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Gov. Eric Holcomb officially ends Indiana's COVID-19 public health emergency

Justin Hicks
IPB News
A hair salon in Nappanee displays a closure sign in April 2020 related to Gov. Eric Holcomb's COVID-19 executive orders.

Indiana’s public health emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic is officially over.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order Thursday ending the emergency declaration that’s been in place since March 2020.

This move was made possible when Holcomb signed into law Thursday HB 1001. It contains provisions that ensure Indiana will maintain access to millions in federal funding tied to the pandemic and continue to offer vaccine clinics to children under age 11.

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Holcomb’s new executive order does continue one pandemic-related provision. The state will continue to offer temporary licensing for out-of-state, retired and student health care workers. Legislation to put that provision into state law hasn’t yet reached the governor’s desk.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.