HANCOCK COUNTY — Two more Hancock County residents are known to have died from COVID-19, the Indiana State Department of Health reported on Wednesday.

Both were men age 80 or older, and both died on Tuesday, May 19, according to the state department of health’s online COVID-19 dashboard. The fatalities raised the county’s death toll from the disease to 26.

The Hancock County Health Department could not be reached by the Daily Reporter’s deadline Wednesday to report whether either of the fatalities were residents of a long-term care facility in the county. A spokesman for Greenfield Healthcare Center, which has reported a total of 15 deaths and more than 50 cases of COVID-19, could not be reached by the Daily Reporter’s deadline to confirm whether the victims were residents of that facility. Five deaths have been reported there since May 12.

Craig Felty, vice president, chief nursing officer and chief operating officer of Hancock Regional Hospital, said neither of the latest victims died at the hospital.

The deaths raised the number of Hancock County residents age 80 and older known to have died from COVID-19 to 18. Four of the county’s fatalities were 70 to 79, three were in their 60s and one was between the ages of 50 and 59. By gender, the county’s fatalities were split evenly as of Wednesday at 13.

More than 50% of Indiana’s COVID-19 fatalities have been 80 or older and 97% have been 50 or older.

Hancock County’s COVID-19 cases rose to 303 Wednesday. The latest three were reported on May 19, according to the state’s dashboard. Total tests reported Wednesday for which results have been received grew by 52 between May 13 and May 19, raising that total Wednesday to 2,845.

Indiana’s totals stood at 29,274 cases, 1,716 deaths and 195,738 tests. More than 580 new cases occurred from May 8 to May 19; 38 new deaths were reported from May 3 to May 19; and more than 6,400 tests were reported, spanning from April 15 to May 19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday that there have been more than 1.5 million COVID-19 cases in the United States and more than 91,000 deaths from the disease.
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