INDIANAPOLIS — Sunday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
Warren Central football player tests positive
School officials with MSD of Warren Township confirm that a student athlete has tested positive for COVID-19.
Warren Township spokesperson Dennis Jarrett released this statement to 13News:
"After receiving confirmation that a student athlete on our football team tested positive for COVID-19, we initiated our response plan that includes communicating within 24 hours to those individuals who were in close contact with the student athlete. Based on guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health, we have directed close contacts to quarantine for 14 days. We are asking our parents/caregivers to monitor their children and notify our Athletic Department if symptoms consistent with COVID-19 appear."
Indiana reports 784 new positive cases, 4 additional deaths
The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 784 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 additional deaths.
Saturday's 989 cases reporting new positives represented the state's second-highest daily total since the pandemic began. The highest percentage of positive cases is occurring in the 20-29 age group, according to ISDH data. Deaths are highest in people 80 and older, at 51 percent of the 2,775 total deaths recorded in Indiana.
The state has surpassed 67,000 total positive cases of the virus. Overall, Hoosiers are testing at an 8.8 percent positive rate. Positive tests came back at a 7.3 percent rate last week.
Capacity to treat Hoosiers in need of critical care for COVID-19 remains high, with more than 37 percent of ICU beds and nearly 85 percent of ventilators available across the state.
Latest U.S., world numbers
There have been 4.62 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 6 a.m. ET Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 154,400 deaths and almost 1.46 million people recovered.
Worldwide, there have been 17.8 million confirmed cases with more than 685,100 deaths and 10.56 million recoveries.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
Florida sees decline in hospitalizations
Florida health officials have reported 179 new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to more than 7,000.
The latest numbers came Saturday as Hurricane Isaias threatened Florida’s eastern coast, but no evacuations were immediately announced. The National Hurricane Center’s latest prediction had the storm scraping past Florida but not making landfall.
Hospitalizations for the coronavirus have been declining for the past week and a half, with fewer than 8,000 treated for the coronavirus on Saturday. That’s down from highs of more than 9,500 last week.
Relief talks make progress on Capitol Hill
Talks on a huge coronavirus relief measure resumed on Saturday, focused on restoring a newly expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and hundreds of billions of dollars in other aid to states, businesses and the poor.
The Trump administration is willing to extend the $600 jobless benefit, at least in the short term. But it’s balking at other demands of Democratic negotiators like aid for state and local governments, food stamp increases, and assistance to renters and homeowners.
Unemployment insurance is a principal element of the COVID-19 relief bill, which is expected to grow considerably from a $1 trillion-plus GOP draft released this week.