The Governor and Dr. Box, director of the IN State Department of Health, discussed the increasing rates of infection and hospitalization (667 in hospital on July 7 vs. low of 595 on June 26) over the past week confirm the decision made to pause the planned the Back on Track plan where we are with capacity limits on indoor activities. Both individuals stressed that, “if you’re planning to attend an event, please stick to your safety plan: wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and stay home if you’re sick.” They plan to do their next update next Wednesday to announce plans for any changes that would be scheduled to take place on July 18th.
Dr. Box shared the latest Regenstrief data on hospitalization. Of 47,329 distinct patients: 11,727 (25%) visited an Emergency Room (ER), 7,333 were hospitalized (16% hospitalization rate), and 1,540 (21%) of the 7,333 required care in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Approximately 78% (36,999) of those diagnosed have recovered. Overall, the rates of those needing hospitalization and ICU care has held relatively steady over the past few weeks (actual #’s have ticked up as total cases have gone up). It does not appear to support the idea that the virus is “weakening” at this point.
The IN Economic Development Council announced today that they are starting to ship PPE to schools that have requested packets for getting back to school. Each school that requested supplies will get reusable face masks for students & employees along with 100 2 or 4 ounce bottles of hand sanitizer and also large bottles of sanitizer.
Additionally, the PPE Marketplace for small businesses is moving to the IN PPE Directory. Launching later today, businesses will be able to connect directly to IN companies for a reliable option for ordering PPE. Any small business or nonprofit can connect to the directory to see PPE that is available and order it directly from the manufacturer/seller.
When asked why they believe Indiana has fared better than many other states that have seen significant surges in numbers, Holcomb and Box cited a number of reasons including: quick reaction in the beginning; bringing together various department leaders to work as a team; forming strike teams for highest risk populations; strong partnerships with hospital associations where competitors worked together to serve a community; partners like Lilly stepping up to help with testing; and the Fairbanks study to understand overall infection rates. And finally, the Governor noted that managing this is a social compact between the state and each individual Hoosier – that compact includes good leadership at the top and good participation in #maskingup from all of us.
New Information and Updates:
- Since last Wednesday’s report, the state has reported 3,111 new positive cases (49,063 total) and 83 new deaths (2,539 total) – new positives and new deaths are both higher than the week before. There were 46,141 new tests administered (535,857 total – an overall 9.2% positive rate) according to the ISDH dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov as of midnight last night. The overall # of tests administered were lower than the week before likely due to the holiday. There are an additional 193 probable Covid-19 deaths (X-Ray, CT, symptoms & exam consistent w/Covid-19, but no positive test received). Detailed data (in even county and regional levels) about hospitalization is available at: www.regenstrief.org/covid-dashboard
- There are 200+ testing sites open across the state – each operator has their own requirements about whether an individual must be symptomatic or have underlying conditions and the locations move based on needs and building requirements. The state operated sites are free and open to anyone who wants it regardless of symptoms or risk; register in advance for those by calling 888-634-1123 or at https://lhi.care/covidtesting.
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 unemployment insurance, childcare, healthcare, food assistance, career coaching, etc.
- The Unemployment Insurance website has up-to-date information including a regularly updated FAQ; dates for webinars posted here and a listing of thousands of available jobs 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.
- Small businesses and non-profits can order PPE from the state’s PPE Directory.
- Anyone able to make or donate PPE can contact: PPEDirectory@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. Applications for the Covid-19 Rental Assistance Program open July 13th at www.indianahousingnow.org. The program will provide up to $500 per month for up to 4 months to renters.
- Check the Wi-Fi Hotspot Map if you need internet access for work or school.
- 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 are available to the public.