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With COVID-19 Numbers Worsening, Holcomb's Position Remains Unchanged

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Justin Hicks/IPB News
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Gov. Eric Holcomb remains clear – he will not reimpose any statewide COVID-19 restrictions. That’s as the state and country are in the midst of a new wave of worsening COVID-19 conditions.

Indiana is reporting more cases per day of COVID-19 than any time since January, when the state’s vaccine rollout began. In the past week alone, the seven-day average number of Hoosiers in hospitals with COVID-19 has jumped nearly 30 percent.

Holcomb refuses to reimpose any statewide restrictions. Instead, he said his answer remains the same as it’s been for months: just get vaccinated.

“I want folks to understand that they have access to not ending up in the hospital or worse,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb said he’ll continue to monitor health care capacity, ensuring Hoosiers are able to access treatment.

But any restrictions are left up to local governments, since Holcomb said the situation is different across communities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports almost every Indiana county is experiencing high spread of the virus.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.