Results pending from statewide COVID-19 random testing
The first phase of a statewide COVID-19 study is complete, following the testing of 4,611 random Hoosiers. During the final update from Gov. Eric Holcomb and his administration before Mother’s Day, his office said today (May 8) results from this study could be available next week.
This study took place between April 25 and May 1. Participants were told if they tested positive for COVID-19, with results taking between one and two days, and if they had any antibodies to the disease, which took two to four days for results.
Dr. Kristina Box, commissioner of the Indiana State Dept. of Health, said health officials have begun reviewing the data before sharing preliminary results with the state.
Indiana continues to have about an 18% positive rate when Hoosiers are tested. There were 675 people testing positive in the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s overall total to 23,146.
Additionally, an additional 33 people have died with the overall total now at 1,328. There are another 119 Hoosiers who doctors believe died of COVID-19 but a test was never performed.
To date, 130,128 Hoosiers have been tested, including 5,383 people since yesterday’s update.
Today’s update also included a report about the state’s revenue numbers for April, which is typically the state’s highest revenue month because of tax day. Collections were a little over $1.1 billion when the state’s estimate going into the year had this month at a little under $2.2 billion.
March’s shortfall was approximately $70 million.