Indiana reports decline in new coronavirus cases for second straight day

Gov. Holcomb gives update on Indiana's coronavirus response

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - For the second consecutive day, Indiana is reporting a decline in new coronavirus compared to the previous day.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports 605 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, which is lower than the 650 cases from the previous day.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the Hoosier State is now at 17,182.

Here are the cases in southeastern Indiana:

  • Fayette County: 28 cases, four deaths
  • Franklin County: 96 cases, seven deaths
  • Dearborn County: 103 cases, six deaths
  • Ohio County: Four cases, zero deaths
  • Ripley County: 92 cases, five deaths
  • Switzerland County: 15 cases, zero deaths
  • Union County: Seven cases, zero deaths

ISDH also reports a decline in coronavirus related deaths on Wednesday in comparison to Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the health department reports 63 additional coronavirus deaths, which brings the state’s death toll to 964.

Coronavirus Testing

Indiana ranks 33rd out of the 50 states for coronavirus tests per 100,000 Hoosiers, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Indiana is currently doing 1,295 tests per 100,000 residents, data from the university shows.

However, testing will soon be expanding in Indiana.

Twenty new coronavirus testing sites will be up and running starting next week, according to ISDH.

“We have been working diligently to increase access to testing throughout Indiana with drive-thru clinics and strike teams,” said Dr. Kristina Box. “By joining forces with Optum, we will ensure that testing for COVID-19 is available to Hoosiers who need it most.”

Along with the increase in testing sites, Dr. Box announced on Wednesday more resources working toward contact tracing for the coronavirus.

Contact tracing determines the people who have been in contact with an infected person and his or her level of exposure.

Contact Tracing will be a major factor in helping slow the spread of the coronavirus, Dr. Box says.
Contact Tracing will be a major factor in helping slow the spread of the coronavirus, Dr. Box says. (Source: WXIX)

As businesses begin to reopen and people return to work, Dr. Box says this will help minimize the spread of the coronavirus.

If you test positive for the coronavirus or come in contact with someone who has, here’s what ISDH says will happen:

  • You will get a text or email asking you to contact the health department
  • You will be asked to send a daily text or email symptom assessment
  • Case investigators, or tracers, will never ask for your Social Security number or request money or financial information

Indiana will centralize all of the COVID-19 contact tracing for every county through the ISDH.

The state department of health says centralize contact tracing will begin around May 11.

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