Gov. Holcomb officially extends stay-at-home order through May 1; elective hospital procedures begin to resume Tuesday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– In his daily COVID-19 update Monday, Gov. Holcomb confirmed the stay-at-home order would continue through 11:59 p.m. on May 1.

Elective clinical procedures are being reopened in stages. Starting Tuesday, hospitals can conduct diagnostic procedures. If supply inventory holds up, elective procedures may be able to resume next week for other practices.

You can read the full executive order here.

As a clarification point, he said nurseries, greenhouses and pet groomers can already be open.

Holcomb noted Indiana’s social distancing guidelines have helped to flatten the curve.

Holcomb says he’s received input from business sector on plans to reopen some businesses safely at some point in next few weeks.

“We’ll be back at work when it’s safe to do so,” he said.

Indiana State Health Commissioner Kristina Box said Indiana would start including presumptive positive cases in the state’s death total.

When asked about those protesting the stay-at-home order, Gov. Holcomb said while he respects their rights, they’re “not helping.”

He called the protests a potential “petri dish” to spread the virus, and said they could set the state’s progress back.

Holcomb said Friday the state is planning on a safe reopen of different sectors of our economy, and has been asking Indiana’s private sector to submit input by Wednesday, April 22.

The reopening is expected to be a gradual process and won’t start until officials are confident the pandemic is starting to wane. Officials said their main concern is ensuring employees are safe.

Monday afternoon, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 505 new coronavirus cases, for a total of 11,686 cases. Indiana now has 569 deaths attributable to COVID-19, and more than 64,000 tests have been conducted.

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