Most of Indiana Entering Stage 3 of Back on Track Plan

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has announced that because health indicators remain positive, most of the state will advance to stage 3 of the Back On Track Indiana plan on Friday, May 22. Indiana Back On Track has five stages. For Cass, Lake and Marion counties – which started Stage 2 after other counties — stage 3 may begin on June 1. Officials say local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

“We continue to remain vigilant about protecting Hoosiers’ health while taking responsible steps to further open our state’s economy,” said Governor Holcomb. “Moving to stage 3 is possible because Hoosiers across the state have worked together and made sacrifices to slow the spread.”

The Governor’s Office says state will move to reopen while continuing to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:

– The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days

– The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators

– The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees

– Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing

As the state lifts restrictions and more people return to work, visit a store or restaurant, and participate in more activities, the number of COVID-19 cases will increase, and if these principles cannot be met, all or portions of the state may need to pause on moving forward or may need to return to an earlier phase of the governor’s stay-at-home order, officials said.  Here is a link to the full Back on Track plan: BackOnTrack.in.gov .