INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana schools are getting an incentive toward requiring face masks in classrooms intended to slow down the number of COVID-19 outbreaks among students around the state.
Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a new statewide executive order Wednesday that will ease quarantine requirements for students if all children and adults in the school were wearing masks throughout the day. The revised order comes as many Indiana schools have seen COVID-19 outbreaks and the state’s vaccination rate remains low.
The coronavirus risk ratings updated weekly by the state health department put Posey, Spencer and Warrick counties in highest-risk red category, with the rest of our Indiana counties with the next-highest orange rating. Only four counties were in the lower-level yellow category.
Holcomb said the COVID-19 spread in Indiana was avoidable.
“To the skeptics or unbelievers or deniers, I would just plead to look at the facts, to look at the numerical data that shows we can all stay safe if you get vaccinated,” Holcomb said.