Indiana reports highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) – The state of Indiana announced 963 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the largest number of positives reported in a single day.

There are also 31 new deaths in the state, bringing the total to 844 total fatalities in Indiana. Nearly one-third of Indiana’s deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities.

Governor Holcomb also detailed what positive signs are happening to allow the phased reopening to begin despite continued rise in cases in the state. Governor Holcomb pointed to increased PPE, ICU beds, and ability to care for at risk populations combined with flattening rates of hospitalization and deaths are indicative of positive changes to begin reopening.

The scientific testing study the state revealed last week has begun, with 2,850 people randomly selected who have registered so far. The testing study plans to test 5,000 Hoosiers.

The state also announced updates to Indiana SNAP benefits. Beginning in May, the state of Indiana will now offer additional or new SNAP pandemic benefits for recipients whose children typically receive on free or reduced school lunches and are now home during the pandemic. This will be in the form of a Pandemic EBT card. The state will also offer curbside delivery services that are included in SNAP benefits.

Additionally, the state announced a new website called BeWellIndiana.org to help Hoosiers find free mental health and addiction resources during the pandemic. It also helps Hoosiers determine if they might benefit seeking mental health services, as well as helpful tips and videos from mental health professionals across the state.

The Indiana National Guard will be conducting flyovers this week in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne to show their support for healthcare workers and first responders.

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(This story was originally published on April 27, 2020)

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