NewsLocal News / October 15, 2020

Myers: Holcomb 'Frozen' In COVID-19 Spotlight After No Changes To Statewide Restrictions

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Myers: Holcomb 'Frozen' In COVID-19 Spotlight After No Changes To Statewide Restrictions - Brandon Smith

Myers: Holcomb 'Frozen' In COVID-19 Spotlight After No Changes To Statewide Restrictions

Brandon Smith

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Woody Myers says Gov. Eric Holcomb is “frozen in the intensifying spotlight” after he refused to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions in the face of worsening numbers.

The average number of new COVID-19 cases has jumped 93 percent since Holcomb rescinded almost all statewide restrictions.

Holcomb laid the blame on a lack of personal responsibility. And he said the state’s focus will be supporting local governments to address hot spots.

READ MORE: Governor Holcomb Tests Negative For COVID-19

Myers – a former state health commissioner – called Holcomb’s response a lack of leadership.

“So, we’re going to let 92 different approaches occur in 92 different counties based upon a color-coded map that changes weekly as the numbers, which are delayed, get reported," Myers said. "That makes no sense from a public health standpoint.”

Myers said he would reimpose capacity limits on bars and restaurants and implement “consequences” for not following proper COVID-19 precautions – including, potentially, fines.

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Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Donald Rainwater dismisses the ability of government to adequately protect citizens from the pandemic. In a statement, Rainwater said "every Hoosier must do what they believe is appropriate for themselves, their families, their churches, and their businesses."

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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