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Indiana hospitals need your PPE donations to fight Coronavirus, health commissioner says

"If your business has the ability to make these products then fire up your lines because we're ready for it."

Posted: Apr 6, 2020 10:18 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2020 10:43 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) -- Indiana's Health Commissioner is asking any Hoosier or business with the ability to produce personal protective equipment to donate it to a local hospital, EMS or long-term care facility as they prepare for a surge of Covid-19 cases.

Dr. Kristina Box said Monday the state has already given hospitals more than 80 percent of its personal protective equipment, and it's possible no more is coming. 

"We have very limited supplies remaining for emergencies," Box said during a news conference, noting they're making EMTs, hospitals and long-term facilities a priority. "If your business has the ability to make these products then fire up your lines because we're ready for it." 

Box said the state recently received its last shipment from the Strategic National Stockpile, which she says would cover about 13 days. She's not sure if more supplies are coming but they're looking to get or buy what they can.

"Until we have those supplies in my hand I cannot promise we can replenish anyone's PPE," she said. "As a healthcare provider that is incredibly hard for me to say. And I know as a healthcare provider and a first responder that's even harder to hear. But that's the reality every state is facing at this time." 

COVID-19 RACIAL BREAKDOWN

Recent reports show African Americans comprise more than 70 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in Chicago.  

Indiana has been providing a daily breakdown of COVID-19 patients, including age and gender, but nothing about race. FOX 55 News asked Box if Indiana was preparing a racial breakdown. She said the state's been working "very hard on that." 

"The thing is when you get the testing, we get a patient name, a date of birth and we get an address. We don't get any other demographic information in regards to race or ethnicity." 

UNDETECTED?

Many FOX 55 viewers have reported getting sick as early as the New Year with symptoms similar to COVID-19. That has many speculating that maybe they had it then but it went undected because testing wasn't available yet. We asked Box if that was possible:

"Interestingly enough, as we look at our tests we can start to see an increase in individuals who had pneumonia and potentially died of pneumonia and influenza-like illnesses in our state as early as, we think, as February. Because we didn’t have any testing there was no way to know what was going on there. And the other factor that was very difficult with that was we had 3 waves of influenza this year, so we had a particularly long year with influenza."

TESTING

Box said the state's testing has expanded in the last month thanks in part to adding private labs. They tested more than 3,500 people for the first time on Sunday and hope to process more than 3,600 tests a day.

Now that testing is more available, they're encouraging hospitals to broaden their testing to not just the sickest, but also healthcare workers, first responders and people who are diabetic or morbidly obese.

ICU BEDS AND VENTILATORS

Box said as of right now more than 1,000 people across the state are hospitalized with COVID-19-like illnesses.

The state has a total of 2,964 ICU beds, of which 1,721 are occupied. Box said COVID-19 patients make up 31 percent of occupied ICU beds. About 42 percent of ICU beds remain unoccupied.

Box said the state has 2,642 ventilators, of which 62 percent remain available.

She said they're trying to cross match the data they have but at this point there's still about a 30 percent gap in their data.

RECOVERY RATE

We also commonly receive questions from viewers about the state's "recovery rate." We asked Box and others that question. You can read that story here. 

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 32078

Reported Deaths: 2004
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9268539
Lake3320168
Cass15826
Allen130966
St. Joseph120534
Hendricks113067
Hamilton111592
Johnson1086104
Elkhart105728
Madison58258
Porter49021
Bartholomew48133
Clark46138
LaPorte41522
Tippecanoe3753
Jackson3671
Howard36519
Delaware35735
Hancock32127
Shelby31521
Floyd31438
Boone28835
Morgan26224
Vanderburgh2482
Montgomery23117
White2268
Decatur22431
Clinton2221
Grant19121
Noble18921
Harrison18721
Dubois1852
Greene16724
Warrick16426
Dearborn16421
Henry1619
Monroe16011
Vigo1477
Lawrence14423
Miami1391
Putnam1337
Jennings1274
Orange12422
Scott1183
Ripley1126
Franklin1068
Kosciusko941
Carroll922
Daviess8216
Steuben802
Marshall761
Newton7410
Wabash722
Wayne715
Fayette684
LaGrange602
Jasper581
Washington521
Fulton471
Rush452
Jay440
Randolph433
Jefferson411
Whitley402
Pulaski390
Clay391
Owen341
Brown331
Sullivan321
Starke313
DeKalb311
Perry260
Huntington262
Knox250
Tipton251
Benton250
Wells240
Crawford230
Blackford211
Switzerland190
Fountain182
Spencer171
Posey170
Parke170
Gibson142
Ohio130
Warren121
Adams121
Vermillion90
Martin90
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0154

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 33006

Reported Deaths: 2002
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin5414239
Cuyahoga4060221
Marion262323
Hamilton2492128
Lucas2152229
Pickaway204635
Mahoning1347171
Summit1277159
Butler81725
Stark69790
Columbiana65750
Lorain65358
Montgomery60915
Trumbull54045
Belmont40212
Miami35130
Warren34020
Tuscarawas3212
Portage31657
Medina30719
Delaware30213
Ashtabula28332
Lake28212
Wood27745
Geauga25829
Wayne25250
Fairfield2463
Clark2256
Licking21410
Mercer2003
Clermont1935
Allen19131
Richland1873
Erie1595
Darke15616
Madison1417
Washington11718
Crawford1063
Morrow1041
Greene945
Ottawa927
Putnam8714
Monroe7311
Sandusky7010
Hocking694
Ross662
Auglaize643
Jefferson632
Huron551
Williams521
Hancock481
Union460
Muskingum450
Clinton430
Hardin410
Shelby402
Logan370
Fayette370
Wyandot362
Fulton350
Guernsey320
Defiance322
Preble301
Lawrence280
Holmes281
Carroll282
Champaign271
Coshocton260
Brown251
Knox231
Seneca192
Highland191
Vinton191
Ashland190
Athens181
Perry181
Henry150
Scioto150
Paulding130
Jackson120
Harrison100
Adams81
Gallia71
Van Wert60
Meigs60
Pike60
Noble50
Morgan50
Unassigned00
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