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Hoosiers need to help COVID-19 mitigation efforts, White House report says

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Posted at 9:10 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 21:12:54-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers need to comply with social distancing mitigation measures to help limit further increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, according to a White House Coronavirus Task Force report obtained by ABC News.

Mitigation efforts include people wearing masks, physical distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, avoiding crowds in public and social gatherings in private, and ensure flu shots are available, according to the report.

People were urged by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box to continue to practice these mitigation efforts during their weekly press conference Wednesday.

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"Indiana is in the red zone for cases, indicating 101 or more new cases per 100,000 population last week, with the 16th highest rate in the country," the report obtained by ABC News read. "Indiana is in the orange zone for test positivity, indicating a rate between 8% and 10%, with the 15th highest rate in the country."

Last week, Indiana had 211 new cases per 100,000 population, according to the report. The national average is 133 new cases per 100,000 population.

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The report also recommended the state increase randomized community testing to find asymptomatic people with COVID-19. This has helped universities control the spread of the virus and rapid tests may help with this testing.

"Concern remains for further increases in community transmission with increasing hospitalizations and deaths, given the continued spread among younger age groups, much of which is asymptomatic," the report read.