Hepler Broom, LLC

Indiana Government Actions on COVID-19 – Updated 4/1/2020

April 1, 2020

HeplerBroom understands how staying abreast of the latest developments related to COVID-19 is important to your business and planning for the future. We have assembled some of Indiana’s additional executive, legislative, and regulatory actions related to COVID-19 that may affect you and summarized them below.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

  • On March 30, 2020, Governor Holcomb announced many ways he was planning to fight COVID-19 in the State of Indiana. Each of the additional steps is designed to provide further support for hospitals, medical teams, and patients who have been diagnosed with the virus. For example, Governor Holcomb announced that hospitals now have 1,940 ICU beds available, an increase from the average 1,432 beds. The increase in beds will allow hospitals to welcome and care for more patients suffering from coronavirus. For more information on Governor Holcomb’s plans to fight COVID-19, or for prior announcements, visit https://www.in.gov/gov/newsroom.htm.
  • The plan announced by Governor Holcomb would transfer patients with less serious illnesses or conditions to community hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and other alternate care centers. By shifting these patients to alternative locations, the Governor hopes to keep the more sophisticated care centers open for coronavirus patients; it has the added benefit of separating less seriously ill patients from those with COVID-19.
  • Governor Holcomb also announced his plan to double the number of ventilators in Indiana. Currently, the state has 1,177 ventilators, but Governor Holcomb is hoping to double that number to ensure patients have access to the medical equipment necessary for recovery.
  • The Governor’s plan also called for retired physicians and other clinicians to return to work to help. Additionally, trainees, soon-to-be graduates, and medical students have been asked to help. So far, more than 5,300 clinicians have answered that call, stepping back into practice to relieve other clinicians, and add additional support where necessary.

 HOSPITALITY

  • Governor Holcomb signed an Executive Order extending the requirements for bars, nightclubs, and restaurants to stay closed to dine-in patrons until April 6, 2020.

GOVERNMENT SERVICES

A public emergency such as the one we are experiencing with COVID-19 is unlike anything any of us has ever experienced. In an effort to continue to keep citizens safe, Indiana has also worked to keep many businesses and services running. Like many, HeplerBroom attorneys are diligently working from their homes to keep both clients and the community at large updated as to executive, legislative, and regulatory actions in the midst of COVID-19.

HeplerBroom attorney Emilee M. Bramstedt contributed to this blog post.

COVID-19 Updates

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone’s continued health and well-being, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff will be working remotely until March 31. This is an unprecedented and dynamic situation, and HeplerBroom is committed to observing governmental suggestions and requirements concerning public health while continuing to provide legal service second to none.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom’s IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.