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State mask mandate extended through Nov. 14

State mask mandate extended through Nov. 14 State mask mandate extended through Nov. 14

With more than 12,500 new cases of COVID-19 reported for the state in the past week, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb signed executive orders Thursday to extend stage 5 of Indianaā€™s re-opening plan and the extension of the mask mandate through Nov. 14.

This will include:

Face coverings required for all Hoosiers per executive order.

Maintain social distancing, wash hands and do not go to work or school or in public places if feeling sick.

Size limitations removed for social gatherings and meetings.

Organizers of events that will include more than 500 people must submit a written plan to the local health department.

Restaurants and bars that offer food service may open at full capacity, six feet must be maintained between tables and bar section customers must be seated.

Bars and nightclubs open at full capacity; customers must be seated and social distancing required.

Indoor and outdoor venues open at full capacity.

Senior centers and congregate nutrition sites may re-open according to Family and Social Services Administration guidance.

Personal services, gyms, fitness centers and workout facilities may resume normal operations.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are required to provide visitation opportunities.

Communities encouraged to monitor countyā€™s standing in the color-coded metrics map and enact additional precautions if needed.

In the past week, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 statewide increased from 138,104 to 150,664. An additional 174,944 tests were performed, bringing the total number of tests to 2,551,406. In Indiana, there have been 3,775 deaths, up from 3,595 the previous week, from the coronavirus, with another 233 deaths, up six from last week, believed to have been from the virus.

Harrison County health officials report 740 positive cases of COVID-19, up from 681 last week, while an additional 380 tests were performed, bringing the total to 8,385.

The number of county residents to die from the virus remains unchanged at 25, with another two deaths likely to have been caused by COVID-19.

Local health department officials are working closely with other officials, including those at the state level, to ensure that contacts of the patient are identified and monitored and that all infection control protocols are being followed. Officials will make further recommendations as necessary.

Two test sites are operating in Harrison County.

The newest, a drive-thru (changed to a walk-in when thereā€™s inclement weather), is located at the May & Joe Rhoads Memorial Pool, located at 2150 Poolside Drive in Corydon. Free tests are performed Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and the first three Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is closed on government holidays.

Online registration is the preferred method for making an appointment and can be completed at For other registration assistance, call the health department at 812-738-3237.

This site is scheduled to operate through June 30.

The OptumServe testing site, which previously was at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon and was relocated in July to the Samtec building, located at 8350 Clover Valley Road near Ramsey, continues to operate. Although the test is free, insurance information will be collected.

Testing is done by appointment only. Online registration is preferred at Those without internet access or who need to register minors can call 1-888-634-1116.

Persons are required to wear a face mask to test sites.

Visit the Indiana State Dept. of Health website at for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Indiana.