Total number of coronavirus cases in Indiana tops 1,500 as surgeon general calls Indianapolis an 'emerging hotspot'

Posted at 10:02 AM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 10:48:42-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Another person has died from the coronavirus and an additional 290 people have tested positive, according to new numbers released Sunday by the Indiana State Department of Health.

The health department reported a total of 32 people have died due to COVID-19, while the number of positive cases increased to 1,514.

The latest numbers show Marion County with 676 positive cases, an increase of 92 since Saturday, and 10 deaths. An additional 1,423 people have been tested in Indiana for a total of 9,830.

As the numbers continue to increase, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams named Indianapolis as an "emerging hotspot" for the coronavirus in a Twitter post.

"We must now focus on flattening the curve and raising the bar in emerging hotspots like New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, LA, Miami, and Indianapolis," Adams wrote.


To help fight the spread of COVID-19 the public should continue to take the following actions:

1. Stay home.
2. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
3. Cover your cough and/or sneeze.
4. If you do have symptoms, treat the symptoms, monitor your health and Stay Home from work.
5. If symptoms worsen contact your physician for medical care.
6. If symptoms are life threatening, call 911 and tell first responders you are having flu like symptoms.
7. No matter what steps you are taking, STAY HOME.

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