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Gov. Holcomb announces additional efforts on COVID-19 response, all Indiana public schools closed

Governor Eric Holcomb announced several additional efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help with the response.
Gov. Eric Holcomb. (WTHR)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — On Wednesday, Governor Eric Holcomb announced several additional efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help with the response.

The update includes:

  • The Indiana Department of Education reported that all Indiana public schools are currently closed, using either e-Learning, spring break or waiver days granted by Gov. Holcomb.
  • With more than 512,000 small businesses throughout the state, Gov. Holcomb requested the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration supporting small businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak in Indiana.
    • The program would provide targeted, low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help small businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue as a result of coronavirus. Nonprofits would also be eligible for loan assistance through the program. More information is available at SBA.gov/Disaster.
  • The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will host two live webinars for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
    • The program will cover unemployment eligibility requirements, frequently asked questions, and how to apply for benefits.
    • The 30-minute live programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 24, and at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 25. To register, visit: https://on.in.gov/UI2020
  • Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) continues to provide customer service by phone at 317-232-2240 and email using the online form at dor.in.gov/3392.htm.
  • The CDC has posted updated guidance for healthcare workers treating a patient who is suspected of having or confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • The ISDH call center continues to experience high volume. Hoosiers with general questions are encouraged to visit the website in.gov/coronavirus for more information. ISDH has implemented a toll-free 24/7 call center at 877-826-0011 that includes options for healthcare providers as well as the public. Call center staff cannot offer medical advice or provide test results.