Gov. Holcomb warns young Hoosiers to wear face masks

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Young people who are not social distancing or wearing masks are catching flack from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.

He and state health commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says 30 percent of positive cases of coronavirus are young people, up from 12 percent in March.

Don’t let your state lose ground, was the message from Governor Holcomb during his weekly COVID-19 news conference on Wednesday, June 24. Holcomb said some young people are guilty of not social distancing and not wearing masks in public.

The Governor encouraged young Hoosiers to “do the right thing” for themselves and older people who you may come into contact with.

Dr. Box said the coronavirus recovery rate is up in Indiana and the number of people in hospitals has gone down. She said that was encouraging as the state continues to open back up.

However, at least one local hospital is as busy as ever dealing with COVID-19. Goshen Health issued the following statement on Wednesday:

COVID-19 activity for Goshen Health as of June 24. 


  • 7,745 tests completed
  • 1,054 positive test results (overall positivity rate of 14.3%)
  • 6,304 negative test results
  • Test results outstanding: 373 


  • Admitted 133
  • Discharged 118
  • Confirmed 10 COVID-positive related mortalities

“Our Urgent Care and Emergency Department Colleagues have faced several weeks of extremely high volumes. Plus, last week our overall census was much higher. Colleagues are fatigued, but remain dedicated to serving our community,” said Randy Christophel, President and CEO of Goshen Health. 

“We continue to ask our community to show support for our local healthcare providers, support staff and each other by taking every precaution possible, starting with wearing a mask in public,” said Dr. Dan Nafziger, Hospital Chief Medical Officer. “Physical distancing, handwashing, disinfecting and staying home if you’re not feeling well – all of these continue to be important for everyone’s protection. As we are getting back into more activities with people outside of our immediate households following these safety precautions has never been more important.”

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