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ISDH: 15 new deaths and 584 additional cases of COVID-19 reported in the state

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Posted at 11:51 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 11:51:40-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health says more than 41,000 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March.

According to the state health department, 2,304 Hoosiers have died from the coronavirus and 41,438 people have been diagnosed, an increase of 15 deaths 584 cases since statistics were released Wednesday.

An additional 187 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.

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 661 deaths and 10,852 confirmed cases.

A total of 384,722 people have been tested in Indiana with 10.8% testing positive, according to the state health department.

Nearly 37% of ICU beds and 81% of ventilators were available as of Thursday.


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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