ISDH: 8 more Hoosiers die from COVID-19 and 860 test positive

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Posted at 11:51 AM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 11:59:41-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Eight more Hoosiers have died from the coronavirus and 860 additional people have tested positive, according to statistics released Saturday by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Reported cases were not all tested on the same day but over a multi-day period.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, 2,706 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19, and 62,372 have been diagnosed with the virus.

An additional 197 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 712 deaths and 13,700 confirmed cases.

Other counties that have seen the largest number of deaths from COVID-19 include Lake County with 265, Allen County with 152, Johnson County with 118, Hendricks County with 105 and Hamilton County with 103.

A total of 701,311 people have been tested in Indiana with 8.9% testing positive, according to the state health department.

ISDH says 44.4% of ICU beds and 83.5% of ventilators were available as of Saturday. There are currently 834 people hospitalized with the coronavirus, an increase of 10 since Saturday's report.

Any Hoosier seeking COVID-testing can obtain it through one of the state-sponsored OptumServe sites, regardless of whether they are at high risk or have symptoms. To find testing locations around the state, visit and click on the COVID-19 testing information link. More than 200 locations are available around the state.


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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