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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials addressed the public

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials addressed the public Wednesday afternoon regarding the state's coronavirus outbreak.

Wednesday's report saw a jump of 406 positive cases and 16 deaths, bringing totals to 2,565 cases and 65 deaths in Indiana. Holcomb called the Indiana News increase "unfortunate but expected." Positive cases are present in 83 of Indiana's 92 counties. Kristina Box, Indiana's health commissioner, said it's hard to say what the mortality rate is.

Holcomb said he sees the damage being caused by a coronavirus. "We know it does not discriminate. It can infect the healthy. It can infect the young. Maybe you won't be affected, but it will use you to kill others."

Holcomb said Indiana is managing to flatten the curve because of social distancing. He cautioned that "we're sailing into this storm" and that it is "not in the rearview mirror."



Eli Lilly and Co. chairman Dave Ricks said the company "is bringing the full force of our scientific and medical expertise to attack the coronavirus pandemic around the world." He continued, "Here in our Indiana home, we feel a special responsibility to help bring our community together to practice proven and effective health strategies.”

Ricks said Lilly has "our plants running full-time to make sure your medicines will be there at the pharmacy counter."
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The Indiana State Department of Health hotline is 317-233-7125 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 317-233-1325 afterward.
Holcomb acknowledged companies that have pivoted to manufacture supplies needed for health care workers and first responders. Honda in Greensburg is giving local firefighters paint suits and masks. "We know how to make things. We know how to innovate. You are watching people turn and burn to make things we need not just by the day, but by the hour," Holcomb said.

Box, the state's health commissioner, said Lilly completed 458 tests in Indiana on Tuesday and an additional 436 of health care workers in their Press Release Distribution Services In Indiana drive-thrus. Ricks said Lilly's testing has expanded to include high-risk patients and frontline workers, though he said testing for the general public likely will not be available for some time."We're trying to make the biggest impact we can on public health." 

Box said "the number of ventilators we're going to need based on the surge we expect is all over the board."
The state has released new testing guidelines for high-risk individuals who might not need to be hospitalized, including pregnant women.

Box said there's no indication pregnant women won't be able to come into hospitals for deliveries. She said hospitals will likely limit visitors to significant others, and they might not be allowed if they are sick.
The state is distributing an additional 3,000 testing kits to nine hospitals that have indicated they are critically low. Box said Indiana will be receiving 15 rapid test machines. She said details about how these will be used is still to be determined.
The state is currently taking inventory of its supply stockpiles. Box said that to date, the state has been able to fill requests for personal protective equipment, known as PPE. Holcomb said when he talks with federal officials he's "crystal clear that we want and need more" PPE.

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