The newest Executive Order, EO 20-32, providing guidelines for reopening Indiana to Stage 4 was posted yesterday. As reported Wednesday, Indiana moved to Stage 4 this morning, 2 days ahead of the originally announced timeframe. It is anticipated that Indiana will remain in Stage 4 until July 3rd. The Governor also shared today that his briefings will move to Wednesdays only barring any significant developments in between Wednesdays.
Dr. Box, Executive Director of the IN State Department of Health (ISDH), reported that the ISDH/OptumServe sites are now open to anyone who lives or works in Indiana and wants to get tested regardless of symptoms or whether they fall into a high risk category. Anyone who works in Indiana and wants tested must call 888-634-1123 to arrange for the test. She did issue a reminder that just because you test negative today doesn’t mean that you are still negative later that day or the following day. Other testing sites may also allow anyone to get tested; if you hover over a location on the Map of 200+ Testing Sites, you will see any requirements of that testing location.
She also reported that the IN Coronavirus website will be updated later today to begin sharing positive test counts by zip codes. This granular data level has been asked for by many reporters and individuals as the information can help mobile testing options and/or other resources to be directed to the hardest hit sections of a community.
BMV branches will be open for walk-in service beginning Monday 6/15 and will resume the same operating hours they had prior to mid-March. Since March, the State has paid $2.55B in UI payments (666.5M state funding and $1.89B in federal funds) with $259.43M of that paid in June. The office has been able to reduce call times significantly with current waits averaging 12 minutes. Hoosiers are still encouraged to do as many transactions as possible at www.MyBMV.com or through the 24-hour kiosks.
And, we had the weekly update on Unemployment Insurance (UI). The week ending June 6th, saw 23,605 Hoosiers apply for UI, up slightly from the 23,591 the week before. Hoosiers seeking assistance with additional training, finding a new or additional job, or wanting a career coach should visit YourNextStepIN.org.
New Information and Updates:
- There were 452 new positive cases (39,146 total), 16 new deaths (2,214 total), and 8,019 new tests administered (335,180 total, up from 291,000 tests a week ago) reported on the state’s dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov as of midnight last night. There are an additional 182 probable Covid-19 deaths (X-Ray, CT, symptoms & exam consistent w/Covid-19, but no positive test received). Detailed data about hospitalization rates and comorbidity analysis is available at: www.regenstrief.org/covid-dashboard
- The latest analyzation of hospitalization and recovery rates looked at 37,694 individuals who tested positive. Of those, 26% visited an ER and 6,314 (17%) were ultimately hospitalized. So far, 73% have been discharged, 8% remain hospitalized, and 19% have died. Overall, approximately 73% of positive cases have recovered, an increase over the 67% reported last week.
Resources & Reminders:
- All of the Governor’s Executive Orders can be found here. In addition to the language in the EO’s, there is helpful industry-specific information in the Industry Guidelines on the “Back On Track Indiana” webpage.
- YourNextStepIN.org is a one-stop shop for those seeking work, wanting a career coach, finding ways to increase skills or even resources regarding unemployment insurance, childcare, healthcare, and food assistance.
- The Unemployment Insurance website has up-to-date information including a regularly updated FAQ; dates for webinars, Facebook live events, etc. (for employers and individuals) posted here and a listing of available jobs can always be found at www.indianacareerconnect.com with frequently planned virtual job fairs.
- Increased funds are available for individuals seeking training through the Workforce Ready Grant program and for employers using the Employer Training Grant program.
- Supplemental PPE for small businesses and non-profits is available from the state’s PPE Marketplace. Anyone able to make or donate PPE, services, or other products can contact: COVIDResponse@iedc.in.gov.
- Those needing mortgage or rent assistance should call 1-877-GET-HOPE or go to: www.877GetHope.org.
- Check the Wi-Fi Hotspot Map if you need internet access for work or school.
- If you have questions about tax deadlines for yourself or your business, check www.in.gov/dor.
- If you haven’t done so already, complete your 2020 Census at www.my2020census.gov.
- Blood supplies are low; anyone interested in donating or scheduling a donation drive can learn more at: donation/collection in communities.
- If you or someone you know is contemplating Suicide: call 800-273-TALK, text HOME to 741741, or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Anyone experiencing Domestic Violence can get immediate help at 800-799-7233, text LOVEIS to 866-331-9474, or visit www.thehotline.org/help
- To find a resource for Addiction Recovery, go to: www.in.gov/recovery/
- The IN Department of Education guidance for K-12 schools and the Family and Social Services Guidelines for outdoor visitation at Long Term Care (LTC) Facilities are available to the public