INDIANAPOLIS – Three more deaths from illness related to the coronavirus were reported Thursday in Indiana, boosting the state's total to 17 deaths as coronavirus cases rose to nearly 650 statewide amid the pandemic.
Indiana’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew by 170 to 645 across the state late Wednesday, following corrections to the state's previously reported total cases, the Indiana State Department of Health said.
A southern Indiana medical center, meanwhile, announced that 63 employees have been placed in quarantine after coming in contact with a patient who tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Officials at Schneck Medical Center in the Jackson County city of Seymour said the employees have been placed on a 14-day quarantine because of their interaction with a patient who was treated there while not exhibiting any coronavirus symptoms.
State health officials declined Wednesday to provide details on Indiana hospitals' intensive care unit capacity and equipment availability around the state, with state health commissioner Dr. Kristina Box citing confidentiality arrangements with hospitals for not releasing those details.
In contrast, Illinois officials have provided updates such as the number of occupied hospital beds and ventilators in use around Indiana's western neighbor and projections on what medical services will be needed if the virus outbreak isn’t contained.
Box said Wednesday, however, that she’s seeing “positive movements” in availability of ICU beds and ventilators in Indiana.
Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, whose statewide stay-at-home order took effec t Wednesday, planned a Thursday afternoon briefing with other state leaders at the Indiana Statehouse on the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the state.
The following was released on Thursday, March 26, 2020:
INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced today that 170 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 645 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day's total. Seventeen Hoosiers have died.
A total of 4,651 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, up from 3,356 on Wednesday.
Marion County had the most new cases, at 67, while Hamilton, Johnson and Lake counties each had 12. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.
The dashboard also has been updated to remove one duplicate case from Marion County, remove one false positive from Hamilton County and move one Hamilton County case to Marion County based on updated county of residence information provided to ISDH.
Additional updates on the state's response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.