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STATE OF INDIANA
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
INDIANAPOLIS

EXECUTIVE ORDER: 21-16

FOR: SIXTEENTH RENEWAL OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK


TO ALL WHOM THESE PRESENTS MAY COME, GREETINGS:

WHEREAS, on March 6, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-02 [20200311-IR-GOV200091EOA] which declared a public health emergency exists throughout the State of Indiana as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States and a confirmed report that the disease had spread to the State of Indiana;

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, and, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency with respect to this dangerous virus;

WHEREAS, Ind. Code § 10-14-3-12(a) provides that a state of disaster emergency shall continue until the Governor: (1) determines that the threat or danger has passed or that the disaster has been dealt with to the extent that emergency conditions no longer exist; and (2) terminates the state of disaster emergency by executive order or proclamation;

WHEREAS, Ind. Code § 10-14-3-12(a) also provides that a state of disaster emergency may not continue for longer than thirty (30) days unless the state of disaster emergency is renewed by the Governor;

WHEREAS, since the initial declaration of emergency I have issued subsequent Executive Orders renewing the state of disaster emergency for additional thirty (30) day periods as set for in Executive Orders 20-17, - 25, -30, -34, -38, -41, -44, -47, -49, -52, 21-03, -05, -08, -11, and -14;

WHEREAS, Executive Order 21-14 [20210609-IR-GOV210219EOA], issued on May 28, 2021, and became effective June 1, 2021, was the most recent renewal of the state of disaster emergency and is currently set to expire on July 1, 2021;

WHEREAS, as of the date of this Executive Order, the virus has now spread to every county throughout Indiana with over 753,000 confirmed cases and over 13,400 deaths;

WHEREAS, our vaccination program and efforts continue with 2.8 million Hoosiers fully vaccinated out of 5.7 million eligible. However, only 47.6% of eligible Hoosiers are fully vaccinated and Indiana ranks 38th of the 50 states with eligible individuals receiving at least a first dose of vaccination. Critically, 98.5% of new COVID–19 cases are with unvaccinated persons;

WHEREAS, although improvements have occurred, the spread and consequences of this disease in the Hoosier state remain as demonstrated by a 7-day average positivity rate of 2.1%; new confirmed cases daily; continued hospitalizations; and tragically, continued deaths daily from COVID-19;

WHEREAS, despite significant steps being taken in our State, the virus remains a threat to the health, safety and welfare of all residents of Indiana such that emergency conditions continue to exist, and efforts are needed to continue to address, control and reduce the threat posed by COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, in light of the above, it is necessary and proper to take further action to protect the health, safety and welfare of all Hoosiers in connection with COVID-19 and, specifically, to renew the state of disaster emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Eric J. Holcomb, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor by the Indiana Constitution and the laws of the State of Indiana, do hereby order that:

1. The declaration of a public health disaster emergency set forth in Executive Order 20-02 [20200311-IR-GOV200091EOA] as renewed in Executive Orders 20-17, 20-25, 20-30, 20-34, 20-38, 20-41, 20-44, 20-47, 20-49, 20-52, 21-03, 21-05, -08, 21-11 & -14 is hereby renewed for an additional thirty (30) day period beyond its current expiration date of July 1, 2021.

2. This renewal of the COVID-19 public health emergency shall become effective on July 1, 2021, and shall now expire on July 31, 2021, unless further renewed.

IT IS SO ORDERED.
  IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, Eric J. Holcomb, have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Indiana, on this 30th day of June, 2021. 
   
  Eric J. Holcomb 
  Governor of Indiana 
SEAL   
ATTEST:  Holli Sullivan 
  Secretary of State 

Posted: 08/04/2021 by Legislative Services Agency

DIN: 20210804-IR-GOV210340EOA
Composed: Nov 27,2022 3:01:37PM EST
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