Ind. Gov. Mike Pence extends Public Health Emergency in response - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence extends Public Health Emergency in response to Scott County HIV epidemic

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Monday signed an executive order which extends the public health emergency recently declared in Scott County due to an HIV outbreak, according to a news release.

The original public health emergency was declared on March 26, and would have expired on April 24. According to Indiana law, a state of disaster emergency may not continue for longer than 30 days unless it is renewed by the governor.

As of last week, there were over 100 reported cases of HIV in Scott County.

"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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