The Latest: Governor Holcomb’s Modified Plan to Reopen the State

On Wednesday, July 1, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the state will modify the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 17.

While a few restrictions will lift on July 4 in version 4.5 of the plan, most will stay in place. Elkhart County will remain fully in Stage 4 until at least July 17. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

“While most of our health indicators remain positive, our data indicates a need to be extra cautious, which is why we will pause much of our Back on Track roadmap,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I urge Hoosiers to maintain vigilance in social distancing and wearing masks so we can continue to reopen our state for business.”

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 as the state continues a sector-by-sector reset. The state will move to reopen while continuing 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

Through at least July 17, the following restrictions will continue:

  • Social gatherings following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines will be limited to up to 250 people. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time, particularly indoors.
  • Dining room food service may continue operations at up to 75 percent capacity as long as social distancing is observed. Bar seating in restaurants may continue operations at 50 percent capacity. Bars and nightclubs may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity. Reservations are encouraged to limit the number of customers at any one time.
  • Raceways may continue operations open at 50 percent grandstand capacity.

Beginning July 4, fairs, festivals and other similar outdoor events may open. Pari-mutuel horse racing and county and state fair racing may begin with 50 percent spectator capacity. Youth overnight camps may open.

K-12 school operations may begin the 2020-21 academic year on July 1. Extra-curricular, co-curricular activities may resume July 6.

Outdoor visitation is required at assisted living facilities and nursing homes beginning July 4 and indoor visitation may begin. Hospital visitations with precautions are encouraged.

Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions – who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus – should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain cautious. Face coverings in public places are highly recommended.

Gov. Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, today announced a statewide initiative to encourage Hoosiers to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The #MaskUpHoosiers initiative is launching with videos and photos of state government leaders, celebrities, and Hoosiers from all walks of life sharing their heartfelt reasons for wearing a mask in public, which is one of the strongest steps possible to limit the spread of COVID-19, saving lives and allowing the state to continue its phased re-opening. Additional photos and videos will be featured as the educational campaign progresses. Visit to learn more.

The Governor signed an executive order implementing these changes to the Back on Track Indiana roadmap. The Governor also signed an executive order extending the public health emergency through Aug. 3. The executive orders can be found here:

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

Right now, through July 17, 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:

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.


Indiana Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline

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


Mental Health Resources

Park Center – Fort Wayne, IN

Crisis Hotline: 800-552-0985


Northeastern Center, Inc. – Kendallville IN

Crisis: 800-790-0118


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

Phone: 574-267-7169


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

State and National Resources


Indiana Department of Health:

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



Ohio Department of Health

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



CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

Hotline: 1-800-232-4636


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)

Learn about our Local Weekly Shows…

CORONAVIRUS: A Live Community Forum

Click or tap on this link or the image at left to choose from all the episodes in this series, by date originally broadcast.

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.

More Resources…

Scientists around the globe are racing to uncover the secrets of the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic—and using revolutionary techniques to develop lifesaving treatments and vaccines.

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Premiered Thursday, March 19, 8:00pm

This special, from PBS NewsHour, focuses on health precautions for individuals and the public at large, as well as the pandemic’s economic impact in both the United States and globally.

Click the link or the image above  to stream this special.

Be Well Indiana: A Comprehensive Online Wellness Resource

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FAQs: What Does the Governor’s Stay At Home Order mean?

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Local Resources: Links to local resources with Coronavirus information
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From PBS: A COVID-19 Financial Survival Guide

Who are the most economically vulnerable to the pandemic, how can you get financial support, and how can you help out?
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VIDEO: What Flattening The Curve Means

From PBS: A Curated Directory of What You Should Know
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From PBS Parents: How To Talk To Your Kids About the Coronavirus
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VIDEO: NOVA-How serious is the Coronavirus?

School closed? The PBS Kids Daily Newsletter connects you to new resources and more.
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VIDEO: PBS Digital Studios: Can Soap Really Kill the Coronavirus?

PBS Digital Studios: How do Hand Santizers Work?

Tips on How To Shelter in Place: NASA Astronauts

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Resources and more for you…

As concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic continues, PBS Fort Wayne presents a collection of programs and resources we produced earlier with timely and relevant information on the spread of the virus.

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.

CONFRONTING CORONAVIRUS: A PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL aired earlier this year and featured interviews with officials and a virtual town hall with curated questions from across the nation.

Indiana’s COVID-19 Timeline…


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.

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

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

A link to the updated Stay-At-Home Order FAQ may be found here: 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:

More information may be found at the ISDH website at and the CDC website at

Links to all executive orders may be found here: