Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb extends “Hunker Down Hoosiers” order

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INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT)- The Indiana State Department of Health announced its largest increase in COVID-19 related fatalities over a 24 hour period Friday, with 24 new fatalities recorded.

State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box says her team calculated a 2.9 percent fatality rate so far with the data they have available. Dr. Box also said that while many of the people who have died from the virus have underlying medical conditions, they are seeing fatalities in younger people.

The news comes as Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced he is extending the public health emergency order by 30 days and also extending the stay-at-home “Hunker Down Hoosiers” order by two weeks.

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Jennifer Sullivan says the state’s 211 hotline is receiving 25,000 calls per day, up from about 1,000 per day.

Holcomb also referenced the Evansville Police Department’s music video set to “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” by The Police.

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(This story was originally published on April 3, 2020)

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