The Latest: Indiana holding at Stage 4.5 of Back On Track Plan, Statewide Face Covering Order

Source: The Office of Governor Eric Holcomb, July 30, 2020

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today (July 30) announced the state will remain in Stage 4.5 of the Back On Track Indiana plan until Aug. 27. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March and he continues to do so. The state will continue to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:

  • The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days
  • The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators
  • The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees
  • Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing

The executive order also extends the moratorium on evictions from rental properties and the prohibition on filing foreclosures through Aug. 14.

Following consultation with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the mandatory mask order for schools has been modified to allow students to remove masks for classroom instruction when they are able to maintain at least three to six feet of distance between students.

The state government capital complex will begin to open to the public on Aug. 17. Hoosiers who need assistance may continue to schedule appointments with agencies in Indianapolis and throughout the state. Many offices, such as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, are open without an appointment needed.

Details and guidance will be updated at BackOnTrack.in.gov.

From Friday, July 24:

On Friday, July 24, Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed Executive Order 20-37 to require face coverings, effective Monday, July 27, to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

“Hoosiers have worked hard to get where we are today with businesses open and people back at work. We want to keep it that way. We don’t want to dial things back. Face coverings can and will help us blunt the increase of this virus,” Gov. Holcomb said.

State and local health departments will be responsible for enforcing compliance through education about the importance of wearing face coverings. The executive order does not include criminal penalties.

The executive order also outlines the requirements for mask-wearing in schools.

Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March.  At this time, the state faces:

  • An increase in overall hospitalizations from approximately 600 a day near the end of June to approximately 800 through July 24
  • The highest number of cases in a single day so far with 1,011 Hoosiers reported positive on July 24
  • A rise in COVID-19 positivity across the state from a low of 3.6% a month ago to nearly double that percentage now
  • Some counties, which early on had minimal positive cases in some instances, now reporting regular double-digit positive cases

The executive order is in effect until at least Aug. 26. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

The state has updated its requirements for events that are permitted according to Stage 4.5. Events that expect more than 250 attendees are now required to submit a safety plan to their local health department for approval prior to opening. This became effective July 23.

Other social gatherings and meetings remain limited to no more than 250 people.

To learn more about the different stages and the associated dates to get a better understanding about where we’re going as a state, click here to see the full plan: BackOnTrack.in.gov

The Governor signed an executive order implementing these changes to the Back on Track Indiana roadmap. The executive order can be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

More information may be found at the ISDH website at coronavirus.in.gov and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Indiana Back On Track has five stages. Click this link to learn more about it.

To learn more about the different stages and the associated dates to get a better understanding about where we’re going as a state, click here to see the full plan: BackOnTrack.in.gov

A Quick Contact Guide for Coronavirus Information

Please Note: if you are concerned about a friend or family member’s well-being and/or mental status based on conversations you’ve had with them, encounters you have experienced, or what they posted on their social media accounts, FIRST, dial 911 in an emergency and then contact the social media outlets directly.

Local and Regional Coronavirus resources

Allen County Department of Health

Hotline: (260) 449-4499, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Website: https://www.allencountyhealth.com/get-informed/covid-19/

Indiana Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline

Hotline: 1-877-826-0011 (open 8 a.m. ET-Midnight ET seven days a week)

Website: https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/

Mental Health Resources

Park Center – Fort Wayne, IN

Crisis Hotline: 800-552-0985

Website: http://www.parkcenter.org/

Northeastern Center, Inc. – Kendallville IN

Crisis: 800-790-0118

Website: http://www.necmh.org/

Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services, Inc. – Warsaw, IN

Phone: 574-267-7169

Website: http://www.bowencenter.org/

Resources from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)- A List curated by NAMI of Fort Wayne:

https://www.namifortwayne.org/local-resources

State and National Resources

Indiana

Indiana Department of Health:

Hotline: 1-877-826-0011 (open 8AM-8PM ET)

Website: https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/

Ohio

Ohio Department of Health

Hotline: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Website: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

National

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

Hotline: 1-800-232-4636

Website: https://www.coronavirus.gov/

Mental Health Resources

From the National Institute of Mental Health:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En Español 1-888-628-9454
The Lifeline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.

Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741
The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a trained responder. The service is available to all veterans, even if not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can call 1-800-799-4889.

Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

The disaster distress helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Hotline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

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CORONAVIRUS: A Live Community Forum

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The conversation and call-ins continued Friday evenings at 7:00pm with local experts such as Dr. Deborah McMahan, Commisioner, Allen County Department of Health, Dr, Jay Fawver, psychiatrist and host of Matters of the Mind, plus other area medical and community leaders. This one-hour special program  aired during March, April and the first week of May 2020.

The programs also featured a phone bank comprised of health care professionals assisting viewers with questions when they call in during each week’s live broadcast.

CORONAVIRUS: A Mental Health Roundtable

Dr. Jay Fawver hosted CORONAVIRUS: A Mental Health Roundtable, special editions of Matters of the Mind Mondays at at 7:30pm on PBS Fort Wayne during March and April 2020.

Dr. Fawver, along with other regional mental health experts — including Dr. Siquilla Liebetrau, a licensed clinical psychologist at the Bowen Center in Warsaw and Dr. Matthew L. Runyan a psychiatrist in Fort Wayne, affiliated with Parkview Regional Medical Center — continued the discussion about how the COVID-19 Pandemic can affect mental health.  New suggestions, coping strategies and resources viewers may access while social distancing or staying at home are part of the discussion in each show.

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CORONAVIRUS: A LIVE COMMUNITY FORUM, Friday, a new series that was seen Fridays at 7:00pm on PBS Fort Wayne, was produced live in our studio and features conversations with Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deb McMahan, Dr. Jay Fawver, plus other local medical and community leaders. Local viewers also have the opportunity to call in questions to a phone bank of health care professionals. during each live broadcast.

CORONAVIRUS: A Mental Health Roundtable, which aired Monday evenings at  7:30pm, is hosted by Dr. Jay Fawver (host of Matters of the Mind) discussing how the COVID-19 Pandemic can affect mental health. The show features other regional mental health experts offering suggestions, coping strategies and tips for viewers on where to find resources to help them through this crisis.

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Indiana’s COVID-19 Timeline…

Source: https://calendar.in.gov/site/gov/event/governor-announces-roadmap-to-safely-reopen-indiana/

TIMELINE: Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address on Monday, March 23, 2020 that ordered all Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety.
The order was extended as of Friday, April 3, and then, as of April 20, 2020, was extended to May 1, 2020.

Most recently, Governor Holcomb has put Indiana’s reopening plan at stage “4.5” and will issue a statewide face covering order effective Monday July 27.

Right now, through at least July 31, Indiana is on stage 4.5 of this five stage plan. To see the details of what stage 4 and 4.5 permits ( and where), click on this link.

To learn more about the different stages and the associated dates to get a better understanding about where we’re going as a state, click here to see the full plan: BackOnTrack.in.gov

To see a complete list of FAQs regarding the Stay At Home order, click here.

To see the actual executive order of the extension, click here.

The Critical Industries Hotline continues to be available from 9:00am to 6:00pm, ET Monday through Friday to respond to business and industry questions about whether a business is considered essential. The center may be reached by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov

Answers to frequently asked questions and instructions to file for COVID-19-related unemployment are available at Unemployment.IN.gov.

A link to the updated Stay-At-Home Order FAQ may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm Please refer to this FAQ page for guidance and clarifications.

To see the actual document extending the Stay At Home order, click here.

Link to the Stay-At-Home Order FAQ may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm

More information may be found at the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus/ and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Links to all executive orders may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm