Indiana coronavirus death toll goes past 1,500 people

  • Medical workers with OptumServe Health Services prepare a COVID-19 test sample from a patient inside the National Guard Armory in La Porte, Ind. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The site was one of 20 across Indiana to roll out the expanded coronavirus screening as part of the state's push to test more Indiana residents. Another 30 sites are expected to open next week. (Ted Yoakum/The News-Dispatch via AP)

    Medical workers with OptumServe Health Services prepare a COVID-19 test sample from a patient inside the National Guard Armory in La Porte, Ind. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The site was one of 20 across Indiana to roll out the expanded coronavirus screening as part of the state's push to test more Indiana residents. Another 30 sites are expected to open next week. (Ted Yoakum/The News-Dispatch via AP) Associated Press

  • An OptumServe employee collects a sample from a patient inside the National Guard Armory in La Porte, Ind. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The site was one of 20 across Indiana to roll out the expanded coronavirus screening as part of the state's push to test more Indiana residents. Another 30 sites are expected to open next week. (Ted Yoakum/The News-Dispatch via AP)

    An OptumServe employee collects a sample from a patient inside the National Guard Armory in La Porte, Ind. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The site was one of 20 across Indiana to roll out the expanded coronavirus screening as part of the state's push to test more Indiana residents. Another 30 sites are expected to open next week. (Ted Yoakum/The News-Dispatch via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 5/10/2020 12:17 PM

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's death toll from confirmed or presumed coronavirus illnesses has topped 1,500 people, according to Indiana State Department of Health statistics released Sunday.

The agency reported 17 newly confirmed COVID-19 deaths that occurred between Wednesday and Saturday, along with one additional death considered coronavirus related by doctors but without confirmation of the illness from test results.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The latest state statistics list 1,379 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, along with 129 deaths with probable infections. Indiana's earliest recorded coronavirus death was less than two months ago on March 15.

The state health department has opened 20 sites around Indiana for conronavirus testing of those with symptoms of the respiratory illness, those in close contact with someone infected and people with high-risk health conditions. Thirty more testing sites are scheduled to open this week. Test registration can be done online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1116.

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