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Indiana sees biggest 1-day COVID-19 spike

Face covering mandate in effect
Indiana sees biggest 1-day COVID-19 spike Indiana sees biggest 1-day COVID-19 spike
Joey Bowling,Ā Intern, [email protected]

Indiana saw its highest daily spike last week as the coronavirus continues to roll throughout the state. A total of 1,002 cases and 850 hospitalizations were reported statewide on July 23, and a new executive order mandates the wearing of face coverings.

Harrison County saw 27 new positive cases of the virus in the past week, bringing the total to 263, with an additional 390 tests conducted, up from 2,985 the previous week. The positivity rate is about 7.7%. A positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for the virus out of everyone who has been tested. The number of deaths in the county due to the virus remains at 22, with an additional two clinical death.

Statewide, there have been 2,725 deaths, up 73 from the previous week. An additional 72,004 tests have been conducted, bringing the total to 716,809. The number of positive cases in Indiana rose to 63,678, up 5,762 since last week.

The executive order, which Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law Friday, requires people over the age of 8 to wear a face covering when inside a business, public building or in outdoor spaces when six feet between people not in the same household isnā€™t feasible.

Public transport and services such as taxis and ride-sharing programs also fall under this rule, which went into effect Monday.

There is a list of exceptions from this rule, such as anyone with a health condition preventing them from wearing a face covering, people who are deaf or hard of hearing and need to see mouths to communicate or while in restaurants, according to the order.

People who can maintain six feet of social distancing while exercising, swimming, being stopped by a law enforcement officer or for surveillance checks, those who are experiencing homelessness and those incarcerated are also exempt, according to the order.

To see the full list of exemptions, go to https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm.

K-12 staff, faculty and students are also required under the mandate to wear face coverings except when eating or if the students are 7 years old or younger. When six feet of social distancing is achievable, students arenā€™t required to wear the coverings, according to the order.

Schools are responsible for enforcing this.

Holcomb originally had a fine and Class B Misdemeanor charge attached to anyone found in violation of the mandate. However, after push-back from the Indiana Republicans and multiple law enforcement offices saying they refuse to enforce it, the governor scrapped any criminal penalties.

Inside the executive order, Holcomb wrote if cases continue to rise, the state may re-enter previous stages of shutdown or close businesses once again.

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