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Spread Of COVID-19 In Indiana Slows In Latest Fairbanks Study Results

Courtesy of the Governor's Office

The spread of COVID-19 seems to be slowing down in Indiana – that’s according to the latest results in a statewide study of the virus, led by the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

In the Fairbanks study’s first round of testing in late April, the number of people who actively had the virus was more than the number who previously contracted it - providing a sort of baseline for the spread of the disease.

Nir Menachemi, who leads the study, says the latest results show a slowdown in that spread.

“Because as of the first week of June, we had more people previously infected than those that were currently infected at that time,” Menachemi says.

Menachemi adds a note of caution.

“While we might have good news today – that we are managing well – it’s not an opportunity to sort of relax everything we’ve been doing to get us to this point,” Menachemi says.

Forty-three percent of those who tested actively positive for COVID-19 didn’t show any symptoms at that time. That’s pretty much the same from the study’s first round.

The Fairbanks study's first round results estimates 186,000 Hoosiers have or had the virus. The latest results haven't yet yielded an update to that number. That's because Menachemi says they got fewer participants than they were hoping for, requiring a deeper dive into the data to generate some updates.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.