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How Indiana's COVID restrictions, cases compare to surrounding states

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Posted at 2:52 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 14:52:50-04

INDIANAPOLIS — With Indiana opening to Stage 5 and loosening many of its restrictions, it is now one of the least-restricted states in the area from COVID-19.

An analysis of Indiana compared to the four surrounding states, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan, show variations in how tight the restrictions are to combat the virus, but Indiana has become the least strict in many categories.

All five states have a mask mandate, but Indiana is the only one without a limit on the number of people in a private gathering. Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan limit gatherings to 10 people with some exceptions, and Illinois’ limit is 50 people.

Kentucky and Michigan limit restaurant capacity to 50%, while Indiana, Ohio and Illinois currently have no limits.

Of the five states, Illinois has far and away the most COVID-19 cases with nearly 300,000. Indiana is fourth with about 117,000 cases.

If you adjust for population, Illinois still has the most cases with 2,292 per 100,000 residents. But Indiana has the second most with 1,744 per 100,000 residents.