Gov. Eric Holcomb lifted the ban effective Monday, with some caveats, such as making sure that hospitals keep enough personnel and personal protective equipment on hand for COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Cole Beeler knows people are itching to get back to business and resume their normal lives. But he warns employers and workers not to rush back to the old way of doing business, at least not all at once.
The number of surgeries and inpatient discharges fell by more than 7% as Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered all hospitals to delay non-essential and elective surgeries and procedures.
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker, which reported quarterly earnings Thursday, warned it could feel the effects of rising unemployment, a decrease in new prescriptions, and downward pricing pressure from government health care systems.
The Indianapolis drugmaker said worldwide volume growth in the first quarter was boosted by “increased customer buying patterns and patient prescription trends” stemming from the pandemic.
Gov. Eric Holcomb said Monday the state would re-evaluate whether to allow hospitals and surgery centers to resume services at 11:59 p.m. Sunday if they have sufficient protective equipment for treating COVID-19 patients.
The two technologies are different, but the goal of both is to provide a result within 40 minutes. The researchers say they are working with manufacturers to develop the products, which they hope will retail for $5 or less.
Health officials examined about 8,000 coronavirus cases in Indiana and found about one-third visited an emergency room and about a quarter were hospitalized.
The figures reflect the outsized danger of the coronavirus to elderly people, who often are physically weak and have underlying conditions, from heart disease to diabetes.
Indiana University Health said admissions of COVID-19 patients at its 16 hospitals have been “pretty flat” over the past six or seven days, but it’s unclear whether the surge has peaked.
Nursing homes are now permitted to relocate or discharge residents to reduce the risk of COVID-19, even if families or local officials object, according to an order issued Tuesday by Indiana State Health Commissioner Kristina Box.
Baricitinib, also known under the brand name Olumiant, is approved in more than 65 countries as a treatment for adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis.
The latest model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now indicates hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Indiana crested last week. It also predicts that far fewer Hoosiers will die from the disease than estimated earlier.
The state disclosed the by breakdown by race for the first time on Friday, and officials said they would begin posting the information on the health department’s web dashboard on Monday, with frequent updates.
The state health department laid out new orders Wednesday in an effort to protect elderly and confined Hoosiers from contracting the disease, Meanwhile, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard is coordinating testing for nursing home residents in his city.
State officials are urging local manufacturers to help keep supplies up by producing additional protective gear for the state’s hospitals and nursing homes.
A Fishers-based operator of nursing homes plans to relocate residents from one of its facilities to other sites and designate the vacated 140-bed facility for COVID-19 patients only—a move that is meeting resistance from some public officials and family members.
Gov. Eric Holcomb acknowledged the state is facing a potential mental-health crisis, and said he is committed to offering services to Hoosiers who are feeling troubled.