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Indiana reports 37 more deaths as pandemic deaths near 400

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic neared 400 on Tuesday as state health officials reported another 37 deaths and hundreds more confirmed cases of COVD-19 that pushed the statewide total over 8,500 cases.

The latest deaths reported by the Indiana State Department of Healt h occurred between March 15 and Monday, increasing Indiana’s death toll to 387.

The state agency said that 313 more Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 — the respiratory diseased caused the virus — raising the state’s number of confirmed cases to 8,527 in all 92 counties, following corrections to the previous day’s total.

Indiana’s state health commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box, said Monday that the state’s actions aimed at stemming spread of the coronavirus have pushed back the expected peak of illnesses in the state and given hospitals more time to prepare.

Previous projections had shown Indiana could be seeing a surge of illnesses as early as this week, but that is now expected in late April for the Indianapolis area and the first weeks of May for rest of the state, Box said.

Indiana’s coronavirus death total since the first reported fatality occurred on March 16 is already more than double its roughly 150 average flu deaths over a seven-month period.

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