The public health emergency declaration was set to expire on Sunday.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – It was announced on Friday that Governor Eric Holcomb has extended the state’s Public Health Emergency Declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The public health emergency declaration began on March 6 and has since been extended several times throughout the pandemic.
The latest extension was due to expire on Sunday, November 1, but Governor Holcomb announced on Friday that it will be extended for another 30 days.
This comes after the State Department of Health reported that there were 3,205 new cases of COVID-19 along with 26 new deaths on Friday.
To date, the virus has spread to every county throughout the state with over 114,000 confirmed cases and 3,300 deaths.
Indiana has seen a 7-day average positivity rate of over seven percent and increases from under four percent six weeks ago.
“Despite significant steps being taken in our State, the virus remains a threat to the health, safety and welfare of all residents of Indiana such that the emergency conditions continue to exist, and effort are needed to continue to address, control and reduce the threat posed by COVID-19,” said Holcomb.
Even with the extension of the public health declaration, Indiana will remain in Stage 5 of the Back on Track plan.
Read the full declaration here.