Indiana - COVID-19 Covered

Indiana

Total Cases: 749,532 (June 15)
Tests Administered: 3,150,418 (March 6)
Fatalities: 13,746 (June 15)
Testing:
  • A list of Indiana COVID-19 testing locations can be found here.   

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 announced all state employees would be required to return to their offices by July 6. (May 28) 
  • Governor Holcomb issued an executive order extending temporary licensing of healthcare workers for 90 days, allowing individuals who are not currently licensed to practice in Indiana to have a temporary license. The order applied to retired healthcare professionals, certain healthcare students, and out-of-state healthcare professionals. (January 4) 
  • Governor Holcomb announced that hospitals would be required to postpone or reschedule non-emergent procedures in in-patient settings. (December 9) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Holcomb announced he would issue an executive order to reinstate the work requirement for those seeking state-level unemployment insurance benefits. (May 10) 
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a grant for Indiana under President Trumps supplemental unemployment insurance program. (August 24) 
  • Governor Holcomb announced that the state would provide rental assistance to 91 counties, excluding Marion, which had 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 would 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 the launch of Rapid Recovery for a Better Future, which would 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) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Holcomb announced that $30 million in relief would be available to Indiana hotels and entertainment venues. (April 22) 
  • Governor Holcomb signed legislation providing COVID-19 liability protections to businesses and schools. (February 19) 
  • 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 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Holcomb issued an executive order that extended the states public health emergency and rescinded the mask mandate for most state facilities. Face coverings would still be required in schools through June 30. (June 1) 
  • Governor Holcomb extended the state’s public health emergency through May 31. (April 31) 
  • Governor Holcomb extended the state’s public health emergency and adjusted the face covering mandate to be a mask advisory. (April 5) 
  • Governor Holcomb announced that all residents would be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by March 31. (March 24) 
  • Governor Holcomb announced that decisions about venue capacity and social gatherings would be made by local officials beginning April 6, and that the statewide face covering mandate would become a mask advisory. (March 24) 
  • The Department of Health announced that residents 40 years of age and older became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on March 22. (March 22) 
  • Governor Holcomb signed executive orders that extended the state’s public health emergency and ongoing COVID-19 restrictions for another 30 days. (February 26) 
  • Governor Holcomb signed an executive order that extended the state’s mask mandate and implemented restrictions on hospitals. (December 11) 
  • Governor Holcomb eliminated Stage 5 of the state’s reopening plan. (November 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) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Indiana universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here 

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 [email protected]. 

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