INDIANAPOLIS — On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 17 additional COVID-19 deaths and 720 more positive cases.
Since the pandemic began in March, 3,173 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Indiana and 101,485 people have tested positive for the virus.
A total of 224 probable COVID-19 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began in March.
Deaths are reported by ISDH when it receives the data and have occurred over several days.
A total of 1,572,960 tests for COVID-19 have been given since the pandemic began in March.
9.8% of ICU beds in the state are being used for COVID-19 patients and 46.9% of the ICU beds are being used for non-COVID-19 patients, according to ISDH. 43.3% of ICU beds are available.
2.4% of ventilators are being used for COVID-19 patients and 15.7 of ventilators are being used for non-COVID-19 patients, according to ISDH. 81.9% of ventilators are available.
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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