Today, Governor Holcomb announced that most of the State (except Lake, Marion, Cass Counties) will progress to Stage 3 this Friday at 12:01 a.m. He will sign a new Executive Order tomorrow (Thur. 5/21) and the Back On Track plans will be updated. Some of the highlights of Stage 3 include:
- Face coverings are recommended during this stage and those of high risk should maintain increased social distancing measures. Holcomb commented that “the #1 thing you can do is wear a mask when you’re in a group.”
- Gatherings of up to 100 – Dr. Box reminded that these should still be conducted with social distancing, masks, hand washing/sanitizing, and ideally be done outside.
- Restaurant dining rooms are open to 50% capacity and retail stores, malls, etc. open to 75% capacity
- Gyms, YMCA’s, fitness studios, community pools, and campgrounds can open
- Recreational Sports practices may begin and basketball, tennis, soccer, and basketball courts and fields may open. Practices for contact sports such as football and lacrosse are prohibited. It was stressed that this is for recreational sports, not school-related sports. Those will be addressed at a later time along with guidance for other significant educational-related issues.
- Youth Summer Day Camps can begin June 1
- Raceways can begin competition without spectators
The Executive Order will extend the prohibition on turning off utilities and from filing mortgage foreclosures and evictions and extends the deadline for renewal of things like drivers licenses.
Tomorrow at midnight is the deadline to request a ballot if you want to vote absentee by mail for the Primary Election (scheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd). The easiest way to do so is online at www.indianavoters.in.gov. Once at the site, choose “vote by mail or traveling abroad,” enter the “voter portal,” and under “Absentee Voting” on the left-hand side of the page, choose “Vote By Mail.” The completed ballot must then be received by your local County Clerk by noon on Tuesday, June 2nd.
Joe McGinnis, Commissioner of the IN Department of Transportation, and Doug Carter, Superintendent of IN State Police, reported that traffic volumes were significantly down during the Stay at Home order. At times there were 55% fewer cars on the road in April compared to the same days of the week in early March. Even last week traffic was down 17% compared to early March. This has also led to safer roads. There have been 58,631 crashes so far in Indiana compared to 80,401 through the same time last year and 25 fewer fatal crashes resulting in 31 fewer deaths. This reduced traffic has allowed INDOT to accelerate several construction projects around the state; often saving millions in taxpayer dollars as the work is done more quickly and safely.
New Information and Updates:
- There were 581 new positive cases (29,274 total), 38 new deaths (1,716 total), and 6,442 new tests administered (195,738 total) reported on the state’s dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov as of midnight last night. There are an additional 148 probable Covid-19 deaths (X-Ray, CT, symptoms & exam consistent w/Covid-19, but no positive test received).
- ISDH’s centralized Contact Tracing program is tracking more than 2,800 cases and made more than 6000 outbound calls. If you receive a call from someone saying they are from ISDH, but they are asking you questions unrelated to any Covid-19 information, please report that to the State.
- Indiana is now testing more than 5500 people per day (average). Of the 30,000+ tested so far at the ISDH sites opened 2 weeks ago with OptumServe, approximately 5% are testing positive. You can get a test if you:
- Are symptomatic
- Live with or had close contact with someone with Covid-19 (even if asymptomatic)
- Asymptomatic, but you are an essential worker or in a high-risk group (demographically or due to a pre-existing health condition)
- Use this map of all 120+ testing sites to find a location near you or you can call 888-634-1123 or go online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting to register for one of the 40+ ISDH/Optum operated sites.
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.
- Those needing assistance with Unemployment Insurance are strongly encouraged to check the Unemployment Insurance website where there is up-to-date information including a regularly updated FAQ before calling. You can find webinars, Facebook live events, etc. (for employers and individuals) posted here and available jobs can always be found at www.indianacareerconnect.com with frequently planned virtual job fairs.
- Small businesses (under 150 employees) can get a supplemental supply of PPE from the state’s PPE Marketplace – go to the site to learn whether your business is eligible, what is available, and place an order.
- Review hospitalization rates and other Covid-19 tracking data at: www.regenstrief.org/covid-dashboard
- Businesses able to make or donate PPE, services, or other products, contact: COVIDResponse@iedc.in.gov.
- Those needing assistance addressing mental health concerns should visit: www.BeWellIndiana.org.
- If your home is not safe, reach out ASAP to 1-800-799-SAFE.
- 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.
- Up-to-date regional information is available at the Vanderburgh County Health Department Coronavirus site. This is information for all of Southwest Indiana.
- The American Red Cross still needs blood donors. Individuals and Organizations can consider “challenges” to try to increase the number of donors – donation/collection in communities is still occurring and is safe.
- Guidelines for how Long Term Care (LTC) Facilities address the collection and communication of Covid-19 information. Those working at or those with family members at an LTC Facility should review the guidelines.
- 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.