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How sick are Hoosiers becoming?

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The number of Hoosiers infected by the novel coronavirus increases each day. The state's top doctor, Kris Box, says those numbers will likely peak in mid-April to Mid-May.

That means we might see several more weeks of increasing infections and more deaths.

As of Tuesday, March 31 when this article was published, 2,159 Hoosiers were infected by the virus. Nearly fifty people had died. Health officials have begun to release data on age groups most affected by the virus.

In the table above, data from the Indiana State Department of Health show that slightly more women (51.6%) than men (48.4%) were infected with the novel coronavirus as of the publishing of this article. People between the ages of 50-59 comprised 19.3% of the infected. Those in the age range of 60-69 comprised 17.99% of the infected, with people aged 40-49 made up 16.1% of the infected.

During a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Health Commissioner Kris Box offered sobering numbers.

She said 15% of COVID-19 tests come back positive. Out of those, 20% of patients will require treatment in the hospital. Of that subset, 5% will need intensive care and breathing support.

By many accounts, the survival outlook for patients on ventilators is grim. A study by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Center in the UK paints the picture. Of the 98 patients treated with mechanical ventilation in the ICU, 66% died. Doctors are beginning to conclude that invasive ventilation efforts may be futile for some patients. Ethical and heart wrenching quandaries will ensue. In the table below, ISDH numbers show the state's COVID-19 mortality rate broken down by age and gender.

The age group with the most deaths included people older than 80. Men were more likely to die than women.

During a news conference on Monday, Dr. Box encouraged Hoosiers to consider their advanced directives. These instruction can help families and doctors understand a patient's wishes when they cannot communicate.

"Now is that time for those conversations," she said.

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