INDIANAPOLIS — Friday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
Indiana one of first states to get at-home test kits for frontline workers
The FDA has granted an Emergency Use Authorization for a coronavirus testing kit from Kroger Health that can be done at home. The kit will soon become available to frontline Kroger employees.
The kit will become available to associates this week based on medical need. Kroger plans to extend availability to other companies and organizations in upcoming weeks.
Patients collect the sample at home, then ship it to a lab for processing. Processing takes 24 to 48 hours on average.
ISDH updates latest coronavirus numbers
Indiana is reporting 541 more coronavirus cases and more 19 deaths Friday. According to ISDH, Friday's death count includes 11 previously unreported deaths in Allen County. Those happened between April 19 and June 22.
Total cases around the state are up to 46,915 and total deaths are up to 2,488. In all, 504,153 Hoosiers have been tested for the virus. Friday, 9.3 percent of those tested were positive for the virus.
As of Thursday, 633 virus patients were being treated in the hospital.
Indy Parks lays out plan for July 4th weekend
Indy Parks is kicking off the Fourth of July weekend with a special viewing of "The Sandlot" and open swim sessions.
From Friday, July 3 to Sunday July 5 all parks will be open the public from dawn to dusk.
Those openings include:
- Free drive-in movie, "The Sandlot," at 9 p.m. (Fri.) at the Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive (in the field behind the center).
- Bethel Park, Frederick Douglass Park, Perry Park, Riverside Park, and Willard Park Pools will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., and 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
- Eagle Creek Park: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Garfield Park Sunken Gardens: 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), and 1 p.m.-9 p.m. (Sun.)
- Garfield Park Conservatory: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.)
- Southeastway Park Center: noon-4 p.m.
The family centers, administrative offices, customer service centers and playgrounds will remain closed through the weekend.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been 2.73 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 3:30 a.m. ET Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 128,000 deaths and 781,000 people recovered.
Worldwide, there have been 10.87 million confirmed cases with more than 521,000 deaths and 5.75 million recovered.
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.
Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 states heading into holiday weekend
Four U.S. states — Arizona, California, Florida and Texas — reported a combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as the infection curve rose in 40 of the 50 states heading into the July 4th holiday weekend.
With the number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases nationwide climbing past 50,000, an alarming 36 states saw an increase in the percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus.
In a major retreat that illustrated how dire things have become in Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the wearing of masks across most of the state after refusing until recently to let even local governments impose such rules.
The surge has been blamed in part on Americans not covering their faces or following other social distancing rules as states lifted their lockdowns over the past few weeks. Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that if people don't start complying, "we're going to be in some serious difficulty."
The U.S. recorded 51,200 new confirmed cases Wednesday, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. That represents a doubling of the daily total over the past month and is higher even than what the country witnessed during the most lethal phase of the crisis in April and May, when the New York metropolitan area was easily the worst hot spot in the U.S.
All but 10 states are showing an upswing in newly reported cases over the past 14 days, according to data compiled by the volunteer COVID Tracking Project. The outbreaks are most severe in Arizona, Texas and Florida, which together with California, have reclosed or otherwise clamped back down on bars, restaurants and movie theaters over the past week or so.
Nebraska and South Dakota were the only states outside the Northeast with a downward trend in cases.
While some of the increases may be explained by expanded testing, other indicators are grim, too, including hospitalizations and positive test rates. Over the past two weeks, the percentage of positive tests has doubled in Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina and Ohio. In Nevada, it has tripled. In Idaho, it is five times higher.