Today’s updates discusses a COVID-19 outbreak in Johnson County Jail and steps to open the Indianapolis area economy as it moves to Phase 2.

HEALTH

  • As discussed in a prior update, Johnson County Jail had a high rate of COVID-19 infections. The County has now tested the remaining 231 inmates, resulting in 104 positive tests. The State Health Department has educated the inmates about the virus and how to prevent further spread. In addition, the County is keeping those who have tested positive separate from those who have tested negative and requiring all jail staff to wear personal protective equipment. Access to the building is restricted until June 1. For more information, visit https://www.wthr.com/article/nearly-half-all-inmates-johnson-county-jail-test-positive-covid-19.

 ECONOMY

  • As previously updated, Marion County in the metropolitan Indianapolis area joins the rest of Indiana today in Stage 2 of Governor Holcomb’s five-stage plan for re-opening. Public gatherings, including places of worship, will allow up to 25 people; nonessential retail outlets, malls, and liquor stores may operate at 50 percent capacity; and libraries can provide curbside pickup. Next week, restaurants may open for outdoor seating. Nail and hair salons remain closed until further notice. For more information, visit https://fox59.com/news/while-you-were-sleeping-coronavirus-updates-for-may-15/.

HeplerBroom attorney Emilee M. Bramstedt contributed to this blog post.