Indiana surpasses 24K COVID-19 cases

Indiana surpasses 24K COVID-19 cases
As positive cases continue to level off, Governor John Bel Edwards stressed the importance of increasing testing through the state. (Source: WVUE)

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced that 511 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 32 more have died.

That brings the total to 24,627 of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus. There have been 1,411 deaths.

Nearly 43 percent of ICU beds and more than 81 percent of ventilators were available as of Monday, according to the ISDH.

To date, 146,688 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 140,029 on Sunday.

Contact tracing, which determines the people who have been in contact with a coronavirus infected person, started on Monday.

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

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)

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

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

Hoosiers who have symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been exposed and need a test to return to work are encouraged to visit a state-sponsored testing site, which can be found at the COVID-19 testing link.

Restaurants, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlors started reopening Monday in the state.

Restaurants and bars that serve food may open at 50 percent capacity with operational limitations.

Bar seating will be closed with no live entertainment. Servers and kitchen staff must wear face coverings

Hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons, and massage parlors can operate by appointment only with some limitations.

Employees must wear face coverings, work stations must be spaced to meet social distancing guidelines, and other requirements must be met.

Customers should wear face coverings to the extent possible.

During Monday’s news conference with Governor Eric Holcomb, officials said they have received a total of 1,458 complaints about businesses not following the guidelines for reopening.

Of those total complaints, 1,266 of them were unfounded, according to officials.

138 businesses were given verbal warnings though.

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