Marion County surpasses 500 COVID-19 deaths, has nearly 1/3 of all deaths in the state

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Posted at 11:54 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 12:20:00-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported 38 more deaths from COVID-19 Wednesday, while more than 29,000 people have tested positive since the pandemic began.

According to the state health department, 1,716 people are confirmed to have died from the coronavirus and 29,274 people have been diagnosed, an increase of 581 since Monday.

An additional 148 probable COVID-19 deaths have also been reported. ISDH said probable deaths are that a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record.

Deaths are reported based on when data is received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

According to the state health department, Marion County continues to have the most deaths and cases in the state with 505 deaths and 8,656 confirmed cases.

Marion County had the most new cases, at 119 reported Wednesday. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (53), Clinton (14), Hamilton (14), Hendricks (10), Howard (20), Johnson (14), Lake (78), Porter (10), St. Joseph (41) and Tippecanoe (18).

A total of 189,330 people have been tested in Indiana with 15% testing positive, according to the state health department.

Nearly 39% of ICU beds and 81% of ventilators were available as of Sunday.


Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through: Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing; close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; rarely, fecal contamination.

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap & water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact (within six feet) with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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