Holcomb: new test sites, PPE for small businesses ahead for Indiana


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) – The state of Indiana announced 541 new cases and 62 additional deaths of COVID-19. There are now 21,033 total confirmed cases of coronavirus in Indiana.

More statewide testing at approximately 20 sites will begin on Wednesday. Each site will be open Monday through Friday each week and early registration is recommended. There are now more than 120 sites across the state of Indiana.

Governor Holcomb continued to discuss his five-step phased reopening plan that begins this week. Restaurants will be allowed to open at 50% capacity on Monday in most Indiana counties, and Governor Holcomb further discussed ways restaurants can do so safely including social distancing and additional cleaning services.

Beginning tomorrow, a small business PPE marketplace will be available for small businesses who do not have access to PPE. The marketplace is only open to businesses under 150 employees, along with other requirements, in certain industries such as restaurants and office settings. The PPE eligible will include items such as hand sanitizer and face masks. The state also urged that anyone experiencing symptoms or not feeling well to not enter restaurants.

Governor Holcomb also said he spoke with Mike Pence last night, who called him in support of Indiana’s plan. He says Pence called the plan “one of the best plans he has seen”.

Governor Holcomb also addressed youth sports and summer camps specifically saying they will be included in the June 14th date to be able to resume.

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(This story was originally published on May 5, 2020)

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