Indiana staying in Stage 4.5 in back on track plan

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 6:36 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - For the second week in a row, the number of positive coronavirus cases has gone up in the Hoosier State, causing Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb to declare Indiana will remain at stage 4.5 in the reopening process for at least the next two weeks.

2,592 Hoosiers have died from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic and the governor says they're taking this number very seriously.

That’s why they’re expanding testing all across the state. Indiana Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box, says there will be another surge in coronavirus cases this fall, as well as the flu, saying testing is going to be critical moving forward. Dr. Box says we all need to do our part in order to fight the coronavirus.

“It means staying home if you’re sick,” Dr. Box said. “This is important if you’ve been tested and are awaiting results. We need hoosiers to remember things are going to look different in schools and churches for the foreseeable future. We all have a responsibility in doing our part to keep our loved ones safe.”

Governor Holcomb agreed, saying the coronavirus will not be going away anytime soon and it’s up to us to do our part to keep it from spreading. However, he says he will not be implementing a mask mandate.

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