Indiana Government Actions on Covid-19 - Updated 5/18/2020
Today’s update discusses:
- Indianapolis Public Libraries begin curbside delivery
- new economic model prediction
- state supplying Indiana election offices with PPE
- Starting today, several Indianapolis public libraries will begin curbside delivery services for books and other materials. Although the buildings will remain closed, curbside delivery is the first step to reopening the libraries since Marion County lifted the stay-at-home order. Residents can request books and other materials online or over the phone and inform staff of their arrival time at the following participating libraries:
- Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St.
- The East 38th Street Branch, 5420 E. 38th St.
- The Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Ave.
- The Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road
- The Southport Branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road
Check-out time will be 21 days, and the library will continue to waive all fines and late fees. Residents will also have access to online materials, such as eBooks and online learning resources.
- One national economic model from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania predicts that if the state fully reopens soon, the economy will bounce back but the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths will rise. Currently, the Indiana State Department of Health has reported 27,778 cases and 1,607 deaths, but the model predicts that if the state continues to fully reopen and neglect social distancing guidelines too quickly, it could see 373,062 cases and 23,087 deaths by the middle of July. Some experts have expressed that a “second punch” of the virus, which is likely to occur if a state reopens too quickly, will be more harmful than implementing a slow and methodical reopening.
- During Friday’s briefing, Governor Holcomb and Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced that “all Indiana county election offices” will be supplied with personal protective equipment distributed by the Indiana National Guard. Although precautions to protect voters will be taken (such as disinfecting polling machines and poll workers wearing PPE), the state still encourages voters to vote absentee in the upcoming primary.