INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s health commissioner urged Hoosiers on Tuesday to continue to adhere to the state’s stay-at-home order, warning that while Indiana’s coronavirus cases had surged past 2,000 and its deaths climbed to 49 the state remained far from reaching its peak in cases.
Indiana’s number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, grew by 374, to 2,159, following corrections to the previous day’s total, the Indiana State Department of Health said earlier Tuesday.
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A week ago, the state had 365 confirmed cases and 12 reported deaths from COVID-19.
Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Tuesday’s numbers — including 14 additional deaths that boosted Indiana’s total to 49 — obviously represented “a very big increase.”
But she urged Hoosiers to continue to abide by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s statewide stay-at-home order that took effect March 25, saying that the worst still lies ahead.
Indiana’s order includes exemptions for essential businesses to remain open and for necessary trips for food and medicine.
“I do not want Hoosiers to see these rising numbers and think that that means the peak has arrived. We have a very long way to go before we reach the peak and I cannot say enough about how important it is for you to continue to stay home,” Box said during a briefing.