Indiana’s Death Count Of 706 from COVID-19 Could Jump By Several Dozen On Friday

(UNDATED) – Indiana’s COVID-19 death toll has topped 700 with 45 additional fatalities announced Thursday by state health officials.

That total could skyrocket Friday as state officials plan to start including deaths that doctors blame on COVID-19 without confirmation of the illness from test results.

State Health Commissioner Kristina Box said Wednesday that Indiana coronavirus infections have been traced back to mid-February, at least a couple weeks before the first illness for a resident was confirmed on March 6.

The state’s first recorded coronavirus-related death occurred March 15.