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Holcomb says COVID-19 is 'going to be with us for a long time'

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Brandon Smith / IPB News
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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he and other state officials are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation as concerns rise about the virus’s newest version, the omicron variant.

Holcomb said he thinks it’s settling in for people that COVID is “going to be with us for a long time.”

The governor wants to end the state’s public health emergency soon, as long as lawmakers deliver him administrative changes that will ensure Hoosiers don’t lose access to hundreds of millions in federal dollars. And he said the omicron variant doesn’t necessarily change that plan.

“We’re going to have a public health emergency and those executive orders as long as we need it, one way or another,” Holcomb said.

As the virus and its variants fuel fears of a bad winter surge – particularly for hospital systems – Holcomb continues to beat the drum of vaccination.

“First of all, I hope that folks get vaccinated for themselves and for their family," Holcomb said. "Secondly, I hope they think of others, as well.”

Holcomb said the state is constantly working with hospitals to ensure they have the resources they need.

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.