With 42 new deaths, Indiana’s pandemic death toll tops 500
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has topped 500 and its confirmed cases of COVID-19 has swept past 10,000, state health officials said Friday.
Forty-two new deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, occurred between April 3 and Thursday, bringing the state’s death toll to 519, the Indiana State Department of Health reported.
Thirty of those new deaths occurred Wednesday and Thursday, according to the state agency, which reported that another 642 confirmed coronavirus cases had increased Indiana’s total cases to 10,154, following corrections to the previous day’s total.
As of Thursday, 54,785 Indiana residents had been tested for the coronavirus, the department said.
State prison officials said Thursday that a northern Indiana prison with the state’s only confirmed prison inmate death from COVID-19 had seen its confirmed coronavirus cases surge to nearly 90.
The Westville Correctional Facility’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 has risen from seven to 87, the Indiana Department of Correction said.
As of Thursday afternoon, DOC officials said the prison located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Gary, accounted for 75% of the 116 inmates statewide who have tested positive the coronavirus, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.
State Health Commissioner Kristina Box said Thursday during the state’s daily coronavirus briefing that there continues to be an increase in coronavirus cases in jails and correctional facilities across the state.