Indiana health chief optimistic on state’s coronavirus peak

(photo supplied / Dr. Kristina Box)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s health commissioner is voicing some optimism about the coronavirus spread throughout the state even as its death toll has grown by more than 300 people in the past two weeks.

Dr. Kristina Box said Wednesday she was “cautiously optimistic” that steps such as the statewide stay-at-home order have slowed down the growth of COVID-19 infections and allowed Indiana hospitals to maintain their capacity to treat seriously ill patients.

Indiana’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has nearly quadrupled to 436 since the beginning of April. State health officials on Wednesday reported 49 additional deaths.