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Indiana reports 1,629 new cases of COVID-19; 19 additional deaths

INDIANA (WPTA21) - The Indiana State Department of Health says 1,629 more Hoosiers tested positive for COVID-19 and 19 others lost their lives to the virus.

The new positive cases were recorded between Oct. 14 and Oct. 17, while the new deaths occurred between Oct. 7 and Oct. 17.

In Allen County, local officials said 88 more residents tested positive for the virus.

The state's 7-day positivity rate for all tests increased from 5.9 percent to 6.2 percent Sunday.

Health officials said the recent trend in more COVID-19 hospitalizations should be concerning to Hoosiers, and recommended people continue to wash their hands, social distance and wear masks.

To date, 1,555,437 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,545,927 on Saturday. A total of 2,512,174 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.

The Regenstrief Institute estimates 107,148 Hoosiers recovered from the virus.

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Francisca Wood

Francisca Wood is a producer here at WPTA.

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