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INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) — Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday that he will sign an executive order in an effort to decrease Indiana's statewide positivity rate for COVID-19 eliminating the Back On Track stage numbers with a new system.
Holcomb says the order will begin Nov. 15 and will apply to counties that are in the "orange" or "red" status according to the Indiana State Department of Health county metrics map, which can be seen above.
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In Northeast Indiana, only LaGrange County is in the red zone while every other county is orange.
Holcomb says many Hoosiers have let their guards down in the last few months since stage 5 was announced.
“Rather than doing things we’ve been doing to open shops....too many have said, we’ll just ride it out and so be it,” he said.
Holcomb also said he will make $20 million available to local governments for promoting COVID-19 safety education.
All businesses will be required to have a sign on their doors saying that face masks are required within their establishments.
Holcomb says the mask mandate will remain in effect across the state.
Churches will be exempt from capacity limitations.
Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter issued the following statement regarding Gov. Holcomb’s update Wednesday:
"We applaud the Governor's announcement today to implement measures statewide to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.
"We are currently seeing an alarming increase in cases in Allen County that mirror those in the region and the state.
"Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are currently at record numbers and continue to increase.
"If these trends continue, the hospitals are likely to be overwhelmed.
"It is important everyone understand this is a serious disease and take steps to avoid spreading the virus by wearing masks, social distancing and staying home when sick or while awaiting test results.
We look forward to examining the formal executive order to determine if any local restrictions would be helpful additions."