INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials on Friday added 35 coronavirus deaths to the state’s total, bringing it to 741.
Most of the newly reported COVID-19 deaths occurred between Monday and Thursday, but one dated to April 2, the Indiana State Department of Health said.
The state health commissioner said earlier this week that the Indiana fatality total could jump by several dozen as the agency would start including deaths that doctors blame on COVID-19 without confirmation of the illness from test results. But Friday’s announcement includes no mention of those being added.
Gov. Eric Holcomb has talked about easing next week the business and travel restrictions in place under the statewide stay-at-home order if a surge in coronavirus cases doesn’t occur and cut into the capacity of hospitals to care for patients.
The latest state statistics showed 621 COVID-19 patients were in the intensive care units of Indiana hospitals, which had 44% of their ICU beds available.