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Holcomb extends Indiana’s coronavirus emergency declaration for the 14th time

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO/NETWORK INDIANA): Gov. Eric Holcomb is extending the state’s emergency declaration again.

The declaration over the coronavirus pandemic will now be extended until Memorial Day, May 31. This will be the 14th time that Holcomb has extended the declaration. His previous extension of the emergency order was set to expire today.

“The spread and consequences of this disease in the Hoosier state remain as demonstrated by a 7-day average positivity rate of 4.5%; new confirmed cases daily; continued hospitalizations; and tragically, continued deaths from COVID-19,” the governor said in the new declaration.

A total of 12,913 Hoosiers have died from the coronavirus, and nearly 719,000 Hoosiers have contracted the virus since March 6, 2020.

On Wednesday in the latest update, the map showed the largest outbreaks are in northern Indiana counties — DeKalb, Elkhart, LaGrange, LaPorte, Steuben and Whitley — and in Jefferson County, which is across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky.

Businesses are still required to develop and implement plans to protect employees, customers, clients and members under the new declaration. The plans must be publicly posted.

The latest declaration also notes that local government officials cannot issue laws or orders that may contradict or be less-restrictive than public health emergency limits set by the state. Localities can have more-restrictive rules, such as Marion County’s continuing mask mandate.

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Kathleen S Allwein April 30, 2021 at 8:09 am

Holcomb just lost my vote…

Reply April 30, 2021 at 9:37 am

Hope someone else runs in the primary.

Loyal Hoosier April 30, 2021 at 4:58 pm

Indiana can end this tyranny and achieve a community health & economic advantage by:
1) Ban use of the highly faulty PCR test
a) it generates random numbers leading to faulty policy
b) doctors treat the whole of symptoms – the PCR test does NOT influence treatment
2) Set a proper covid response objective that looks at more than just ICU capacity
a) direct the billions spent on faulty pcr tests into expanding ICU capacity
b) this one narrow metric is insufficient for setting policy and it leads to lockdowns
– stats match common sense: lockdowns, reduced exercise, increased obesity, increased
stress, all lead to a reduced immune system.

Jan Ward RN April 30, 2021 at 11:56 pm

Right thing to do

Cks May 1, 2021 at 8:46 pm

I’m moving to Florida this Fall. Enough already.

Nick Deeter May 1, 2021 at 8:58 pm

Is the Michigan Governor running Indiana now too? I am choosing not to participate.

Rachel May 3, 2021 at 7:21 am

Let’s be honest, this isn’t about keeping us safe. That’s laughable. This is about those dollars that keep rolling in under this continued emergency declaration…where is that money going exactly? FOLLOW THE MONEY. I wish Hoosiers would grow a pair and tell Holcomb to shove it. After all, he’s an elected official, not a dictator.

Rocky May 3, 2021 at 3:38 pm

Indiana House of Reps….Where are you??… didn’t you just pass the Law giving you the power to stop Holcomb’s Dictatorship???

Diane May 4, 2021 at 8:48 am

Why does the governor need to extend the states emergency declaration for all of Indiana? One size does not fit all. If a county is doing well why shouldn’t they be free of the emergency declaration. Frankly, I think this decision is overreach of power. I think the governor is doing his best but I think he is erring on the side of over cautiousness.


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