Gov. Eric Holcomb announced today (April 17) that the state’s “stay-at-home” order will be extended, but only to Friday, May 1. The governor said this will allow the state to possibly start slowly removing restrictions to let the state get back to work.
Specific details about the order will be discussed Monday during Holcomb’s next briefing.
He added the state began sending out unemployment benefits received from the federal CARES Act. This is a $600 weekly benefit addition to the state’s regular unemployment assistance. Another $200 million is expected to go to Hoosiers starting Monday.
Today, an additional 642 positive COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the state’s total to 10,154. The report included 42 new deaths, with the state now at 519 overall. A new one-day high 3,718 Hoosiers were tested, bringing that total to 54,785 individuals tested.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has suspended its Payback Protection Program and disaster loan program due to running out of funds.