State and local leaders have taken bold and decisive actions to utilize all available resources to help Hoosiers as they adjust to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health continue to provide updates on the ongoing situation, there are simple precautions everyone should be aware of to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Chief among them is an emphasis on social distancing, or increasing physical space between people to avoid spreading illness, and many are already becoming familiar with this practice by staying home and out of large crowds whenever possible.

Under a recent executive order, all schools will be closed until May 1 and state mandated tests like ILEARN will be canceled for this current academic year. Parents in need of child care services can search the state’s child care finder for locations close to home, work or on a commute route. However, families are reminded that if they or their child show any symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should stay home and contact their health care provider.

For those experiencing unemployment or financial hardship, the Department of Workforce Development is encouraging Hoosiers to apply for unemployment insurance benefits electronically through a computer or smart phone at Unemployment.IN.gov. Additionally, no residential eviction proceedings or foreclosure actions may be initiated during the public health emergency. Providers of essential utility services such as gas and electric, broadband, telecom, water and wastewater services are also prohibited from discontinuing service to any customer at this time.

These are unprecedented times, the state is working hard to ensure you have all the tools necessary to navigate these challenges. Governor Holcomb, ISDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continue to provide updates on this situation as it evolves.

Visit in.gov/coronavirus to stay up-to-date on the coronavirus and to find more resources.