On Thursday, 32 new COVID-19 deaths were identified throughout the state of Indiana.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health, seven of those new COVID-19 deaths occurred in the southwest area of the state.
Local COVID-19 Increases Reported Thursday by ISDH:
- Vanderburgh County: 18 new cases, 3 new deaths
- Perry County: 3 new cases, 1 new death
- Gibson County: 5 new cases, 2 new deaths
- Dubois County: 2 new cases, 1 new death
- Spencer County: 9 new cases
- Warrick County: 8 new cases
- Pike County: 3 new cases
- Knox County: 3 new deaths
- Daviess County: 1 new case
- Posey County: 0 new cases
Now, 12,231 total Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19 to date, according to ISDH.
Including those new positive cases of the virus reported locally Thursday, ISDH said 962 new positive cases of the virus had been identified statewide.
That brought the number of Indiana residents now known to have tested positive for COVID-19 to date to 664,446 total.
The steady number of new COVID-19 deaths reported by the state health department is one factor in Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's decision to extend county-based restrictions on events and gatherings.
Although those restrictions now remain in-place until the end of March, state health officials remain encouraged by the low number of new positive cases identified in recent days, with many counties now able to "be 100% open" after moving into the Blue COVID-19 Advisory Level.
For more information on COVID-19 in Indiana, visit the state health department's dashboard.