INDIANA (WFIE) - Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state leaders gave a COVID-19 update on Wednesday.
Indiana is expected to move into Stage 5, the final phase of the state’s reopening plan on Saturday after spending nearly three months at “Stage 4.5.”
“If we want businesses to be open, if we want kids to be in school, if we want all the things that we all want, then we really need to wear our mask, wash our hands, practice social distancing and avoid large crowds,” Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said.
Restaurants, bars, fitness centers and stores will be able to operate at full capacity. However, people will be expected to maintain social distance in these places and wear a mask except for eating or drinking.
“If the cases start increasing even more, then I think we should lower it back down,” Kaitlyn McClellan shared.
Many downtown businesses, such as River City Coffee & Goods, still have signage on its doors, reminding costumers to not only wear a mask, but also be kind. Some people may still not feel comfortable dining in, so some signs hanging around downtown list the name and numbers of businesses in case people want to order curbside service.
Mayor Winnecke says the city does plan to follow the state’s lead.
He was joined Wednesday by local health professionals for an update ahead of flu season.
“I think one of the concerns we have is we always get busy and full with the flu season,” Deaconess Health System President James Porter stated. “We aren’t typically this busy and full this early in the season. So with COVID already pushing those numbers up, when we look at what a typical flu season would be, we could definitely run into issues of having enough capacity and more widespread flu if we don’t get those flu shots and do something to get the COVID rates down now."
”That’s really scary for the fact that the healthcare workers have been through so much already this year," Harley Given expressed.
Local health experts said Wednesday they know of at least one person with both COVID and flu. They are urging people to get a flu shot.
They expect that to take pressure off hospital capacity, and leave COVID testing for those who have been exposed to the virus.
The executive order will be added to the state website on Thursday.
The Indiana State Department of Health reports Wednesday 113,337 total positive coronavirus cases and 3,305 deaths.
That’s up from Tuesday’s 112,626 total positive coronavirus cases and 3,295 deaths.
The state map shows 49 new coronavirus cases in Vanderburgh County, 24 new cases in Warrick County, five new cases in Dubois County, four new cases in Gibson County, seven new cases in Spencer County, and one new case in Pike County.
Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana.
- Vanderburgh Co. - 3,494 cases, 30 deaths
- Dubois Co. - 959 cases, 18 deaths
- Warrick Co. - 1,223 cases, 35 deaths
- Perry Co. - 215 cases, 14 deaths
- Posey Co. - 309 cases, 1 death
- Gibson Co. - 489 cases, 4 deaths
- Spencer Co. - 222 cases, 4 death
- Pike Co. - 141 cases, 1 death