7 new deaths in Indiana, bringing state’s total to 24

Indiana Gov. Holcomb updates coronavirus response as state nears 1,000 cases

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - On Friday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced that 338 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

That brings to 981 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus.

The state announced seven new deaths bringing the total to 24.

To date, 6,936 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 4,651 on Thursday.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that offenders at the Miami Correctional Facility are producing face masks, personal protection gowns, face shields and hand sanitizer to be used in the fight against the coronavirus.

After the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the state, the Department of Correction changed the mission of Indiana Correctional Industry’s production lines at Miami Correctional from offender uniforms to the production of personal protective equipment.

The DOC plans to repurpose another production line at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility to expand the production of protective equipment.

Gov. Holcomb outlined these additional efforts from INDOT and the National Guard:

  • To speed up deliveries to retailers, commercial trucks hauling products essential to COVID-19 response are eligible for an emergency overweight vehicle permit. The permit will allow trucks to operate in the state at 90,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight rather than 80,000 lbs. through at least April 13. Trucking companies and drivers needing this permit should call 317-615-7320.
  • The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), in partnership with the state’s food banks, the Indy Hunger Network and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, has developed a statewide, interactive map that will help Hoosiers seeking food assistance find what they need. Click here to see the map: https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/5768.htm
    • There are two types of organizations shown on the map: food pantries and meal sites. Food pantries are locations where Hoosiers can pick up groceries to prepare and use at their homes. Meal sites serve packed meals, ready to take home and eat.
  • The Indiana National Guard is being deployed to six food banks across the state to help sort and pack food for distribution to food pantries.
    • The food banks are in Marion County (2), Bloomington, Lafayette, Fort Wayne, and Merrillville.
    • The Indiana National Guard will also work at mobile food distribution sites across the state.

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