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Holcomb Relaxes Restrictions As COVID-19 Numbers Improve

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Gov. Eric Holcomb is relaxing COVID-19 restrictions as the number of Hoosiers testing positive and hospitalized with the virus trend down.

Beginning next week, the state will continue to use its color-coded, county map to determine gathering restrictions. But it will eliminate 25-person gathering limits in red counties and 50-person limits in orange counties (the two colors indicating the worst amount of spread).

Instead, Holcomb said gatherings in red and orange counties can be up to 25 percent of the facility’s capacity.

“We can control the things that we can control and we can manage our way through this," Holcomb said. "We know what works but it is a constant balance of our lives and our livelihoods.”

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All of the state’s 92 counties are currently under red or orange restrictions.

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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.