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Indiana Adds 13 Virus Deaths, Sees More Growth In New Cases

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The agency reported about 1,400 new COVID-19 infections. (George Hale, WFIU/WTIU News)

Indiana health officials on Saturday added 13 more coronavirus-related deaths to the state’s pandemic toll as the seven-day rolling average of new cases continued growing at record levels.

The newly recorded deaths raise the state’s death toll to 3,669, including confirmed and presumed coronavirus cases, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. That is an increase of 92 deaths in the past week.

The agency reported about 1,400 new COVID-19 infections, pushing the seven-day average to 1,080 through Friday. That rolling average has grown about 30% since Sept. 24.

In Monroe County, the total COVID-19 case number rose by 34 to 2,776, and the county death toll remained the same at 37, the agency said. 

Some 47,127 Monroe County residents have been tested, it said. 

READ MORE: Coronavirus: The Latest

Those increases come even as health experts say it could be weeks before the state sees any possible impact from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to lift most of Indiana’s restrictions on businesses and crowd sizes as of Sept. 26 while continuing the statewide mask mandate.

Holcomb this past week defended his decision as balancing lives and economic livelihoods.

“It means we need to hunker down in the areas where we see spread and that’s what we are doing,” Holcomb said.

State statistics show that Indiana hospitals were treating 911 COVID-19 patients on Friday — the eighth straight day that hospitalizations have topped 900. The last time the state saw such a long streak was in early August.

Democratic governor candidate Woody Myers, a physician and former state health commissioner, said the easing of precautions “was a huge mistake.”

“Hoosiers aren’t getting leadership from Gov. Holcomb, they’re getting someone afraid of governing in the midst of a pandemic,” Myers said.

George Hale contributed to this report. 

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