Gov. Holcomb talking with hospitals over COVID-19 surge

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Gov. Eric Holcomb

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks during a bill signing ceremony at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Ind., Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Holcomb told reporters afterward that he supported the growing number of Indiana school districts issuing mask mandates for students and staff as they try to head off more COVID-19 outbreaks. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Gov. Eric Holcomb has extended the state’s COVID-19 public health emergency while he is in discussions with health care providers about a new statewide executive order amid the state’s surge in coronavirus cases.

The Republican governor on Monday signed his 18th extension of the public health emergency he first issued in March 2020. The new emergency continues until Sept. 30. Health officials say about 97% of the people hospitalized in the state with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

The governor’s office said a new order for September would be issued Wednesday after talks with “healthcare stakeholders to evaluate pertinent information that supports hospitals during the current COVID surge.”

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