Indiana puts the brakes on reopening plan

Indiana governor's July 1 COVID-19 briefing

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Gov. Eric Holcomb says Indiana is going to make some changes to its reopening plan.

Restaurant dining rooms, bars, and entertainment venues will not be able to increase capacity through at least July 17.

The governor says the change is being made because:

  • The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized and admitted daily has increased during the past week.
  • There has been an increase in the daily positive rate.

Patients hospitalized with the coronavirus were at 961 on June 2 and 595 on June 26, according to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).

By July 1, coronavirus hospitalizations were up to 668, the ISDH’s data shows.

“While most of our health indicators remain positive, our data indicates a need to be extra cautious, which is why we will pause much of our Back on Track roadmap. I urge Hoosiers to maintain vigilance in social distancing and wearing masks so we can continue to reopen our state for business,” Holcomb said.

With the Fourth of July holiday upcoming, Gov. Holcomb said he is giving the “green light” for most outdoor activities like parades.

Fairs, festivals and other similar events may open beginning July 4.

Pari-mutuel horse racing and county and state fair racing may begin with 50 percent spectator capacity.

Youth overnight camps may reopen.

School extra-curricular activities and co-curricular activities may resume July 6.

Indoor visitation at assisted living facilities and nursing homes may begin July 54.

He said outdoor events can go ahead but people should keep their social distance and “mask up.”

Coronavirus Cases, Deaths & Tests

371 new coronavirus cases were reported by the state health department on Wednesday.

These new numbers bring Indiana’s total number of cases to 45,952.

A total of 2,456 Hoosiers have died from the coronavirus after the ISDH reported another eight deaths on Wednesday.

489,716 people in Indiana have been tested for the coronavirus.

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