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Gov. Holcomb orders 30 more days of mandatory masks; state to stay in ‘stage 4.5’

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INDIANA (WPTA21) - Hoosiers have been ordered to continue wearing masks for another 30 days.

With the first mask mandate set to expire, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb decided to extend the mandatory face-covering order through Sept. 25.

"On one hand we're pleased that we've been holding steady, steady Eddie Indiana here in terms of positivity rate," Gov. Holcomb said.

"We don't want that to trend up. We want that to trend down even more."

Indiana will also remain in 'stage 4.5' of the state's reopening plan.

Effectively, nothing changes in terms of capacity to restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.

The Indiana State Department of Health is updating its color-coded county positivity map to evaluate each county based on three metrics.

The tracker will score counties as blue, yellow, orange or red, more easily allowing local officials to determine the best course of action. A current map is available here. The map will go live on the dashboard next week and be updated weekly.

Scoring does not trigger a state requirement of any action, but provides local information and recommendations based on:

  • Number of new cases in the past week per 100,000 residents
  • Percent positivity as determined by the number of positive tests divided by the total number of tests administered
  • The change in percent positivity from the previous week

The new system is designed to help local and school officials understand and respond to the level of community spread in their county. The map will be available on the ISDH coronavirus dashboard next week.

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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