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Total death toll in state tops 100

More than 100 people in Indiana have died from coronavirus as of Friday, according to the state’s daily tally of cases and deaths. The state Friday reported 408 new cases, for a total of 3,437.

Friday’s increase of 24 reported deaths, for a total of 102 deaths, represents the largest day-over-day rise so far.

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State health officials have said, however, that because of a lag in test results, not all newly reported deaths have necessarily occurred in the past day or even two.

According to the state dashboard, six people died yesterday. Late Indianapolis News last week saw the highest number of daily deaths so far, with 10 people passing away each day from March 26th through 28th.

Marion County, which has a total of 1,429 cases, saw nine new deaths reported Friday with 33 total coronavirus deaths. While Marion County had the most new reported cases with 126, that number was significantly less than the previous day’s new case tally of 192.

Lake County surpassed Hamilton County for the second highest number of cases. It had 244 cases with seven deaths, one new, compared with Hamilton’s 220 cases and four deaths.

Hendricks and Johnson Counties were the only others with more than 100 cases, with 138 and 136 cases respectively.

Fayette, Decatur and Franklin counties in the southeastern part of the state have seen more than a dozen deaths between them. Madison County has had seven deaths.

About two-thirds of the state’s deaths have occurred in those over 70. About 60 percent of those who have died have been men.

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At Thursday’s press briefing, state health officials said that more Press Release Distribution Service In Indianapolis than 700 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

About 40% of intensive care unit beds in the state were available. Of the beds being used, about half were being used by COVID-19 patients. 

More than 1,500 new test results were reported to the state health department for a total of 17,835, compared with Thursday’s 16,285.

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