Indiana sees 1st coronavirus death as restrictions added

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana officials have reported the state’s first death linked to the coronavirus outbreak.

State health officials said the person was over 60 and suffered other medical problems as well as the COVID-19.

The Indianapolis resident died Monday at a Community Health Network hospital.

Gov. Eric Holcomb expressed sympathy for the death at a Statehouse news conference and said it underlined the seriousness of the illness.

The state health department has confirmed 24 COVID-19 illnesses in 13 Indiana counties as of Monday. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Indianapolis is showing “community spread” of the illness with confirmed cases that cannot be traced back to the person traveling to affected countries or conferences.

Holcomb is ordering restaurants and bars closed to in-person customers in another step toward stemming the spread of the coronavirus.

The governor’s office says 273 public school districts have decided to close to students and that the state education department is working with the 16 others to determine their next steps.

Indiana’s hospitals and surgery centers are being asked to cancel or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures to help free up resources and personnel for possible virus illnesses.


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