At Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s daily press conference today he confirmed Indiana’s participation with seven other Midwestern states to decide when and how they will reopen their economies following the peak of the novel coronavirus while avoiding a resurgence. He is joining with governors from Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and Kentucky in the effort.

Governor Holcomb stated, “I’m not being date-specific. We’re looking at the numbers. The next few days are very important to us. I’m not putting a May 1 date out there, or May 2 or May 7 or May 8, but we are thinking early May.”

While the Midwestern states are coordinating efforts, they said in a joint statement that they may not all open at the same time. Holcomb also stated in the press conference regarding the re-opening of Indiana’s economy: “It’ll be a very methodical, data-driven, rolling, gradual, incremental process. We’re not going to get out of the woods overnight.”

Indiana on Thursday reported 41 deaths due to coronavirus, as the state’s total case count surpassed 9,000, according to the state’s dashboard. The additional deaths brought the total toll to 477, and 611 new cases were reported for a total of 9,542. The reported cases mark a new daily high for the state. 

According to Thursday’s report, 44.6% of ICU beds are available, with 23.8% of beds being used by COVID-19 patients. Nearly 76% of ventilators are available, with 14% in use by COVID-19 patients.

Holcomb indicated that his next executive order will offer more insight into what relaxing Indiana’s restrictions might look like.