INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Indiana’s reopening plan will remain idle through the end of July, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on Wednesday.
Since July 1, Indiana has been at stage 4.5 of the governor’s plan. The state will remain at that stage for another few weeks now, the governor said.
Under this phase of the reopening plan, restaurant dining rooms, bars, and entertainment venues cannot increase capacity.
Here is a statement from Holcomb on July 1 when he first announced the reopening pause:
“While most of our health indicators remain positive, our data indicate 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.”
Guidelines for events with more than 250 people are also being changed under the 4.5 stage.
Starting on July 23, events with that amount of people will have to develop and submit plans to their local health departments outlining the steps they will take to mitigate against COVID-19, the governor announced.
These regulations also apply to fairs, festivals, parades, graduations, outdoor concerts, outdoor movies, family reunions, conferences, and weddings, according to Holcomb.
The governor’s announcement on Wednesday comes on the day when Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said the state’s positivity rate has increased over the past several weeks.
Data from the state health department shows almost a 3% increase in the seven-day average positivity rate from June 18 through July 11.
The positivity rate means how many people tested for COVID-19 are actually infected.
- June 18 - 4.2% positivity rate
- July 4 - 6.3% positivity rate
- July 11 - 7.1% positivity rate
The Indiana State Department of Health reports nearly 590,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the state. Of that number, 9.1% of tests came back positive for the virus.
12% of the state’s ICU beds are being used for COVID-19 patients with 35% of ICU beds overall available for use.
The state reports 53,370 positive cases total and nearly 2,600 deaths.