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Holcomb activates Indiana National Guard to assist with coronavirus response

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Virus Outbreak Indiana

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks with reporters about the state's coronavirus response last Friday at his Statehouse office in Indianapolis. 

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has activated the Indiana National Guard to be on duty to assist, as needed, during the national and global coronavirus outbreak.

Holcomb announced the activation of the National Guard on Tuesday as part of an executive order to hinder the spread of COVID-19. The activation comes as state health officials announced a second Hoosier death as a result of the virus. With limited testing available statewide, nearly 160 people have tested for the virus. Of those, 30 have tested positive as of Tuesday. 

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Under state law, the governor can order the activation of the Indiana National Guard for a set number of reasons: war, invasion, insurrection, public disaster, breach of the peace or imminent danger of breach of the peace, forcible obstruction of the execution of the laws, and at "any other time the governor considers necessary."

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Holcomb has also ordered bars, nightclubs and restaurants to close to dine-in patrons through the end of March, but allowed them the option of providing take-out and delivery services.

The state has also announced that Indiana Women, Infants, and Children program has provided guidance to WIC agencies to help families, and continue to serve clients while protecting staff and their families. More information can be found at www.in.gov/isdh/19691.htm

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North Lake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. Contact her at lauren.cross@nwi.com or 219-933-3206.

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