Holcomb to extend stay at home order to May 1

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said he will extend the state’s stay-at-home order to May 1.

On Monday at 11:59 P.M. Indiana’s stay-at-home order was set to expire.

Friday, Governor Holcomb announced that this order will be extended until the start of next month.

“I know it makes all of us anxious and stir crazy at times and we get cabin fever, that’s very understandable but we’re making progress because of it,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb says the order which will be signed on Monday may also have some changes.

One of the changes officials are looking at are adjustments to an order that required medical facilities to postpone elective procedures.

“In addition to the shortened duration of the executive order, also, items like elective procedures will change just a bit, opening up,” Holcomb said.

State officials are also weighing ways to safely re-open the economy.

Holcomb says the state has started contacting leaders in different industries to receive their input on the process.

“We’ve reached out to our manufacturers, our realtors, our retailers, our restaurateurs,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb says although the progress that has been made, Indiana still has much work to be done.

“We’re in a different position now than we were just weeks ago, still have a lot of days ahead and we’ll continue to dial up and make orders where we see fit,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb says the state is using two week increments to allow for any changes that should be made depending on COVID-19 data.

Holcomb also says that he is working with other governors in the region on a safe re-opening, but he adds Indiana does not have to make changes at the same time that surrounding states do.

Friday’s report from the Indiana State Department of Health showed the state has more than 500 deaths from COVID-19. There are 10,154 total positive cases and more than 54,000 people have been tested statewide.

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