ISDH: More COVID-Related Deaths At Nursing Homes In Madison, Johnson, Lawrence Counties

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana’s health commissioner, Dr. Kris Box, this afternoon reported coronavirus-related deaths at more long-term care facilities across the state.

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In additional to 11 deaths reported Monday at Bethany Pointe in Madison County, Box said another long-term care facility in Madison County has recorded four deaths that appear to be COVID-related.

Box said a facility in Johnson County also recorded four deaths, and a facility in Lawrence County (Mitchell Manor) recorded three COVID-related deaths.

Box said a facility with a known COVID-related death should report it to the state within 24 hours, as well as reporting a resident or employee who tests positive.

The state is testing people in long-term facilities every day, Box said. The state sent 50 additional test kits to Bethany Pointe on Tuesday, she said.

In Lake County, ISDH will be setting a targeted, drive-thru testing operation, reserved for heath care workers, long-term care workers, first responders and essential workers who are symptomatic of COVID-19.

The state will also set up testing in Clark and Vanderburgh counties later this week, for health care workers that are symptomatic.