Indiana’s COVID-19 daily death toll declines

Gov. Holcomb gives COVID-19 update

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (FOX19) -The Indiana State Department of Health reported that there are 13 total daily reported deaths since Thursday- a 14-case decrease since Wednesday.

During Friday's news briefing, the Indiana State Department of Health Director, Dr. Kristina Box, said that Indiana University's Fairbanks School of Public Health completed its first phase of testing. Health officials-tested 4,611 Hoosiers across 70 total testing sites.

The next phase is data analyzing and preliminary findings. Dr. Box says the results will come out next week. One to two days was the turnaround time for viral testing and two to four days for antibody testing, said Dr. Box.

Dr. Box continued to say that she expects the cases to go up when the economy fully reopens.

Health officials say Friday was the lowest total daily death rate amount that it has been since March.

As of Thursday, the amount of positive COVID-19 cases there are total daily cases 664-a 178 case decrease since Tuesday.

Health officials say that there are a total of 23,146 positive cases in the state and 1,328 total deaths.

In our viewing area:

  • Fayette County: 34 cases, four deaths
  • Franklin County: 107 cases, seven deaths
  • Dearborn County: 146 cases, 13 deaths
  • Ohio County: Seven cases, zero deaths
  • Ripley County: 98 cases, six deaths
  • Switzerland County: 15 cases, zero deaths
  • Union County: Eight cases, zero deaths

Health officials announced Friday that Dearborn County will have an indoor testing facility at the Lawrenceburg Community Center. The testing will start Wednesday and run through June 5.

The State Department of Health announced Thursday that the state received $10.7 million in grant funds to 62 communities throughout the state.

In our viewing area, Union County is using the funds to purchase Personal Protective Equipment for the first responders and COVID-19 testing to their residents, said Lt. Governor Crouch during Thursday's briefing.

Lt. Governor Crouch says that 20 percent of the county is 65 years and older and that it is vital that rapid testing is available for them.

Even though the state started to reopen, several of the cities have more flexible reopening dates.

Christopher Johnson, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, said that the report in March states revenues missed their target by $70 million or 6 percent. April tax collections were supposed to be at $2.2 billion but instead were at $1.2 billion.

Johnson says that 80 percent of the missed revenue was due to the pushed tax deadline.

"The remaining 20 percent from other sources such as a sales tax, withholding tax, gaming taxes provide more of a perspective of the impact from the economy," said Johnson.

"The remainder of the fiscal year will be challenging," said Johnson.

Fred Payne says that $119 million in payments were made to 57,000 people who were filed for claims through the state's Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

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