INDIANAPOLIS — 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 in the state, Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday.

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

Casey Smith is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

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sidearm

What is being edited out of your post Joe? Go ahead, I’m a big boy, I can take it. maybe we can have lunch and you can tell me. You can even wear your mask between chews.

sidearm

So wisegenie, people get sick and die everyday from all sorts of illness and accidents. You can’t eliminate risk in this world. We are human beings and are not meant to live forever. Grow a pair and live your life.

Joe King

No one is talking about eliminating risk...we are talking about not being selfish and looking out for others by stopping the spread of a virus that is contagious... are you that selfish? What a wonderful person you are...this isn’t going to last forever, it will be over, you can do it....that’s a good boy....you can do it all by yourself,,,,put your mask on like a big person does....

sidearm

I do wear a mask in public Joe when I’m in a confined space. Never said I didn’t. Do I think it’s effective to stop me from getting it, absolutely not. You are such a tough guy behind your keyboard Joe. Why are you so afraid? Unless you have one foot already in the grave the virus won’t kill you. Quit spreading fear. A positive test is just that, not a death sentence.

Joe King

Sidearm now admits to wearing a mask...see? now he just needs to admit Trump failed the Americans people by not preparing the country for the pandemic. He told the people in public one thing while saying the other and truth in private to his cronies... over 220,000 Americans have died, 8.1 million cases and rising have been reported in America....is this winning? Is this what he meant by making America great again?

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cbower

I, too, wear a mask when necessary ... like when required to at work. What I don't understand is why my not wearing a mask will affect you. If you are wearing your magical, virus stopping mask every time you leave your home, whether I wear one or not should not make a difference. You are already protected by wearing your magical mask. Right? Meanwhile, your body's natural immunity is being seriously downgraded by avoiding all the little germs and viruses floating around out there. If I contract the viral infection, that's on me. I do not choose to wear a mask for the rest of my life. You just continue preaching to the masses, continue to wear your magical virus protector and feel superior to everyone else. And in return, I'll continue to research data, think for myself and make my own life decisions.

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RasmusSJorgensen

cbower, just for clarification, the main point of masks in relation to COVID-19 is not to protect the person wearing one. The point is that the person wearing a mask is less likely to spread the virus, as droplets being released when people speak, cough, sneeze or breathe are caught in the mask, keeping the virus from spreading into the surroundings.

sidearm

Thank you Rasmus for allowing my follow up post.

Joe King

No new restrictions? The state's heath leader and her family tests positive for Covid.... No new restrictions from the county? More republicans in denial of a world wide pandemic. This is not a hoax. This will not magically disappear like our president said. He did not stop this and his continued denial of science and not leading has failed America. Time for new leadership...

sidearm

You can’t hide behind a cotton mask. If you are at risk stay home and let those that want to live their life be. The virus is not as deadly as once believed and we have very effective ways to treat it now. Unless you are already at deaths door when you get it you should be fine.

Joe, you are fear mongerIng guy and should stay home in the cellar.

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wisegenie

I agree with Joe. You are the one misinterpreting the facts and disregarding the welfare of others. If you are out there "living your life" you are much more likely to be positive without knowing it, and passing it on to others around you. By wearing a mask, you reduce the chances of transmission to others. Your unfeeling statement that those at risk should stay at home, is actually being followed by many seniors who are finding it very confining. And we have needs for groceries and certain essential items, too! It may be true that the virus is not as deadly as once believed, when we didn't know much about it, but there are numerous people who objectively had no known risk and still have gotten very sick or died from this virus. Opinions such as yours should be called what they are: selfish and unfeeling. Also, we do not have "very effective ways of treating" this virus. Mostly, we have gotten better with more knowledge, but it still threatens the lives of those health care and essential workers who have to be exposed every day in order to do their jobs. Mostly the treatment is helping someone to stay alive with supportive care until their body can combat the virus. gro up, sidearm!

RasmusSJorgensen Staff
RasmusSJorgensen

Sidearm, as you can see, I did not allow the first part of your comment. That is because it was a clear misrepresentation of the CDC report that you were referring to. The false claim has been spreading quickly recently. Anyone who wants to know more about this claim that wearing a mask increases your chance of getting COVID-19 (it doesn't), can find information here: https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/oct/13/facebook-posts/masks-dont-collect-coronavirus/

sidearm

It does not state that wearing a mask increases your chance to get the virus. It just points out that wearing one is not very effective in stopping the spread. So you are now fact checking the CDC website which clearly states the facts as I wrote them. You are saying that they are misrepresented. But when Joe uses the Hoax argument you are fine with that because those words do appear in the speech, just not in the right context. You can’t have it both ways. You are nothing more than a Jack Dorsey wannabe.

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RasmusSJorgensen

I'm sorry, I think there is a misunderstanding here. The claim you made, which I did not allow, was about a CDC report saying that 70.6% of people who were infected with COVID-19 since June wore masks. That is not true. I realize that that's not what the headline of the Politifact article is about, so I can see how it could come off as if I was trying to say you said something that you didn't. The claim I did not allow is covered later in the article.

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