Today was Governor Holcomb’s weekly briefing focused on Coronavirus updates. He emphasized that we continue to be on track to move to the next stage of reopening on July 3rd. The growth in cases/hospitalizations seen in other states is not currently an issue here, but he reminded everyone that it is our behavior that impacts this. The virus is still clearly there and we are seeing a growth in positive cases in our “under 30” age group. While those younger people might not have any/significant symptoms, they can easily spread to the more vulnerable population, so it is imperative that they keep social distance from their elderly parents/grandparents, colleagues, etc. and wear masks when they are interacting in public settings. Dr. Box reminded us that “you don’t want to live with the lifetime knowledge that you unwittingly gave Covid-19 to someone who died or had very significant health impacts.”
Dr. Box shared an update on the Regenstrief hospitalization data. Of 41,611 distinct patients, 25% (just over 10,000) visited an Emergency Room. There were 6,819 hospitalized (16% of all cases) and 1452 spent time in the ICU (about 4% of total cases). Of those hospitalized, 8% remain in the hospital, 73% have been discharged, and 19% of them died. Of the total 41,000+, 76% have recovered.
Lt. Governor Crouch announced the Covid-19 Rental Assistance Program to provide up to $500 per month for up to 4 months to renters to improve housing stability and prevent evictions. The applications will go online July 13th at www.indianahousingnow.org. It does require landlord’s agreement to participate and the household must have less income (including Unemployment Insurance [UI] payments) than on March 6, 2020. The assistance can be retroactive to April 1st and the payments will go directly to the landlord. The program is available in all Counties except for Marion County, which is administering its own program with a direct CARES Act allocation. Related to this, the Governor announced that the current moratorium on evictions will be extended through July.
New Information and Updates:
- Since last Wednesday’s report, the state has reported re 2,127 new positive cases (43,140 total), 97 new deaths (2,386 total), and 60,651 new tests administered (431,833 total – an overall 10% positive rate) on the ISDH dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov as of midnight last night. There are an additional 192 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 state remains in Stage 4 – anticipated to be in effect until July 3rd. The details of how to operate are in Executive Order 20-32.
- Indiana’s Unemployment rate dropped last week from 16.9% to 12.3% and is now below the national average. And our Labor Participation Rate is 2.5% above the national average. Right now there are 93,000 available/open jobs posted on www.NextLevelJobs.org.
- The IN Economic Development Corporation has shared that there are 125 more companies that have signed new job creation agreements, but the announcement has not yet been made. Governor Holcomb noted that “for certain segments of our society, things are going quite well. We have to make sure that opportunity is spread to all segments of our population.
- Any Hoosier who wants to be tested, can be tested at any of the ISDH/OptumServe sites. You can register at: https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123. There are more than 200+ Covid-19 testing sites across the state – all with available capacity (some of those do have some requirements for testing – the map shows options near you).
- Once a person applies for UI, the employer receives notice and has the opportunity to confirm that it is legitimate or dispute the claim. This delay in first payment (14 day waiting period) and opportunity for employer communication is a vital part of reducing fraud in the Indiana UI system.
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.
- Blood supplies continue to run dangerously low in many Indiana communities. Anyone interested in donating or scheduling a donation drive can learn more at: donation/collection in communities.
- 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.
- 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