NewsHealth / June 17, 2020

Spread Of COVID-19 In Indiana Slows In Latest Fairbanks Study Results

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The spread of COVID-19 seems to be slowing down in Indiana according to the latest results in a statewide study of the virus.  - Courtesy of the governor's office

The spread of COVID-19 seems to be slowing down in Indiana according to the latest results in a statewide study of the virus.

Courtesy of the governor's office

The spread of COVID-19 seems to be slowing down in Indiana, according to the latest results in a statewide study of the virus led by the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

In the Fairbanks study’s first round of testing in late April, the number of people who actively had the virus was more than the number who previously contracted it - providing a sort of baseline for the spread of the disease.

Nir Menachemi, who leads the study, says the latest results show a slowdown in that spread.

“Because as of the first week of June, we had more people previously infected than those that were currently infected at that time,” Menachemi says.

Menachemi adds a note of caution.

“While we might have good news today – that we are managing well – it’s not an opportunity to sort of relax everything we’ve been doing to get us to this point,” Menachemi says.

Forty-three percent of those who tested actively positive for COVID-19 didn’t show any symptoms at that time. That’s pretty much the same from the study’s first round.

The Fairbanks study's first round results estimates 186,000 Hoosiers have or had the virus. The latest results haven't yet yielded an update to that number. That's because Menachemi says they got fewer participants than they were hoping for, requiring a deeper dive into the data to generate some updates.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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