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First person dies from COVID-19 in Indiana

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday that the state has seen its first death from the coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 16, 2020 3:57 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2020 7:24 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday that the state has seen its first death from the coronavirus.

The person, a woman over 60-years-old, died early Monday in Indianapolis. The woman had to teleconference with her boyfriend before dying. Holcomb said he also was diagnosed with the virus. 

"We are at war with COVID-19 and we will win this war,” Holcomb said.

According to Health Commissioner Kris Box, the state is waiting testing kits offered by the government from Roche Diagnostics. She said when they arrive, all the tests will be for people who come to an emergency room and show signs.

Five more cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Indiana Department of Health Monday. The department reported 24 cases, up from 19 on Sunday.

The ISDH also said 139 people have been tested in the state, up from 121 Sunday.

Holcomb also announced restaurants and bars will close across the state. He did not give an exact time frame, but said businesses should "start winding down" beginning Monday night.

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