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State health department reports 17 new COVID-19 deaths

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Posted at 12:15 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 12:15:16-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported 17 more deaths from COVID-19 Sunday, while the number of people who have tested positive approached 20,000.

According to the state health department, 1,132 people are confirmed to have died from the coronavirus and 19,933 people have been diagnosed, an increase of 645 since Saturday.

A total of 114 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.

According to the state health department, Marion County continues to have the most deaths and cases in the state with 360 and 6,176.

A total of 108,859 people have been tested in Indiana with 18.3% testing positive, according to the state health department.


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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