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Indiana sees another record-high number of new COVID-19 infections

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INDIANA (WPTA21) - Indiana continues to break record-high daily totals of new COVID-19 infections.

The Indiana State Department of Health said 2,328 more Hoosiers have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, and 22 others lost their lives to the virus.

Health officials note that 300 of those cases entered into the system Friday were added late because of a technical issue over the past few days.

Even without those 300 cases, Friday's COVID-19 report is still a record-high for the state.

That means a total of 143,495 Hoosiers tested positive for COVID-19, and the death toll increased to 3,654.

In the past 30 days, Indiana has recorded nearly 40,000 new cases.

Indiana's positivity rate for all tests increased to 5.8 percent.

To date, 1,532,949 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,521,402 on Thursday. A total of 2,451,285 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.

The Regenstrief Institute estimates 106,319 Hoosiers recovered from the virus.

Earlier this week, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced he would continue to keep statewide restrictions in place for "Stage 5" of his reopening plan.

He also extended the mask mandate for another month.

The state's top doctors said the increase in hospitalizations and newly-reported cases are concerning.

Both Chicago and the state of Ohio have issued travel restrictions for Indiana residents.

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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