Indiana tops 2,200 coronavirus deaths; trend appears slowing

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/01: Voters wearing face masks as a preventive measure wait in a line during an early voting in Monroe County. The 2020 Indiana Primary Election takes place. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket

An apparent slowdown of coronavirus-related deaths is continuing in Indiana as figures released Wednesday by state health officials show it has been more than a week since more than 20 people died with infections.

That level is down from the period between early April and mid-May when more than 30 COVID-19 deaths were recorded most days, with the deadliest day on April 22 with 50 fatalities, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

The agency reported on Wednesday 10 additional COVID-19 deaths, giving the state’s a total of 2,207 confirmed or presumed infection-related fatalities. The newly recorded deaths occurred between Friday and Tuesday.

May 25 was the last day for which as many as 20 coronavirus deaths were reported, according to health department data Wednesday. Indiana hospitals, however, still had 357 COVID-19 patients in their intensive care units on Tuesday.

Marion County, which includes Indianapolis, has become the first in the state to top 10,000 people with confirmed COVID-19 infections. Northwestern Indiana’s Lake County is next highest with about 3,800 cases.

Northern Indiana’s Cass County, which had a coronavirus outbreak among workers at a Tyson meatpacking plant, is the only county in the state with a higher per-capita infection rate than Marion County.