Elective medical procedures to resume Tuesday in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb said some elective medical procedures will be allowed under the extended stay at home order.

The extended order will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. May 1.

Procedures including those to diagnose cardiac issues or cancer, upper/lower endoscopy or respirator procedures or procedures to reduce pain will resume Tuesday.

Other non-emergent procedures could resume as soon as next week.

As a clarification point, he said nurseries, greenhouses and pet groomers can already be open.

Holcomb noted Indiana’s social distancing guidelines have helped to flatten the curve.

Holcomb said he has received input from business sector on plans to reopen some businesses safely at some point in next few weeks.

“We’ll be back at work when it’s safe to do so,” he said.

The reopening is expected to be a gradual process and won’t start until officials are confident the pandemic is starting to wane. Officials said their main concern is ensuring employees are safe.

It was announced last week that governors from midwest states are working together to coordinate how and when to reopen the economy in the region. The coalition includes Holcomb, J.B. Pritzker (IL), Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Mike DeWine (OH), Tony Evers (WI), Tim Walz (MN),and Andy Beshear (KY).

Indiana State Health Commissioner Kristina Box said Indiana would start including presumptive positive cases in the state’s death total.

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