Study finds 2.8% of Hoosiers infected with COVID-19

Dubois County Community Corrections Center on lockdown
Study finds 2.8% of Hoosiers infected with COVID-19
Published: May. 13, 2020 at 11:28 PM CDT|Updated: May. 13, 2020 at 11:29 PM CDT
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INDIANA (WFIE) - The Indiana State Department of Health is expected to update the coronavirus map soon.

The map now shows 25,473 total positive cases and 1,482 deaths

That’s up from Tuesday’s total of 25,127 positive cases and 1,444 deaths.

Officials in Dubois County say they have eight new cases. That brings their total to 66. They say 27 people have recovered.

Dubois County Community Corrections Center Director Megan Durlauf confirms the facility is on lockdown after a work release participant tested positive for COVID-19.

She says the strike team is coming to the facility Thursday.

All participants will be tested as well as employees who have had close contact.

The work release participant who tested positive is now currently in isolation.

The local Warrick Co. Health Department site shows a total of 140 cases, which is up nine case from Tuesday, but the state map is only showing 133.

The state map shows one fewer case than what was reported Tuesday in Vanderburgh County. The local Vanderburgh site is not working.

The map is also showing one new case in Posey County.

A COVID-19 testing site opened in Posey County Wednesday. It’s set up at the Wilson Community Center in New Harmony.

The testing site will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for anyone who has symptoms or those that have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

To make an appointment, you can call 1-888-634-1116 or go online to their COVID-19 testing website.

Another site is opening May 18 at the Gibson Co. Fairgrounds.

[Indiana Coronavirus Website]

Here are the case numbers in our Indiana counties.

  • Vanderburgh Co. - 194 cases, 2 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 140 cases, 22 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 66 cases, 2 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 21 cases
  • Posey Co. -16 cases
  • Gibson Co. - 8 cases
  • Spencer Co. - 7 cases, 1 death
  • Pike Co. - 3 cases

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb gave his briefing on Wednesday afternoon.

You can watch the full press conference in the video below:

A study on the prevalence of COVID-19 in Indiana and the fatality rate was discussed at the briefing, and it’s showing some surprising results.

The study did a random sample of the state’s population to determine a scientifically accurate idea of how COVID-19 is affecting Hoosiers. Around 5,000 people were tested.

The study found only about 2.8 percent of Hoosiers are or have been infected with COVID-19. That comes out to about 186,000 of the state's 6.7 million people.

When assessing the percentage of Hoosiers that have died from COVID-19, the study found the fatality rate of the virus is about 0.58 percent. That's nearly six times higher than the flu at 0.1 percent.

The study found the prevalence of the virus among the state's White population at 2.5 percent and 4.8 percent for non-white.

The good news in the study is that 44.8 percent of Hoosiers infected with COVID-19 showed no symptoms.

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