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4th Lake County resident tests positive for COVID-19; 56 cases confirmed statewide
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4th Lake County resident tests positive for COVID-19; 56 cases confirmed statewide

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Covid19 testing in Kouts

Kathy Lynch, owner of Kouts Family Health Care Inc., takes a nasal sample from one of 10 people who were scheduled for tests for the COVID-19 virus Wednesday. People drove through and waited in the vehicles for the tests to be taken.

INDIANAPOLIS —  A fourth Lake County resident has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Indiana State Department of Health announced Thursday.

State health officials reported 17 new positive cases of COVID-19 statewide, bringing to the number of Hoosiers diagnosed to 56.

In total, 380 people have been tested for the virus. 

No new fatalities have been reported as of Thursday. Two Hoosiers have died due to the virus. 

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The new cases involve three residents in Howard, one in Lake, eight in Marion, one in Owen, two in St. Joseph, one in Tippecanoe and one in Wayne counties.

WNDU.com reported a local disaster emergency had been declared Thursday by St. Joseph County and South Bend leaders. "Beginning at 2 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, only essential travel will be allowed. That includes going to and from work, going to the grocery store, picking up prescriptions, visiting a doctor's office, dropping kids off at daycare, picking up food and traveling for emergencies," the news station reported. 

In all, 22 counties have reported positive COVID-19 cases: Adams, Bartholomew, Boone, Clark, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hamilton, Hendricks, Howard, Jennings, Johnson, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marion, Noble, Owen, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Wayne and Wells counties.

Marion County has reported the highest number of cases with 19.

The list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.in.gov/coronavirus. The dashboard is updated daily at 9 a.m. CST.  

The tests have been conducted through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories.

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On Tuesday, Community Hospital in Munster and Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville confirmed they each are treating a patient who tested positive.

ISDH confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in a Hoosier with recent travel, on March 6. On Monday, ISDH reported the first death in Indiana due to COVID-19.

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North Lake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. Contact her at lauren.cross@nwi.com or 219-933-3206.

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