Today’s briefing focused on mental health issues impacting both adults and children during the pandemic. Many helpful tips were shared so that adults can help themselves and also help children process any trauma they are experiencing while many of their normal social support networks are missing. There are many resources available at: www.BeWellIndiana.org or by calling 211 for assistance. More than 55,000 people have visited the site since it was launched just a few weeks ago. Other resources include:
- If you or someone you know are contemplating Suicide: call 800-273-TALK or text HOME to 741741 or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Anyone experiencing Domestic Violence can get immediate help at 800-799-7233 or 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/
Dr. Jennifer Sullivan reminded listeners: “You are not alone. You are not broken. You can get help.”
All of Indiana is in “Stage 3” in one way or another with restaurants open to dining in remaining communities starting June 1st. The details of requirements and guidelines for operating in Stage 3 are in the Governor’s most recent Executive Order 20-28 issued last Thursday. Please familiarize yourself with the Order and any relevant materials in the Back On Track plans.
New Information and Updates:
- There were 370 new positive cases (32,437 total), 21 new deaths (1,871 total), and 4,593 new tests administered (235,333 total – up from 184,000 a week ago) reported on the state’s dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov as of midnight last night. There are an additional 159 probable Covid-19 deaths (X-Ray, CT, symptoms & exam consistent w/Covid-19, but no positive test received).
- The 2nd round of testing for the study in conjunction with the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health will begin next week. If you are asked to participate, please do – even if you’ve already had a Covid-19 test. This helps understand the spread in Indiana and ensures we have good data to keep progressing down the path toward reopening.
- Long Term Care (LTC) Facility numbers were updated yesterday (website is updated once/week). There are now 224 facilities with at least 1 positive case and 142 of those have had at least 1 death. 876 of the ~2000 deaths in Indiana have been at a LTC facility.
- There are more than 200 Covid-19 testing sites across the state. Nearly anyone who wants a test can get one regardless of symptoms, though testing is encouraged for anyone with symptoms and those without symptoms who are in the high risk categories or are an essential worker who needs to return to work. Use the map to find a site near you; you can register for one of the ISDH/Optum operated sites at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123.
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.
- Supplemental PPE for small businesses and non-profits is available from the state’s PPE Marketplace.
- 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 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 SWIN regional information is available at www.ourvchd.org (Vanderburgh County Health Dept.)
- The American Red Cross needs blood donors. Find a donations site at: donation/collection in communities.
- 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.