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COVID-19
COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Economic-Related COVID-19 Announcements
Updated May 27, 2020

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is working with the State of Indiana and the Indiana State Department of Health to closely monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to continue supporting and providing resources for businesses in partnership with local and regional organizations across the state.

STATE OF EMERGENCY

Gov. Holcomb announced the first confirmed Indiana coronavirus case and declared a public health emergency on March 6. On March 19, Gov. Holcomb extended the state of emergency an additional 30 days following its expiration on April 5. On April 3, Gov. Holcomb extended the state of emergency through May 5.

On May 1, Gov. Holcomb announced Indiana’s roadmap to safely reopen the state. The governor has used data to drive decisions since the first case of the novel coronavirus in early March. That will continue to be the state’s practice as we contemplate a sector-by-sector reset. Visit BackOnTrack.in.gov to learn more about the guiding principles and approach the state is using during the five stages of reopening and getting Indiana back on track.

SMALL BUSINESS LOANS

On March 18, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued a disaster declaration for the state of Indiana, making financial assistance available to Hoosier small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus.

FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE

On March 18, President Trump signed a relief package into law that provides paid leave benefits and additional unemployment benefits for U.S. workers. Read more.

MULTI-AGENCY ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE TEAM

As stated in E0 20-18, Gov. Holcomb has directed the creation of a multi-agency enforcement response team, led by the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to respond to and investigate other violations of the new order. Much like the enforcement of the restaurant, bar and nightclub executive order, this team will be charged with helping business owners comply with the order before issuing a directive to close a business.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS

On March 23, Gov. Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-05, which states the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs may redirect funds to assist with COVID-19 needs based on guidance from the United States Housing and Urban Development. This program could help fund projects such as mobile testing areas or economic assistance packages for small businesses.

BUSINESS RESPONSE

On March 25, Gov. Holcomb announced the IEDC has spoken to more than 1,000 businesses and economic development agencies in the last five days about ways to continue supporting the state’s economy as well as its front-line COVID-19 pandemic response workers.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND LOCAL FINANCE

On March 26, Gov. Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-12, which states the Department of Workforce Development has suspended the one-week waiting period required before paying unemployment benefits to allow claimants to receive checks more quickly. Additionally, the Department of Local Government Finance has extended deadlines related to local government finances.

NOTARY SERVICES

Executive Order 20-15 eases government operations including permitting electronic notary services to remotely review and approve documents.

INDIANA’S ECONOMIC RELIEF AND RECOVERY TEAM

On April 10, Gov. Holcomb announced a taskforce to plan, administer and account for federal relief funds the state of Indiana receives from the CARES Act. Indiana’s Economic Relief and Recovery Team will be chaired by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Cris Johnston and Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. A committee of business leaders with extensive public service background will advise the chairs:

  • Al Hubbard, former economic policy advisor and director of the National Economic Council for President George W. Bush, Luke Kenley, former Indiana state senator
  • Luke Kenley, former Indiana state senator
  • Ryan Kitchell, former OMB director
  • Kristin Marcuccilli, Indiana Economic Development Corporation board member, and
  • Becky Skillman, former lieutenant governor

MIDWEST REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP TO ‘REOPEN ECONOMY'

On April 16, Gov. Holcomb, along with six other governors in the region, announced that they will work in close coordination to reopen the economy in the Midwest, taking a fact-based, data-driven approach that will protect Hoosier families from the continued spread of COVID-19. Read more

COVID-19 RESPONSE PROGRAM

On April 22, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that 13 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $1.96 million in federal grant funding through the new COVID-19 Response Program. Eligible activities for this program include:

  • Expanding or altering existing medical facilities to help in the increase patient load due to COVID-19;
  • Providing fixed or mobile testing;
  • Expanding food pantry services to low-to-moderate (LMI) populations; and
  • Providing grants or loans to small businesses to help retain LMI jobs.

INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, IU PARTNER ON COVID-19 STUDY

On April 23, Dr. Kristina Box announced the Indiana State Department of Health is collaborating with the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI to conduct a scientific study to measure the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state. The closely monitored study will include random sample testing for SARS-CoV-2 -- the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 -- viral infections and antibodies in Hoosiers. The scientific study will enable the state to take a critical step forward in understanding how COVID-19 is affecting Hoosiers. Read more

  • ISDH and IU will perform scientifically valid random sampling of Hoosiers in tests conducted in four phases over the next year, beginning Saturday, April 25.
  • In total, at least 20,000 Hoosiers will be tested for the study. Select members of the public are being asked to participate, by invitation only, to ensure that the sampling is representative of the population.

LARGE-SCALE COVID-19 TESTING

On April 28, Governor Holcomb announced OptumServe Health Services, powered by Logistics Health, Inc., will open sites across Indiana in the next seven days to begin large-scale testing of Hoosiers. In the first 30 days, 100,000 Hoosiers are expected to be tested. Testing is for any symptomatic Hoosier, close contacts of positive cases, or residents of congregate living settings. Read more

CONTACT TRACING

On April 29, Gov. Holcomb announced Maximus will centralize contact tracing and investigations for Hoosiers who test positive for COVID-19. This move, together with the state’s partnership with OptumServe, is an essential component of efforts to safely reopen Indiana. Plans call for hiring at least 500 employees, who will be trained in contact tracing and investigations by ISDH subject matter experts. Read more

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