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Indiana officials say most businesses abiding reopening plan

As many restaurants resumed in-person dining and some hair salons began reopening around Indiana on Monday, state officials said most businesses have been following restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus spread.

Posted: May 12, 2020 8:57 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As many restaurants resumed in-person dining and some hair salons began reopening around Indiana on Monday, state officials said most businesses have been following restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus spread.

The state issued its first order last week against a business after its owner was set to reopen sooner than allowed under state regulations that are gradually being eased, said Joseph Heerens, chief counsel of the governor’s office.

State officials have investigated 1,458 complaints about businesses violating state regulations since late March, finding about 90% unfounded, Heerens said. Those others have been resolved after discussions with the businesses, he said.

The owner of a small race track in rural western Indiana said he received the cease-and-desist letter from the state and county officials placed barricades across the road to block his plans to host races Saturday night.

Michael Daugherty, who owns Daugherty Speedway near Boswell, said he had already decided to call off the races when the concrete barriers and locked metal barricades went up Friday.

“It felt like they were trying to bully and intimidate me,” Daugherty told the (Lafayette) Journal and Courier. “I shouldn’t have to stand for that.”

Benton County commissioners President Mike Freeland the county wasn’t keen on attracting race drivers from as far away as New York and Michigan — “Where they’re having some real problems with this.”

The state reopening plan released May 1 by Gov. Eric Holcomb allowed restaurants in most of Indiana on Monday to resume in-person dining at 50% capacity in addition to carry out and drive-through service. Hair salons and barber shops could reopen with spaced-out work stations and employees wearing face masks.

Such businesses remain closed in Indianapolis, northwestern Indiana’s Lake County and rural northern Indiana’s Cass County, where a large coronavirus outbreak infected hundreds of Tyson meatpacking plant workers.

Holcomb said businesses and the public needed to keep abiding by health guidelines even as his plan aims to gradually ease rules with the goal of allowing nearly all activities to resume on July 4.

“This is not going to be July 4th — it’s over, we’re there, we’re done,” Holcomb said. “This will be with us for the foreseeable future.”

VIRUS CASES

Another 32 Indiana residents have died from coronavirus illnesses, raising the state's death toll from confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19 to 1,540, state health officials said Monday.

More than half of Indiana's new confirmed COVID-19 deaths occurred on Saturday and Sunday, boosting the state’s confirmed pandemic deaths to 1,411, according to statistics released by the Indiana State Department of Health. The state agency's statistics show that another 129 Hoosiers have died from probable infections of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

Indiana's weekly update of pandemic deaths at the state's nursing homes, released each Monday, shows that deaths in those homes increased from 420 to 584 in a week. That number is now 38% of Indiana’s toll from both confirmed and presumed COVID-19 deaths.

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Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 663511

Reported Deaths: 12633
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion908511647
Lake48510882
Allen35951638
Hamilton32138398
St. Joseph30096513
Elkhart25423417
Vanderburgh21283379
Tippecanoe20096203
Johnson16380360
Porter16009272
Hendricks15855300
Clark11999181
Madison11764319
Vigo11636230
Monroe10363163
Delaware9854179
LaPorte9790197
Howard9075198
Kosciusko8574111
Bartholomew7479147
Warrick7430151
Hancock7418132
Floyd7226170
Wayne6645192
Grant6437157
Boone610389
Morgan6103125
Dubois5923111
Dearborn549068
Cass545899
Marshall5432105
Henry542593
Noble510178
Jackson465167
Shelby461490
Lawrence4189113
Gibson401781
Harrison401064
Clinton396553
Montgomery388483
DeKalb386478
Miami357663
Knox357585
Whitley349837
Huntington346277
Steuben339255
Wabash332376
Putnam331159
Ripley327762
Adams323949
Jasper317043
White297452
Jefferson295474
Daviess285596
Fayette271956
Decatur271088
Greene261680
Posey261431
Wells258575
Scott251250
Clay241544
LaGrange241270
Randolph225576
Spencer218030
Jennings215744
Washington212127
Sullivan203639
Fountain201842
Starke188451
Owen182853
Fulton179337
Jay178328
Carroll176519
Perry173435
Orange171150
Rush165322
Vermillion160842
Franklin159535
Tipton146841
Parke139416
Pike127833
Blackford120727
Pulaski106744
Newton96632
Brown95139
Benton92213
Crawford91013
Martin80214
Warren75814
Switzerland7558
Union67310
Ohio53911
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