— The number of cases of respiratory viral infections in the Indianapolis area has jumped from three in August to five in September, a sharp increase from three cases in July and a slight decrease from three a month earlier.
The latest figures, which were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, show that the number of new cases of the virus climbed to 1,818 in August from 1,723 a month before.
In addition, the number reported by Indiana Health Department on Thursday was down from 2,983 in August.
The new numbers reflect a spike in the number in Indiana, which had 5,061 reported cases of SARS-CoV-2 in August, and another 7,828 in September.
The state has reported a total of 1,531 confirmed cases and 7,897 probable cases of COVID-19, which has spread to the country.
The Indiana Health department said on Thursday that the spike in cases came as a result of the state becoming a hub for coronavirus testing, including testing for SARS and coronaviruses.
The virus has killed more than 8,000 people worldwide and displaced tens of millions.