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State department of health reports 14 more COVID-19 deaths in Indiana

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Posted at 11:54 AM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 11:54:12-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported 14 more deaths from COVID-19 Monday, while more than 28,000 people have tested positive since the pandemic began.

According to the state health department, 1,621 people are confirmed to have died from the coronavirus and 28,255 people have been diagnosed, an increase of 492 since Sunday.

An additional 144 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 480 deaths and 8,406 confirmed cases.

A total of 183,912 people have been tested in Indiana with 15.4% testing positive, according to the state health department.

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


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