Hamilton County

Indiana virus death toll now 139, total cases near 5,000

Apr 6, 2020
Alan Mbathi / IPB News

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say 12 more COVID-19 deaths have driven Indiana’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic to 139, while the total number of cases approaches 5,000, The Indiana State Department of Health said Monday that with 536 new cases confirmed, the total number of Indiana residents known to have the coronavirus has risen to 4,944.

Central Indiana had more than half of the new cases. Marion County, home to Indianapolis, had the most new cases at 204, while adjacent Hamilton County had 35.

Hamilton County, just north of Indianapolis, was designated a 21st Century Talent Region Thursday afternoon. The title symbolizes the county’s commitment to growing its workforce along with organizations like schools and companies to work together.

An annual report on the health of all 92 Indiana counties has been released.  This year’s County Health Rankings and Roadmaps data also highlights how housing impacts health.

The Indiana Public Access Counselor says Carmel Clay Schools should have explained why it placed its superintendent and another senior staffer on a three-month paid-leave last year that ended in their resignations.

Carmel Superintendent Nicholas Wahl and Human Resources Director Corrine Middleton were placed on paid administrative leave by the school board in October for alleged management issues.

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Kokomo saw more than 2,400 customers were in the dark, and Hamilton County had 2,200 buildings without power.

Duke is the primary electric provider for about the southern three-quarters of Indiana and saw outages as far north as Wabash County and as far south as the Ohio River city of Madison.