COVID-19 Weekly Update from Gov. Eric J. Holcomb

Governor Holcomb provides updates in the fight against #COVID19

Governor Holcomb provides updates in the fight against #COVID19

Posted by Governor Eric Holcomb on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Governor Holcomb opened today paying tribute to former Governor Joe Kernan who died earlier today at the age of 74. Kernan was a Vietnam War vet, 4-term Mayor of South Bend, Lt Governor, and Governor. Kernan is remembered as someone who loved Indiana and always said yes to a challenging cause. I encourage anyone interested in understanding what a legacy of lifetime honorable public service looks like, please take a moment to read these memorial statements:

In another interesting moment, the Governor called into memory the 1980’s Thomas Dolby song, “She Blinded Me with Science,” and noted that it’s just plain science that masks are one tool in the box to try to slow the spread and prevent Coronavirus.

The Governor did confirm that the state will be in Stage 4.5 at least through August 27th, which coincides with the scheduled end of the mask mandate at midnight, August 26th.

The moratorium on evictions from rental properties and the prohibition on filing foreclosures is extended through August 14th and aligns with the moratorium on utility shut-offs. Those who need assistance with rent payments should visit www.indianahousingnow.org. Homeowners who have fallen behind on mortgage payments can find help at www.877gethope.org. And the Energy Assistance Program for renters and homeowners who have lost income can apply for help (Deadline is THIS Friday, July 31) at www.eap.ihcda.in.gov or by calling 2-1-1.

The state dashboard will be updated later this week with new pieces of data and more county-level information. This is designed to help community and school leaders have up-to-date, local information to assist decision-making about school programming and other community events. New data will include a county-level map of the 7-day positivity rate to help see where communities may be surging. Statewide, the 7-day Average Positivity Rate is 6.8% compared to a low of 4.5% on June 18th.  The Long Term Cara (LTC) data on the dashboard will also be updated soon after receiving updated data from all LTC facilities and cross-checking it with existing lab and death databases.

The briefing did include a bit of “good” news from the report on Unemployment Insurance (UI). There were 17,938 initial claims for UI in the week reported out last Thursday – the first time it was below 20,000 since mid-March. Indiana’s UI rate for June was 11.2% – down from 12.3% in May and 16.9% in April (and up from 3.2% in March). Indiana’s Labor Force Participation rate now stands at 64.3% compared to 61.5% nationwide. Individuals and employers looking to get training or provide training should go to www.YourNextStepIN.org to identify options.

New Information and Updates:

  • Since last Wednesday’s report, the state has reported 5,626 new positive cases (58,673 total; ~60% of the previous week) and 67 new deaths (2,666 total; 7 fewer than the previous week). There were 137,649 new tests administered (724,238 total [2X as many as the previous week] with an overall 8.9% positive rate since the beginning of testing) according to the ISDH dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov as of midnight last night. There are an additional 199 probable Covid-19 deaths (X-Ray, CT, symptoms & exam consistent w/Covid-19, but no positive test received).
  • 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. If there are no spots available via advance registration, walk ins are available.

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