State leaders provide update on COVID-19 including providing quarantine location for homeless

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the second day in a row, Gov. Eric Holcomb addressed Hoosiers about the coronavirus pandemic.

In a Tuesday morning update, the Indiana State Department of Health said there were 365 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indiana. Twelve people have died during the pandemic so far.

During a Tuesday afternoon briefing, we learned what the state is doing to protect the homeless population in Indiana.

The governor’s office announced Tuesday that public and private partners set up a quarantine location for them. Eskenazi Health will staff it and the National Guard is going to provide security. 

The location is funded by the Lilly Foundation, which gave the state a grant to help with COVID-19 relief efforts.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter stressed the importance of people taking this stay at home order seriously.

Carter says police will use discretion when it comes to enforcing this stay at home order, but he wants people to know how detrimental starting rumors can be during this time.

He gave an example of someone falsely claiming hospitals weren’t treating older patients anymore.

“I am disgusted, at this point in time when we are challenged beyond anything that we have experienced in our lifetime that someone would say such a thing. Please only go to those sites everybody that is watching and listening to this that you know are reputable.”

Supt. Doug Carter, Indiana State Police

Holcomb addressed Hoosiers Monday to announce a statewide stay-at-home order.

State Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne says unemployment calls are flooding in.  He says just yesterday, they had more than 30-thousand calls.

Payne wants everyone who lost their job due to this pandemic to apply online. 

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