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Gov. Holcomb signs executive order to support pharmacists

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - On Wednesday, Governor Eric Holcomb signed an executive order to allow pharmacy students who have completed all required courses to join the fight against COVID-19.

This order allows those pharmacy students to apply for a temporary license with the Professional Licensing Agency.

Also under the executive order, health care providers who cannot meet in-person continuing education requirements this year can do so via distance learning.

As allowed by the federal CARES Act, the executive order permits state employees, county employees, teachers, and other public employees who have a defined contribution account to access funds without penalty if they have been affected by COVID-19.

Gov. Holcomb previously extended the deadline for property tax payments under executive order 20-05. Executive order 20-21 extends the deadline for all other fees included on the property tax bill.

Click here to see the executive order:

Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said that the state's COVID-19 numbers jumped up by 440 new cases Wednesday, and an additional 49 Hoosiers lost their lives from the virus.

A total of 8,955 Hoosiers tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and the death toll increased to 436 Wednesday afternoon.

The state reports 48,396 tests have been conducted.

She noted now that the holiday weekend is past us, her office is starting to see an increase in testing. However, testing not at the level she wants it to be at just yet.

That's because, Dr. Box said, the state needs more people with risk factors who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 to come forward and get tested.

Read More: Health Department announces 49 new COVID-19 deaths and 440 new positive cases in the Hoosier state

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Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in September 2019 as a Social Media and Digital Content Manager. Emilia also serves as a producer. She’s a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Indiana University.

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