Indiana’s number of
coronavirus-related deaths in one month has tripled the state’s typical
level of flu deaths over a seven-month period.
Deaths now total
more than 500. The first reported death in Indiana happened March 15, with
more than three-quarters of the deaths occurring in the past two weeks.
averaged about 150 flu deaths over a seven-month period in recent years,
according to Dr. Kristina Box, the state health commissioner. since the
first fatality March 15.
Gov. Eric Holcomb
said Thursday he was working with other Midwestern states on how to loosen
business and travel restrictions as than 100,000 people filed new
unemployment claims in Indiana last week amid. Holcomb and six other
governors announced Thursday they planned to coordinate on reopening their
state economies after weeks of coronavirus restrictions.
the pact with Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Minnesota as
a way of making sure all the state leaders know about the actions each other
Holcomb said he
spoke Thursday with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine about loosening business and
travel restrictions but that he believed the coming days were important to
make sure a surge in coronavirus cases doesn’t happen. “We’re both thinking
about May. I’m not being date specific,” Holcomb said. “I’m going to be
looking at the numbers.”
Indiana has had a
stay-at-home order in place since March 25 and Holcomb could announce today
to extend or modify that order.
and Democratic leaders have agreed to shorten the time for early in-person
voting ahead of the June 2 primary election from the normal 28 days to one
week. Secretary of State Connie Lawson, a Republican, said election
officials still plan to have polling sites open on primary day but that the
state election commission will vote today on a plan for giving county
officials more flexibility for designating voting locations.