INDIANAPOLIS– Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb gave an update Wednesday on the impact of COVID-19 in Indiana.
The governor was joined by other state officials, including State Health Commissioner Kristina Box and Indiana Economic Development Corporation Chief of Staff Luke Bosso.
Dr. Box said the summer carnival planned at the Indiana State Fairgrounds was being called off entirely due to COVID-19.
“While we are saddened that our event can not take place, we understand the current situation and will always put public health and safety as our number one priority,” said North American Midway Entertainment CEO Danny Huston in a statement.
The 4-H events planned for the fairgrounds are still expected to go on.
Box said Indiana is seeing an uptick in overall positive COVID-19 cases.
Indiana schools will be getting personal protective equipment (PPE) ahead of the start of classes. This includes masks for adults and children as well as hand sanitizer.
Box noted that herd immunity is not expected here and has failed in countries where they have tried it. She also said antibodies from having COVID-19 can disappear, making you vulnerable again even if you’ve had it before.
Last week, Holcomb announced Indiana was not moving forward with Stage 5 of his reopening plan, instead opting for a more cautious Stage 4.5, which will remain in effect until at least next week.
A mandate for wearing masks goes into effect tomorrow for Marion County, but at this time is not a requirement statewide.
Holcomb said he will continue to support local governments that wish to implement a mandate. When asked if they were constitutional, he said they are and more importantly, they work.
The governor has extended the prohibition on evictions, foreclosures and the disconnection of utility services through July 31.
On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 455 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 15 additional deaths, bringing the statewide totals to 49,063 and 2,539 respectively.