COVID-19 deaths surpass 200 in Indiana, nearly 6,000 cases confirmed

Over 5,500 cases have been confirmed
Posted at 10:14 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 10:17:45-04

INDIANAPOLIS — State health officials say more than 200 deaths can now be attributed to COVID-19 in Indiana and nearly 6,000 people have tested positive for the virus.

The Indiana State Health Department reported 30 more Hoosiers have died bringing the state's death toll to 203. So far 5,943 cases have been reported and confirmed.

The number of cases of COVID-19 in Marion County is now at nearly 2,300 with 58 deaths reported, the highest in the state by far. Lake County has the second highest number of cases at 461 and Hamilton County isn't far behind with 392 cases reported.

So far the Indiana State Department of Health says nearly 31,000 tests have been conducted.


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 w/ soap & 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 6 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.