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Indiana: Latest updates on Coronavirus

As of March 27, Indiana is reporting 981 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 24 deaths associated with the virus, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. The department has so far tested 6,936 people. The state confirmed its first case on March 6 when a resident who had recently traveled tested positive for the virus.   

On March 20, Governor Eric Holcomb said that he will not issue a "shelter in place" order for Indiana at this time, according to the IndyStar. "We're not there yet," he said during a press briefing.

Indiana University Health can now test for COVID-19 and has the capacity to complete about 500 tests a day, the IndyStar reported. The hospital will expand its testing capacity over the coming weeks to build up to 2,500 tests a day, Joe Meyer, senior vice president of system operations, told the IndyStar. 

March 16, Indiana confirmed its first death as a result of coronavirus. Latest Indiana News The individual was over 60 years of age and suffered from medical conditions in addition to COVID-19, according to a release from the state's health department. 

“A family today is suffering the ultimate loss due to COVID-19, and this sadly underscores how severe the virus can be – especially for some high-risk Hoosiers,” Gov. Holcomb said in the release. “The state is taking unprecedented actions to slow the spread of COVID-19, and every Hoosier should follow the precautionary measures.”

The department announced the second death caused by coronavirus in the state of Indiana on March 17. 

All public Allen County schools announced that they will close for at least four weeks amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19, Press Release Distribution Service and other school districts may follow suit, according to ABC21. All colleges and universities in northeast Indiana have canceled in-person instruction for the upcoming weeks and plan to resume courses online.  

Cases by county:

Adams: 1 
Allen: 21
Bartholomew: 6
Boone: 7
Brown: 2
Carol: 1
Clark: 12
Clinton: 1
Dearborn: 4
Decatur: 26
DeKalb: 1
Delaware: 8
Dubois: 1
Elkhart: 9
Fayette: 3
Floyd: 11
Fountain: 1
Franklin: 21
Fulton: 1
Gibson: 3
Grant: 5
Hamilton: 52
Hancock: 13
Harrison: 4
Hendricks: 28
Henry: 1
Howard: 7
Huntington: 1
Jasper: 4
Jackson: 4
Jennings: 5
Johnson: 42
Kosciusko: 1
LaGrange: 2
Lake: 47
LaPorte: 2 
Lawrence: 5
Madison: 7
Marion: 484
Marshall: 4
Miami: 1
Monroe: 8
Montgomery: 3
Morgan: 10
Noble: 1 
Ohio: 1
Orange: 1
Owen: 5
Porter: 6
Posey: 1
Putnam: 2
Randolph: 1
Ripley: 14
Rush: 3
Scott: 1
Shelby: 6
Starke: 1
St. Joseph: 27
Sullivan: 1
Tippecanoe: 8
Tipton: 2
Vander: 6
Vigo: 3
Warren: 1
Warrick: 3
Washington: 4
Wayne: 1
Wells: 1
Whitley: 1

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