17,835 total tests conducted. Since Thursday’s update from ISDH, there were more than 400 new positive tests and 24 more deaths.

Gov. Eric Holcomb and state health officials will provide updates at 2:30 p.m. weekdays and on weekend as needed. You can watch this live on WISH-TV,, the WISH-TV news app and on our Facebook page.

Here are highlights from Friday’s briefing from state officials:

  • Gov. Eric Holcomb says he will order Hoosiers to hunker down for an additional two weeks. He also extended the public health emergency through May 3. He says the “stay at home” order will “have some tweaks” coming Monday. 
  • Holcomb says he’s OK with the orders so far by some localities to issue stricter orders, such as Decatur County’s closing of restaurants.
  • Indiana health commissioner Dr. Kris Box said the 24 COVID-19 deaths added Friday to the state’s death toll of 102 is the most in a single day so far. Most of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have involved people with heart and lung conditions and diabetes.
  • Indiana officials say it’s received a federal Major Disaster Declaration for all 92 counties. That will provide money to pay for 75% of costs incurred to respond to COVID-19 crisis, and 100% to the National Guard for costs it incurs. The staet later clarified in a news release that the funding can be used to cover costs of emergency needs including crisis counseling, food programs, temporary shelters, protective equipment, safety resources and personnel.
  • The Indiana health commissioner said targeted testing for those at higher risk will continue. She’s encouraging social distancing to continue despite many people looking forward to spring break and Easter.
  • Box said of those tested through numbers provided Friday, about 17% have tested positive. She noted that testing is happening for only for those on the front lines. She also said positive COVID-19 results reported by the state online are not cases with pending coronavirus tests.
  • The Indiana health commissioner said about 40% of the state’s intensive care unit (ICU) beds remain available.
  • Box said she has “no problem” with the public wearing masks but asked they not to wear the higher-quality masks needed by health care professionals and first responders. She says masks that prevent moisture buildup are best.
  • The Indiana National Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and state health officials on Saturday will begin assessing sites for alternate health care facilities. The goal is to expand hospital bed capacity if needed. Potential surge areas have been identified in Indiana, and the National Guard will start in those areas on Saturday to identify potential sites for field hospitals. Box said the state’s seeing a surge in the Indiana counties around Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky, and in southwest Indiana. Those areas will be evaluated for possible field hospitals. Also, Indiana National Guard will look along the I-65 corridor.
  • Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration, said the state will look at ways to address the mental health and well-being of Hoosiers. Calls to crisis hotlines in the state have been increasing.
  • Sullivan said the state’s 211 hotline and health insurance companies can offer help to maintain mental health.
  • Dr. Hani Ahmad of the Bowen Center in Warsaw says some worry is normal in these times, but a spike in worrying that brings on physical symptoms is when people should reach out for help. Ahmad said online sources and telephonic health options are available to address mental health issues and to get medications that may help. He also said people should not to only focus on the worst possible outcomes but the best possible outcomes also. Do anything to take your mind off worries for a few minutes.
  • Holcomb says “misinformation” is not appreciated and is contributing to people’s anxiety. When you’re seeking information, go to those proven authorities with the best information.
  • Sullivan said the Family and Social Services Administration is expanding recovery options for addressing alcohol and substance abuse.
  • The Indiana Department of Correction reported two positive cases at the Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis and three positive cases at the Plainfield Correction Facility. The Department of Correction also noted the Rockville Correctional Facility has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, despite local rumors. The Department of Correction said it’s monitoring all patients in the state’s prisons. Some in prisons have flu and other seasonal conditions. The Department of Corrections also said it has staff members who have tested positive, but gave no numbers or locations.
  • Gov. Eric Holcomb, asked about creating job-retention tax credits as a recovery method, says Indiana’s economy was strong and growing before the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ll return to that day” when “we’ve finished our mission here.”

ISDH is providing daily updates at 10 a.m.

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 1,033,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with more than 218,000 recoveries and more than 54,000 deaths.

The latest

UPDATE 7:28 p.m.

The Department of Workforce Development says Indiana, as with other states, continues to await guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor to implement the $600 additional weekly unemployment insurance benefit under the CARES Act. Payments will be retroactive to March 29. To date, the U.S. Department of Labor has not issued guidance on payments under the CARES Act.

UPDATE 6 p.m.

All area food pantries in Hamilton County are staying open during the COVID-19 pandemic. A website is announcing changes in locations, hours and distribution.

UPDATE 5 p.m.

A second employee with the Indiana State Police has tested positive for COVID-19, the department said.The civilian employee at ISP’s general headquarters in Indianapolis was admitted to an area hospital for a medical issue and on Friday received notice of a positive test result. The person remains in the hospital. ISP officials have notified co-workers of the affected employee and have disinfected the necessary work area. The first ISP employee tested positive March 15 was a civilian employee with the ISP Laboratory Division in Indianapolis.

UPDATE 4:51 p.m.

Starting Saturday, Walmart stores will limit the number of customers in stores at the same time, allowing no more than five customers per 1,000 square feet of store at a time. Walmart says that’s about 20% of a store’s usual capacity. Stores will have a single entrance and let customers in one by one, counting them. Once the number of customers reaches the limit for a store, additional people will be let in on a “1-out-1-in” basis, the company said.

UPDATE 3:26 p.m.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said a medical staff member working at CoreCivic/Jail 2 received positive test results for COVID-19. The staff member is in self-isolation and last worked at Jail 2 on Sunday. Jail 2 is operated by CoreCivic, a contractor that houses about half of the county’s inmate population. 

Also, the officer said, one Jail 2 inmate, who had been placed in isolation on April 1 after developing signs and symptoms, has received positive test results for COVID-19. 

The Marion County Public Health Department began testing for COVID-19 to 75 people at Marion County Jail 2. The testing includes 37 Jail 2 inmates, who are showing signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19. Testing also included 38 CoreCivic staff members, including 14 corrections officers, 22 medical staff and two service providers. All of those who received testing are being quarantined while awaiting test restuls.

Both the Marion County Jail and Jail 2 are closed to outside visitors who are not employees.

Jail Division and CoreCivic employees are receiving a medical screening immediately prior to beginning their shift.

UPDATE 3:19 p.m.

IU Health North in Carmel says it is among the first hospitals to receive plastic face shields made by Ford, which announced Tuesday it would begin producing them. The transparent face shields, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, fully block the face and eyes from accidental contact with liquids and, when paired with N95 respirators, can more effectively limit potential exposure to coronavirus, the hospital says.

UPDATE 11:41 p.m.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard is urging assisted living and nursing home employees to be tested for COVID-19.

“After consulting with medical practitioners and area hospital administrators about how to best use expanded testing capacity, it was recommended that we test nursing homes and assisted living facility staff. If a resident has already been identified as having the virus, then all the residents in that facility should be tested,” Brainard said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have a local entrepreneur who has quickly converted his business to perform large numbers of these much needed tests.”

Carmel will begin coordinating tests through Aria Diagnostics. The city says it is not paying for the testing, “but there should be reimbursement under various federal laws for testing that is done.”

UPDATE 11:39 p.m.

Governor Eric Holcomb, Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, House Speaker Todd Huston and Chief Justice Loretta Rush have released a letter stating that it is up to local communities to decide if they want to release inmates and juvenile offenders.

“Given the unique threat posed by COVID-19, we encourage every community that is or will be undertaking a process to evaluate whether to release juveniles and inmates, to do so in a responsible and humane manner. They should review the current facility population to properly identify which low-risk, non-violent juveniles and inmates, if any, may be re-evaluated and released safely into their communities under pretrial, probation, or community corrections supervision,” the letter reads.

UPDATE 11:11 a.m.

On Friday morning, the city of Indianapolis released the latest numbers of those first responders who have tested positive for COVID. The numbers are as follows:

  • 17 IMPD officers
  • 14 IFD firefighters with two having recovered and been cleared by medical professionals to return to work
  • 6 IEMS members, with two who have recovered and been cleared by medical professionals to return to work
(Provided Photo/Indiana State Department of Health)
(Provided Photo/Indiana State Department of Health)
(Provided Photo/Indiana State Department of Health)

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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