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1,191 New Indiana COVID-19 Cases, 5 More Deaths Recorded

A healthcare worker speaks with someone in a coronavirus drive thru testing facility in Bloomington.

The state reported 31,958 new tests for the virus on Saturday. (George Hale, WFIU/WTIU News)

Health officials reported 1,191 new COVID-19 cases in Indiana on Saturday, bringing the overall total to 721,577.

The State Department of Health also reported five new deaths. Since the pandemic began, 12,926 people have died after testing positive for the virus.

The state also reported 31,958 new tests, adding to Indiana’s total of over 9.8 million.

There were also 908 people hospitalized in Indiana as of Saturday.

Twenty-four of the state’s hospitalized patients were in Monroe County, officials said.

The health department reported 38 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths. Some 11,764 people in Monroe County have tested positive overall.

They also reported 3,152 new tests, bringing the county total to 532,048.

READ MORE: Face Masks Still Required At Indiana Casinos

Gamblers at Indiana casinos will have to keep wearing face masks inside at least through the end of May.

Updated health guidelines issued by the Indiana Gaming Commission said operators of the 13 state-licensed casinos decided to keep the mask rule in place to stem COVID-19 spread even though Gov. Eric Holcomb lifted the statewide mask mandate as of April 6.

The casino rules require customers to wear masks except when eating, drinking or smoking while seated at a slot machine, bar or restaurant table. Gamblers must wear masks at table games and employees are required to have masks on at all times.

The gaming commission said casinos will review whether to continue the mask requirement past June 1.

The state guidelines direct casinos to obtain permission from local health officials before holding any events involving large crowds and continue extra spacing between slot machine players.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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