Gov. Holcomb Announces State to Remain in Current Stage of Back on Track

08/26/2020

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb

Governor Holcomb announced today that he will extend the state's face covering mandate and continue Stage 4.5 of the Back on Track Indiana plan until Sept. 25.

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 continues 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 Indiana State Department of Health is updating its color-coded county positivity map to evaluate each county based on three metrics.

The tracker will score counties as blue, yellow, orange or red, more easily allowing local officials to determine the best course of action. A current map is available here. The map will go live on the dashboard next week and be updated weekly.

Scoring does not trigger a state requirement of any action, but provides local information and recommendations based on:

Number of new cases in the past week per 100,000 residents
Percent positivity as determined by the number of positive tests divided by the total number of tests administered
The change in percent positivity from the previous week
The new system is designed to help local and school officials understand and respond to the level of community spread in their county. The map will be available on the ISDH coronavirus dashboard next week.

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