Holcomb extends COVID-19 orders but change is contemplated

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has extended COVID-19 executive orders through November but suggested they might be scaled back by December.

Holcomb added a provision that says the health commissioner can authorize vaccinations in children under 11 when the federal government makes younger kids eligible.

The orders further extend an easing of certain licensing rules for people in the medical profession.

Some provisions were removed, including a directive for hospitals to consider postponing non-emergency procedures.

“While I am extending the state public health emergency for this next month to extend these critical capabilities directly tied to it, I have instructed my staff and the relevant agencies over the next few weeks to bring me a plan that contemplates options to wind down our executive orders and end the state public health emergency in the near future,” Holcomb said.

More than 3.36 million Indiana residents are fully vaccinated, according to the health department.

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2 thoughts on “Holcomb extends COVID-19 orders but change is contemplated

  1. And the dictatorship continues. So much for our brave state legislature. This is a pretty good gig, don’t you think? Simply call anything an “emergency” and the executive in power does as they please. What laws or rules? Who needs those?
    I am a life long Republican and I can’t go along with this. This sort of thing is as “Un American” as anything I have ever seen. And I don’t blame the Governor as much as I blame those that could stop it. For a country with over 80% of the world’s lawyers living here, where have they been? No one seems to be seriously challenging the legality or validity of this “rule by fiat.” The State Legislature seemed to put up a small token attempt to stop the dictatorship but it seems to have failed.
    With a President and Congress and State governors telling us all we don’t own even our bodies, where does it stop? What else will we be ordered to do?