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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 954 new positive coronavirus cases Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 59,602. Those new cases were reported to ISDH in the last 24 hours.

This was a new record number of new COVID-19 cases for the state.

The highest daily total the state had reported was 946 new cases on April 26.

ISDH also announced an additional 17 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 2,683. Another 197 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record.

Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.   

Beginning Monday, all Hoosiers ages 8 and older must wear masks at indoor public places, while using public transportation and when they cannot social distance outside.

Governor Eric Holcomb will sign the order today.

Numbers locally:

48 NEW CASES IN OUR LOCAL AREA

  • Lawrence County

3927 Tests, 287 Cases, 26 Deaths – 4 new cases

  • Jackson County

4269 Tests, 514 Cases, 3 deaths – 4 new cases

  • Jennings County

1854 Tests, 188 Cases, 12  deaths 0 new cases

  • Orange County

1531 Tests, 153 Cases, 24 deaths – 3 new cases

  • Washington County

1632 Tests, 78 Cases, 1 death, 1 new case

  • Scott County

2996 Tests, 207 Cases, 9  deaths  –  5 new cases

  • Clark County

9586 Tests, 840 Cases, 45 deaths – 19  new cases 

  • Floyd County

6958 Tests, 522 Cases, 44 deaths, 12 new case

  • Harrison County

3046 Tests, 235 Cases, 22 deaths  0 new cases

  • Crawford County

754 Tests, 37 Cases, 0 deaths – 0 new cases

In Washington County, there has been an 8.3 percent increase in cases over the past week. 

Recently it was discussed that Washington County only had the capacity to perform only 10 Covid tests per week. 

“That information wasn’t fully correct. I have been told that between the hospital’s ER and their MD offices, those combined can only have 10 tests per day,” said Washington County Health Nurse Alicia Thompson. “This way the lab that they send them to is not overwhelmed.  We have other facilities in Washington County that also do CoVid testing. None of the sites is ISDH’s OptumServe site though.”

Ascension St. Vincent Salem confirmed they have been sending between 6 and 10 tests daily for testing. 

It is not known how many tests other offices are collecting. 

Increases in cases in other areas include: 

Lawrence County – 7.8 percent increase in the last week. 

Jackson County – 5.1 percent increase in the last week. 

Jennings County – 2.7 percent increase in the last week. 

Orange County – 6.2 percent increase in the last week. 

Washington County – 8.3 percent increase in the last week. 

Scott County – 14.3 percent in the last week. 

Clark County – 12 percent in the last week. 

Floyd County – 14.4 percent in the last week. 

Harrison County – 4.4 percent in the last week. 

Crawford County – 2.7 percent in the last week. 

To date, 666,283 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 654,413 on Wednesday.