3rd COVID-19 Death In Indiana, State's Primary Election Delayed Until June 2
Indiana State Health officials have announced that a third person has died from COVID-19 in the state.
Here is the announcement:
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that a third Hoosier has died of COVID-19. The patient is an adult resident of Marion County over age 60 who had been hospitalized.
ISDH reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing to 79 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories. All but one are adults.
“Losing a loved one is devastating, and it’s troubling to see the toll that COVID-19 is taking on elderly residents here in Indiana and across the country,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “I implore Hoosiers to continue to stay home if they’re sick and practice social distancing so that we can halt the spread of this virus and protect the most vulnerable among us.”
Indiana's primary will be delayed until June 2 according to Gov. Eric Holcomb and Secretary of State Connie Lawson. It was originally scheduled for May 5. Lawson says a request will also be made of the election commission to allow for absentee ballots to be available to all Hoosiers.
Holcomb says the election needs to be rescheduled due to this time of emergency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Holcomb and the Indiana Secretary of State are scheduled to make an announcment about the primary election today at 11:30am. This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as announcements are made.
In the meantime, the IN Health Dept. released new disease stats.
You can find that info below.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 23 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 79 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Two Hoosiers have died.
The new cases involve residents of Allen (1), Boone (1), Floyd (1), Grant (1), Hamilton (3), Johnson (1), Lake (2), Marion (6), Shelby (1), St. Joseph (3), Tippecanoe (1), Vanderburgh (1) and Vigo (1) counties.
The list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/
Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials are considering delaying the state’s primary election as several other states are doing to help ensure voters worried about the coronavirus outbreak can safely cast their ballots.
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said Thursday he's in favor of pushing back Indiana’s May 5 primary but that GOP Secretary of State Connie Lawson was leading discussions with state political party leaders.
Ohio and Kentucky are among at least seven states that have delayed primaries and others are considering increased voting by mail. Indiana Democratic Chairman John Zody said he believed conducting the primary largely by mail was the best option.