431 new COVID-19 cases reported in Indiana, 61 additional deaths

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 431 new positive coronavirus cases since Monday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 12,097.

ISDH reported an additional 61 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Indiana, putting the state’s total at 630.

On Monday, Indiana State Health Commissioner Kristina Box said Indiana would start including presumptive positive case numbers in the daily report starting this week which may cause a spike in the state’s total death numbers.

Box provided the following explanation of presumptive positive case numbers:

“Later this week, we’ll be seeing some additional changes to our death counts because we’ll be including our presumptive positive cases in our death total. What this means is that a physician listed COVID-19 as the underlying cause of death for a patient, but there was no documented positive COVID-19 test for that individual. 

This will cause our death numbers to show an increase that’s higher than what we’ve typically seen. I want to make sure that everyone understands that these are not new deaths. Rather, we are capturing the deaths that have occurred really since this pandemic began.”

The health department said deaths are reported based on when data is received, and could reflect a period of multiple days.

Marion County reported the most new cases at 133, bringing its total to 4,176 cases and 206 deaths – the most in the state.

Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (11), Cass (20), Elkhart (14), Grant (19), Hamilton (17), Hendricks (12), Johnson (24), Lake (49), St. Joseph (31) and Warrick (10). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

The new numbers show 67,264 people have been tested statewide with a rate of 18% positive.

The state has yet to provide information on recoveries.

April 21, 2020

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