Indiana saw at least 1,000 coronavirus deaths during April

A protester wears an N95 mask. Members of Extinction Rebellion Bloomington participate in a socially-distant Earth Day demonstration at the southeast corner of the Monroe County Courthouse Square amid Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.- (Photo credit sho

Indiana’s number of confirmed or probable coronavirus-related deaths has jumped to over 1,300 as state health officials added 62 fatalities to that toll on Tuesday.

Most of the newly confirmed deaths happened between Friday and Monday, but others date back as far as March 31, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

The new state statistics show that at least 1,004 people died during April with COVID-19 infections — an average of nearly 33.5 people a day. That one-month death toll far exceeds Indiana’s average of about 150 flu deaths over a seven-month period in recent years.

A new order from Gov. Eric Holcomb that took effect Monday eased many business and travel restrictions for most of Indiana as a top state health official said coronavirus cases had reached a “level plateau.”

The state health department has recorded 1,213 deaths with confirmed coronavirus infections and 113 presumed deaths of people with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus. Those are deaths that state officials said doctors blame on coronavirus infections without confirmation of the illness from test results.