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Indiana reverts from Stage 5

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Gov. Eric Holcomb will sign an executive order to implement more restrictions to curb Indiana’s COVID-19 numbers.

In a press conference Nov. 11, Holcomb and Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said positive cases have been on the rise for the last two weeks, and Box said cases could double in the following weeks if measures aren’t taken.

Since the state opened to Stage 5 in September, the number of cases has increased six percentage points. Currently, 224,374 cases have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic, and 4,512 Hoosiers have died after contracting the virus.

“Unfortunately, too many of us have let our guard down,” Holcomb said.

Starting this weekend, indoor and outdoor events in Marion County will be limited to 50 people, and masks are still mandated. Businesses must post signs at entrances reminding customers of the mandate, and it must be enforced. Holcomb said various government departments will continue to monitor businesses throughout the state to ensure compliance.

Box announced $20 million will be available to city governments to help with enforcement and a limited amount of vaccine may be available in the coming weeks.

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