INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb today announced new steps the state is taking to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
The steps include reducing gatherings of 250 or more, granting schools a 20-day waiver of the mandatory 180 instructional days, and suspending all non-essential travel for state employees for the next 45 days.
“This is a time when we must do all we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19, protect our most vulnerable populations and reduce their potential to acquire or spread this virus,” Holcomb wrote in a statement. “While some actions are drastic, now, not later, is the time to act.”
The governor's statement also includes several recommendations. Those include:
- School corporations should consult with the state departments of education and health if they have evidence of community spread or a confirmed positive test.
- Schools should plan now for broader closures, including eLearning and remote classroom options.
- Child care and adult day care facilities should institute social distancing and minimize large gatherings.
- Nursing facilities and hospitals should restrict and screen visitors. Any individual who is allowed to visit is restricted to the patient’s room.
- Individuals over 60 years of age or those with a known underlying health issue should limit their public exposure. Whenever possible, friends and family should arrange to provide food and other essential items.
- Those who run senior centers and congregate meal services should consider suspending congregate meals services and arrange for home delivery
- Encourage businesses to utilize telework policies, if available.
“I fully expect there will be additional actions warranted in the coming days,” Holcomb said. “Just as we have since the beginning of the year, we are working with partners at all levels to secure all necessary resources for any escalation of this virus.”
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus:
-Stay home unless you need to seek medical care.
-Avoid public areas and public transportation
-Stay away from others as much as possible, especially people who are the most at risk such as older adults with multiple medical problems and those with a weakened immune system
-Don’t shake hands
-Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening such as difficulty breathing and call your doctor or healthcare facility before you seek care.