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ISDH reports 62 new COVID-19 deaths, 541 new positive cases

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Posted at 11:55 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 12:03:35-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health says more than 21,000 Hoosiers have now been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Numbers reported by ISDH on Tuesday show that 1,213 Hoosiers have died from the coronavirus an increase of 62 deaths reported since Monday.

A total of 113 probable COVID-19 deaths have also been reported, but none since Friday. 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.

As of Tuesday, about 44 percent of ICU beds and 80 percent of ventilators were available at hospitals throughout the state.

According to the state health department, Marion County continues to have the most deaths and cases in the state with 374 and 6,419. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (32), Bartholomew (30), Cass (36), Delaware (11), Elkhart (22), Hamilton (15), Jackson (16), Johnson (15), Lake (64), LaPorte (12), Noble (37), St. Joseph (19) and Steuben (10).

A total of 115,834 people have been tested in Indiana with 18.2% testing positive, according to the state health department.


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