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ISDH reports 49 new COVID-19 deaths, total cases nears 9,000

Posted at 12:04 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 12:04:35-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported 49 more people have died from COVID-19 and nearly 9,000 people have tested positive for the virus.

The state heath department reported a total of 436 people have died from the coronavirus, while 8,955 people people have been diagnosed. 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 3,204 positive cases and 155 deaths. Nearly 16,000 people have been tested in the county.

A total of 46,017 people have been tested in Indiana, according to the state health department.


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