INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (FOX19) - Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday extended Indiana’s stay-at-home order until 11:59 p.m. April 20 as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise and the state faces a couple of crucial weeks.
He announced a multi-agency enforcement response team to enforce the order. They will respond to and investigate violations.
Enforcement of the order, which began just before midnight, will not begin until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to allow retailers, campgrounds and other establishments to make necessary adjustments, the governor said.
Holcomb also said Monday retail businesses that provide necessities may remain open, but there are certain guidelines they will have to follow:
- Limit number of customers in the store
- Adjust hours to accommodate “vulnerable populations”
- Limit hours to restock and clean
- Comply with all mitigation measures to protect employees and customers
“Hoosiers," the governor said in his daily news conference, “have done a great job adapting to the new rules put in place during this public health emergency, but I believe the next two weeks to month could be the most critical for all of us.
"So I am asking you to take even more precautions: only make in-person purchases when absolutely needed and use other delivery and pickup options when available. Limit who is traveling with you and entering stores.”
All campgrounds will be closed except for those who use recreational vehicles or cabins as their primary residence.
State parks will remain open to daily visitors.
Twelve more people in Indiana died due to coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 139, state health officials said Monday morning.
An additional 536 cases were confirmed, bringing the total of cases statewide to nearly 5,000 (4,944), according to the Indiana State Health Department (ISDH).
Ripley County’s confirmed cases increased by 10, from 60 to 70, between Sunday and Monday.
Counties in the FOX19 NOW viewing area:
- Franklin County: 55 cases, 6 deaths
- Switzerland County: 11 cases, 0 deaths
- Dearborn County: 38 cases, 1 death
- Ohio County: 1 case, 0 deaths
- Ripley County: 70 cases, 2 deaths
- Fayette County: 16 cases, 3 deaths
To date, 26,191 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 22,652 on Sunday.
More tests were conducted on Sunday, April 5 than any other day in the state so far during the pandemic, Indiana State Health Commissioner Doctor Kristina Box explained.
Despite still not having “quick turnaround tests,” which can return results in less than an hour, Dr. Box says Indiana’s testing is expanding.
Dr. Box also talked about the increasing need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical professionals and first-responders.
The PPE supplies left is very limited, according to Dr. Box.
ISDH estimates there are enough supplies to last a little more than 12 days based on estimated PPE usage at peak patient capacity.
She asked if anyone has any PPE that doesn’t need it to please donate it to those in the medical fields or first responders.