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Governor Holcomb expected to announce decision on ‘stay-at-home’ order Friday

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb plans to announce whether to extend the state’s stay-at-home order on Friday.

Governor Holcomb’s order expires Friday night at midnight and he’s said reopening the state will happen in stages.

However, we do not know at this point, what that exactly means or if he will choose to extend the current orders for a third time.

What we do know is that state health officials have said they will look at not just the total number of cases when deciding to reopen, but how full hospitals and intensive care units are and whether health care workers have enough personal protective equipment available to them.

Currently, the state is reporting nearly 18,000 positive cases in Indiana and more than 1,000 deaths.

Officials said Thursday ICU bed availability is at 42.5% and about 80% of ventilators are available.

Governor Holcomb also says he’s supporting Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s decision to extend the county’s restrictions until May 15.

Marion County officials announced on Thursday they would be extending the county’s stay-at-home orders for another two weeks.