Holcomb says state to adopt new COVID restrictions this weekend

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday that he would sign an executive order establishing new pandemic restrictions for the state, focusing in particular on requirements for the hardest-hit counties.

The restrictions would begin Nov. 15 and last for one month.

He also indicated that the five-stage system charting the state’s recovery would be retired. The state has been in the final stage — Stage 5 — since September, which marked the beginning of a second wave of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 5,156 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number of cases ever reported in the department’s daily pandemic update. The state also reported 31 more deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total this year to 4,512.

Newly reported deaths have reached or topped 25 for 16 straight days and have been in double digits 34 times over the past 36 days.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Indiana continue to escalate, rising from 2,174 on Sunday to 2,336 on Monday to an all-time high of 2,544 on Tuesday. COVID-19 patients occupy 30% of the state’s intensive care beds.

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