Real-time Indiana updates: ISDH reports 513 new cases; 21 new deaths

ISDH reported 21 more coronavirus-related deaths Saturday, bringing the total to 1,812. The state is now testing at 14.4 percent positive of all Hoosiers tested.


Saturday, May 23

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 513 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. The total of cases statewide is 30,901.          

The ISDH also reported 21 new coronavirus-related deaths in the state. The state has 1,812 total deaths statewide. 

Local County COVID-19 statistics:                                                             

  • Clark County: 450 positive cases, 38 deaths
  • Floyd County: 311 positive cases, 38 deaths
  • Harrison County: 183 positive cases, 21 deaths
  • Jefferson County: 41 positive cases, one death
  • Scott: 115 positive cases, three deaths
  • Washington: 52 positive cases, one death

Friday, May 22

ISDH released data on the tracking of positive cases of COVID-19 in Indiana.

It looked at 29,363 Hoosiers that tested positive and found 5,290 of those were hospitalized.

Looking at those hospitalized, 1,166 were admitted to the ICU.

ISDH also released findings on what happened to those patients that were hospitalized and found 72 percent were discharged, 10.5 percent are likely still hospitalized and 17.5 percent have died.

The PPE Marketplace for small businesses has received 24,000 orders and already shipped 20,000 orders. A total of 90,000 bundles of PPE will be shipped by June 24.

Eligible businesses are those that:

  • Are registered to do business in Indiana
  • Employing less than 150 associates
  • An organization that must use PPE to reopen

Orders for business and nonprofit organizations can be made by clicking here.

Coronavirus cases across the state have surpassed 30,000. With 493 new cases reported Friday, there have been 30,409 positive cases in the state so far.

ISDH reported 27 more deaths due to the virus Friday, bringing the total to 1,791. The state is now testing at 14.6 percent positive of all Hoosiers tested.

Friday, Riley Hospital for Children confirmed doctors there had treated a total of four patients for multi-symptom inflammatory syndrome so far. The disease is connected to COVID-19. 

Gov. Eric Holcomb has asked the State Budget Agency to start making plans to reduce appropriations to state agencies by 15 percent in Fiscal Year 2021, which begins July 1.

The move comes after a large drop in state revenue in April, and in preparation for the trend to continue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Holcomb said it’s just one of the steps the state will take to reel in spending, while also providing government services to those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

In addition to reducing money given to state agencies, a number of upcoming projects will be put on hold to increase savings:

  • Use of $291 million in reserves to pay for several capital projects approved in the 2020 legislative session
  • Approximately $65 million in Next Level Trails grants
  • $110 million of deferred maintenance projects, including $70 million for state parks
  • The Indiana Department of Revenue is going to start accepting appointments for in-person customer service beginning May 26.

    District offices in Bloomington, Clarksville, Columbus, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Lafayette, Merrillville, Muncie, South Bend, and Terre Haute, as well as the DOR’s Motor Carrier Services customer center, are included in the reopening.

    The Indianapolis walk-in center will be open for appointments starting June 1.

    Customers in can schedule an appointment online with district offices, or by calling customer service directly. Numbers are listed on each district office web page.

    You call 317-232-2240 to schedule an appointment at the downtown Indianapolis office starting June 1.

    The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is canceling fee and penalty waivers put in place during the pandemic at the end of June.

    Hoosiers whose renewal deadline has passed or is approaching, or who need to complete a title transfer or register a new vehicle are urged to schedule an appointment with the BMV to complete their transaction prior to the June 30, 2020 deadline.

    Hoosiers with expired driver’s licenses, permits, state identification cards, and vehicle registrations need to complete renewal transactions before July 1 to avoid paying a penalty fee.

Governor Holcomb announced that Stage 3 of reopening the state will begin on Friday. It had been set to begin on May 24.

Under Stage 3:

For more information on the stages and what is and is not allowed, click here.

Thursday, May 21

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 676 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. The total of cases statewide is 29,936.           

The ISDH also reported 48 new coronavirus-related deaths in the state. The state has 1,764 total deaths statewide. 

Local County COVID-19 statistics:                                                             

  • Clark County: 446 positive cases, 37 deaths
  • Floyd County: 309 positive cases, 38 deaths
  • Harrison County: 178 positive cases, 20 deaths
  • Jefferson County: 41 positive cases, one death
  • Scott: 105 positive cases, three deaths
  • Washington: 52 positive cases, one death

Wednesday, May 20

Currently in Stage 2 of its Back on Track plan, Indiana has “earned the right” to move to Stage 3 Friday, Gov. Holcomb announced.

Under Stage 3, social gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed. Restaurants will remain open at 50%, while retail stores and malls can open at 75% capacity.

Gyms can also open with restrictions Friday, as well as community pools and campgrounds. Recreational sports practices can begin, and courts and fields may open, Holcomb said. Youth summer day camps can begin June 1.

The order also extends prohibition on turning off utilities and filing mortgage foreclosures, and extends the deadline to renew driver licenses or vehicle registrations.

RELATED: Indiana to enter Stage 3 of reopening plan Friday

Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said COVID-19 hospitalizations have significantly declined, but said people need to continue practicing social distancing measures to ensure the state’s death and case totals plateau.

There are 181 testing sites throughout the state. Sites can be found here.

Daily testing in Indiana has continued to increase, and over 500 people have been hired to trace contacts for the state. 100% of cases have been contacted within 24 hours, Box said.

ISDH reported 581 more cases and 38 more deaths Wednesday, bringing the totals to 29,274 cases, and 1,716 deaths.

The 581 newly reported cases date back to May 8. The 38 deaths date back to May 3.

The state is has a 15 percent positive testing rate, with 195,738 total tests conducted.

Marion County has recorded 505 deaths due to the virus — the most of any county. The next closest is Lake County with 149.

Tuesday, May 19

ISDH has announced 481 more cases and 57 more deaths due to COVID-19.

That brings the total state number of cases to 28,705 and the total number of deaths to 1,678.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and city leaders will outline new measures aimed at assisting Marion County restaurants and other businesses during the current and upcoming phases of reopening.

At a news conference, Hogsett said the city would close portions of five streets to help give space to restaurants for socially distanced outdoor seating:

  • Massachusetts Avenue between College Avenue and Delaware Street
  • Georgia Street between Pennsylvania Street and Illinois Street
  • South Monument Circle (two southern quadrants)
  • Illinois Street between Georgia Street and Market Street
  • Broad Ripple Avenue between College Avenue and the Monon Trail

Restaurants are permitted to open outdoor seating with adequate social distancing beginning Friday, May 22.

For more information about outdoor dining, visit

Hogsett said there was still no decision made about Indianapolis barbershops and hair salons. He said he an update on those businesses may come as early as next week.

Monday, May 18

ISDH announced the first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in a child. It has some features similar to those of Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.

The syndrome can lead to multiorgan failure and shock, requiring hospitalization and could lead to death.

The CDC lists symptoms including hypotension, multiorgan (e.g., cardiac, gastrointestinal, renal, hematologic, dermatologic, and neurologic) involvement, and elevated inflammatory markers.

Symptoms parents can be on the lookout for include:

  • a fever lasting more than 24 hours
  • abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
  • rash or changes in skin color
  • trouble breathing
  • your child seems confused or overly sleepy

If your child is displaying those symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

The Marion County Public Health department and the City of Indianapolis announced changes to testing sites. There will be two new testing sites opening up to replace existing sites in the county.

The testing site at the Indiana State Fairgrounds will close May 27. Testing at Eastern Star Church’s main campus ended May 15. The health department said it would continue to work with Eastern Star to identify facilities in the 46218 zip code — a hot spot for coronavirus infection — where they could provide testing.

Drive-thru and walk-up testing will be available at Warren Central High School beginning May 20. Testing hours will be 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with the exception of Memorial Day.

The second new testing site will be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Testing at IMS will begin May 26. The hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

In order to be tested at these sites, you must have COVID-19 symptoms, be an essential worker, or fall into a high-risk category.

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 492 more cases and 14 more deaths from COVID-19. 

Indiana has now confirmed 28,255 cases and 1,621 deaths across the state.

So far, 183,912 Hoosier has been tested. That’s a positive rate of 15.4 percent of those tested.

Seven Indiana counties have reported more than 1,000 positive cases: Allen, Cass, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Lake, and Marion.

In addition to the reported deaths, ISDH is reporting 144 probable deaths due to the virus, meaning doctors suspect COVID-19 to be the cause but did not have a positive test on file for the patient.

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