Coronavirus deaths in Indiana haven’t peaked yet, state health official says

Gov. Holcomb gives update on coronavirus in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (FOX19) - Indiana’s coronavirus case count surpassed 5,000 total and is nearing 200 deaths, but a state health official said we haven’t seen the peak in deaths yet.

Indiana now has a total of 5,507 cases and 173 deaths from the coronavirus, state health officials said on Tuesday.

Deaths from the coronavirus across the state still haven’t hit its peak, Indiana State Health Commissioner Doctor Kristina Box said.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the peak in our deaths,” Box stated during an update with Governor Eric Holcomb on Tuesday.

Franklin County added a death, increasing from six on Monday to seven on Tuesday.

Here is the breakdown of cases and deaths for counties in the FOX19 NOW viewing area, according to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH):

  • Franklin County: 60 cases, 7 deaths
  • Switzerland County: 11 cases, 0 deaths
  • Dearborn County: 41 cases, 1 death
  • Ohio County: 1 case, 0 deaths
  • Ripley County: 76 cases, 2 deaths
  • Fayette County: 18 cases, 3 deaths

To date, 28,764 tests have been reported to ISDH, which is up from 26,192 on Monday.

Also on Tuesday, Gov. Holcomb signed an executive order to allow retired and inactive EMS professionals to join the fight against COVID-19.

The order permits those professionals to provide supplemental health care services in Indiana during the coronavirus pandemic without reinstatement or approval by the Indiana EMS Commission if they work under the supervision of a licensed EMS or health care professional.

In addition, retired and inactive EMS professionals are allowed to provide primary patient care for patients as part of emergency response, transports and facilities with a temporary certification or licensure from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

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