Hoosiers 80 and older account for almost half of state’s overall coronavirus deaths

Gov. Holcomb updates Hoosiers on coronavirus

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (FOX19) - Almost 50% of the coronavirus deaths in Indiana are Hoosiers who are 80 years old and older, but that same age group according to the state health department accounts for the second-lowest percentage of overall tests.

The Indiana State Health Department (ISHD) reports a total of 154,083 tests have been performed throughout the pandemic.

Of all those tests, Hoosiers at least 80-years-old make up 6.5% of them. The only age group making up a lower percentage of the overall tests, those between the ages of zero and 19.

On Wednesday, the ISHD reports an additional 409 cases, which brings the state’s total to 25,473.

The age group of 80 and older account for 10.7% of those total coronavirus cases, according to the state health department’s data.

Indiana’s long-term care facilities (nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, residential facilities) have had 3,033 cases and 584 deaths to date.

ISHD reports another 38 deaths in the state on Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to 1,482.

Here are county-by-county coronavirus cases, deaths, and tests totals in the FOX19 NOW viewing area:

  • Fayette County: 39 cases, four deaths, 333 tested
  • Franklin County: 106 cases, seven deaths, 291 tested
  • Dearborn County: 154 cases, 17 deaths, 597 tested
  • Ohio County: 11 cases, zero deaths, 67 tested
  • Ripley County: 105 cases, six deaths, 618 tested
  • Switzerland County: 14 cases, zero deaths, 170 tested
  • Union County: Eight cases, zero deaths, 81 tested

Coronavirus Study

A study to gain a better understanding of how many Hoosiers are infected with the coronavirus or previously infected and now have antibodies was conducted from April 25 through May 1 by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

On Wednesday, the results from the first phase of the study were released during Gov. Eric Holcomb’s news conference.

What the study found, according to Dr. Nir Menachemi, was “a vast majority” of Hoosiers have yet to be infected by the coronavirus.

4,611 people were tested during phase one of the study.

The study concluded that 186,000 Indiana residents had been infected so far.

Of that number, 1.7% were infected at the time of the test, while 1.1% tested positive for antibodies.

The percentage of infected people in Indiana who have died was found to be 0.58%, according to the study’s results.

Out of the 186,000 Hoosiers who had been infected at the time of testing, 44.8% of them reported no symptoms despite testing positive for the coronavirus.

Now, this is just the first phase of this study.

Gov. Holcomb’s team says they will continue this study in four phases with the second starting in early June.

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