NewsHealth / March 20, 2020

Indiana Reports Third COVID-19 Death, Increased Access To Testing

Indiana Reports Third COVID-19 Death, Increased Access To TestingA third person in Indiana has died from the novel coronavirus the second Marion County resident.coronavirus, COVID-192020-03-20T00:00:00-04:00
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Indiana Reports Third COVID-19 Death, Increased Access To Testing

State Health Commission Kris Box provides an update on testing access during a press conference Friday morning.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

A third person in Indiana has died from the novel coronavirus – the second Marion County resident. 

The Indiana State Department of Health said in a statement they were hospitalized for the virus and were over the age of 60. Of the more than 70 confirmed COVID-19 cases, only one is not an adult.

The number of cases getting tested are growing exponentially, in part because of better access to testing. 

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State Health Commissioner Kris Box says Eli Lilly is ramping up testing, to the point that it will process several hundred tests by the end of the weekend.

"We're continuing to explore other options for testing in the state," she says. 

Box says new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are offering alternative testing options for laboratories. 

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This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Indiana State Department of Health for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.

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