Holcomb targeting May for reopening of state, lifting restrictions

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) – Governor Holcomb announced 611 new cases of COVID-19 in Indiana Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 9,542.

There are also 41 new deaths, a total of 477 throughout the state.

Governor Holcomb says he is targeting May to reopen the state and lift restrictions. He also announced an agreement entered today between Indiana and a handful of other Midwestern states including Kentucky and Illinois to work to reopen states in a regional and cohesive manner.

The state also announced that the primary elections on June 2nd, in-person voting is expected to be available, but coronavirus precautions will be taken including minimizing direct contact and ensuring polling places have adequate PPE. The state will also allow early voting beginning on May 26th to spread voters out over a period of time rather than just a single day.

The state continues their recommendation that voters may vote with an absentee ballot if they would like to. More than 70,400 voters have already requested an absentee ballot. To request an absentee ballot, go to Indianavoters.com before May 21st.

The state announced they continue to see increasing numbers of cases in correctional facilities across the state and are working to isolate individuals with symptoms.

The state of Indiana says they saw more than 118,000 unemployment claims over the past week.

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(This story was originally published on April 16, 2020)

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