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White House Coronavirus Taskforce Member Discusses Response At Statehouse

Holcomb appeared with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday at a campaign rally in Ft. Wayne. (Courtesy: CSPAN)

White House Coronavirus Taskforce member, Dr. Deborah Birx, met yesterday at the Statehouse with local health officials and representatives from the Governor’s Office and Indiana Hospital Association.

Governor Eric Holcomb (R-IN) was not present, according to multiple sources. Holcomb did introduce Vice President Mike Pence at a campaign rally in Ft. Wayne the same day.

Those in attendance say the session was productive.

"We were happy to take part in a conversation about how we can slow the spread and better desiminate this message," said Indiana Hospital Association President, Brain Tabor.

Items discussed included challenges facing rural communities such as testing, vaccine safety concerns, and updated guidance for schools and businesses, according to a release from the Fountain & Warren County Health Department.

The session was described as a "back and forth" conversation where local officials shared community challenges and received best-practices.

In a sentence statement, Holcomb's office says the governor routinely coordinates with federal partners, but multiple follow-up requests for comment and clarification on whether the governor was present were not returned. 

In recent weeks, Holcomb has been defensive about the state's response as new cases, hospitalizations and positivty rate surge.

Indiana logged 2,842 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, a record high.

This story has been updated.

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