Deaths from COVID-19 in Indiana climbed above 1,000 on Thursday, while state data also show an increase in new cases of the respiratory illness.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 44 additional deaths caused by the disease, bringing the state total to 1,007.
The milestone is “more than heartbreaking here in our state,” Dr. Kris Box, the state’s health commissioner, said during a briefing in Indiana.
Box said those figures don’t include 107 other Hoosiers who died of “probable” cases of the disease, meaning they had symptoms, X-rays and CAT scans consistent with COVID-19 and their physicians documented it as a cause of death.
The deaths linked to COVID-19 have occurred over roughly seven weeks. In contrast, state health officials have said an average of 150-160 Hoosiers die from influenza during a typical seven-month flu season.