New steps to slow coronavirus spread as Indiana reports 3 new deaths, 645 cases

Ind. Gov. Holcomb speaks on COVID-19

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a series of new orders Thursday to try to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The changes were announced hours after COVID-17 cases in Indiana rose to 645 Thursday, with three new deaths for a total of 17, according to state health officials.

They include:

  • The Department of Workforce Development has suspended the required one-week waiting period before paying unemployment benefits to allow people to receive their checks more quickly. The suspension is retroactive to March 8, 2020.
  • Hoosiers with chronic health issues will be able to receive a 90-day supply of their non-controlled prescription medication, such as insulin or cholesterol medications.
  • Medicaid recipients can use their benefits to cover costs of using alternate forms of transportation such as ride-sharing services for appointments to see their healthcare providers.
  • The Family and Social Services Administration has additional funding flexibility to allow for additional home delivery of meals.
  • The Department of Local Government Finance has extended deadlines related to local government finances.

A total of 4,651 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, up from 3,356 on Wednesday.

Marion County had the most new cases with 67, while Hamilton, Johnson, and Lake counties each had 12.

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at

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