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ISDH: 42 COVID-19 deaths reported Friday, over 26,500 Hoosiers diagnosed with the virus

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Posted at 11:56 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 11:58:54-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported an additional 42 COVID-19 deaths on Friday, bringing the state's total to 1,550 since the pandemic began.

According to the state health department, 26,655 Hoosiers have been diagnosed, an increase of 614 new cases since Thursday's numbers were reported.

An additional 3 probable COVID-19 deaths have also been reported, bringing the total to 141. ISDH said probable deaths are deaths that a physician has listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record. Probable deaths are not included in the overall death total for the state.

Deaths are reported based on when data is received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

According to the state health department, Marion County continues to have the most deaths and cases in the state with 465 deaths and 7,995 confirmed cases, an additional 202 cases were reported on Friday.

Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (60), Bartholomew (12), Delaware (18), Elkhart (21), Hamilton (10), Hendricks (15), Lake (64), Morgan (13), St. Joseph (24) and Tippecanoe (13).

More than 165,000 Hoosiers have been tested with 16.1% of tests coming back positive, according to the state health department.

Roughly 39% of ICU beds and 80% of ventilators were still available for use as of Friday.


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