Gov. Eric Holcomb, staff being tested for COVID-19 after state health commissioner tests positive

3:30 p.m. UPDATE: Gov. Eric Holcomb, members of his staff and other statehouse officials are being tested this afternoon for COVID-19 with a standard fast-response test. If that test is negative, they will also be tested with the regular testing equipment being used around the state. Results are expected to be back by mid-day Thursday.

State health commissioner Dr. Kristina Box also announced that she, an adult daughter and young grandson tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. Box said she wasn’t suffering any COVID-19 symptoms, while her daughter and grandson had mild symptoms.

The precautionary tests are a part of the contact tracing for the Box family.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

 

By TOM DAVIES and CASEY SMITH

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s statewide mask order will remain in place but tougher restrictions on businesses and crowd sizes aren’t being reinstated despite recent sharp increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations and rates of new infections, Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday.

Holcomb said some people were showing disregard for the safety of others, putting the ability of schools to remain open and health of those most at risk in jeopardy.

Holcomb decided three weeks ago to lift nearly all of Indiana’s restrictions while extending the mask mandate, which was scheduled to expire Saturday. His new order will extend it for a month.

State health commissioner Dr. Kristina Box also announced that she, an adult daughter and young grandson tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. Box said she wasn’t suffering any COVID-19 symptoms, while her daughter and grandson had mild symptoms.

This story will be updated