Indiana’s death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases has topped 900, with nearly 100 other people having died with presumed infections, state health officials said Tuesday.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 57 additional deaths, boosting the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 901 since the first fatality was recorded seven weeks ago. Most of the newly reported deaths happened between Friday and Monday, but one dates back to April 18.
Three more presumed COVID-19 deaths added to the state statistics give Indiana 91 such fatalities. Those are deaths that state officials said doctors blame on coronavirus infections without confirmation of the illness from test results.
Indiana’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll has more than doubled since the 437 recorded as of April 12 while Gov. Eric Holcomb has continued discussing steps toward easing business restrictions imposed under the statewide stay-at-home order.
In Monroe County, coronavirus cases are up by two, while the death toll remains the same at seven. The number of county residents who have been tested is 1,061.
Holcomb said Monday he was considering information such as hospitalization and death rates, along with the availability of intensive care unit beds and ventilators for those who are seriously ill.
The latest state statistics showed 546 COVID-19 patients were in the intensive care units of Indiana hospitals and that 44% of ICU beds remained available as of Monday. That’s 75 fewer coronavirus patients in those ICUs than last Thursday.
Coronavirus in Indiana, by the numbers
- 16,588 people have tested positive for COVID-19, which is about the same number that live in the cities of Mooresville (pop. 9,604) and Bargersville (pop. 6,950).
- 901 deaths have been reported, which would be all but four people in Roachdale (pop. 905), the location of North Putnam High School.
- 87,181 Hoosiers have been tested, about the number of people who live in Bloomington (pop. 84,058) and Corydon (pop. 3,125).
- That amounts to 1.3 percent of Indiana’s population of 6.732 million.
Emma Atkinson and Bob Zaltsberg contributed to this story.
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