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Myers: Holcomb ‘Frozen’ In COVID-19 Spotlight After No Changes To Statewide Restrictions

By Brandon Smith, IPB News | Published on in Government, Health, Politics
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Woody Myers sharply criticized Gov. Eric Holcomb's response to worsening COVID-19 numbers. (Alan Mbathi/IPB News)
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Woody Myers sharply criticized Gov. Eric Holcomb's response to worsening COVID-19 numbers. (Alan Mbathi/IPB News)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Woody Myers says Gov. Eric Holcomb is “frozen in the intensifying spotlight” after he refused to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions in the face of worsening numbers.

The average number of new COVID-19 cases has jumped 93 percent since Holcomb rescinded almost all statewide restrictions.

Holcomb laid the blame on a lack of personal responsibility. And he said the state’s focus will be supporting local governments to address hot spots.

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Myers – a former state health commissioner – called Holcomb’s response a lack of leadership.

“So, we’re going to let 92 different approaches occur in 92 different counties based upon a color-coded map that changes weekly as the numbers, which are delayed, get reported,” Myers said. “That makes no sense from a public health standpoint.”

Myers said he would reimpose capacity limits on bars and restaurants and implement “consequences” for not following proper COVID-19 precautions – including, potentially, fines.

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Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Donald Rainwater dismisses the ability of government to adequately protect citizens from the pandemic. In a statement, Rainwater said “every Hoosier must do what they believe is appropriate for themselves, their families, their churches, and their businesses.”

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.