Indiana - COVID-19 Covered

Indiana

Total Cases: 162,607 (October 25)
Fatalities: 4,130 (October 25)
Testing:
  • A list of Indiana COVID-19 testing locations can be found here.   
  • Governor Holcomb announced that the state will open 100 new COVID-19 testing sites. (September 11) 

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:

  • Indiana released official reopening guidance for businesses based on industry. Details for each industry can be found here.   
  • Governor Holcomb issued an executive order that extends the temporary licensing of health care workers who do not currently hold an active license. (October 2) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that it approved a grant for Indiana under President Trumps supplemental unemployment insurance program. (August 24) 
  • Governor Holcomb announced that the state will provide rental assistance to 91 counties, excluding Marion, which has started its own program. (July 16) 
  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order to extend the prohibition on evictions, foreclosures, and the disconnection of utility services. (June 30) 
  • Governor Holcomb announced that the state will disburse $25 million in CARES Act funding to help residents who are having difficulty paying rent due to the pandemic through the Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program. (June 24) 
  • Governor Holcomb’s office announced that the state’s Governor’s Workforce Cabinet has launched Rapid Recovery for a Better Future, which his office says will provide, “comprehensive support for Hoosiers to secure a job, assess and grow their skills, and get the support they need to get back on their feet.” (June 5) 
  • 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 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) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Indiana Black Expo (IBE) announced a series of initiatives to help small businesses, educators, job seekers, and youth in the community, including an IU Education Conference, Employment Opportunity Fairs, Minority Business Series, and IBX virtual youth programs. (May 28 
  • 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) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order that extends Stage 5 of the state’s reopening plan and its mask mandate until November 14. (October 16) 
  • Governor Holcomb announced that Indiana will move to Stage 5the final phase of reopeningon September 26. The state’s mask mandate will remain in place. (September 23) 
  • Governor Holcomb announced that beginning July 23, events with more than 250 people will need to submit a plan to their local health department for approval. (July 16) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order to increase childcare options for families during virtual school days. (August 24 
  • The mandatory mask order for schools has been modified to allow students to remove masks for classroom instruction when they are able to maintain at least 3 to 6 feet of distance between students. (July 30) 
  • Indianapolis Public Schools released a fall reopening planwhich will give students the option to enroll in remote classes. Students that choose to take in-person classes will be required to wear a face covering. (July 13) 
  • Several St. Joseph County school districts announced health protocols and reopening procedures for the fall, which includes giving students the option to attend in-person or virtually. (June 30) 
  • Noblesville Schools announced its back-to-school plan, which includes requiring students to wear masks while riding buses, when entering and leaving the school, on the lunch line, during passing, and in-class for certain activities. (June 29) 
  • The Indiana Department of Education issued recommendations for reopening schools, including modifying school days, holding more outdoor classes, wearing masks, and conducting health screenings for students and staff. (June 5) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Indiana universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here 
  • The University of Notre Dame returned to in-person classes on September 2. (August 28) 
  • Indiana University South Bend began classes on August 24. Classes will be held in-person or online until November 20. (July 8) 

Giving Opportunities

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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