Indiana reported 6,143 new positive coronavirus cases and 60 deaths on Wednesday, according to its Covid-19 dashboard.
“If you look at the cases per 100,000 (people), it’s even more worrisome,” the state’s health commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said in a news conference.
“With that single metric, our entire state is in red," she said, referring to the most alarming grade with more than 200 weekly cases per 100,000 people.
Box said hospitals in the state are “struggling," with more than 3,000 patients hospitalized due to Covid-19.
When asked about two state legislators who refused to wear masks on the Indiana House floor and filed motions to end the state public health threat, Box said “there is no single Hoosier in this state” that should not follow the mask mandate, whether to protect themselves or others.
Gov. Eric Holcomb, who is quarantining due to possible Covid-19 exposure and joined the news conference remotely, said he appreciated that the “vast majority” of the House of Representatives were wearing masks. But he said enforcement falls on local jurisdictions.
“(Wearing a mask) provides more certainty than just distancing yourselves,” he said. “It is the state policy, it’s locally enforced … we have a policy in place. It’s there because it works. And we leave it, obviously, to the local entities to enforce.”