Governor Holcomb provides update on state’s response to COVID-19

NOW: Governor Holcomb provides update on state’s response to COVID-19

INDIANAPOLIS—During his daily press conference, Governor Eric Holcomb and several other state leaders provided an update to the state's response to COVID-19.

Officials said the state will receive $2.4 billion in federal relief money from the COVID-19 economic stimulus plans.

Holcomb said that he will release more information about the current stay-at-home order on Friday.

Dr. Daniel Rusyniak, Chief Medical Officer for Family and Social Services, spoke during the press conference.

Rusyniak said many of the new cases reported on Monday are related to an outbreak at the Tyson meatpacking plant in Logansport

About one-third of Hoosiers who have died due to the virus were residents in longterm care facilities, Rusyniak said.

According to Rusyniak, 1,467 residents of longterm care facilities have tested positive for coronavirus as of Monday. Two-hundred and sixty of those residents have died across 85 facilities in the state. 

While offenders inside of Indiana Department of Correction facilities are testing positive for COVID-19, officials said that the state is not looking to release offenders early due to the pandemic. 

Indiana National Guard will be doing flyovers in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis to honor essential workers and first responders during the coming week.

Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, Secretary of Family and Social Services, also gave updates on Monday, announcing that applications for FSSA assistance are up and the department is working to provide new meal services to children and at-risk populations statewide to roll out in the coming weeks. 

A new, free mental health resource for Hoosiers was launched on Monday by the state and is available at BeWellIndiana.com

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