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St. Joseph County will likely follow governor's lead after stay-at-home order expires

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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- Indiana’s current stay-at-home-order ends tomorrow night, but earlier today, the mayor of Indianapolis extended their stay-at-home order for another two weeks. Tomorrow, Governor Eric Holcomb is expected to announce whether or not to re-open parts of the economy.  

The St. Joseph County Commission President Andy Kostielney said the county has been following the governor’s lead since the beginning of the pandemic, and they will continue to do so. But like everyone else in the state, they’re anxiously waiting to see what the governor will say during his briefing tomorrow.

St. Joseph County will likely be following Governor Holcomb’s orders on re-opening stores and other businesses, whether he decides to modify or extend the current stay-at-home order.

However, there have been talks of a regional approach with some counties getting back to work, while others possibly taking a more cautious approach if they have more coronavirus cases.

County commissioner president Kostielney said listening to the governor and local health experts has been the key to getting through the pandemic so far.

“This is a very difficult time for everyone, and we really re trying to balance the value of keeping our people safe, our citizens safe  and also getting our economy back on its feet,” St. Joseph County Commission President, Andy Kostielney said. “We’re going to do everything we can to balance those things and make best decisions as possible.”

Commissioner Kostielney is part of the St. Joseph County COVID-19 Task Force. He said he’s confident the governor will lead them in the right direction tomorrow.  

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JanaFoster 26 days ago
The only way to responsibly open up malls, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses is to have ADEQUATE accessible testing AND contact tracking with follow-up testing and quarantine for any and all with positive results. Until communities in our states .have these resources, they have no business lifting the stay-at-home order.

There will be a definite increase in COVID-19 cases that will ultimately result in more of what we have gone through for the past several weeks unless we go to extended testing and contact tracking and testing.
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