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August 14, 2020

4/27/2020 4:11:00 PM
Gov. Holcomb holds briefing
Alexander Talkington

On Monday, April 27 at 2:30 pm, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb hosted a virtual press conference to update Hoosiers on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regarding the stay-at-home order, the May 1 date has not been extended. Any updates on this will be updated on the plaindealer-sun.com website.

Joining the Governor was Daniel Rusyniak, Chief Medical Officer for the Family & Social Services (FSSA), who relayed some updated figures regarding new coronavirus cases. There are 963 new cases across the entire state of Indiana. Seventy-two of these are here in Jennings County. As of Monday, 31 additional deaths have been reported. The total amount of tests distributed statewide are up to 84,476.

Keep your eyes on the sky! General Lyles changed the pace with a bit of good news. In an effort to thank and appreciate essential workers and first responders, 122nd Fighter Wing flyovers will take place in and around Indianapolis on Thursday, April 30. Locations include Johnson County Armory, Community Hospital East, St. Vincent Hospital in Carmel, VA and IU Hospital, Lawrence Armory and Muncie IU Hospital.

Jennifer Sullivan, also from FSSA, spoke on how Indiana is helping its citizens. "12 statewide sites are open/opening to help people who are recovering from COVID-19 and also experiencing or at risk of homelessness." Over 200 Hoosiers have been helped thus far.

From now through August, there no co-payments at the doctor for those on Medicaid. All families are now receiving maximum SNAP benefits for their households.

Ms. Sullivan, in relation to Operation Food, also encouraged citizens to find a local food pantry near you. Monetary donations are regularly needed to feed those in the community. Your generosity is appreciated!

Anyone who is exeperiencing difficulties with mental illness during these times can head over to bewellindiana.org and seek information and resources compiled by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction designed to help Hoosiers stay connected and maintain their well-being.

For further updates and to keep up with news regarding the pandemic in Indiana, please visit coronavirus.in.gov.

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