COVID-19 in Indiana: September 2020

Indy Midtown Magazine has been posting regular updates about the state’s response to the public health emergency. This post archives all September 2020 updates. View updates from March 2020 or April 2020 or May 2020 or June 2020 or July 2020 or August 2020

September 24

Citing reduced rate of positivity and hospitalizations from COVID-19, Governor Eric Holcome issued an executive order [PDF] moving the state to Phase 5 of the Back On Track Indiana plan. All businesses my reopen and operate beginning Sept. 26. The Governor maintained the face covering mandate (with a few exemptions) as well as the requirement to adhere to social distancing requirements. The executive order instructs all businesses to “develop a plan to implement measures and institute safeguards to ensure a safe environment for their employees, customers, clients, and members.”  Once again, Governor Holcomb’s order allows political or county subdivisions to impose more stringent requirements.

Governor Holcomb also signed an executive order extending the public health emergency that was set to expire Oct. The new expiration date is Nov. 1. [PDF]

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 920 new cases were recorded for September 23. A total of  114,236 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,937,499 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,322 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 22

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 652 new cases were recorded for September 21. A total of  112,626 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,898,563 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,295 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 21

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 535 new cases were recorded for September 20. A total of  112,027 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,882,248 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,287 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 652 new cases were recorded for September 21. A total of  112,626 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,898,563 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,295 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 20

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 756 new cases were recorded for September 19. A total of  111,505 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,867,826 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,281 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 17

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 1499 new cases were recorded for September 15. A total of  109,683 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,813,640 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,270 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 16

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 624 new cases were recorded for September 15. A total of  107,809 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,770,032 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,247 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 15

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 758 new cases were recorded for September 14. A total of  107,229 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,756,019 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,235 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 14

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 755 new cases were recorded for September 13. A total of  105,804 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,738,305 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,215 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 13

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 1,249 new cases were recorded for September 12. A total of  105,804 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,720,326 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,214 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 12

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 1,076 new cases were recorded for September 11. A total of  104,561 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,666,889 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,213 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 11

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, 188,400 Americans have died from COVID-19 since March. Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 1,282 new cases were recorded for September 10. A total of  103,505 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,618,804 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,196 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 10

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 764 new cases were recorded for September 9. A total of  102,243 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,584,532 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,168 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 9

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 720 new cases were recorded for September 8. A total of  101,485 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,572,960 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,173 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 8

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 394 new cases were recorded for September 7. A total of  100,780 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,559,986 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,156 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 7

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 596 new cases were recorded for September 6. A total of  100,394 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,551,731 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,144 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 6

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 851 new cases were recorded for September 5. A total of  99,804 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,537,182 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,140 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 5

The nation’s top infectious disease expert warned residents of Midwestern states, including Indiana, not to be “careless” during the Labor Day weekend.  Bloomberg News reports that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joined vice-president Mike Pence in a phone call to the nation’s governors earlier this week. “If we’re careless about it, then we could wind up with a surge following Labor Day,” Fauci said in the call. “It really depends on how we behave as a country.”

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 1085 new cases were recorded for September 4. A total of  98,961 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,518,612 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,138 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 4

A federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) takes effect today, extending protections to tens of millions of renters at risk of eviction for nonpayment of rent during the global pandemic. Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition partner Prosperity Indiana has created a flyer that details qualifications and procedures, and provides links to additional resources for renters. Click on the artwork to download a PDF.

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 1044 new cases were recorded for September 3. A total of  97,884 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,497,703 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,127 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 3

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 1,809 single-family building permits were pulled in Indiana during July. While the number is down 1% from June of 2020, number of permits pulled in July are up 19% from the 1,521 permits pulled in July, 2019. In a statement, Indiana Builders Association CEO Rick Wajda called the July rebound in single-family permits “unprecedented.” “Housing demands, supported by low interest rates and a new consumer focus on home functionality, are taking center stage,” he said. Wadjda noted that the current lumber shortage affects housing prices.

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 1110 new cases were recorded for September 1. A total of  96,854 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,474,901 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,110 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

September 2

Citing its authority under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order [PDF] to temporarily halt residential evictions. Aimed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 the measure covers all renters in the U.S. below a certain income level (individuals who expect to earn less than $99,000 this year and joint filers expecting to earn less than $198,000). The Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition (HHNC) has advocated for an extension of Indiana’s eviction and foreclosure moratoria that expired August 14.

According to Andrew Bradley, policy director for Prosperity Indiana, a HHNC member, details about the order are still emerging. “We’re waiting to hear from legal aid partners about what this will mean for the evictions that were already filed since Indiana’s moratorium ended.” He said that preliminary data from county courts suggests that eviction filings have increased 200-300% since the moratorium’s end compared to this time last year. “Because the CDC moratorium includes no new aid, we agree with National Low Income Housing Coalition that this half-measure simply delays the eviction cliff that up to 313,000 Hoosier households were beginning to face. It delays, not ends, the multiple eviction waves Hoosiers will face due to the pandemic.”

Bradley said Coalition members equate housing with public health, and that policy solutions are needed to solve the housing crisis. “We need a Housing Stability policy plan for response and recovery, including taking another look at how the state is allocating CARES Act resources that could be used to add to the recently-shuttered Rental Assistance Program, as well as the Coalition’s recommendation that the Governor appoint a Housing Stability Task Force that includes housing providers, renters, legal aid, and experts in the connections between public health and housing to advise the state on a housing recovery policy plan.”

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 871 new cases were recorded for September 1. A total of  95,750 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,457,009 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,106 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.

 

September 1

On March 6, Governor Eric Holcomb declared a public health emergency in an executive order. Given the severity of the pandemic, he has extended the order multiple times. The most recent extension  was set to expire tomorrow but a new executive order [PDF] has further extended the disaster declaration until October 2, 2020. At his August 26 weekly briefing, Governor Eric Holcomb announced that the state will remain in Stage 4.5 of the Back on Track plan and that the statewide mask mandate will continue an additional 30 days. [PDF] Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports that 721 new cases were recorded for August 31. A total of  94,891 Hoosiers have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 – a number that includes results from ISDH and results submitted by private laboratories. Approximately 1,442,887 tests have been administered. Additionally, ISDH notes that 3,093 Hoosiers have succumbed to the disease. Daily updates are posted to the ISDH COVID-19 online dashboard.