INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Five more deaths were reported on Tuesday in Indiana from the coronavirus-related illness, giving the state a total of 12 as a statewide stay-at-home order is about to take effect.
Indiana’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew by 107 to reach a total of 365 across the state, the Indiana State Department of Health reported. Central Indiana has the most confirmed illnesses, with 161 in Indianapolis.
Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday ordered Indiana residents to remain at home for two weeks starting Wednesday, except for workers in essential industries or for necessary trips for food and medicine, to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Holcomb’s order continues through April 6, but he said it could be extended.
The order mirrors similar ones in adjacent Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.
The Indiana order directs residents to stay at home unless their job is an essential function, such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk, police, fire and other first responders, or those working in garbage collection, public transit, and key state services.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.