INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana has increased its ability to test people for the coronavirus but
continues to target certain patients because of limited supplies, the state
health commissioner said Wednesday.
Pregnant women and
certain high-risk individuals such as those with high blood pressure are
given top priority for testing, Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said during
state officials’ daily news briefing on the pandemic.
“We have increased
testing capacity significantly over several weeks” through
Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly & Co. and other private
laboratories, Box said. Lilly performed 458 tests on Tuesday, she said.
The department on
Wednesday distributed 3,000 additional testing kits to nine Indiana
hospitals, Box said.
Gov. Eric Holcomb
said he has not been tested because he has not shown symptoms.
Holcomb and Lilly
Chairman and CEO David Ricks announced a social distancing initiative, the #INthistogether
campaign, to educate Hoosiers on the importance of social distancing, to
provide access to helpful tips and information and to galvanize
communitywide commitment to flattening the curve of new coronavirus cases.
including videos and social media posts from Indiana Pacers guard Victor
Oladipo, former Indiana Fever player and current vice president of
basketball operations Tamika Catchings, and Indianapolis Colts linebacker
“It only works if
we all do this together,” Ricks said.
“We know this will
continue to spread,” Holcomb said of the pandemic. “Don’t gamble with your
own life, and don’t gamble with others.’”
Joe Hogsett and Dr. Virginia Caine of the Marion County Public Health
Department extended “stay at home” orders for Marion County through May 1.
The Health Department ordered the closure of all golf courses in Marion
County beginning Friday.
Only nine of
Indiana’s 92 counties have no coronavirus cases.