Indiana Government Actions on COVID-19 – Updated 5/29/2020
Today’s update discusses:
- State still seeing a high number of first-time unemployment claims
- Governor stating he's not ready for the state to fully reopen
- State officials working on a plan for reopening schools this fall
- Despite the state reopening its economy a few weeks ago, a reported 26,278 residents filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week. Although a significant number of claims, the total is trending down from prior weeks. For example, 139,174 residents filed first-time claims the week of March 28. Indiana’s separate unemployment benefit program for individuals who would not normally qualify for benefits, called the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, also experienced an increase of 26,484 first-time claims last week.
- Governor Holcomb announced in his briefing yesterday that while he is satisfied with the downward trend of positive COVID-19 cases statewide, he is not prepared to fully reopen yet. However, he assured residents that officials are watching the data and will continue to make decisions on reopening based on a data-driven approach. Agreeing with the Governor, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box stated that residents should be mindful that the pandemic is not over yet, and “COVID-19 is still very real.” She commented that it is important for residents to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
- Indiana education officials are identifying decisions to be made regarding reopening schools for the 2020-2021 academic year. Governor Holcomb announced he has been “in constant communication with the Department of Education” on how and when to reopen schools amidst the pandemic, but any final decision is “probably a couple weeks off.” However, he also stated he is convinced the state will be able to reopen schools safely.