Dr. Woody Myers Releases Coronavirus Control Plan

Dr. Woody Myers Releases Coronavirus Control Plan

Indiana Candidate for Governor Dr. Woody Myers has unveiled a series of steps the state should take immediately to control the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the Coronavirus. 

The 11-point Coronavirus Control Plan involves a variety of steps to expand social distancing and help businesses and individuals cope with the economic and health uncertainties created by the pandemic. 

Among the items that the former Indiana State Health Commissioner is proposing: 

  • Close all Indiana schools immediately, and then reassess continued closure. 

·         Immediately appoint and convene a taskforce on COVID-19, the Indiana Coronavirus Leadership Group (ICLG), with a broad range of representation from multiple sectors including state elected officials.

·         Call a Special Session of the Indiana General Assembly to adopt necessary changes to state law to maximize protection of Hoosiers such as:

o   Passing an emergency paid leave law.

o   Authorizing an emergency appropriation from the state surplus; and

o   Passing stronger price gouging laws.

·         Develop contingency plans now for those individuals in confined settings not easily moved.

·         Direct state agencies to adopt needed changes and/or additions to state rules and policies related to COVID-19 ASAP. For example:

o   Delay the requirement to file Indiana state taxes by 60-90 days for both individuals and for Hoosier businesses. 

o   Expand unemployment benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19, like Illinois and Washington have done.

“Indiana has not been acting as quickly as it should to control the spread of the coronavirus,” Myers said. “This plan ensures that patients are put ahead of politics to save lives.”

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