The Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday reported an additional 809 cases and 16 deaths from the novel coronavirus. That brings the state’s totals to 63,678 cases and 2,725 deaths.
More than 716,800 Hoosiers have been tested for the virus, and 8.9% have tested positive.
An additional 199 probable deaths from COVID-19 have been reported. Probable deaths are based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test was recorded.
Marion County continues to lead the state in total cases and deaths, with 13,954 and 713, respectively.
Its surrounding counties have some of the state’s highest totals as well, including 2,288 cases and 103 deaths in Hamilton County, 1,666 cases and 105 deaths in Hendricks County, and 1,574 cases and 118 deaths in Johnson County.
Outside of Central Indiana, Lake County remains the state’s second-hardest-hit county, with 6,791 cases and 266 deaths.
Warren County is the only county in the state with fewer than 20 cases.
Last week, Indiana recorded a record high number of new cases, with over 1,000 in a single day.
The week also saw both Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett take steps to address the climb in cases. Holcomb instituted a statewide mask order that went into effect Monday, and Hogsett shut down bars until at least mid-August, among other restrictions.
— Justin L. Mack
In lawsuit, West Lafayette man calls city’s mask mandate unconstitutional
WEST LAFAYETTE – A West Lafayette man who says Mayor John Dennis’ two-week-old mask mandate and the $100 fine meant to back it up were overreach during the coronavirus pandemic sued the mayor, asking a judge to keep the mayor from enforcing the emergency order signed July 13.
In a case filed July 22 in Tippecanoe Circuit Court, Michael Bryant, a West Lafayette resident, claimed he wasn’t looking “to reach a conclusion on the effectiveness of mask-wearing,” even though the documents filed in court question whether mask orders will play a role in curbing the spread of COVID-19.
Instead, Bryant’s suit claimed that Dennis should have asked the West Lafayette City Council to act, if the mask order was necessary, and that the fact that he was no longer in a position to publicly protest the mayor’s mandate without inviting police to intervene and putting himself in a position of being fined.
“One man’s opinion should not dictate whether a mask-wearing mandate is rationally related to the goal of preventing the spread,” the lawsuit claims. “A public health emergency should not open the door for any government entity to infringe on individuals’ constitutional and civil rights.”
— Dave Bangert Lafayette Journal & Courier