INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - An additional 374 Indiana residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 for a total of 2,159 confirmed cases and 14 more deaths were reported as well, bringing the number of Hoosiers who have succumbed to the disease to 49, Indiana health officials said Wednesday.
The number of coronavirus cases and deaths will only continue to rise, according to State Health Commissioner Doctor Kristina Box.
“We have a very long way to go till we reach the peak,” she said during a news conference.
The surge is starting, but “in no way shape or form” are at the surge’s peak, she said.
To date, 13,373 tests have been reported to the Indiana State Health Department, which is up from 11,658 on Tuesday.
Gov. Eric Holcomb has extended a ban on in-dining customers for restaurants, bars and nightclubs until 11:59 p.m. April 6.
Gov. Holcomb, along with a coalition of statewide business and community partners including Eli Lilly and Company, also announced Tuesday announced a social distancing campaign to help flatten the curve for COVID-19 in Indiana.
The governor says #INthistogether campaign will help Hoosiers understand the importance of social distancing which, when done correctly, reduces the number of hospitalizations and deaths related to the coronavirus.
“Social distancing is the most important and effective tool we have to defeat COVID-19,” said Gov. Holcomb. “If we act now, we can save lives and then re-open our state for business, group activities, sports and the other things we enjoy doing together as Hoosiers. But we need every person to take this seriously and do their part. We are truly in this together.”
The governor says the #INthistogether campaign underscores the urgency of these social distancing tips:
- Stay home.
- Avoid close physical contact.
- If you feel sick.
- Stay connected with friends and loved ones.
- Take care of yourself.
- Support our community.