Gov. Holcomb signs executive order to resume elective medical procedures starting Sunday

Published: Apr. 24, 2020 at 5:02 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (FOX19) - Governor Eric Holcomb signed an order that will allow health care providers and medical facilities to resume elective medical procedures starting Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

The order says that health care providers can resume this as long as they follow procedures and have enough personal protective equipment, PPE, to protect patients and medical workers against the novel coronavirus.

The Indiana State Health Commission, Dr. Kristina Box says Indiana has 1,178,000 PPE, and expects to receive 150,000 to 300,000 of PPE items this week.

The ISDH says that 656 additional Hoosiers were reported to have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

That brings the total number to 13,680 of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus. A total of 741 Hoosiers have died to date.

Dr. Box, said that there are 79 presumptive COVID-19 deaths, meaning that a physician declared that the death was a COVID-19 death, but no COVID-19 positive test was documented on that person.

This is in addition to the 35 positive COVID-19 deaths that were announced Friday.

The ISDH says that 75,553 tests are reported, up from 72,040 on Thursday.

Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box, announced Thursday that they would be partnering with the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health to conduct a COVID-19 study.

“The scientifically designed study will examine the prevalence of COVID-19 among Hoosiers,” said Dr. Box. “The study will also give us a better understanding of the extent to which individuals are showing antibodies that indicate signs of past infection.”

Dr. Box says starting Saturday, Health officials will select Indiana residents to ensure that they accurately reflect racial, ethnic, and geographic demographics of Indiana.

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Indiana residents, ages 12 and up, will be selected randomly in each district, to begin COVID-19 testing, said Dr. Nir Menachemi, Fairbanks Chair of Public Health.

Governor Eric Holcomb says the state is still looking for ways to reopen the economy. He will not extend the stay-at-home order until the end of May. It is expected to start to slowly reopen May 1.

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