COVID-19 deaths in Indiana up to 139, nearly 5,000 cases confirmed

Posted at 10:12 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 10:12:55-04

INDIANAPOLIS — At least 139 Hoosiers have now died from COVID-19, according to the new numbers released by the Indiana State Department of Health on Friday.

Total confirmed cases in the state now stand at 4,944.

The number of cases of COVID-19 in Marion County is now at 1,956 with 41 deaths reported. Lake County has the second highest number of cases at 369 and Hamilton County isn't far behind with 335 cases reported.

So far the Indiana State Department of Health says over 26,000 tests have been conducted.


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 w/ soap & 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 6 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.