Indiana crosses 1,000 deaths

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb answers about his statewide stay-at-home order during a briefing at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Holcomb ordered state residents to remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT)- Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box reported an additional 44 deaths at the state’s daily press conference Thursday. That brings the statewide total past 1,000 deaths, to 1,007 fatalities.

Dr. Box confirmed that the state has seen the first confirmed death in a patient younger than 19 years old. Overall, 91% of the deaths related to the virus are from patients over 60 years old.

In total, Indiana has 17,835 known COVID-19 cases after an additional 669 cases were reported Thursday. Overall, 18.8 percent of the nearly 95,000 tests performed in Indiana have been positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Box says that while there have been some reports of people being reinfected with COVID-19 in China, there has not been a study to confirm that. Box adds the immunity from reinfection in other, similar viruses like SARS is good.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development Director Fred Payne says the state made 1.3 million unemployment payments in April, totaling $732 million.

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch also announced an additional $8.8 million in funding for 49 Indiana communties, including some in the Tri-State. The news comes just over a week after 13 communities received $1.96 million.

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(This story was originally published on April 30, 2020)

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