GiaQuinta again urges governor to protect Hoosiers from increasing COVID-19 numbers
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) released the following statement regarding Governor Holcomb's recent decision to extend Indiana's statewide mask mandate and remain in Stage 5 for another month:
“Though I am relieved that Governor Holcomb made the right decision by extending the mask mandate, this alone will not be enough to fight against the rising hospitalization and positivity rates and fast approaching winter flu season,” GiaQuinta said. “It's simply irresponsible to continue maintaining the status quo when numbers are steadily increasing statewide.
“I know it may not be the best political move for Governor Holcomb right now, but we may need to move a stage back to keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed in the coming weeks. I don't think the families of those who have passed away or the Hoosiers currently suffering from this virus would tell you to put it off any longer. We will not see change without changing our own behavior, and that starts with a bolder plan from Governor Holcomb.
“I would also be remiss if I didn't acknowledge today's announcement of Dr. Box and her family's positive tests. I offer my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery during this troubling time.”