Indianapolis, IND – Indiana’s presumptive Democratic nominee for Governor Dr. Woody Myers says the latest projections that coronavirus deaths will jump by 543 percent in Indiana are unacceptable. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is projecting 6,247 deaths in Indiana by August 4 now that the economy is beginning to reopen.
“Before the Governor announced plans to reopen the state, the projection was 971 deaths,” Myers said. “If the revised projections are correct, they clearly show the risks we face by reopening too soon. I am not willing to risk Hoosier lives. That is a staggering number of 5,267 additional mothers, fathers, children and siblings who will unnecessarily lose their lives. The time for leadership is now. Our citizens are depending on us.”
Cases are continuing to rise in Indiana and neighboring states are taking notice. WKYU reports Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Indiana is reopening too quickly and that Kentuckians shouldn’t travel to surrounding states unless necessary.
“Our neighbors should not fear for their lives just by coming into our state,” Myers said. “We need to slow down the reopening until we have more and better testing and the virus is more under control. Is getting back to business more important than 5,000 Hoosier lives? I don’t think so.”
Dr. Woody Myers is running to be Governor of Indiana because Hoosiers need a physician and successful businessman more than ever to lead Indiana out of this health and economic crisis. As Governor, Woody will use his background in business and in medicine to guarantee all Hoosiers can access high-quality health care at an affordable cost, create high-paying jobs and provide every Hoosier child with a world-class public education. Learn more at www.drwoodymyers.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter @DrWoodyMyers.