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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Indiana Coronavirus Cases

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

Confirmed Cases: 34211

Reported Deaths: 2125
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9761576
Lake3573186
Allen160069
Cass15877
St. Joseph126634
Elkhart126228
Hendricks116671
Hamilton115493
Johnson1097108
Madison58659
Porter53428
Bartholomew50834
Clark49741
LaPorte43023
Howard40428
Tippecanoe3933
Delaware38536
Jackson3821
Shelby37122
Hancock33127
Floyd31839
Boone31635
Morgan27824
Vanderburgh2662
Montgomery23817
White2338
Noble22821
Clinton2271
Decatur22431
Grant21022
Dubois1993
Harrison19422
Henry17211
Greene16924
Vigo1688
Dearborn16821
Monroe16712
Warrick16628
Lawrence15924
Miami1401
Putnam1367
Jennings1304
Kosciusko1271
Orange12622
Scott1193
Franklin1108
Ripley1086
Marshall1021
Carroll932
Daviess8516
Steuben832
Wayne785
Fayette777
Newton7710
Wabash772
LaGrange762
Jasper661
Washington521
Clay511
Jay500
Fulton491
Randolph473
Rush462
Pulaski460
Jefferson451
Whitley413
Starke393
DeKalb371
Sullivan351
Owen341
Brown331
Perry320
Wells310
Benton300
Knox280
Huntington272
Tipton251
Blackford252
Crawford240
Fountain212
Switzerland200
Spencer201
Parke170
Adams171
Posey160
Gibson152
Ohio130
Warren121
Martin110
Vermillion100
Union90
Pike60
Unassigned0167

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

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

Confirmed Cases: 118917

Reported Deaths: 5330
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook771193603
Lake8238288
DuPage7620368
Kane6259176
Will5510273
Winnebago220955
McHenry153972
St. Clair112180
Kankakee90045
Kendall77819
Rock Island65124
Champaign6277
Madison57259
Boone44117
DeKalb3994
Sangamon34829
Jackson28210
Randolph2694
Peoria2218
McLean21813
Ogle2033
Stephenson2012
Macon19419
Clinton18617
Union15510
LaSalle15013
Whiteside13912
Iroquois1314
Coles12615
Out of IL1181
Warren1150
Jefferson10116
Grundy982
Knox980
Monroe9511
McDonough8711
Lee811
Unassigned800
Cass730
Tazewell725
Henry690
Williamson661
Pulaski560
Marion500
Jasper457
Macoupin452
Adams441
Perry420
Montgomery391
Vermilion391
Morgan361
Christian354
Livingston342
Jo Daviess320
Douglas270
Fayette203
Ford201
Jersey201
Menard200
Woodford192
Mason180
Washington180
Hancock170
Mercer170
Carroll162
Shelby161
Bureau151
Schuyler130
Bond121
Franklin120
Clark110
Crawford110
Fulton110
Moultrie110
Piatt110
Brown100
Cumberland100
Logan100
Wayne91
Alexander80
Henderson80
Johnson80
Effingham71
Massac70
Saline70
Greene50
Marshall50
De Witt40
Lawrence40
Richland30
Stark30
Clay20
Edwards20
Gallatin20
Hamilton20
Wabash20
White20
Calhoun10
Edgar10
Hardin10
Pike10
Pope10
Putnam10
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