INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s health commissioner voiced some hopefulness Wednesday about the coronavirus spread throughout the state even as its death toll has grown by more than 300 people in the past two weeks.
Dr. Kristina Box said she was “cautiously optimistic” that steps such as the statewide stay-at-home order have slowed down the growth of COVID-19 infections and allowed Indiana hospitals to maintain their capacity to treat seriously ill patients.
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“We may be seeing that peak flattened and that kind of plateauing effect,” Box said during the governor’s daily coronavirus briefing.
Box said earlier this week she expected the coronavirus illness peak to arrive in late April for the Indianapolis area and the first weeks of May for the rest of the state.
Indiana’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has nearly quadrupled since the beginning of April.
State health officials on Wednesday reported 49 additional deaths.
The new COVID-19 death reports occurred between March 28 and Tuesday, increasing the state’s total to 436 deaths, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
Agency statistics show that 111 coronavirus deaths had occurred through March 31.
Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order that restricts which businesses may be open took effect March 25 and he has said he will announce Friday whether he’ll make any changes.
“It would be a much different, much different picture today if Hoosiers weren’t all in this together playing by the rules,” Holcomb said Wednesday. “What we can’t do is pull up short.”