Holcomb modifies executive order to allow more medical procedures starting April 27


Gov. Eric Holcomb clarified aspects of his stay-at-home executive order and announced loosening of restrictions on some medical procedures.

According to the order, as long as there is sufficient personal protective equipment, staff and other resources for the COVID-19 response, hospitals are allowed to conduct medical procedures meant to diagnose, screen and treat medical conditions “that have the potential for short-term or long-term morbidity and/or mortality.” The changes will go into effect starting April 27.

Any restrictions involving medical procedures will be evaluated every seven days, Holcomb said during a press conference.

Holcomb said Indiana residents and their commitment to social distancing made the measures possible.

“You’re slowing the spread,” Holcomb said during the press conference.

He also clarified that the order permitted outdoor activity such as yard work, gardening, planting and landscaping at residential, commercial and industrial properties and farms.

Nurseries and garden centers may also stay open for business as long as they adhere to the same standards imposed on essential businesses, according to a press release.

Pet grooming at pet salons, stores or mobile units is permitted, as well.

The Indiana State Dept. of Health announced that 505 additional Hoosiers were diagnosed with COVID-19 yesterday, and an additional 431 today. That brings to 12,097 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the virus following corrections to yesterday’s total.

The new cases and new tests reported today are lower than expected due to a technology issue, according to the ISDH, and should not be interpreted as a decline in new infections. The ISDH expects additional positive cases not included in today’s to be reported in coming days.

A total of 630 Hoosiers have died to date from the disease, including 61 additional deaths reported today. Only seven deaths were reported Monday, but ISDH officials warned the lower number was not indicative of a trend, that, instead, reduced weekend processing was a more probable cause. Deaths are reported based on when data is received by the ISDH, and the deaths reported today occurred between April 7 and April 20.

To date, 67,264 tests have been reported to the ISDH, up from 64,649 on Monday.


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