Indiana governor easing virus restrictions on surgeries

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A doctor shows the lungs of Covid-19 patient on a computer screen at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Indiana’s governor is easing restrictions on hospitals from performing elective surgeries even as the state health commissioner remains concerned over whether coronavirus infections are slowing in the state.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said Monday while he was extending the statewide stay-at-home order until May 1, hospitals would be allowed starting Tuesday to resume procedures to diagnose and treat medical conditions.

State officials have not reported shortages of hospital beds and equipment even as Indiana’s coronavirus death toll has topped 550.

The state health commissioner said she isn’t convinced Indiana has reached the infection peak that has been projected for first weeks of May outside the Indianapolis area.

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