Indiana reports 545 people have died from COVID-19, while cases surpass 10,600

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 12:14:33-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported Saturday that 26 more people have died from COVID-19, while nearly 10,600 people have tested positive.

The state heath department reported a total of 545 people have died from the coronavirus and 10,641 people people have been diagnosed, an increase of 529 since Friday. ISDH said deaths are reported based on when data is received by the department and occurred over multiple days.

The latest numbers show Marion County with 3,624 positive cases and 190 deaths.

A total of 56,873 people have been tested in Indiana, 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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