Indiana is beginning to recover from the Ebola pandemic, with more than a dozen counties reporting more than 100 cases in the past week.
But the virus continues to spread, including through Indiana and the rest of the Midwest, according to the latest numbers from the Indiana Department of Health.
The state reported Friday that there were 1,822 cases of Ebola in the counties, the most of any state in the nation.
More than two dozen of those cases were in the Bloomington-Normal County, which borders Indiana.
The department also reported Thursday that the number of people in quarantine has fallen from 5,937 people on Wednesday to 2,097 on Friday.
The number of confirmed cases is now at 726.
In Indiana, a total of 13 cases have been reported, bringing the total to 14.
The Indiana Department for Health also reported Friday a total 42 new cases, bringing its total to 47.
The Department of Public Health said that four people were hospitalized and two had tested positive for Ebola.
The latest numbers are in line with what the state had forecast on Wednesday.
The numbers of new cases were expected to drop after Friday’s initial spike in the state.
The next day, the state announced a series of measures that included a $5 million fund for Ebola treatment, which will go to local governments and the Indiana Emergency Management Agency.
Eric Holcomb announced Friday that he is ordering an expanded state of emergency to be declared in Indianapolis, the nation’s fourth-largest city.
Holcomb said in a statement that he has directed the state’s health director, Dr. Dan Kovalik, to conduct a review of the current state of Indiana’s preparedness.
The governor has ordered the state to create a statewide plan to prepare for the spread of Ebola, including a $2 million fund to provide $500,000 per week for Ebola education and treatment.
Holcombs order comes after a recent outbreak in Indianapolis that infected more than 500 people, most of whom died.
It was the second outbreak in the city in two weeks.
Kovaliks response was met with widespread criticism and criticism from Democrats, who accused him of putting politics ahead of health and safety.
Holmer said Friday that the state is in the midst of a national conversation about how best to prepare its people for a future of Ebola.
“That discussion is not just in Indiana, but across the country,” he said.
Holman said that the $2 billion plan is to go to cities and towns, which has the potential to save the state more than $1 billion.
The plan is being considered by the state House and Senate.
The $2.2 billion fund will also be directed to help the state implement its Ebola response plan, which Holcomb also signed into law.
It also requires the state health department to hire at least 15 additional state employees and the state fire department to help with the response.
“This is about protecting the lives and health of Hoosiers, and the public health of Indiana, and that’s what the governor has committed to,” Holcomb told reporters.
The outbreak has also prompted a number of measures from the state government.
In addition to the state of emergencies, Holcomb ordered an emergency declaration of the state and its surrounding counties.
In Indianapolis, Gov.
Matt Bevin ordered all private businesses to close.
In Monroe County, the county’s public health department has declared a state of alert in the county and its entire area.
Monroe County also said that all parks in the Monroe County Park District have been placed on lockdown and the Monroe-Rochester Park District will shut down until further notice.
The Monroe County Public Safety Division said that its response team will be in Monroe County beginning this Friday.
Bevin, who was in Indiana on Thursday for a Cabinet meeting, said that state officials have ordered the emergency declaration in the Hoosier State.
The move comes after the state confirmed the first case of the virus in the country on Thursday, and it has since been reported in two additional states.
In Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Public Health Department announced Friday a quarantine for anyone who has traveled to the city.
The Oklahoma City Fire Department has also started sending out alerts to residents of the city who have been in contact with anyone with Ebola.