INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (FOX19) - Indiana will remain idle in its reopening plan for a few more weeks, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on Wednesday.
The governor said Indiana will stay in stage 4.5 of the reopening plan through August 27.
This isn’t the first time Gov. Holcomb has paused the state’s reopening plan.
Stage 4.5 was originally put in place on July 1 and at the time the governor said Indiana would stay there until July 17.
However, as the state approached that target date Gov. Holcomb announced on July 15 Indiana would not move forward. Instead, he chose to keep the state in stage 4.5 until the end of the month.
Now, two weeks later, the governor announced Indiana will stay in this stage for another four weeks.
Under this phase of the reopening plan, restaurant dining rooms, bars, and entertainment venues cannot increase capacity.
Gov. Holcomb did say the local government can impose stronger guidelines if they choose to do so.
The initial pause of Indiana’s reopening plan was because of the increase in the daily positive rate, Gov. Holcomb said in early-July.
Here is the seven-day average positivity rate from June 18 through July 21, according to the state health department:
- June 18: 4.5% (the state originally reported this was 4.2%)
- July 4: 6.5% (the state originally reported this was 6.3%)
- July 11: 7.1%
- July 21: 6.8%
A total of 724,238 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Indiana, according to the Indiana State Health Department (ISDH)
The state health department also reported 630 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
Overall, the state has reported a total of 64,299 cases, according to ISDH.
Indiana’s death toll increased by eight with Wednesday’s report.
2,733 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19, the ISDH reports.