Indiana - COVID-19 Covered

Indiana

Total Cases: 34,211 (May 31)
Tests Administered: 256,395 (May 30)
Fatalities: 2,125 (May 31)
Testing:
  • State Health Commissioner Kristina Box announced that the state has begun statewide contact tracing. (May 18)
  • State Health Commissioner Kristina Box announced that Indiana now has 180 testing locations around the state. (May 18)
  • The Indiana State Department of Health announced that the state has more than two dozen new testing sites on Wednesday, May 13. (May 13)
  • The state now reportedly has access to 1,000 doses of remdesivir, a drug that has proven to shorten the length of COVID-19 related hospital stays. (May 12)
  • Several testing sites reportedly opened across Indiana this week and the state plans to test about 100,000 people each month. (May 6)
  • Governor Holcomb announced that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation obtained “commitments” for 6.3 million pieces of PPE for hospitals, first responders, long-term care facilities and “health care providers treating COVID-19 patients.” (April 24)
  • US Senator Todd Young reportedly announced that Indiana will receive more than $11.5 million pursuant to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds will be used to bolster the state’s testing capabilities, among other purposes. (April 23)

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order that specified that the state’s essential activities include yard work, gardening, planting, landscaping, and bringing pets to pet salons. (April 20)
  • Essential businesses “include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0.” (March 23)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order that will allow elective medical procedures to resume on Sunday, April 27. (April 24)
  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order that permitted pharmacy students who have completed all required course work to apply for a temporary license to help fight the coronavirus outbreak, among other provisions. (April 15)
  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order that allowed retired and inactive EMS personnel to provide health care services in Indiana during the pandemic. (April 7)
  • Governor Holcomb issued an executive order allowing out-of-state licensed medical professionals, students that completed coursework, and retired professionals to practice in Indiana with temporary licenses. (March 30)
  • Governor Holcomb issued an executive order relaxing licensing and supervising requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. (March 26)
  • Governor Holcomb allowed mental health professionals to practice using telehealth services, permitted Advance Practice Registered Nurses to provide services in multiple locations, and allowed the state health commissioner to waive requirements of the nursing home certificate of need statute in response to COVID-19 issues for long-term care facilities. (March 19)

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Holcomb’s office announced that he has asked the State Budget Agency (SBA) to reduce state agency FY2021 appropriations by 15 percent due to the “sharp drop in state revenues that was reported for April and to prepare for a continued decline in state revenue because of the economic impact of COVID-19.” (May 22)
  • The Indiana Department of Revenue reportedly announced that it plans, starting May 26, to book appointments for in-person customer service. (May 22)
  • Governor Holcomb reportedly announced that he will sign an executive order that will continue the state’s executive orders that prevented utility disconnects due to nonpayment and prohibited foreclosures and evictions, among other provisions. (May 20)
  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order that permits the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to hire additional staff to review unemployment insurance claim appeals, extend the state’s business personal property tax deadlines to June 15, and suspended paperwork requirements for federal assistance applications, including applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). (April 23)
  • Indiana commissioner of workforce development Fred Payne reportedly stated that the state’s pandemic unemployment payment plan will start to accept applications tomorrow and payments will start May 8. The program is reportedly designed for residents who would not “traditionally” qualify for unemployment pay. (April 23)
  • Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch announced that the state is offering a maximum of $30,000 in mortgage assistance for residents having difficulty paying their mortgage. (April 22)
  • The Indiana Supreme Court reportedly issued an order that will prevent creditors from seizing stimulus checks. (April 21)
  • Illinois Governor Pritzker announced that Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and Kentucky will make decisions together regarding reopening the economy. (April 16)
    • Governor Holcomb stated that the governors did not have a specific date that they planned to begin to reopen the regional economy, but he stated that the governors were “thinking early May.” (April 16)
  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order that extended the deadline for property tax payments, among other provisions. (April 15)
  • Governor Holcomb announced that he organized the Economic Relief and Recovery Team, which he says will “plan, administer and account for federal relief funds the state of Indiana receives from the CARES Act.” Office of Management and Budget Director Cris Johnston and Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger will chair the taskforce. (April 10)
  • Governor Holcomb issued an executive order suspending the one week waiting period for individuals to receive unemployment benefits. (March 26)
  • Indiana has extended its collection date for taxes to July 15 and has also applied a 60-day waiver on penalties for property taxes paid after May 11. (March 19)
  • Governor Holcomb suspended $300 million in capital projects that were approved by the Indiana legislature and will instead reserve the money for potential COVID-19 related costs. (March 19)
  • Governor Holcomb ordered that utility companies not cut services for individuals during the state of emergency and banned evictions from homes and communities. (March 19)
  • Governor Holcomb ordered the state’s Insurance Commissioner to request health insurers to cover COVID-19 testing costs, not increase prices or coverage costs for medical care related to COVID-19, and institute a 60-day moratorium on policy cancellations for non-payment of premiums. (March 19)
  • Governor Holcomb waived job requirements for those applying for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits and will not require individuals insured under the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program to make premium payments. (March 19)

Business Support & Resources:

  • The state reportedly launched a website (https://backontrack.in.gov/ppemarketplace.htm) where small businesses of less than 150 employees can obtain hand sanitizer, face shields, and “other PPE” made in Indiana. (May 6)
  • Indiana businesses reportedly received $2 billion in loans during the second round of funding through the federal Payroll Protection Program. (May 6)
  • The Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that Community Development Block Grant funds may be redirected to assist with COVID-19 needs based on guidance from the United States Housing and Urban Development. This would support both mobile testing and small business aide. (March 25)
  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order allowing restaurants that have a liquor permit to sell alcohol for carryout or delivery. (March 23)
  • The state has successfully applied for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance from the US Small Business Administration. (March 19)

Shelter-In-Place Orders:

  • Governor Holcomb announced that he plans to sign an executive order that will move Indiana – aside from Marion, Cass, and Lake counties – into phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan. Specifically, gyms, YMCAs, fitness studios, community pools, and campgrounds will reopen with restrictions. Additionally, mass gatherings of 100 people will be allowed. (May 20)
  • Marion County has entered “Phase 2” of Governor Holcomb’s “Back on Track” plan, opening religious institutions, malls at 50% capacity, and limiting mass gatherings to 25 people. (May 15)
  • Salons and barbershops will begin to reopen today by appointment only. (May 11)
  • Governor Holcomb announced the Back on Track Indiana plan to reopen Indiana’s economy. Stage 2 of the plan, which began on May 4, will include allowing mass gatherings of 25 people, the opening of restaurants and retail businesses at 50% capacity, and ending essential travel restrictions. (May 1)
  • Governor Holcomb reportedly announced that routine care offices, such as dentist’s offices, will be reopened on April 27. Nurseries, greenhouses, pet groomers, and other businesses are reportedly allowed to be open. (April 20)
  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order that extended the state’s “Stay At Home” order until May 1. (April 20)
  • Governor Holcomb extended the state’s “Stay At Home” order for two weeks and extended limits on in-person activity. (April 6)
  • The governor has issued a “Stay At Home” order, which closed non-essential establishments like hair salons, spas, nail salons, tattoo parlors and barber shops. (March 23)

Curfews:

  • No records found.

Social-Distancing Guidelines:

  • The state announced that it is forming a COVID-19 Health Disparities Task Force to determine why some demographics, such as African Americans, have been greater impacted by COVID-19. (May 12)
  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order that extended all renewal deadlines for all driver’s licenses, identification cards, and vehicle registrations to June 4. (May 8)
  • Governor Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Kris Box released guidance for religious institutions, stipulating that religious buildings should be closed and that staff and volunteers who are not speaking should wear masks, among other guidelines. (April 9)
  • Governor Holcomb reportedly signed an executive order that called on essential businesses to limit hours and abide by social distancing guidelines. The order also banned mass gatherings of more than 10 people, banned carry-out business for retailers, and closed the state’s campgrounds. (April 6)

Delivery Services:

  • Dine-in services at restaurants in all counties – except for Marion, Lake, and Cass counties – resumed today at 50% capacity. (May 11)
  • Governor Holcomb reportedly announced that grocery deliveries for SNAP recipients will be available in mid-May. (April 27)

SCHOOL CLOSURES

K-12:

  • Governor Holcomb announced his administration is working with local schools and the Indiana Department of Education to finalize plans for the coming school year, and that K-12 schools will likely “reopen safely” in the Fall. (May 29)
  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order that suspended regulations that required schools to hold the latch-key program, vision and hearing tests, school bus drills, and emergency preparedness drills, among other provisions. (April 9)
  • Due to the closure of schools through the school year, Governor Holcomb has allowed the State board of Education to relax graduation and promotion requirements and extend educator licenses. (April 3)
  • Governor Holcomb extended the closure of all public and private K-12 schools through the academic school year. (April 2)
  • The Indiana State Department of Education (DOE) and Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) are encouraging school corporations to open schools on a limited basis to provide childcare services for emergency workers. (March 25)
  • All public schools are moving their curriculum to online learning and all state mandated assessments for the current academic year have been canceled. (March 20)
  • Governor Holcomb asked the state superintendent to pursue any federal waivers needed to cancel the requirements for accountability, chronic absenteeism, and state-mandated assessments. (March 20)

State Higher Education:

  • No records of universal actions to close universities in Indiana have been found as of May 27. However, all nine Indiana University system schools, Purdue University, and Ball State University have shifted to online learning. (March 11)

Giving Oportunities

April 22, 2020

Seeking masks (N-95, earloop and surgical), gowns (isolation and non-descript), gloves, and eye protection. Contact the State of Indiana with quantities of each item along with a location address to help determine a drop-off point by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov. 

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