Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb late this afternoon issued an executive order extending the state’s public health emergency that was due to expire Sunday for another 30 days until December 1.
It the eighth extension of the emergency over the outbreak that he originally declared in March.
To date, nearly 1.7 million people have been tested for COVID-19 in Indiana, and a total of 175,893 Hoosiers are known to have had the virus.
You can read the order here.
Indiana has remained in “Stage 5” of Gov. Holcomb’s reopening plan for some time, despite skyrocketing numbers that are now in the 3,000-plus per day range.
A statewide mask mandate remains in effect.
Indiana is grappling with record-high COVID-19 cases as we settle into the fall season.
For the past five days in a row, Indiana State Health officials have noted at least 2,000 new coronavirus cases each day.
On Wednesday, the state broke an all-time-high record of newly reported COVID-19 cases at 3,649.
The Indiana State Department of Health announced 3,205 new cases of the virus on Friday and 26 additional deaths.