ISDH: Study shows decrease in active coronavirus infections, increase in people with antibodies

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Updated: Jun. 17, 2020 at 2:20 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - A higher percentage of Hoosiers tested positive for antibodies while the percentage of active infections decreased in the latest rounds of testing for the Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) study, officials announced Wednesday.

The first round of tests occurred back in April.

During that period, 1.7% of people tested had active coronavirus infections, according to the ISDH.

The percentage of people, who tested positive for antibodies in phase one, was just 1.1%, health officials said.

Phase two of this study finished less than two weeks ago on June 8.

Despite fewer people being tested in the second wave, health officials said it showed positive trends compared to the first.

The ISDH says 3,619 people were tested during the second wave from June 3-8.

Here is what the study found, per ISDH:

  • Active coronavirus infections in those tested - 0.6%
  • People who tested positive for antibodies - 1.5%

Overall, the ISDH says an estimated 43% of Hoosiers were infected with the coronavirus but did not report any symptoms.

According to the ISDH, the third phase of testing will begin the fall of this year.

Indiana has now surpassed 41,000 total coronavirus cases.

The stated confirmed another 264 cases on Wednesday.

ISDH Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says Indiana now has a total of 41,013 coronavirus cases.

This virus has also killed another 24 Hoosiers, Dr. Box said on Wednesday.

The state’s overall death toll is now 2,289, according to the ISDH.

Here is a county-by-county breakdown of coronavirus cases, deaths and tests in the FOX19 NOW viewing area:

  • Dearborn County: 180 cases, 22 deaths, 1,819 tests
  • Franklin County: 120 cases, eight deaths, 691 tests
  • Ohio County: 13 cases, zero deaths, 211 tests
  • Ripley County: 111 cases, six deaths, 1,333 tests
  • Switzerland County: 22 cases, zero deaths, 377 tests
  • Union County: 12 cases, zero deaths, 335 tests

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