COVID-19 in Indiana: August 2020

Indy Midtown Magazine has been posting regular updates about the state’s response to the public health emergency. This post archives all August 2020 updates. View updates from March 2020 or April 2020 or May 2020 or June 2020 or July 2020

August 7

On a day when Indiana’s total number of positive cases hit an all-time record high, Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) sent an open letter to Indiana school leaders warning that public schools across the state could face funding cuts if they choose an all-virtual mode of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. Governor Eric Holcomb issued a statement that read in part, “I am committed to providing 100% funding to schools as they navigate the unprecedented challenges of opening the academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 1,2513 new cases were recorded for August 6 – the highest tally since the pandemic began in March. A total of  73,254 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 817,704 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 2,821 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

August 6

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 1,051 new cases were recorded for August 5. A total of  71,015 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 804,345 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 2,811 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

August 5

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 740 new cases were recorded for August 4. A total of  69,975 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 792,225 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 2,805 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

August 4

In a stark reminder of the pandemic’s severity, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today released a statement, “It is with great regret that we announce the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Aug. 23 without fans. This tough decision was made following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership.” The Indianapolis Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 836 new cases were recorded August 3. A total of  69,255 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 785,018 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 2,794 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

August 3

Governor Eric Holcomb’s public health emergency order was originally scheduled to expire today, but in light of an increase in the number of positive cases, it has been extended to September 3, 2020. [PDF] Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 582 new cases were recorded August 2. A total of  68,433 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 775,482 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 2,780 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

August 1

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 989 new cases were recorded for July 31. A total of  67,122 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 758,606 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 2,771 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

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