INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported 55 new deaths from COVID-19 bringing the state's total to 1,062.
According to the state health department, an additional 815 positive cases were also reported Thursday, bringing the total number of people diagnosed with the virus in Indiana to 18,630.
Deaths are reported based on when data is received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.
A total of 113 probable COVID-19 deaths have also been reported. ISDH said probable deaths are that a physician 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 cases are not included in the death total for the state.
According to the state health department, Marion County continues to have the most deaths and cases in the state with 339 deaths and 5,754 confirmed cases. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (31), Bartholomew (11), Cass (50), Clark (24), Dearborn (13), Greene (34), Hamilton (42), Hendricks (35), Jackson (20), Johnson (15), Lake (81), Montgomery (21), Orange (25), Shelby (12) and St. Joseph (11).
A total of 99,639 people have been tested in Indiana with 18.8% testing positive, according to the state health department.
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through: Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing; close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; rarely, fecal contamination.
The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap & water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact (within six feet) with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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