INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is still in the upswing of COVID-19 cases, as 336 new cases were identified since March 26, the biggest single-day increase yet. Allen County had three more cases bringing its number to 22 with one death.
The number of deaths from the coronavirus also increased by the largest amount to date, as seven more people died, bringing the state total to 24.
Indiana now has 981 positive cases of COVID-19, according to the Indiana State Department of Health's 10 a.m. update March 27.
That's among 6,936 tests completed.
With just 259 cases March 23, the number of confirmed cases is accelerating, with each day posting a greater new case count than the day before. March 27's 336 new cases was exactly double the new cases from the previous day.
Indiana is in Day 3 of Gov. Eric Holcomb's stay-at-home order, which extends through April 7. The state had put the order on with the hope of stemming further transmission of the virus and preventing the number of cases from overwhelming health care facilities.
This week, the U.S. became No. 1 in the world for number of COVID-19 cases, surpassing China, where the virus outbreak was first identified and spread, and Italy, which has suffered some of the most serious toll from the virus.
The U.S. has a population about one-fourth the size of China, and about five times as large as Italy.
Locally, LaGrange County appeared on the statewide map for the first time, with two positive cases reported as of the morning of March 27.
Steuben County officially has no cases reported, although information being collected and verified by The Herald Republican staff March 27 suggests the county may have at least one patient currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
Noble and DeKalb counties continue to only have one official case of the disease as of the morning of March 27.