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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Twenty-four residents of a central Indiana nursing home hit hard by COVID-19 now have died, the state’s health commissioner said Friday.
Sixteen of the residents at the Bethany Pointe Health Campus in Anderson had tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the other eight had compatible symptoms, Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said during a state news briefing on the pandemic.
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“This is a tragedy for the families. This is a tragedy for the health care staff that ... close to these residents. It’s a tragedy for our entire state,” Box said.
Meanwhile, Indiana’s total death toll from COVID-19-related illnesses surged by more than 20% on Friday as state health officials reported another 55 deaths, pushing the state’s toll during the pandemic to 300 deaths.
Not all of the Bethany Pointe deaths were included in the new daily toll, Box said.
Health officials could not say for certain how many other Bethany Pointe residents had tested positive for COVID-19 or how many were hospitalized with the disease.