Gov. Holcomb: Workers who don't feel employer is 'essential' can file complaint

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks during a COVID-19 news conference at the Statehouse, March 25, 2020. (WTHR)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Gov. Eric Holcomb is now saying there is action an employee can take if they feel their employer is not an "essential" business.

Gov. Holcomb said he hopes businesses are following his guidelines and that essential businesses are allowing as many people as possible to work from home.

He also said employees with concerns that their employer is not an essential business and still requiring them to work, should have a conversation with that employer.

The governor then noted he does not live in a fairy tale land and that people can contact IOSHA to file a complaint.

The state is encouraging small businesses struggling at this time to apply for up to $2 million in loans from the federal government. You can find more information on how to apply by clicking here.

Wednesday marks the first day of Holcomb's "stay-at-home" order taking effect. Hoosiers have been asked to only leave home to go to essential jobs or run essential errands like picking up prescriptions or groceries.

Medical testing and supplies

The ISDH said about 14 percent of those it is testing for COVID-19 are coming back positive. That is partly because only those most at risk are being tested.

The state has also received its second allotment of medical supplies from the federal government. The shipment includes gowns, masks, gloves and face shields. ISDH will work on how to distribute those to medical facilities around the state. An average COVID-19 person admitted to an ICU will spend 14 to 15 days needing care. The state is working to determine how much protective gear hospitals use while caring for a person during that time to determine how long Indiana's supplies will last.

ISDH also said the state is still preparing for a surge in cases in the coming weeks.

Education guidance

FSSA is working with the Indiana Department of Education on four areas:

  • Getting essential resources to schools
  • Providing academic support
  • Engaging educators
  • Giving guidance for schools on operating now and going forward