The Governor of Indiana announced on Wednesday that some coronavirus restrictions are being restored after weeks of COVID-19 hospitalizations and a surge in deaths.
Holcomb said in the coronavirus update that as the state’s cases, positive rates, and hospitalization rates increase, he plans to sign a new executive order on Sunday that will bring back some of the requirements for residents, as well as those for emergencies. Targeted restrictions in counties with substantial growth.
Holcomb said: “We are in the middle of the second surge.”
Holcomb’s new measures will limit the population size of counties with high-risk levels of coronavirus transmission. As of Wednesday, an update from the state health department will cover 87 of the 92 counties in the state.
The executive order starting this weekend will limit the population to 20 people in the high-risk Red County and 50 people in the second-highest Orange County. The new order will also limit K-1
Holcomb said he also extended the state-wide mask usage period for another month.
Holcomb decided in late September to remove almost all business and population restrictions in Indiana. Since then, Indiana hospitals have seen a 200% increase in COVID-19 patients, while the average death toll for seven consecutive days has soared from 10 to 38 per day, only slightly below the state’s peak in late April.
Almost every county in Indiana faces a high level of risk for the spread of the coronavirus because of the dramatic increase in COVID-19 hospitalization and deaths in the state since the statewide restrictions were almost lifted seven weeks ago.
In its weekly tracking map update released on Wednesday, the Indiana Department of Health ranked 87 of the state’s 92 counties as the two highest among the four risk levels, compared with 53 counties at that level last week . The agency gave the most dangerous red ratings to nine counties in rural areas of the state. No one gets the lowest blue rating.
Indiana reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, setting a one-day record for the second time in less than a week, as state health officials confirmed 5,156 new positive virus cases and another 31 deaths .
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the state has now reported 224,374 cases, with a surge in new cases in recent weeks. The state also reported 4,512 deaths related to the coronavirus during the pandemic, and another 250 were classified as “probable” COVID-19 deaths.
The positive rate in Indiana continues to climb, and the current 7-day positive rate for all tests is 10.3%. Calculated as the percentage of residents who tested positive, the rate is currently 19.9% in the past 7 days.
According to the Indiana Department of Health, the state’s hospitalization has continued to surge in recent weeks and hit a record high, as there are currently 2,554 patients hospitalized for coronavirus or coronavirus-like diseases. Currently, coronavirus patients are using about 30% of the state’s intensive care beds, while COVID-19 patients are using 7% of the state’s ventilators.
Holcomb said: “There are only too many tools to bend the trajectory downward.”
Holcomb, who won the second governor last week, has previously stated that he will not make any changes to his policy on handling COVID-19, which is the main point of contention during the campaign.
He said in a pandemic briefing a week ago that there are no rumors that Indiana will shut down again after the election.
Since then, the governor has emphasized that health officials give priority to addressing the spread of the virus at the county level, adding: “We just don’t make decisions based on politics.”