INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday ordered residents to remain in their homes except for essential errands in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, mirroring similar orders in adjacent Illinois and Ohio.
Holcomb said Monday that the order still allows the state's 6.8 million residents to seek essentials including groceries and medicine and makes exemptions for employees of crucial industries.
The state has reported seven deaths and 259 virus infections. The state's most recent death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, was an adult over the age of 60 in northeastern Indiana's. Allen County's health department announced his death Sunday, the Indiana State Department of Health said.
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 from the virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild cases recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe ones can take three to six weeks to get better.
The governors of adjacent Illinois, Ohio and Michigan, as well other states, have ordered residents to remain in their homes, except for to perform essential tasks, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
On Friday, he delayed Indiana's May 5 primary election until June 2, but said he would need to see more signs that the virus was spreading statewide before taking action to order residents to stay home.
The governor has ordered all schools to remain closed until at least May 1, banned public gatherings of more than 50 people and closed restaurants for all but pickup and carryout business.