Ind. Gov. Mike Pence extends Public Health Emergency in response to Scott County HIV epidemic
"We have no higher priority than the health and safety of our citizens," Gov. Pence stated in the news release. "Today, on the recommendations of the Indiana State Department of Health and in consultation with Scott County officials and the Centers for Disease Control, I used my authority as Governor to extend the public health emergency in Scott County for an additional thirty days. While we've made progress in identifying and treating those affected by this heartbreaking epidemic, the public health emergency continues and so must our efforts to fight it."
The original order made provisions for a needle exchange program, which enabled residents to turn in used, tainted needles in exchange for clean ones.
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