State study says 1 in 10 Hoosiers have been infected with COVID-19

INDIANAPOLIS — Preliminary results from a scientific study aimed at measuring the spread of COVID-19 in Indiana estimates that about 1 in 10 Hoosiers have been infected with the coronavirus at some point during the pandemic.

The estimates were based on three phases of a study by the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI and the Indiana State Department of Health. The third phase was conducted in early October.

The researchers also calculated that about 1 in 384 people in Indiana with COVID-19 infections end up dying, said Nir Menachemi, lead scientist on the study and a professor at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

The number dramatically increases to 1 in 43 in people ages 65 years or older.

However, those figures exclude residents of nursing homes.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.