Indiana to remain in Stage 5; Dr. Box tests positive for coronavirus

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UPDATE: Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday that Indiana will stay in Stage 5 for another month, through at least Nov. 14. The state’s mask mandate will continue through that date as well.

He said the state is at a level of COVID-19 spread it hasn’t seen since the spring.

“In less than a month, our positivity rate has moved from under 4% to where it sits today, 5.3%,” he said.

He noted that record daily case numbers and hospitalizations are also concerning.

Holcomb said Stage 5 is not an excuse for indifference. He said while most Hoosiers are following the guidelines, that’s not the case for everyone.

“We all see Hoosiers with a disregard for the health of fellow citizens,” he said.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says she, her daughter and grandson tested positive for the coronavirus. She said she’s not experiencing symptoms.

This story will be updated. Watch the briefing live above.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and rates of new infections continued sharp increases in new statistics released as the governor faces a deadline on whether to extend the statewide face mask order.

Holcomb says he’ll announce a decision at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on the mask mandate that is set to expire Saturday. A live stream of his press briefing will be available in this story.

The jumps have come since Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb decided three weeks ago to lift nearly all of Indiana’s restrictions on businesses and crowd sizes, which Democratic challenger Woody Myers wants reversed in hopes of slowing the coronavirus spread.

Indiana’s nearly 1,300 COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Monday are up 70% in the past three weeks.

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