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COVID-19 update from Indiana State Dept. of Health

Contributed By:The 411 News

Indiana reports 110,759 diagnosed coronavirus cases

Indpls. — As of September 17, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 110,759 cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and private laboratories. 3,278 Hoosiers have died.

A total of 1,844,301 individual tests have been reported to ISDH to date.

A total of 10,172 positive cases have been reported in Lake County with 317 deaths. Marion County has the highest case count, at 20,645 with 758 deaths. Indianapolis, in Marion County, accounts for most of the cases.

Lake County reported 381 new cases between September 12 and September 18.

Instead of focusing on how the state responds to the effects of COVID-19, Indiana health officials are also looking at two numbers showing how counties are responding to the virus.

Health officials are counting the number of people tested for COVID-19 each week in the county and how many of those test results come back positive. The weekly number of positive cases and the county’s total population help determine a county score, ranging between 0 and three. The county score indicates the spread of COVID-19 and will guide decision making on the operations of schools, businesses and public facilities.

The county score is calculated and updated every Wednesday.

Lake County’s score, as of September 16 is 1.

A county score between zero and 0.5 allows operations to continue without restrictions and signifies the spread of COVID-19 is minimal. Scores equal to or greater than 1 mean the COVID-19 spread continues and the level of restrictions increase as the county score nears the maximum score of three.

The Indiana State Dept. of Health website’s color-coded county map shows four colors to match the 4 ranges of county scores. View the map and more information at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus

As of September 17, the Gary Health Department reported 1,463 positive cases with 81 deaths.

Visit www.gary.gov and click on the “Coronavirus (COVID-19) How to Protect Yourself” banner to see Gary's response to the virus.

Story Posted:09/19/2020

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