Governor announces plan to extend stay at home order

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Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Friday during a press conference that he plans to extend the statewide stay at home order for an additional two weeks.

Holcomb says the emergency order will be signed on Monday, April 6, extending the stay at home order through April 20.

“Earlier today I extended Indiana’s Public Health Emergency Order for another 30 days, which takes us to the beginning of May, May 3,” said Gov. Holcomb. “As I mentioned yesterday, on Monday I will be signing another emergency order extending our Hunker Down Hoosiers – or our stay at home policy and order – for another two weeks.”

Holcomb also said President Donald Trump approved his request to declare a major disaster declaration for all 92 counties in the state.

This announcement comes as Indiana sees the number of COVID-19 deaths surpass 100 statewide, with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reporting 102 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Friday morning.

Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

Huntington County saw its first death from COVID-19 on March 31, according to the Huntington County Health Department. The adult female resident was not identified due to privacy laws.

The county also reported its third positive COVID-19 case – a number which has remained the same since April 1.

A total of 408 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories, according to ISDH.

The number of new cases brings the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus to 3,437 following corrections to the previous day’s total.

During Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s livestream broadcast on Thursday afternoon, he told Hoosiers to “get with the program” and encouraged workers for non-essential businesses to stay home.