Governor Holcomb gives COVID-19 update as state continues to reopen

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) The state of Indiana announced 511 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total to 24,627 cases across the state. Additionally, the state added 32 new deaths for a total of 1,411 COVID-19 related deaths in Indiana.

As businesses begin to reopen, Governor Holcomb also discussed whether or not businesses have been following compliance guidelines. There have been over 1,400 compliance complaints submitted about businesses across the state. A total of 138 verbal warnings have been issued to businesses, and most businesses have complied after verbal warning. Only one cease and desist order has had to be issued in the state.

The state also began ramping up contact tracing efforts on Monday through Maximus.

Dr. Kristina Box also explained how deaths are classified as COVID-19 or not. She said if an individual passes away and COVID-19 was a contributing factor, then the death will be classified as a COVID-19 death. She said she does not believe those death numbers are being inflated. 

Dr. Box also discussed the reason why the state has not used the rise in numbers to stall reopening and pointed to the expectation that cases would rise as more people get tested.

Governor Holcomb also reacted to the suspension of AG Curtis Hill. Governor Holcomb said “we will see” if the the decision of punishment is fitting and said his personal opinion has not changed. He said he will continue to discuss things with his legal team, including advice on searching for a potential replacement.

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(This story was originally published on May 11, 2020)

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