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Deaths from COVID-19 in Indiana top 700 with more than 13,000 positive cases

Posted at 12:05 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 12:05:33-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health says more than 700 Hoosiers have now died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began and over 13,000 have tested positive for the virus.

According to the state health department, Marion County continues to have the highest increase in cases with 160 new cases reported since Wednesday, bringing the county total to 4,408 and 228 deaths. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (44), Bartholomew (17), Cass (61), Elkhart (11), Hamilton (23), Hendricks (34), Johnson (22), Lake (55), Shelby (20) and St. Joseph (22).

ISDH said deaths are reported based on when data is received by the department and occurred over multiple days.

A total of 72,040 people have been tested in Indiana, according to the state health department.


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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.

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