Fourteen more Indiana residents have died from coronavirus illnesses, pushing the state’s death toll from confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19 closer to 1,800, state health officials said Monday.
All but one of the state’s 14 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths occurred on Saturday and Sunday, and they boosted Indiana’s confirmed toll to 1,621, the Indiana State Department of Health said. The state agency’s statistics show that another 144 Hoosiers have died from probable infections of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, raising Indiana’s confirmed or presumed deaths to 1,765.
The state’s weekly update of pandemic deaths at the state’s nursing homes, released each Monday, shows that deaths at those homes increased from 148 to 732 in a week. That number now accounts for more than 41% of Indiana’s toll from both confirmed and presumed COVID-19 deaths.
An additional 492 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 28,255, the state health department said. Results from 183,912 tests for the coronavirus have been reported to the state agency.
Marion County had the most new cases, at 107. The county, which is home to Indianapolis, has accounted for 480 of Indiana’s confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
Monroe County's total case number has been reduced by one to 149. Monroe County health officials say this happens because cases are reported by a patient's county of residence.
The number of confirmed deaths in the county remains at nine. Data provided shows 2,244 Monroe County residents have been tested.
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
During Monday's state press conference, Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box announced the state has reported its first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in a child.
Dr. Box says the state has its first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.— Brandon J. Smith (@brandonjsmith5) May 18, 2020
This has started to pop up around the world as a result of COVID-19.
She says the state wants hospitals to report suspected cases.
Parents should watch for persistent fever.
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