INDIANA (WFIE) - The Indiana Department of Health has updated their COVID-19 map.
The numbers show 645 positive cases in the state, which is an increase of 168.
It includes three more in Vanderburgh County, bringing that total to four.
It also shows three cases in Warrick County, which is an additional case since Wednesday.
The map shows 17 deaths, which is an increase of three over Wednesday.
Governor Holcomb and state officials gave their daily update Thursday afternoon.
Indiana officials are insisting that residents obey the state’s stay-at-home order to rein in the coronavirus spread and not take advantage of its travel and work exemptions.
Those appeals came Thursday as Indiana’s death toll from the pandemic has risen by three to 17. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state grew by 170 to 645.
The stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb took effect Wednesday. The order has exceptions for workers in essential businesses or for necessary trips for food and medicine.
Holcomb says the exemptions are “not encouragement to break the rules” and that the state has seen great declines in traffic and business activity.
During Wednesday’s update, the Indiana State Department of Education (DOE) said they are teaming up with the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) to encourage school corporations statewide to open schools on a limited basis to provide childcare to emergency workers, as well as others working to keep communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.