Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb today extended the state’s stay-at-home order for another two weeks.
The initial order was set to expire on April 6 at midnight. The extension means the order will run through at least April 20.
Marion County recently announced it would enact a stay-at-home order for its residents that would last until May 1, and some municipalities have announced closures until the start of May as well.
“We’ve taken the two-week approach because it gives us (because) we’re more nimble to be able to address the executive order in its entirety and adjust, as I’ve said many times, to the facts on the ground,” Holcomb said at a press conference. “We can go through line-by-line tweak if we need to. We don’t have to wait a full month.”
Holcomb said he would make changes to the stay-at-home order and that he would consider enacting stricter measures to ensure the state is doing the most it can to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, which he said may be announced as soon as Monday.
Holcomb today also moved to extend the state’s public health emergency order for another 30 days, until May 3.
During a press conference, it was announced that Trump approved Holcomb’s request to declare a major disaster declaration for all of Indiana, freeing public funds for Indiana to battle the spread of the new coronavirus and support local economies.
The state has surpassed 100 total COVID-19 deaths – now at 102 total – after it reported 24 new COVID-19 deaths today. The number of deaths reflects people who died between March 29 and April 2.
“It’s a signal that we are at the start of this surge, but just at the start,” Holcomb said.
Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said, according to recent data, the mortality rate for Indiana residents diagnosed with COVID-19 is 2.9 percent. But Indiana has implemented targeted testing for the highest risk people and healthcare workers so far, meaning the real mortality rate is likely lower, she said.
Box said most people diagnosed with the disease have had underlying health conditions before contracting COVID-19, the disease stemming from the new coronavirus.