State leaders provide coronavirus update as most of Indiana enters next reopening stage

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb provided another update Friday on how the state is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor was joined by other state officials, including State Health Commissioner Kristina Box, Executive Director Indiana Department of Homeland Security Stephen Cox, Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne and Indiana Economic Development Corporation Chief of Staff Luke Bosso.

Holcomb reminded Hoosiers that today would have been Carb Day, and we are continuing the tradition of honoring men and women in uniform on this upcoming Memorial Day.

In response to President Trump’s declaration Friday, that all places of worship are considered essential and are now open, superseding certain governors’ orders, Holcomb said, “Our churches have already been open to those who are worshiping … we are trusting faith leaders to make sure that those who are worshiping are social distancing.” 

Dr. Box gave the COVID-19 statistics reported by the state, and said more than 10,000 people have been tested at ISDH drive through sites.

Dr. Box also reported hospitalization and discharge data as of Friday. She said of the 29,363 patients who tested positive, 7,839 (27%) visited the Emergency Room. She added, “We want to keep people out of the hospital so that these numbers can continue to trend in the right direction.”

Today, most of the state entered Stage 3 of Holcomb’s reopening plan, allowing gyms, campgrounds, pools and some other services to reopen. You can read more on that here.

Some of the state’s hardest-hit counties—Marion, Lake and Cass—won’t enter Stage 3 until June 1, according to the executive order.

On Friday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 493 new COVID-19 cases between May 4-21 and 27 new deaths between May 6-21, bringing the statewide totals to 30,409 and 1,791 respectively.

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