State reports 24 more COVID-19 deathsJune 18, 2020
By The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — Twenty-four more Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, while the state's total number of confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 41,000, state health officials said Wednesday.
All but three of Indiana's newly confirmed COVID-19 deaths occurred on June 11 or later, the Indiana State Department of Health said. The 24 new deaths boosted Indiana's confirmed pandemic death toll to 2,289 since the first fatality was reported in mid-March.
The state agency has also recorded 186 fatalities considered coronavirus-related by doctors but without confirmation of the illness from test results. Those deaths give Indiana 2,475 confirmed or presumed deaths from the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
The state health department also reported 264 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, raising Indiana's total to 41,013.
To date, 371,182 test results have been reported to the state agency and about 11% of those results have been positive for the coronavirus.
Indiana’s weekly update of pandemic deaths at the state's nursing homes, released each Monday, shows that deaths at those homes had increased by 71 to 1,082 in a week.
Those deaths account for 44% of Indiana’s total deaths, but the state's tally remains fewer than the 1,141 total COVID-19 deaths that a federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services repor t listed among Indiana nursing home residents as of May 24.
State health officials have said they were working to resolve those different figures.
Gov. Eric Holcomb and state health officials have stopped identifying nursing homes with outbreaks, despite complaints from relatives of home residents about a lack of communication about illnesses and deaths. State officials maintain those facilities face federal and state requirements to notify the families about their COVID-19 status.
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