Indiana officials reported 669 new cases of coronavirus Thursday, lifting the statewide total to 17,835 as the state prepares for modifications to its stay-at-home order.
The state also marked a grim milestone Thursday as deaths climbed over 1,000 statewide.
Indiana officials reported 43 additional deaths as a result of the virus in the last 24 hours. The state’s death toll now sits at 1,007, though health officials noted an additional 107 "probable deaths."
"Probable deaths are those for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record," the Indiana Department of Public Health said in a statement.
As of Thursday, 94,998 tests have been reported to the state's health department.
Marion County remains the hardest hit county in the state, with 5,530 cases and 328 deaths reported as of Thursday. Lake County has reported 1,846 cases of the virus and 83 deaths.
The state remains under a stay-at-home order through May 1, but Gov. Eric Holcomb said he plans to announce Friday modifications to the order that has been in effect since March 25.
Holcomb has not specified his planned modifications but indicated more workplaces and businesses could reopen while under guidelines such as requiring masks, additional spacing between employees and frequent cleanings.
State officials are considering information such as hospitalization and death rates, along with the availability of intensive care unit beds and ventilators for those who are seriously ill, in deciding whether to lift any restrictions, Holcomb said.
“We’re going to have positive cases month after month after month after month after month,” Holcomb said. “It’s how we manage our way through this. It’s how we have the ability to care for those folks who are in need.”
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