Six additional COVID-19 deaths reported in Bartholomew, surrounding counties

COLUMBUS, Ind. — COVID-19 has continued to cut lives short in Columbus and the surrounding area.

State health officials on Wednesday reported six new coronavirus deaths in Bartholomew County and the surrounding area, pushing the overall death toll past 700, according to the latest figures from the Indiana Department of Health.

Among the six deaths reported Wednesday, two were in Jennings County, and one death each was recorded in Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur and Jackson counties.

A total of 14 people in Bartholomew County and the surrounding area have died from COVID-19 so far this year.

Bartholomew County’s death toll stood at 209 as of press time Thursday, as well as 103 in Jackson County, 74 in Jennings County and 54 in Brown County.

The update from state health officials came as COVID-19 hospitalizations continued rising to their highest level of the pandemic.

A total of 3,488 people in Indiana were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday, according to the latest figures from the Indiana Department of Health.

For the complete story, see Friday’s Republic.