Indiana announces 1 more coronavirus death for a total of 32

One more Indiana resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 32, public health officials announced Sunday.

There were 290 new cases, according to the Indiana State Department of Public Health. The total number of residents who’ve tested positive is 1,514, state officials said, adding that they have revised previous data to reflect people who moved out of state.

The highest number of new cases was reported in Marion County, which had 119. After that it was Lake County with 17 and Johnson County with 15.

Dr. Kristina Box, state health commissioner, said the peak of coronavirus illnesses is expected in mid- to late-April.

State officials said 9,830 tests have been reported.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

In Franklin, Johnson Memorial Health said it created a separate 24-bed unit for COVID-19 patients.

“It’s a game-changer for us to be able to isolate these patients from the rest of the hospital,” said the hospital’s president, Dr. David Dunkle.

The pandemic forced Kathy and Gary Girten to change their wedding a bit. Instead of having a party with nearly 200 people, the couple exchanged vows only with a pastor and the pastor’s wife present in Richmond on March 21.

Kathy, who is chancellor at Indiana University East, said they didn’t consider postponing the wedding.

″”No, no,” Kathy told the Richmond Palladium-Item. “We’re not getting any younger.”


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