Indiana COVID-19 health emergency likely extending into 2022

(Supplied/Gov. Eric Holcomb)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana governor’s office acknowledged Wednesday that the statewide COVID-19 public health emergency will likely extend into the new year after a failed attempt by legislators to quickly approve steps the governor sought to let the declaration expire.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the 21st monthlong extension of the public health emergency he first issued in March 2020 along with an executive order continuing a handful of administrative actions but no business or crowd restrictions. Both orders are in effect until Jan. 1.

Holcomb’s emergency order said about 95% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 75% of deaths involved unvaccinated people and stated that “the virus remains a threat to the health, safety and welfare of all residents of Indiana.”

Indiana has seen a roughly 80% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the past three weeks, with about one-quarter of those patients being treated in intensive care units, according to tracking by the Indiana Department of Health. The state is averaging about 20 COVID-19 deaths a day.

Holcomb outlined administrative steps last month the Legislature could put into state law after which he would end the public health emergency. Republican legislative leaders, however, scuttled a planned fast-track approval of the measure following objections from medical and business groups over provisions added by lawmakers that would force broad exemptions from workplace vaccination requirements.

2 COMMENTS

  1. So another year with no flu or colds? It’s Covid and only Covid?
    That 95% and 75% number? I’m sorry but I do NOT believe that 75% of COVID deaths are unvaccinated.
    I’m guessing they are only testing the unvaccinated and that’s where those numbers are coming from.
    You might want to do some REAL journalism and find out. Because anecdotally, of the people I know, only those who have been vaccinated are getting sick, and many are going to the hospital for non-Covid related illnesses.
    Holcomb was just waiting for this “variant” to keep his unconstitutional powers. What a joke.

  2. I also have grave suspicion over the percentage always reported. Fifty-percent could mean a rise from 6-9. It could mean 25 to 100 Or a percentage could be calculated from 3 to 8 cases. Cases? Are those really people ill or are they people who only tested positive. How many people who have rev=covered are now sick again or testing positive??? There is way too much imprecise reporting by the health Nazis and the flack in the press. The hospitals get more money if a case can be reported. There is a financial incentive to report the case and also report the death as a Covid case/death. If you manage to get yourself admitted to one of our wonderful hospitals they will only tell you they are following protocol. They will not offer any of the know medications or the antibody treatment that works so well in other t=states like Florida.

    Fer is the factor in taking control of your life. DO NOT LIVE IN A STATE OF FEAR. God tells us we are made in the “very likeness and image of God.” And that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Fear is not in either of those statements.

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