Several new COVID-19 measures issued in Indiana on Wednesday look to reduce the strain on hospitals in the state and allow schools to keep more students and teachers in the classroom under certain conditions.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb looked to ease the strain on the state's hospitals by signing Executive Order 21-24 on Wednesday.
The executive order signed by the governor allows hospitals to delay non-emergency procedures if they see the need to do so. It also requires hospitals to report diversion information to the Indiana State Department of Health to assist with monitoring resources and capacity statewide.
The state health department also issued a COVID-19 control measure on Wednesday that aims to keep schools and daycare facilities in person with fewer quarantines.
The new measures issued by the state health department say that schools and daycares that have mask requirements that are consistently followed throughout the day don't have to quarantine anyone who isn't showing symptoms.
While those individuals won't have to quarantine as long as mask-wearing is in place, the state health department says all schools and daycares must continue to contact trace by notifying their local health department and anyone who was in close contact with a positive case.
You can click here to view the full executive order signed by Gov. Holcomb on Wednesday. The executive order will expire on Sept. 30, 2021.
You can also click here to view the COVID-19 control measure issued by the state department of health.