Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Indiana to remain on hold for Back on Track plan

Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020

Source: Inside INdiana

The state of Indiana will remain parked at Phase 4.5 in the Back on Track reopening plan for another 30 days. This will keep in place capacity restrictions for restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.

Governor Eric Holcomb said Wednesday the state’s mask mandate will remain in place until at least September 25. It was instituted on July 27 and set to expire this week.

During his weekly pandemic-focused news briefing, Governor Holcomb said the state continues to see a positivity rate of COVID-19 higher than what state health officials would like to see.

“On one hand, we’re pleased that we’ve been holding steady, kind of ‘steady-eddy Indiana’ in terms of positivity rate. But we don’t want that to trend up, we’d like to see it trend down even more so,” said Holcomb.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, the state positivity rate dipped to 6.6%, down from 7.3% measured on August 17.

Holcomb and ISDH Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said they would like to see the rate below 5%, but they also say that is not the only data point the state is monitoring before dropping the mask mandate or advancing the reopening to stage five.