Stay-At-Home order extended, modified for Indiana, Holcomb announces

Gov. Holcomb gives update on coronavirus in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (FOX19) - An extension and some slight modifications for Indiana’s Stay-At-Home order was announced on Monday by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.

The Stay-At-Home order now goes until 11:59 p.m. May 1, the governor stated.

Part of the governor’s updated Stay-At-Home order, hospitals can begin conducting non-emergent procedures as long as there is sufficient personal protective equipment.

Examples of what are considered nonemergent procedures include:

  • Diagnosing cardiac issues or cancer
  • Upper or lower endoscopy
  • Respiratory procedures
  • Procedures to reduce pain

Governor Holcomb said future restrictions on procedures will be reevaluated every seven days.

Also, the governor offered clarity on other essential businesses like nurseries and garden centers in the updated executive order:

  • Nurseries and garden centers may be open for business as long as they limit the number of customers in their facility at any given time to achieve the Centers for Disease Control’s required social distancing, limit their hours of operation and consider implementing separate operating hours for the elderly and other vulnerable customers and comply with the social distancing, sanitation and other mitigation measures to protect its employees and the public.

One of the other changes under this updated order from the governor is that pet groomers at a pet salon or mobile unit and greenhouses can start to reopen.

Aside from these changes, everything else from the previous Stay-At-Home remains in effect, the governor said.

Moving forward, Governor Holcomb says the number of coronavirus deaths and cases will drive his decisions on moving forward.

“I want to thank Hoosiers in every corner of our state who have stayed socially-distanced and hunkered down. Lives are being saved, and we’re slowing the spread,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Continuing the course at this time is essential to flattening the curve while we also prepare to safely reopen Indiana for business.”

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced 505 new coronavirus cases on Monday.

The overall total of coronavirus cases across the Hoosier state is now 11,686, according to ISDH.

ISDH also reports seven more coronavirus deaths, which brings the total number of people killed from the virus to 569.

Here’ the breakdown of coronavirus cases and death in the FOX19 Now viewing area:

  • Franklin County: 90 cases, seven deaths
  • Switzerland County: 13 cases, zero deaths
  • Dearborn County: 68 cases, five deaths
  • Ohio County: one case, zero deaths
  • Ripley County: 82 cases, three deaths
  • Union County: six cases, zero deaths
  • Fayette County: 22 cases, four deaths

Death totals will increase over the next weeks, but Indiana State Health Commissioner Doctor Kristina Box says this will not be new deaths.

Dr. Box said on Monday they will begin to include presumptive COVID-19 deaths into the overall number of deaths.

Presumptive deaths, according to Dr. Box, are the deaths that occurred several weeks ago, but the cause couldn’t be attributed to the coronavirus at the time.

Of the positive cases, 23.4 percent are using ICU beds and 11.4 percent are using ventilators.

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