Governor Holcomb's March 31st COVID-19 Update

>> GOOD AFTERNOON I’M SCOTT SWAN IN THE CHANNEL 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS ROOM WE’RE GOING TO GET RIGHT OUT TO THE INDIANA STATE HOUSE TODAY WHERE INDIANA STATE HEALTH COMMISSIONER AND GOVERNOR HOLCOMB ARE BRINGING US UP TO SPEED 14 MORE HOOSIERS DIED FROM COVID-19 AND AN ADDITIONAL 373 CONFIRMED CASES HAVE BEEN NOW REPORTED HERE ACROSS THE STATE LET’S GO OUT TO THE STATE HOUSE AND PICK UP THE NEWS CONFERENCE WITH THE HEALTH COMMISSIONER >> TREATED IS NOT IN THE COUNTY WHERE THAT INDIVIDUAL ACTUALLY RESIDES WE GO BACK TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DEATHS ARE ACTUALLY ATTRIBUTED TO THE COUNTY WHERE THAT INDIVIDUAL RESIDES IT’S A VERY SAD REALITY THAT THIS PANDEMIC THAT OUR NUMBER OF CASES AND NUMBER OF DEATHS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE I DON’T WANT TO MINIMIZE A SINGLE ONE OF THOSE LOSSES THEY ARE ALL SOMEONE’S SPOUSE, GRANDPARENT, PARENT, CHILD OR FRIEND I DO NOT WANT HOOSIERS TO SEE THESE RISING NUMBERS AND THINK THAT MEANS THAT THE PEAK HAS ARRIVED WE HAVE A VERY LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE WE REACH THE PEAK AND I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR YOU TO CONTINUE TO STAY HOME IF YOU WON’T DO IT FOR YOURSELF, DO IT FOR YOUR LOVED ONES FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS, FOR THOSE 49 HOOSIERS WHO HAVE ALREADY DIED OF THIS DISEASE I ALSO WANT TO URGE EVERY HOSPITAL ACROSS THE STATE TO CONTINUE TO UPDATE THEIR INFORMATION ABOUT BED CAPACITY AND EM RESOURCE DAILY VERY SOON WE’RE ACTUALLY GOING TO BE MOVING TO TWICE A DAY UPDATES YOU MIGHT NOT SEE THE VALUE IN THIS TODAY, BUT IN TWO TO FOUR WEEKS, YOU ARE GOING TO WANT THAT INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS OUR EMS SYSTEM NEEDS THAT INFORMATION TO MAKE REAL TIME DECISIONS ABOUT WHERE TO TAKE PATIENTS WHEN HOSPITAL CAPACITY IS STRETCHED THIN HAVING ACCURATE INFORMATION AT THEIR FINGERTIPS CAN HELP US TO SAVE LIVES OUR STRIKE TEAM CONTINUES TO TRAVEL TO STATE TO DO TESTING AND OUR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES WE WERE IN SIX COUNTIES YESTERDAY AND WILL BE VISITS EIGHT MORE COUNTIES TODAY WE’RE DISCUSSING WAYS TO FURTHER EXPAND THESE STRIKE TEAMS SO THAT WE CAN EFFICIENTLY COVER ALL TEN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DISTRICTS IN THE STATE MEANING I’D LIKE TO HAVE 11 TEAMS, SO WE HAVE ONE CIRCULATING TEAM AVAILABLE FOR ANY LAST MINUTE THINGS THAT COME UP AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK TO PROTECT OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE INNOVATIONS THAT OUR TEAM IS SEEING ACROSS THE STATE SEVERAL OUR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ARE ALREADY WORKING TO ESTABLISH SPECIFIC COVID-19 UNITS WE HEARD OF ONE OWNER, MAGNOLIA, THAT ESTABLISHED A COVID-19 SPECIFIC UNIT AND IS LOOKING TO REPLICATE THAT ELSEWHERE WHAT THEY’RE DOING IS AMAZING WE HAVE AN EXTERIOR ENTRANCE, A DEDICATED SPACE FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS TO CHANGE INTO THEIR PPE AND EVERYONE IS CONTAINED TO ONE UNIT THE WORKERS ARE SO DEDICATED THAT THE MAINTENANCE MAN ASKED TO LIVE ON SITE AND THE NURSE WHO SUPERVISING THIS UNIT IS LIVING IN A CAMPER NEARBY JUST TO STAY CLOSE THESE FOLKS HAVE STEPPED UP SAYING, THIS IS WHO I AM AND THIS IS WHAT I DO SO THAT WE CAN TAKE GOOD CARE OF RESIDENTS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES BY SIMPLY TOO LONG THE RIGHT THING — DOING THE RIGHT THING INDIANA IS WORKING TO IDENTIFY LOCATIONS AROUND THE STATE TO HELP OTHER VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY TEST POSITIVE MANY PEOPLE WANT TO ISOLATE AT HOME BUT FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE ABLE TO OFFER OPTIONS TO HOOSIERS WE HAVE FORMALLY REQUESTED THE ASSISTANCE OF THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO PROVIDE PLANNING HELP SO THAT WE CAN PREPARED TO SET UP FIELD HOSPITALS IN KEY AREAS OF THE STATE IF THIS BECOMES NECESSARY TO ADDRESS MEDICAL FACILITY SHORTAGES ARISING FROM COVID-19 THIS REQUEST WAS MADE TO THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER AND FEMA IN COORDINATION WITH HHS AS WE SAID YESTERDAY, OUR HOPE IS THAT WE NEVER NEED THIS BUT WE MUST PREPARE AS IF WE THE GOVERNOR ALSO SPECIFICALLY ASKED ME TO UPDATE EVERYONE ABOUT THE USE OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AND CHLOROQUINE FOR THE TREATMENT OF COVID-19 I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE DATA OF THIS D THE USE OF THESE MEDICATIONS TO TREAT COVID-19 IS VERY LIMITED AND VERY SMALL STUDIES AND THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF STUDIES THAT ARE MUCH LARGER ONGOING AT THIS TIME SOME INDIVIDUALS ARE ACTUALLY USING THESE MEDICATIONS ON A DAILY BASIS TO TRY TO PREVENT THEM GETTING COVID-19 AGAIN, THERE IS VERY LIMITED EVIDENCE ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THIS IN PREVENTING AN INDIVIDUAL FROM GETTING COVID-19 MOST IMPORTANTLY, HOARDING THESE MEDICATIONS OR USAGE THAT IS NOT INDICATED SEVERELY LIMITS THE USAGE OF THESE MEDICATIONS BY INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN USING THEM FOR YEARS FOR THEIR AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE, LIKE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS OR LUPUS THE DECISION ABOUT WHETHER TO USE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE OR CHLOROQUINE FOR TREATMENT OF AN INDIVIDUAL THAT IS HOSPITALIZED OR SICK WITH COVID-19 SHOULD REALLY COME DOWN TO BETWEEN THE PROVIDER AND THE PATIENT FINALLY, I WANT TO SAY HOW INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL I AM FOR THE

OUTPOURING OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO HELP WITH THIS CRISIS YESTERDAY I THINK I MENTIONED ABOUT 5300 VOLUNTEERS TODAY THAT’S 11,000 VOLUNTEERS NOT INCLUDING MEDICAL STUDENTS AND NURSING STUDENTS THESE VOLUNTEERS INCLUDE DOCTORS, NURSES, PARAMEDICS, DENTISTS, VET, MID WIVES AND MANY OTHERS EVERY DAY I HEAR OF HEROISM DISPLAYED ON THE FRONT LINES IN OUR HEALTHCARE AND OUR FIRST RESPONDER WORK FORCE WATCHING HOOSIERS HELP HOOSIERS, HEARING THESE ENCOURAGING MESSAGES THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SHARING AND WATCHING COMMUNITIES BAND TOGETHER IN THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME IS INCREDIBLY INSPIRING TO ME AND OUR TEAM AND IT GIVES ME THE CONFIDENCE THAT WE WILL EMERGE FROM THIS CRISIS STRONGER AS A STATE THANK YOU >> THANK YOU, DR. BOX BEFORE WE ALL ARE AVAILABLE TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE, LET ME JUST QUICKLY PERU TEEN AND I GUESS PROPER ETIQUETTE, GIVE A FEW SHOUT OUTS AND THANK YOU TO SPREAD AROUND THE STATE OF INDIANA SO MANY PEOPLE ARE STEPPING UP DR. BOX, YOU JUST MENTIONED HOW IT WENT FROM 5300 AT 2:30 TO — IT WAS 8,000 AT 5:00 P.M. AND THEN OVER 11,000 RIGHT NOW MERCY THANK YOU SECONDLY, I MENTIONED LAST WEEK THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE SOME EXCITING NEWS COME OUT OF EVANSVILLE, INDIANA, THE WHOLE SOUTHWESTERN PORTION OF OUR STATE, MULTIPLE COUNTIES, THE MAYOR IN EVANSVILLE AND SOME OF HIS COHORTS THAT ARE MAYORS IN THAT REGION, OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS SET UP A COVID-19 CRISIS RESPONSE FUND THIS BROUGHT TOGETHER POSEY, WARWICK, SPENCER — $6 MILLION TO HELP ON THE HUMAN SERVICES FUND AND ALL OF THOSE COUNTIES, WHEN THEY UNVEILED THAT LOFTY GOAL, THEY ALREADY HAD $1.4 MILLION TOWARD THE EFFORT OVER THE WEEKEND, THEY RECEIVED ANOTHER PLEDGE OF $500,000, A MATCHING FUND THEY’VE ALREADY RECEIVED ANOTHER $300,000 TOWARD THAT SO BY MY MATH, THAT’S A LITTLE OVER $2.2 MILLION TOWARD THAT $6 MILLION GOAL THAT’S GOING TO GO RIGHT INTO THE FRONT LINES, THE VERY ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE HELPING THE MOST VULNERABLE SO I JUST SALUTE THOSE LOCAL LEADERS FOR STEPPING UP RIGHT NOW THIS JUST EPITOMIZES TO ME THE JOINT EXERCISE THAT WE FIND OURSELVES IN, THE LOCAL, THE STATE, AND THE FEDERAL CHARGE THAT WE ALL SHARE SO CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE LEADERS I ALSO WANT TO SAY IN ONE WORD, WOW ALL THE SEWING CLUBS ALL OVER THE STATE OF INDIANA JUST INCREDIBLE WHAT YOU ALL ARE DOING WE HAVE ONE HERE LOCALLY CALLED SEW AND SERVE INDY THIS IS GROWING BY THE MINUTE IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY ARE PRODUCING, IN TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP STARTED WITH ABOUT 750 MEMBERS THEY NOW HAVE OVER 4,000 MEMBERS SEWING MASKS THAT ARE GOING TO 200-PLUS HOSPITALS AND HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN 15 DIFFERENT COUNTIES THEY HAVE RECEIVED REQUESTS FOR ABOUT 40,000 MASKS THIS IS NOW GOING FAR BEYOND ANY ONE REGION OF OUR STATE THIS IS JUST WITH FOLKS WHO MAYBE FELT LIKE THEY WERE ON THE SIDELINES WATCHING THIS ALL UNFOLD THEY ARE IN THE GAME AND THEY ARE PLAYING AN MVP ROLE SO TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE PRODUCING MASKS OR WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING TO HELP IN THIS CAUSE, THIS SEWING CLUB THAT’S ONE LOCAL IS DOING ABOUT 2500 — HAVE ALREADY DONE ABOUT 2500 SO NOTHING IS OUT OF OUR GRASP WHEN YOU’RE WORKING TOWARD THAT COMMON AGAIN LASTLY, LET ME JUST SAY WHILE SOME — MANY, IN FACT, EMPLOYEES ARE WONDERING WHAT’S NEXT, WONDERING WHEN THEY WILL GO BACK TO WORK THERE IS ONE EMPLOYER I JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT FROM LEBANON, INDIANA, WHO BUSINESS STARTED 60 YEARS AGO IN A GARAGE THEY WERE INNOVATING SIX DECADES

AGO AND THEY’RE STILL INNOVATING THE TIMES HAVE CALLED THEM TO SHIFT INTO OVERDRIVE, IT’S CALLED AMERICAN ULTRAVIOLET THEY USE ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT EQUIPMENT THEY’VE BEEN DOING THIS TO DISINFECT SPACES AND MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF DISEASES, WHETHER IT BE SARS OR H1N1 OR THE CORONAVIRUS THAT WERE SEEN TODAY THEY MAKE THESE HAND HELD DISINFECTING WANDS THEY USED TO SELL TEN PER WEEK THEY’VE GOT ABOUT A 250 UNIT BACK LOG CURRENTLY AND THEY ARE SHIPPING AS MANY AS THEY CAN ON A DAILY BASIS TO FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS, HEALTHCARE FACILITIES SO WHILE SO MANY HAVE HAD TO SHIFT THEIR DUTIES WHICH THEIR DAILY LIVES, AMERICAN ULTRAVIOLET HAS A WE ARE HIRING SIGN OUT FRONT OF THEIR THEY NEED YOUR HELP WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET THROUGH THIS AS FAST AS WE CAN THESE THREE THAT I JUST MENTIONED, THESE THREE EXAMPLES, HOOSIER EXAMPLES OF HOSPITALITY, AT ITS FINEST, ARE ALL ORGANIZED, ARE ALL MOBILIZED AND MAYBE MOST IMPORTANTLY, ENERGIZED TO SEE OUR WAY THROUGH THAT SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND WE ALL LIKE TO HELP ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE FROM AROUND THE STATE >> FIRST WE HAVE JOHN RUSSELL FROM THE IBJ >> HI, JOHN >> MORNING OR AFTERNOON >> GOOD AFTERNOON QUESTION FOR DR. BOX YOU MENTIONED YOU PUT IN A REQUEST WITH THE FEDS FOR POSSIBLE ERECTION OF FIELD HOSPITALS IN KEY AREAS OF THE STATE I WONDER IF YOU COULD TELL ME WHAT LOCATIONS YOU HAVE IN MIND, IF THAT INCLUDES THE CONVENTION CENTER IN INDY AND ALSO WHAT IS THE TOTAL CAPACITY FOR THESE FIELD HOSPITALS? >> SO WHAT WE HAVE PUT THE REQUEST IN FOR IS FOR THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO COME AND TO JOIN WITH THE GUARD HERE AS WE ARE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT SITES ACROSS THE STATE OF INDIANA AND THE POTENTIAL USE OF THOSE SITES AS ADDITIONAL HOSPITAL SPACE BUT NO, THERE IS NO SPECIFIC SITES THAT HAVE BEEN YET IDENTIFIED >> OR CAPACITY? >> THE CAPACITY, WE’LL LOOK AT EACH ONE INDIVIDUALLY AND BASICALLY LOOK AT THAT CAPACITY AND THE NEED WITH REGARDS TO THE REGION >> THANK YOU >> YOU’RE WELCOME >> BRANDON SMITH, IPBS >> HEY, BRANDON >> HEY, GOVERNOR I’M HOPING FOR SOME CLARITY ON YESTERDAY’S EXECUTIVE ORDER AS IT RELATES TO ABORTION SERVICES PLANNED PARENTHOOD SAYS IT PLANS TO CONTINUE PROVIDING ABORTION SERVICES BECAUSE MEDICAL EXPERTS DEEM THAT NECESSARY IS IT YOUR INTENTION UNDER YESTERDAY’S EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT ABORTIONS IN INDIANA SHOULD BE HALTED ENTIRELY? >> WELL, BRANDON, THERE IS THE SPREAD AND THERE IS THE SURGE REGARDING THIS SCOURGE AND WE ARE ALL WATCHING THE NUMBERS, BOTH POSITIVE CASES OF COVID-19 AND DEATHS MOUNT BY THE DAY WE’RE LIVING IN AND THROUGH AND ALL HANDS ON DECK MOMENT, AS I’VE EVER SEEN ONE IN MY LIFETIME AND IT IS UNIFYING OUR STATE IN WAYS THAT ARE QUITE FRANKLY, BEYOND INSPIRING THE EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT YOU ASKED ABOUT THAT I SIGNED HERE YESTERDAY HAD THE COMING SURGE AND THE COMING SURGE ONLY, IRRESPECTIVE OF YOUR VIEWPOINTS ON ANY ONE ISSUE, HAD THAT COMING SURGE IN MIND THAT’S WHY, TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION DIRECTLY, THAT’S WHY I DIRECTED ALL HEALTHCARE FACILITIES, HOSPITALS, SURGICAL CENTERS, VETERINARIANS, DENTAL OFFICES, YES, ABORTION CLINICS TO POSTPONE OR CANCEL ALL ELECTIVE OR NONURGENT PROCEDURES THAT’S WHAT THE EXECUTIVE ORDER SAYS WORD BY WORD SO UNLESS, OF COURSE, BY DOING SO WOULD CAUSE HARM TO THE PATIENT, IN WHICH CASE AND IN EVERY CASE I WOULD LEAVE UP TO THE DOCTOR TO DETERMINE AND BUT AGAIN, ANY AND ALL MEDICAL EXPERTISE AND PPE FIRST NEEDS TO GO TOWARD — DURING THIS WINDOW TOWARD THE FEEDING COVID-19 THE SOONER THE BETTER FOR ALL OF US THE QUESTION YOU ASKED IS ADDRESSED VERY SPECIFICALLY IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER

>> REBECCA WHITE WFLN RADIO >> GOOD AFTERNOON >> YOU HAVE TO UNMUTE THE MIC PHONE >> WE’LL COME BACK TO HER END INDIANA INDY POLITICS >> GOOD AFTERNOON >> CAN YOU HEAR ME? >> I CAN HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR >> I HAD A CONVERSATION AT LUNCH TIDE WITH ONE OF THE DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS WHO WAS REALLY CONCERNED, WORRIED ABOUT HOW LONG THE SITUATION IS GOING TO LAST, PARTICULARLY HER BUSINESS, HER EMPLOYEES, RESTAURANTS AND THE SERVICE INDUSTRY WHAT CAN YOU SAY TO THOSE FOLKS, WHETHER THE MOM AND POP, ABOUT HOW THE STATE IS LOOKING OUT FOR THEM, THEIR EMPLOYEES, AND JUST WHAT SHOULD THEY BE DOING RIGHT NOW? >> AS I MENTIONED YESTERDAY, THERE IS A BEGINNING AND A MIDDLE AND AN END TO THIS ALL WE’RE TRACKING THE NUMBERS AND THE DATA IS GOING TO DEFINE WHAT STEPS WE TAKE NEXT WE UNDERSTAND AND ARE EQUALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE PAIN THAT IS BEING PUT UPON ALL OF US, BOTH FROM A HUMANITARIAN AND FROM AN ECONOMICAL PERSPECTIVE WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO IS MAKE SURE ONE, THAT OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM DOESN’T COLLAPSE UNDER THE WEIGHT OF ALL THE NEW CASES AND TO DO THAT, WE’VE HAD TO CHANGE OUR BEHAVIOR AS PAINFUL AND BLUNT AS THAT SOUNDS, WE’VE HAD TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE OURSELVES FROM ONE ANOTHER WE KNOW THAT’S HOW THIS SPREADS WE KNOW THAT’S HOW IT COMPOUNDS ITS NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON US ALL, OUR BUSINESSES AND FAMILY MEMBERS SO WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO IS PUSH THROUGH THIS AND, OF COURSE, KEEPING IN MIND THAT THERE IS ANOTHER PHASE TO THIS WHEN I TALK ABOUT THAT BEGINNING, WHICH WE’RE STILL MOVING UP IF YOU LOOK AT OUR NUMBERS HERE LOCALLY, YOU MENTIONED YOU WERE SPEAKING WITH HER AT LUNCH TIME HERE IN INDIANAPOLIS BUT LOOK AROUND THE STATE AS YOU TRACK THE NUMBERS, WE’RE GOING UP AND WE’VE GOT TO GET TO THAT PEAK, OR THAT SURGE AND THEN FIND OUR WAY DOWN AND THEN NOT REACT TOO QUICKLY THAT WOULD HAVE A WHIPLASH OR A DOUBLE WHAMMY I SPOKE WITH A NUMBER OF GOVERNORS YESTERDAY AND WE ALL CONCURRED, ALL, 100%, THAT IT MAY BE THE FACT THAT IT IS HARDER TO DETERMINE HOW HOW TO DEESCALATE THAN IT IS ESCALATING, MEANING LAYERING ON MORE AND MORE WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO REPEL OR PUSH BACK OR DEFEAT COVID-19 SO WE WILL KEEP IN MIND, OF COURSE, THE HUMANITARIAN EFFECT THAT THIS IS HAVING, ADVERSE, AND THE ECONOMICAL IMPACT IT’S HAVING ON HER AND 512,000 OTHER SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF INDIANA AND OUR MEDIUM AND LARGE EMPLOYERS SO WE’LL PUT TOGETHER AND WE ARE DOING THAT RIGHT NOW, AN ECONOMIC RESPONSE PACKAGE AS WELL THAT TAKES HER AND HER COLLEAGUES INTO ACCOUNT WE JUST GOT TO GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER AND GET THROUGH IT AS FAST AS WE HUMANLY CAN >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR >> GREG FROM THE SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE >> HEY, GREG >> GREG, YOU HAVE TO UNMUTE YOUR MICROPHONE >> CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? >> I CAN >> THANK YOU THIS QUESTION IS RELATED TO THE DEMOGRAPHIC DATA THAT’S RELEASED RELATED TO CASES WE’VE GOT SEVERAL CASES HERE IN THE COUNTY WHERE SOME OF OBVIOUSLY BARE BONES INFORMATION HAS BEEN RELEASED REGARDING THAT BUT THEN WE’VE HAD SITUATIONS WHERE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND ONE CASE A BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB DIRECTOR HAD LEASED SOME INFORMATION RELATED TO ONE — IF YOU COULD EXPLAIN YOUR BALANCING ACT AS TO HAVING TO — WHAT DETERMINES WHAT DEMOGRAPHIC CAN HELP ANY RELESS REGARDING HIPPA LAWS AND THINGS LIKE THAT >> SO VERY GOOD QUESTION AND IT’S A FINE LINE THAT WE WALK BECAUSE WHEN WE KNOW IN A INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN EXPOSED, ESPECIALLY IN A SETTING WHERE THERE WERE A LOT OF INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE CROWDED TOGETHER, WE DO NEED TO TRACE THOSE CONTACTS THAT WERE MOST CLOSELY RELATED OR IN CLOSE CONTACT FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME WITH SOMEONE TO LET THEM KNOW THAT THEY ALSO NEED TO KIND OF QUARANTINE THEMSELVES IN CASE THEY SHOW UP WITH SYMPTOMS SO THAT IS PART OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS THAT WE DO THAT ON A BIT BY BIT BASIS SOMETIMES WE DON’T HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF EVERYBODY THAT WAS IN A PARTICULAR SETTING SO WE HAVE TO SOMETIMES COME OUT AND ACTUALLY SAY, THIS PARTICULAR SETTING, THIS

PARTICULAR EVENT THERE WAS SOMEONE WHO TESTED POSITIVE AND IF YOU WERE AT THAT EVENT OR THAT SETTING, YOU MAY WANT TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND WE CAN GIVE YOU SO IT IS A FINE BALANCE THAT WE DO TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROTECT AN INDIVIDUAL’S PRIVACY, BUT ALSO PROTECT THE GENERAL PUBLIC >> THANK YOU >> WE’LL RETURN TO REBECCA WHITE OF WSLM RADIO >> REBECCA >> YES THANK YOU, GOVERNOR MY QUESTION WAS SIMILAR TO WHAT HE JUST ASKED BUT I GUESS THERE ARE SOME OF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE SAYING THAT IS A HIPPA VIOLATION IF THEY RELEASE THE AREA, THE PERSON HAS BEEN IN IN THAT — BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN TRACE THAT AREA AND FIGURE OUT THE PERSON AND THEREFORE, MAKING IT A HIPPA VIOLATION THEN WE HAVE OTHER SURROUNDING COUNTIES THAT ARE RELEASING THAT AND I THINK THAT YOU HEAR THE PROS AND CONS ON BOTH SIDES I GUESS ARE YOU JUST ALLOWING LIKE EACH COUNTY TO KIND OF HANDLE IT THEMSELVES OR DO YOU HAVE I GUESS — >> STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH POLICY >> YES >> THANK YOU >> SO THIS IS NORMALLY HANDLED WITH LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, BUT THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS BEEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN MANY OF THESE SITUATIONS AND CASES I CAN TELL YOU THAT I HAVE SEEN COUNTIES THAT HAVE LISTED EVERY SINGLE PLACE IN THE COUNTY BECAUSE SOMEONE WITH COVID-19 WAS THERE, EVEN IF IT WAS TO RUN IN AND GET A GALLON OF MILK OR FILL UP THEIR CAR WITH GAS THAT BECOMES A LIST OF PRETTY MUCH EVERY BUSINESS, EVERY FACILITY, EVERY SPOT IN THE COUNTY AND REALLY DOESN’T HELP ANYBODY GOING FORWARD SO REALISTICALLY, WHAT WE TRY TO DO IS FIGURE OUT THE LENGTH OF THE TIME THE INDIVIDUAL WAS THERE AND THE CLOSENESS OF CONTACT THAT THEY HAD WITH SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS AND TO TRACE IT THAT WAY >> THANK YOU >> CAMERON RTV 6 >> HEY, CAMERON >> HI, GOVERNOR GOOD AFTERNOON TWO QUICK QUESTIONS FOR YOU IF AN ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEE GETS SICK, DOES THAT EMPLOYEE HAVE TO TELL THEIR EMPLOYER AND DOES THAT EMPLOYER NEED TO TELL THE OTHER EMPLOYEES THAT WE HAVE SOMEONE ON STAFF WHO MAY HAVE CORONAVIRUS? AND SECOND, THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT MASKS CONTINUES TO EVOLVE IN THE NATIONAL LEVEL, DR. FAUCI GOT US TALK BEING IT DR. BOX, COULD YOU ADDRESS, SHOULD WE BE WEARING MASKS IN THE GENERAL PUBLIC NOW? >> DR. BOX CAN CERTAINLY ADDRESS BOTH OF THOSE, BUT I WOULD SAY IF YOU’RE SICK, YOU NEED TO TALK TO NOT JUST YOUR EMPLOYER, BUT YOU NEED TO TALK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER AND YOU NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE IF YOU ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 AND FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER THERE IS VIRTUAL SCREENINGS THERE IS ALL DIFFERENT WAYS YOU NEED TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF ARE YOU SICK WITH COVID-19 OR THEN YOU MIGHT WANT TO FOLLOW UP WITH THE MASK RECOMMENDATION >> I THINK THAT’S A REALLY GOOD POINT, GOVERNOR ALSO WITH REGARD TO THE MASKS, WE HAVE INDIVIDUALS THAT WORK WITH OUR AT RISK POPULATIONS BECAUSE THEY ARE THE MOST LIKELY PEOPLE TO BRING THE INFECTION IN FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD WITH THEM, WE ASK THEM TO MASK ON A DAILY BASIS AGAIN, EVERY INDIVIDUAL IN AN ENTIRE STATE OR COUNTRY MASKING IS NUMBER ONE, NOT REALISTIC FROM A PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT STANDPOINT BUT NOT NECESSARY SO THAT’S MY ANSWER FOR THAT >> MARCUS GREEN >> WE’RE STILL HERE >> HELLO, GOVERNOR I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT DOES THE EMPLOYER, IF I TELL MY BOSS I HAVE IT, DOES MY EMPLOYER NEED TO TELL MY CO-WORKERS? >> IF — THAT’S WHERE I WOULD, AS AN EMPLOYEE, FEEL THAT IT WAS MY OBLIGATION TO NOTIFY MY EMPLOYER SO THAT MY EMPLOYER COULD WORK WITH ME TO FIGURE OUT WHO DO I SIT VERY, VERY CLOSE WHO HAVE I BEEN ENGAGED WITH VERY CLOSELY AND THAT’S WHAT OUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT CAN HELP YOU DETERMINE WHO MIGHT BE AT RISK AND WHO MAY WANT TO SELF-QUARANTINE OR MAKE SURE THEY’RE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT NOT BEING AROUND AT RISK POPULATIONS >> MARCUS GREEN WDRB, LOUISVILLE >> HELLO, MARCUS >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR AS YOU KNOW, KENTUCKY GOVERNOR ISSUED AN ORDER DIRECTING TRAVEL TO OTHER STATES, INCLUDING INDIANA UNLESS FOR A VERY SPECIFIC PURPOSE I’M WONDERING IF YOU HAD ANY REACTION OR COMMENTS ON THAT, PARTICULARLY IF IT MAY HAVE AN ADVERSE IMPACT ON INDIANA WOULD YOU CONSIDER AUGMENTING YOUR STAY AT HOME ORDER TO PROVIDE SIMILAR GUIDANCE FOR HOOSIERS?

>> NOT AT THIS TIME FOR THE STATE OF INDIANA I’M IN CONTACT REGULAR CONTACT WITH GOVERNOR BESHEAR AND OHIO GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE WE’VE SHARED THOUGHTS CONCERNING TRAVEL, ET CETERA, THAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING AT THAT AT THIS TIME IN INDIANA THE CONCERNS, OF COURSE, ARE WORK FORCE NEEDS, BUT ALSO FOLKS WHO ARE IN A POTENTIALLY TRAVELING FROM HOT SPOTS I WOULD JUST ASK ANYONE WHO IS IN A HOT SPOT RIGHT NOW, DON’T BE TRAVELING SELF-ISOLATE YOURSELF AND PUSH BACK THE TRAVEL TO A DIFFERENT TIME >> SHERRY WITH INDIANAPOLIS STAR >> HI, SHERRY >> AM I UNMUTED? >> YOU ARE UNMUTED >> OKAY GREAT THANK YOU I KNOW THAT YOU KIND OF INDICATED YOUR DOUBTS — KIND OF INDICATED THAT WERE NOT THE NUMBERS SEEMED VERY, LIKE RISING VERY QUICKLY BUT WERE NOT NECESSARILY IN THE SURGE JUST YET I’M WONDERING IF PERHAPS DR. BOX COULD WALK US THROUGH WHAT SORT OF NUMBERS YOU’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT TO KIND OF DETERMINE WHAT THE SURGE IS, OR IS THAT SOMETHING YOU’RE ONLY GOING TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE KIND OF AFTER THE FACT? I HEAR A LOT OF TALK ABOUT ARE WE IN THE SURGE YET ARE WE IN THE SURGE? WHEN WILL WE KNOW? >> WE SEE THE WAVE COMING THAT’S WHAT WE’RE PLANNING FOR DR. BOX >> I THINK IT’S A REALLY GOOD QUESTION DO I THINK THE SURGE IS STARTING? I REALLY DO THINK THE SURGE IS STARTING BUT ARE WE AT THE PEAK OF THAT SURGE? IN NO WAY SHAPE, OR FORM KNOWING WHEN THAT PEAK IS WILL BE KIND OF AN AFTER EFFECT SO WE’RE LOOKING AT THE DATA AND WE SEE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO GO UP AND UP AND UP AND UP AND THEN WE EVENTUALLY REACH A POINT AND THEN ONE DAY WE ACTUALLY SEE THE NUMBERS GO DOWN WE DON’T CELEBRATE THAT TOO MUCH WE KIND OF SAY, WELL, WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN THE NEXT DAY SO WE START TO WATCH THAT TREND AND THEN START TO KNOW WHETHER WE POTENTIALLY HIT THE PEAK I WILL SAY THAT OTHER STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE SEEN LITTLE PEAKS THAT COME AND GO, KIND OF WAVES OF THIS SO WE’LL HAVE TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THAT AS WE GO FORWARD ALSO >> ROB BURGESS, WABASH PLAIN DEALER >> HI, ROB >> ROB, YOU HAVE TO UNMUTE YOUR MICROPHONE >> CAN YOU HEAR ME? >> WE CAN THANKS FOR DOING THIS, GOVERNOR I APPRECIATE IT >> THANK YOU >> SO WITH THE STIMULUS BILL SIGNED FEDERALLY, ELIGIBLE AMERICANS SHOULD RECEIVE THEIR CHECKS IN A MATTER OF WEEKS HOWEVER, THE FIRST MONTH IS TOMORROW, WHICH MEANS APRIL RENT AND MORTGAGE IS DUE FOR HOOSIER RESIDENTS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES I KNOW EARLIER THIS MONTH YOU PLACED A HOLD ON ALL NEW EVICTIONS AND FORECLOSURES, BUT OTHER PLACES WHICH HAVE GONE INTO LOCKDOWN, THINKING OF ITALY, HAVE SUSPENDED MORTGAGES ALL TOGETHER, FOR EXAMPLE ARE YOU CONSIDERING ORDERING MORATORIUM ON RENT AND MORTGAGES THIS MONTH OR ANY TIME IN THE FUTURE? IN ADDITION TO THE ACTIONS YOU’VE ALREADY TAKEN, ESPECIALLY GIVEN HOW LONG THIS COULD END UP LASTING? >> NOT AT THIS TIME, ROB ACTUALLY OUR EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT WE DID SIGN SPEAKS TO THIS ISSUE ABOUT RENT OR MORTGAGES, YOU STILL NEED TO PAY YOUR RENT OR MORTGAGES OURS SPOKE SPECIFICALLY TO EVICTIONS SO TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION VERY DIRECTLY, NOT AT THIS TIME >> RICK CALLAHAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS >> HELLO, RICK >> CAN YOU HEAR ME? >> WE CAN >> OKAY THIS QUESTION IS PROBABLY FOR DR. BOX THIS QUESTION MIGHT HAVE BEEN ASKED IN RECENT DAYS YOU STATED OFFICIALS HAVE ANY TRACKING DATA YET ON HOW MANY OF INDIANA’S COVID-19 PATIENTS HAVE RECOVERED? IF NOT, WHEN MIGHT THAT DATA BE AVAILABLE AND WHAT WILL OFFICIALS BE LOOKING AT IN TERMS OF LARGER TRENDS AND PANDEMIC PEAK IN INDIANA? >> A GOOD QUESTION AND SOMETHING I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR I WANT TO SAY THAT I’VE GOT THE GREATEST MINDS IN THE STATE WORKING TOGETHER FROM LEAGUE OF AND IHI AND FROM OUR SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ALL WORKING TO GET THIS DATA AVAILABLE AND ACCESSIBLE TO AGAIN, WHEN WE GET BETTER CODING, WHICH SHOULD BE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS FROM THE HOSPITALS, WE’LL START TO GET THAT COMING IN AND WE’LL BE ABLE TO HAVE MORE IDEAS ABOUT INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH, ADMITTED AND NOW DISCHARGED WITH COVID-19 AND THE MORBIDITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THAT AND ABOUT THE DEATHS IN INDIANA UNFORTUNATELY, I DON’T HAVE THAT YET >> THANK YOU >> YOU’RE WELCOME

>> STEVE WITH KPC MEDIA >> HEY, STEVE AGAIN >> GOOD AFTERNOON AGAIN, GOVERNOR QUESTION PROBABLY FOR DR. BOX MOSTLY ABOUT TESTING LOOKING BACK, I’VE HEARD BEFORE THAT CASES TODAY IS KIND OF A SHADOW OF TRANSMISSION A WEEK AGO WE HEARD THAT SOME OF THE CASES THAT ARE BEING REPORTED MAY BE AS OLD AS TWO WEEKS AGO, DEPENDING ON WHERE THEY’RE COMING FROM SO I WANTED TO GET A BETTER HANDLE ON IN THE BEST CASE SCENARIO, WE HEARD YESTERDAY WE DON’T HAVE ANY RAPID RESPONSE TESTING IN THE STATE YET SO IN THE BEST CASE SCENARIO, A TEST TODAY IS GOING TO BE AVAILABLE AND SHOW UP VIA THE STATEWIDE NUMBERS WHEN, FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE FOLLOWING THESE? >> SO A TEST THAT’S DONE TODAY, IF THAT REACHES OUS LAB TODAY WILL BE REPORTED OUT IN 24 HOURS AND WE’LL REPORT ON THAT THE THING IS THAT MUCH OF OUR TESTING THAT HAS BEEN DONE THAT’S NOT ASSOCIATED WITH PEOPLE ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL OR HIGH RISK INDIVIDUALS, HAS BEEN SENT THROUGH OUTSIDE LABS, LIKE LAB CORP. OR QUEST LAB AND THEY ARE JUST VERY BACK LOGGED WITH ALL THE TESTING THEY’RE DOING FOR THE ENTIRE NATION INDIANA, AS YOU KNOW, HAS IU UP RUNNING LOCALLY AND ALSO ANOTHER LAB THAT’S RUNNING IN NORTHERN INDIANA, WHICH I’M BLANKING ON THE NAME OF: BUT REALISTICALLY, WE DO HAVE THE ABILITY, ESPECIALLY IN THE HOSPITALIZED CASES AND MOST SIGNIFICANT ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH OUR AT RISK POPULATIONS TO TURN THAT AROUND QUICKLY CERTAINLY NOT AS MUCH AS I’D LIKE TO HAVE, BUT WE’VE GOT MORE COMING ONLINE AND MORE DISCUSSIONS GOING ON RIGHT NOW WITH ANOTHER CENTRAL INDIANA LAB TO PROBABLY INCREASE THAT BY TEN TIMES >> KAYLA SULLIVAN, FOX 59 >> HELLO, KAYLA >> HI THERE SO LAST WEEK 120,000 HOOSIERS FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT ON TOP OF THE 54,000 WHO FILED THE WEEK BEFORE WHAT’S BEING DONE TO HELP THE DEPARTMENT OF WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT HANDLE THIS MAJOR INCREASE? >> FRED? , YOU’RE UP >> THAT’S A VERY GOOD QUESTION WHAT WE’RE DOING IS WE’VE INCREASED OUR STAFF AND WE’VE INCREASED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ANSWERING CALLS WE’VE MADE SURE WE’VE HAD A GREATER BAND WIDTH ON OUR INTERNET SYSTEM PUT IN PLACE AND WE ALSO HAVE A NEW SYSTEM THAT WE’RE WORKING ON IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE CAN APPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE THAT IS THE OVERTHE PHONE SYSTEM AND THAT SHOULD TAKE CARE OF SOME OF THE BACKLOG >> MICHAEL FROM WBEZ >> THAT WAS FRED PAYNE I SHOULD HAVE INTRODUCED HIM PROPERLY >> GOOD AFTERNOON, GOVERNOR >> GOOD AFTERNOON >> MY QUESTION IS ALSO ABOUT TESTING IS THERE A COMPREHENSIVE — HOSPITALS THAT ARE PROVIDING TESTS AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE WHEN SOMEBODY GETS TESTED FOR THE RESULTS TO COME BACK IN? >> DIFFERENT FOR DIFFERENT LOCATIONS >> YOU’RE ASKING THE QUESTION ON A PERFECT DAY BECAUSE I DID JUST HAVE A DISCUSSION WITH YOUR HOSPITALSES, SYSTEMS UP IN LAPORTE AND PORTER COUNTY AND LAKE COUNTY AND IT’S EL VERNO LABS AND GETTING IT TURN AROUND TIME OF 12 TO 24 HOURS FOR YOU THAT’S REALLY HELPED YOUR HOSPITAL SYSTEMS UP THERE TO GET THOSE RESULTS BACK MORE QUICKLY SO THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO ACTUALLY SEND THEM TO INDIANAPOLIS TO GET THAT DONE >> ERIKA IRISH, THE STATE HOUSE FILE >> HELLO, ERIKA >> GOOD AFTERNOON, GOVERNOR THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY QUESTION THIS IS PROBABLY BEST DIRECT TO DO DR. BOX, REFERS TO THE NUMBER OF CASES THAT HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED AT THIS TIME DO WE HAVE ANY IDEA OF HOW MANY OF THOSE CASES HAVE PROGRESSED TO HOSPITALIZATIONS VERSUS HOW MANY HAVE RESULTED IN A PATIENT BEING SELF-ISOLATED AT HOME? >> I DO NOT BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE THAT DATA AT MY FINGERTIPS ABOUT WHAT INDIVIDUALS WERE DIAGNOSED AND THEN THEY WERE ABLE TO STAY HOME UNTIL I GET THAT HOSPITAL DATA AND CAN CROSS CHECK THAT AND DETERMINE IF THIS PERSON NEVER SHOWED UP IN OUR HOSPITAL SYSTEM, THAT’S DIFFICULT TO TELL I CAN TELL YOU THAT ABOUT 15% OF OUR TESTS ARE COMING BACK POSITIVE AND THAT THE EXPECTATION IS THAT 20% OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WILL BECOME SIGNIFICANTLY ILL TO THE POINT OF POTENTIALLY NEEDING ADMISSION TO THE HOSPITAL AND THEN IT’S THAT 5% OF THAT 20% THAT BECOMES VERY CRITICALLY ILL AND NEED ICU AND INTUBATION >> THANK YOU, DR. BOX >> WHITNEY DOWNER, CNHI >> HELLO, WHITNEY >> HELLO, GOVERNOR MY QUESTION IS ACTUALLY ALSO FOR

COMMISSIONER PAYNE I WAS GOING TO ASK HOW WE’RE TREATING — THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT, HOW ARE THEY BEING TREATED IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT SYSTEM AND HOW IS THAT BEING CALCULATED FOR THEM EXACTLY? I KNOW IT’S A BRAND-NEW TYPE OF UNEMPLOYMENT APPLICATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT >> IT IS VERY NEW WE STILL ARE WORKING WITH OUR FEDERAL PARTNERS ON JUST HOW WE NEED TO ADMINISTER THAT REMEMBER, THE FIRST PHASE WAS ACTUALLY GETTING THE STIMULUS PACKAGE PASSED NOW WE’RE WORKING ON INFLAMMATION ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT IS WORKING WITH OUR OTHER SISTER AGENCIES WITHIN THE STATE TO HELP IDENTIFY WHAT PREVIOUS WAGES WERE, BECAUSE THOSE INDIVIDUALS WILL HAVE 1099 WAGES AND WE HAVE TO TREAT THEM A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THAN INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD WAGES REPORTED IN A DIFFERENT WAY SO WE’RE IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING ON OR WORKING THROUGH WHAT THAT METHOD WOULD BE >> AND DO WE HAVE ANY KIND OF NUMBERS ON THAT? SORT OF LIKE A TIMELINE FOR THAT >> I CAN SAY WITH CONFIDENCE WITHIN A COUPLE OF WEEKS >> ALAN CARTER, WTHR >> HELLO, ALAN >> HOW ARE YOU? >> DOING GREAT >> WE’RE SEEING OTHER STATES CONSIDER THE USE OF ANTIBODIES TO ONE, SEE IF PEOPLE MAY BE ABLE TO GET BACK OUT INTO SOCIETY, ‘CAUSE MAYBE THEY DEVELOPED SOME SORT OF IMMUNITY BUT ALSO THE POSSIBILITY OF USING IT FOR TREATMENT ON IS THAT SOMETHING INDIANA IS LOOKING INTO AND WHERE ARE WE WITH THAT? >> I’M LOOKING AT THREE DOCTORS RIGHT HERE THAT ARE QUALIFIED TO RIGHT HERE THAT ARE QUALIFIED T- RIGHT HERE THAT ARE QUALIFIED TR RIGHT HERE THAT ARE QUALIFIED T >> SO WE HAVE A FULL RESEARCH TEAM THAT IS CONTINUOUSLY LOOKING AT ALL THIS DATA AND THIS INFORMATION AND THE MOST RECENT STUDIES TO DATE, THERE IS NOT A RELIABLE WAY TO CHECK ANTIBODIES TO DETERMINE IF SOMEBODY HAS IMMUNITY TO THIS, WHICH WOULD BE LIKE IF YOU HAD GERMAN MEASLES OR HAVE YOU HAD CHICKEN POX IN THE PAST WE CAN CHECK YOUR BLOOD AND DETERMINE, ARE YOU IMMUNE, SO YOU SHOULDN’T GET THAT AGAIN WE DON’T HAVE THAT ACCURATE TEST RIGHT NOW BUT CERTAINLY THAT IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT AND STUDYING AT THIS POINT >> JOY FROM PB BS MISHIANA >> HELLO, JOY >> HELLO, GOVERNOR METROPOLITAN AREAS IN THE COUNTRY ARE GETTING HIT PRETTY HARD WITH COVID-19, SUCH AS DETROIT AND NEW YORK CITY WHAT EFFORTS ARE THE STATE GOVERNMENT MAKING TO INSURE THAT OTHER METROPOLITAN AREAS OUTSIDE OF INDIANAPOLIS, LIKE SOUTH BEND, ELKHART, FORT WAYNE, ARE TAKING THE NECESSARY STEPS TO MINIMIZE THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS? I BELIEVE ONE THING THE DOCTOR MENTIONED WAS TAKING PEDIATRIC CARE SPACE TO HELP PROVIDE MORE SPACE FOR COVID PATIENTS AND REFERENCE TO THE INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN AREA ARE THERE ADDITIONAL STEPS BEING TAKEN? >> I’LL CALL ON DR. SULLIVAN BUT EVERY STEP WE’RE TAKING IN CENTRAL INDIANA, WE’RE TAKING IN EVERY REGION OF OUR STATE ALL TEN HEALTH REGIONS YOU WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SURGE PLAN THAT’S LEADING UP TO THIS? >> THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION THE DESCRIPTION THAT WE USED YESTERDAY IN OUR BRIEFING AROUND SURGE PLANNING INCLUDES CRITICAL CARE EXPANDED CAPACITY, STEP DOWN CAPACITY, NOT ONLY FOR♪♪ INDIVIDUALS WITH COVID-19 OR SUSPECTED COVID-19, BUT ALSO OTHER PARENTS WHO ARE STILL GETTING SICK LIKE YOU DO ON A REGULAR BASIS ADDITIONALLY, PROVIDING HELP FOR INDIVIDUALS TO STAY AT HOME DURING THEIR ILLNESS AND THE PROCESS THAT’S HAPPENING HERE IN CENTRAL INDIANA IS NOT UNIQUE IT’S HAPPENING ACROSS THE STATE WHAT WE’RE ROLLING OUT IS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR REGIONS TO SERVE THEIR NETWORKS AS ONE SO THAT INDIVIDUAL HOSPITAL SYSTEMS DON’T HAVE TO GO IT ALONE THEY CAN HAVE NOT ONLY THE SUPPORT OF THE GUIDANCE FROM THE STATE, BUT THE SUPPORT OF EACH OTHER AND PARTNERSHIPS ACROSS MULTIPLE DIFFERENT NETWORKS THAT ARE UNUSUAL IN PROVIDING HEALTHCARE, BUT ARE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IN PROVIDING CARE NOW >> THANK YOU >> NICKY KELLY, FORT WAYNE JOURNAL GAZETTE >> HELLO, NICKY >> HELLO, GOVERNOR I WAS WONDERING IF WE HAVE ANY ESTIMATES OF A NUMBER OF HOOSIERS WHO WILL DIE FROM THIS? IT WAS MENTIONED AT ABOUT 900 AT A BRIEFING AT THE WHITE HOUSE >> WILL YOU SAY THAT QUESTION AGAIN? >> YEAH I WAS WONDERING IF WE HAVE ANY PROJECTIONS ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WILL DIE FROM COVID? >> PROJECTIONS >> QUITE HONESTLY, WE HAVE NOT MODELED THAT NUMBER HERE IN THE

STATE OF INDIANA I WOULD SAY SOME CONCERNS THAT I HAVE IS THAT INDIANA DOES HAVE A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF MORE ELDERLY PEOPLE THAN SOME PLACES AND ALSO WE DO HAVE A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF SMOKERS, WHICH HAVE BEEN CONCERNING BUT TO ACTUALLY TRY TO MODEL THE NUMBERS AS THIS BEING HIGH OR THIS BEING LOW, WE HAVE NOT DONE >> THANK YOU >> EMMA KATE CHALKBEAT GOOD AFTERNOON >> HI, GOVERNOR WHAT DOES THE LATE APRIL SURGE OR PEAK MEAN FOR SCHOOLS? SHOULD SCHOOLS BE PREPARED FOR LONGER CLOSURES? AND WILL THEY BE ASKED TO MAKE UP LOST DAYS DURING THE SUMMER? >> STAY TUNED TO LATER THIS WEEK WE’LL HAVE SOME UPDATES IN A MATTER OF I’LL SAY 48 HOURS ON JUST THIS TOPIC YOU’LL SEE SECRETARY McCORMICK AND I TOGETHER YET THIS WEEK TO ADDRESS THIS VERY QUESTION >> LAST QUESTION FROM RICHARD ESSEX >> HELLO >> THIS IS ACTUALLY DAN KLEIN THANK YOU, GOVERNOR YOU MENTIONED DEESCALATION BEYOND JUST THE OBVIOUS NUMBERS ARE GOING DOWN, ARE THERE OTHER FACTORS THAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT WHEN IT MENTIONS IT’S GOING TO BE MORE DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE HOW TO DEESCALATE THAN ESCALATE WHAT FACTORS MIGHT YOU BE LOOKING AT? >> WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO DO IS BE PREMATURE ABOUT REFLEXIVESIVELY JUMPING BACK AFTER WE HIT THAT PEAK AND COME DOWN AND APPEAR TO BE BECAUSE YOU’VE SEEN AROUND THE WORLD WHERE IT WILL SWELL BACK UP AGAIN SO THE NUMBERS THAT I’M LOOKING AT IS ON A GRADUAL METHODICAL WAY OF, WE’RE ALWAYS BE IN THIS NEW NORMAL THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT GOING FORWARD FOR OBVIOUS REASONS BUT THE NUMBERS WILL DRY WHEN WE ULTIMATELY MAKE THESE DECISIONS >> THE GOVERNOR’S EXACTLY CORRECT ON THAT I WOULD ALSO SAY THAT IT WILL DEPEND ON WHERE OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS ARE AT THAT POINT WE MAY NEED TO GIVE OUR HOSPITAL SYSTEMS SOME TIME TO RECUPERATE TO MAKE SURE THEY’VE BEEN ABLE TO REPLENISH THEIR PPE, THAT OUR HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL ARE ABLE TO GET A BREAK IN THE ACTION SO WE WOULD NOT WANT TO RELEASE ANYTHING TOO SOON AND THEN HAVE ANOTHER LARGE SURGE INTO THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM RIGHT AT A TIME WHEN THEY’RE TRYING TO RECOVER >> THANK YOU FOR JOINING TODAY’S BRIEFING THE GOVERNOR WILL HOLD HIS NEXT BRIEFING TOMORROW AT 2:30 P.M EASTER >> AND YOU’VE BEEN WATCHING TODAY’S UPDATE FROM THE INDIANA STATE HOUSE THE GOVERNOR AND STATE HEALTH COMMISSIONER BRINGING US UP TO SPEED WITH HOW THE COVID-19 SURGE PLAN IS GOING TODAY WHAT WE REALLY LEARNED FROM TODAY’S NEWS CONFERENCE IS THAT ACCORDING TO THE STATE HEALTH COMMISSIONER, THE SURGE SHE BELIEVES, IS UNDERWAY NOW, THE PEAK, SHE SAYS, WE ARE VERY — WE HAVE A VERY LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE THE PEAK TAKES PLACE YESTERDAY THE STATE OFFICIALS WERE ESTIMATING THAT THE PEAK OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HERE IN INDIANA WOULD BE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN MID AND LATE APRIL MAYBE EVEN AS LATE AS MID MAY BUT THEY SAY THAT THE SURGE IS PROBABLY UNDERWAY, BUT WE’VE GOT A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE THE PEAK ACTUALLY HAPPENS WE ALSO LEARNED THAT 14 MORE HOOSIERS HAVE NOW DIED FROM COVID-19 SO OUR SAD DEATH TOLL NOW IS NOW UP TO 49 STATEWIDE AND WE’VE SEEN 373 MORE POSITIVE CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS SINCE YESTERDAY SO THAT WAS A REPRESENTATIVE, CHRISTINA BOX SAID THAT REPRESENTED A VERY BIG INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES STATEWIDE WE ALSO LEARNED TODAY THAT THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS NOW WORKING WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO TRY TO DETERMINE SOME FIELD HOSPITALS ACROSS THE STATE SHOULD OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM NEED MORE BEDS, HOSPITAL BEDS, CRITICAL CARE BEDS, TO TAKE CARE OF ANY COVID-19 PATIENTS THEY DID NOT IDENTIFY ANY SPECIFIC VENUES, BUT THEY DID SAY THAT THEY HAVE PUT THAT REQUEST OUT TO THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SO WE HAVE A TEAM OF REPORTERS FANNED OUT ALL ACROSS THE STATE TODAY DOING THEIR INTERVIEWS AND THEIR STORIES, WORKING REMOTELY AND THEY’RE GOING TO ASSEMBLE OUR NEWSCAST THAT WILL BEGIN TONIGHT AT 5:00 O’CLOCK FOR NOW, I’M SCOTT SWAN, LET’S GET YOU BACK TO OUR REGULAR