Indiana Governor Orders Residents of Indiana to Stay Home Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Paula Liu
By Paula Liu
March 23, 2020USshare
Indiana Governor Orders Residents of Indiana to Stay Home Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, on March 20, 2020. (Darron Cummings/AP Photo)

Gov. Eric Holcomb of Indiana announced that all Indiana residents should not go out leave their homes, aside for necessary tasks amid the CCP Virus pandemic, according to a media advisory issued by the state of Indiana on Monday, March 23.

NTD refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

According to the advisory, Holcomb stated that individuals should stay home except when they are at work or doing other permitted activities amid the pandemic, such as taking care of others, buying or getting necessary supplies, or for health and safety purposes.

As indicated by the advisory, this order will be in effect starting March 25, and will last up until April 7, for a total of two weeks.

In the advisory, Holcomb stated, “the next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem.”

Holcomb further stated that he would be setting the example for the rest of the residents in Indiana, stating, “I’m setting the example by sending state government personnel home to work to the maximum extent possible and closing our facilities to public interaction beginning Tuesday [March 24], for at least the next two weeks.”

As indicated by the media advisory, the facilities in question include the Government Center complex in Indianapolis, as well as other offices throughout the state, including the Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches. All employees will be working from home or remotely and will be continuing to provide assistance whenever possible through online or telephone methods.

Holcomb stated that the closure will be in effect until April 7, although public safety functions will still continue to stay open.

In addition to the closures of offices and governmental centers, all state-issued licenses will be given an automatic extension and Holcomb will be advising all law authorities to not issue tickets to any drivers’ licenses that are due to expire during this time.

Indiana got its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 6, and since then, the number had been increasing. At the time of writing, 261 confirmed cases and seven deaths have been reported, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center from Johns Hopkins University and Medicine.

“The state, in conjunction with the city and all hospital systems in Marion County, has activated a comprehensive emergency operations center to maximize hospital capacity and provide joint coordination. The center is charged with tracking the inventory of all hospital beds, supplies and personnel as the number of COVID-19 patients grows,” the media advisory stated.

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