Indiana National Guard to help long-term care facilities, Dr. Box provides health update

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FILE – In this April 29, 2020, file photo, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb prepares to host a virtual media briefing in the Governor’s Office at the Statehouse to provide updates on COVID-19 and its impact on Indiana, in Indianapolis. Gov. Holcomb’s statewide mask mandate and six months of other coronavirus restrictions has stirred discontent among conservatives, complicating his front-runner campaign against underfunded Democratic challenger Woody Myers. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Ind. (WEHT) — The Indiana National Guard will be sent to all long-term care facilities to help with COVID-19, state health officials announced Wednesday.

The Guard will assist with testing, screening employees, reporting test results and more. The state’s goal is to have the Guard begin working November 1 through the end of the year.

Dr. Lindsay Weaver reported 2,205 long term care facility residents have died since start of pandemic, which is 58% of Indiana’s total deaths.

After testing positive, Dr. Kristina Box says she had experienced mild symptoms but she and her family are doing well now.

Governor Holcomb says he will likely attend Vice President Mike Pence’s upcoming rally in Fort Wayne and will be tested before he goes.

When asked about Stage 5 of reopening, Holcomb says there are safe ways to be in that stage “and we’re proving it all over the state.” He cited increased testing capacity and the ability to take care of more people.

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(This story was originally published on October 21, 2020)

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