Indiana governor orders residents to stay home due to virus

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday ordered residents to remain in their homes except for essential errands in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, mirroring similar orders in adjacent Illinois and Ohio.

Posted: Mar 23, 2020 12:18 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 11:11 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHI) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday ordered residents to remain in their homes except for essential errands in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, mirroring similar orders in adjacent Illinois and Ohio.

The governor said these next two weeks are crucial to stopping the spread. 

Holcomb said Monday that the order still allows the state’s 6.8 million residents to seek essentials including groceries and medicine and makes exemptions for employees of crucial industries.

The state has reported seven deaths and 259 virus infections. The state’s most recent death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, was an adult over the age of 60 in northeastern Indiana’s. Allen County’s health department announced his death Sunday, the Indiana State Department of Health said.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild cases recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe ones can take three to six weeks to get better.

The governors of adjacent Illinois, Ohio and Michigan, as well other states, have ordered residents to remain in their homes, except for to perform essential tasks, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

On Friday, he delayed Indiana’s May 5th primary election until June 2nd but said he would need to see more signs that the virus was spreading statewide before taking action to order residents to stay home.

The governor has ordered all schools to remain closed until at least May 1, banned public gatherings of more than 50 people and closed restaurants for all but pick up and carry out business.

"One infected person infects two, and those two infect two more and so on and so on. We'll get back to the day where we can all join in person in full force, but until that day lets continue to spread the word, not COVID-19," said Governor Holcomb. 

Read Governor Holcomb's full address below the map.

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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's full address below

If you’re watching this at home, I’m grateful.

That means, hopefully, you’re social distancing, not spreading the contagious coronavirus COVID-19, for which there’s still no cure.

That means, you’re being part of the solution, not the problem.

So on behalf of the state, I thank you.

But because both the infection rate and the death rate continue to climb, Indiana, we need to do more!

Our neighbors and our economy need to see that we’re taking steps that will help flatten curve to ensure our healthcare system is able to treat the most vulnerable.

To best do that, let me lay out five points.

First, as of Tuesday, your state government personnel will not be a reason you have to get out of your house.

The state will be reduced to only the absolute essential workforce level, such as state hospitals, police, prison staff, child protection services, health and our already activated National Guard.

We’ll be maximizing remote work, online and call centers to continue core functions, such as unemployment insurance and welfare applications.

Whatever nonessential state business that has to be conducted in person will have to wait.

Citizens shouldn’t worry!

This means all types of licenses issued by the state will automatically be
extended by 60 days, and law enforcement officials are not going to be
issuing citations, for say, expired drivers licenses or registrations.

Second, let me also say how proud I am of our five central Indiana
hospitals.

In order to expand capacity and enhance coordination and save lives, we’re
activating a comprehensive healthcare-oriented Emergency Operations Center, jointly run by Marion County, our capital city, and the
state.

This center will centrally inventory and provide support for personnel,
supplies (like ventilators, masks, goggles, gloves and gowns and space),
as we move into the patient surge for COVID-19 phase.

By supporting movement and coordination between all hospital systems,
we will not leave any healthcare delivery system alone in their struggle to
take care of Hoosiers, both those affected by the pandemic and those with
other illnesses.

I’m thrilled that our hospital systems have once again stepped up to
participate in this innovative initial phase of the process – Eskenazi,
Community, Ascension, IU Health, and Franciscan.

They are all together going to quickly be able to respond to unmet needs
and pool precious resources for the state’s wellbeing.

This is yet another example of Indiana responding to uncommon problems
with uncommon solutions.

Think about this, on March 1, New York had one positive confirmed case of
coronavirus.

Today, 22 days later, they have more than 15,000!

And it’s growing, not slowing.

Their hospitals are being overrun.

That’s what we’re trying to manage and avoid, which is why we need to
slow the spread – now.

Yes, we started with the central Indiana hospitals, only because that’s
where we’ve seen the most community spread. Friday, Marion County had
47 positive cases. On Saturday, there were 82. Today, the number is 110.
Overall, three Marion County residents have died.

This hybrid approach will be replicated across the state to ensure we are
the best prepared to address the spread in each quadrant of our state.

Because we know COVID-19 is spreading statewide. On March 6, Indiana
had one positive case. Today, we have 259!

Third, in times of trouble, in times of not being able to be in total control, in
times of such uncertainty, many of us find comfort, find strength – in fact,
we find guidance – in our faith.

Our statewide faith leaders have become in high demand, whether we all
realize it or not.

I want to thank all of our faith leaders who are live-streaming their
services.

I was told yesterday, five central Indiana pastors live-streamed their
sermons to over 50,000 Hoosiers.

If ever there was an essential service, our houses of worship are on the top
of the list, right next to our doctors and nurses.

Thanks to all the faith leaders for realizing the church is a body, not a
building, especially in the difficult and different days ahead.

We’ll get back to the day when we can all join in person, in full force, but
until that day, let’s continue to spread the word – not COVID19!

And fourth, to all our healthcare heroes out there pulling double shifts,
everyday, putting their lives on hold so they can tend to others, this is your
finest hour, and our entire state’s depending on you like never before.

To all the schools and churches and businesses, like Subaru and Toyota
and Fiat Chrysler and the biggest mall owner-operator in the world, Simon
Malls, that have shut down;

To General Motors who is redeploying their Kokomo workforce and
converting their production line to make ventilators;

To all the breweries that have converted their businesses into hand
sanitizer production lines;

To all the manufacturers out there, who have donated their own protective
gear to hospitals and to the state;

To all those businesses that have gone to multiple shifts to spread out the
work and their work forces;

To the union shops who are asking their contractors to drop off the needed
items our hospitals are asking for;

To all the gritty restaurant owners, who are trying to survive by adapting
overnight to a new “to-go only” business model;

(I’ve personally ordered to-go, every day to support our local entrepreneurs
during these tough unprecedented times);

And I know, large and long-established restaurants have gone from – one
told me the other day – 56 employees to four.

Small family-owned diners have closed. Without the tables turning, they
can’t afford staff, let alone the light bill or rent.

So, to everyone who’s been playing by the rules, to all those companies
contributing to our war effort to slow the spread – we say thank you!

Ladies and gentlemen, we owe it to our private sector, the ones who risk
their capital, and put in endless work days and nights – who were taken for granted during all those good times, when our economy was booming, just
two weeks ago.

We owe it to them to get through this as fast as we can.
It was for that reason that last week, I directed that for restaurants and bars
to remain open, they must pivot to carry-out only.

Yet a week later, we know that’s not being followed by all.

And we know it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bushel.

We know, one infected person infects two, and those two infect two more –
and so on, and so on.

Today, I signed an Executive Order that instructs the ATC to suspend any
and all food and beverage licenses for those who violate the order.

Additionally, I’ve signed another Executive Order that calls on all Hoosiers
to hunker down, stay at home, unless you’re going out on an essential
errand, or essential work or essential business and operations.

Other states have recently come out with similar directives.

Ohio has stay at home. Kentucky yesterday evening rolled one out.

Illinois a few days before them both.

We’re all seeing the same trends or waves coming, especially in the dense
areas, but it is spreading to all counties. So, stay home, get groceries only
when you really need them and buy only what you really need.

I’m telling you, the next two weeks are critical – that’s March 24 through
April 7 – if we’re going to slow the spread, and we must slow the spread.

My fellow Hoosiers, the State of our State is in a much different place than
when I gave that annual address just over two months ago in January.

But because we were one of the most recession-resilient states in America
going into this, I know we’ll bounce back better than some others.

We’ll continue to work with our federal partners at FEMA, the Army Corps
of Engineers, the CDC, HHS, the President and Vice President, and our
own congressional delegation, on both sides of the aisle, to get the
financial help to the people most in need – and get it there now.

A year ago last week, we had 3,100 Hoosiers file for unemployment
benefits.

Fast forward exactly a year later. Last week we had over 54,000 Hoosiers
file for help.

And so whether you’re an employee or employer, whether you’re dealing
with mental, physical, or financial health issues, whether you’re a small
town or big city, the state of Indiana will work with our federal partners as
we steer through the rocky, shallow waters ahead.

And, lastly, fifth, here’s something you don’t often hear from elected
officials, but it needs to be said.

I want to thank our local press corps for putting out critically important
information on the effects and impacts of the coronavirus.

Make no mistake about it, this disease is killing people.

Time is of the essence.

And the best thing we can do for each other, for this generation, and for our
economy, is to get a handle on the virus by slowing the spread.

That’s what we have power over.

That’s the power of one, and what you can do.

That’s your power.

And that’s the power, that together, we’ll remain Indiana strong!

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(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Cases: 1177241

Reported Deaths: 22528
CountyCasesDeaths
Cook4709339291
DuPage761561188
Will64432882
Lake58864915
Kane50242708
Winnebago28194431
Madison27715451
St. Clair25173463
McHenry24076261
Champaign17908123
Peoria16772260
Sangamon16028216
McLean14485156
Tazewell13397239
Rock Island12991285
Kankakee12383188
Kendall1093783
LaSalle10681216
Macon9386185
Vermilion8487114
DeKalb8165111
Adams7970113
Williamson6763119
Boone590471
Whiteside5881146
Clinton555189
Coles515990
Grundy506762
Knox5010131
Ogle497373
Jackson458560
Effingham448169
Macoupin432178
Henry430456
Marion4253111
Livingston414475
Franklin412665
Stephenson406273
Monroe403280
Jefferson3953115
Randolph395177
Woodford363360
Morgan356776
Montgomery346067
Lee332443
Logan329952
Christian328565
Bureau327373
Fayette306152
Perry302357
Fulton283044
Iroquois276560
Jersey247945
Douglas241032
McDonough230440
Lawrence228524
Saline227046
Union218134
Shelby211834
Crawford200021
Bond189124
Cass187522
Pike168249
Clark167329
Hancock166529
Warren166243
Wayne166248
Richland163238
Jo Daviess159822
White159525
Washington157223
Carroll156434
Ford156344
Edgar153737
Moultrie148622
Clay142241
Greene137631
Johnson133911
Piatt130714
Wabash129612
Mercer127532
De Witt127322
Mason127141
Massac124932
Cumberland118318
Jasper110217
Menard10318
Marshall83114
Hamilton78315
Schuyler6745
Pulaski6675
Brown6586
Stark53522
Edwards52210
Henderson4958
Calhoun4752
Scott4481
Alexander4428
Gallatin4354
Putnam4093
Hardin34412
Pope2803
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Unassigned02198

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Cases: 657037

Reported Deaths: 12450
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion901321624
Lake48105871
Allen35552632
Hamilton31839393
St. Joseph29538510
Elkhart25261412
Vanderburgh21115377
Tippecanoe19765197
Johnson16242352
Porter15838267
Hendricks15723296
Clark11843179
Madison11672314
Vigo11503228
Monroe10248158
Delaware9788178
LaPorte9720194
Howard9017194
Kosciusko8514107
Bartholomew7373147
Warrick7369146
Hancock7362128
Floyd7139164
Wayne6586188
Grant6395157
Morgan6040124
Boone603388
Dubois5868111
Dearborn540266
Henry539492
Marshall5390104
Cass537199
Noble506775
Jackson462063
Shelby458490
Lawrence4154111
Gibson399681
Harrison395160
Clinton392353
DeKalb382078
Montgomery381583
Knox354484
Miami354063
Whitley346235
Huntington338176
Steuben335955
Wabash328775
Putnam325959
Ripley325161
Adams320249
Jasper312943
White295351
Jefferson292770
Daviess284296
Fayette270255
Decatur269388
Greene259978
Posey259731
Wells255374
Scott248446
LaGrange240170
Clay238944
Randolph225076
Spencer215830
Jennings213544
Washington207727
Sullivan202038
Fountain200341
Starke185950
Owen181652
Jay177328
Fulton176437
Carroll175618
Perry172435
Orange170450
Rush163922
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Vermillion158040
Tipton145441
Parke137915
Pike127232
Blackford120027
Pulaski105643
Newton96431
Brown94639
Benton91113
Crawford90113
Martin80114
Switzerland7507
Warren74612
Union66810
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