FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Hoosiers should be in the house after Governor Eric Holcomb's "Stay-at-Home" order went into effect late Tuesday night.
But many aren't staying inside during the pandemic, posing a risk for those with autoimmune diseases.
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Faleisha Thompson, a Huntington resident with Lupus says, "There are places open that do not need to be open. There are people outside. There are people at the parks."
Thompson hasn't come in contact with her 7-month old granddaughter since the order was instituted.
She encourages Hoosiers to follow the order for the safety of those suffering from diseases or illnesses you can't see.
Oftentimes, contracting a virus has the potential to severely harm them or even prevent them from the continued treatment of their pre-existing illness.
Health officials say you may feel healthy enough to venture out, but because you might be asymptomatic for up to 14 days, they urge you to stay in as much as possible.
For the health and safety of you and those around you.
Thompson has started an online petition. you can view it here.