First Indiana resident dies from COVID-19


An adult Marion County resident treated at a Community Health Network hospital for the new coronavirus died today, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced.

“A family today is suffering the ultimate loss due to COVID-19, and this sadly underscores how severe the virus can be – especially for some high-risk Hoosiers,” Gov. Holcomb stated. “The state is taking unprecedented actions to slow the spread of COVID-19, and every Hoosier should follow the precautionary measures.”

The resident was over 60 years old. They had been hospitalized for COVID-19, a disease stemming from the new coronavirus, and also suffered from underlying medical conditions, according to the Indiana State Dept. of Health. No further information will be released about the patient or the case, according to the ISDH.

“I cannot stress this enough – if you are ill, stay home. If you need to seek medical care, call ahead so that your healthcare provider can take steps to protect others from exposure to COVID-19,” State Health Commissioner Kris Box stated. “We all have a role to play to protect Hoosiers from this illness, and the time to act is now.”

Indiana has 24 positive COVID-19 tests as of today, according to the ISDH. More cases are expected and more deaths are possible.