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Thursday, November 14, 2019 11:58 AM
By BRIAN A. HOWEY

INDIANAPOLIS  — South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has joined former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at the top of the leaderboard in the third Monmouth University Poll of the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses. Buttigieg’s gains since the summer have been across the board, with increasing support coming from nearly every demographic group.  Regardless, less than one-third of likely caucusgoers say that they are firmly set on their choice of candidate and most would not be too disappointed if they had to switch their support.  
  • Atomic! Houchin picks up 9th CD endorsements; Milo seeks 1st CD; Sen. Baldwin's awful week

    By BRIAN A. HOWEY in Kokomo

    1. 1st & 9th CD races are percolating: Despite the new congressional maps that seem to be an Indiana Incumbent Protection Plan, there is much activity setting up the 2022 cycle. On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth announced he wouldn't seek reelection. He was self-term limited and apparently is pondering a 2024 run for governor. That prompted State Sen. Erin Houchin, who lost to Hollingsworth in the 2016 GOP primary, to announce on Thursday. She was endorsed by U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski and Larry Bucshon on Thursday, and today, Attorney General Todd Rokita, who said, "Erin Houchin is just the medicine Congress needs. She’s a no-nonsense conservative pragmatic leader who will help stop The Bumbling Biden-Schumer-Pelosi-AOC express train that is leading us to international embarrassment and financial ruin." Houchin served as Rokita's 2020 GOP convention campaign manager. A reliable source tells Howey Politics Indiana  that former Republican congressman Mike Sodrel is weighing a bid. He won the seat from U.S. Rep. Baron Hill in 2004 and held it for a term before Hill won it back. In the 1st CD, former Republican LaPorte mayor Blair Milo announced she would seek the GOP nomination for the right to challenge freshman Democratic Rep. Frank Mrvan. "I feel called to do this," Milo said in an exclusive interview with NWI Times. "We have an opportunity to elect a leader who will fight for Hoosier conservative values." Milo was the youngest mayor elected in LaPorte history before resigning in 2017 when Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed her Secretary for Career Connections and Talent.

  • HPI Analysis: Holcomb's 6th address comes in surreal times
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    INDIANAPOLIS – When Gov. Eric Holcomb appeared at the House podium Tuesday night for his sixth State of the State address, it came amidst surreal circumstances that have consistently defined his political career. Indiana’s hospitals were swamped with mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 patients and in a crisis mode. The state had a historically low 3% unemployment rate and there were 150,000 job openings coming at a time of what is being called the “Great Resignation” (or the “Great Retirement”) that is potentially skewing labor statistics. Holcomb avoided the hot button social issues percolating among the two General Assembly Republican super majorities. He is being confronted by a Republican attorney general and spoke to a General Assembly that earlier this year had overridden two of his vetoes. So here was Gov. Holcomb, who ascended to office in 2016 while “building the airplane in mid-air,” now confronting a third year of a pandemic crisis that resulted in $13 billion of emergency federal aid flooding into his beloved Indiana, giving, perhaps, his best State of the State address yet. It was full of passion as he outlined reasons for optimism. Just hours after his speech, the Associated Press moved a story suggesting that the Omicron variant surge could wane quickly.
  • Horse Race: Hollingsworth passes on reelect; Houchin announces for 9th CD
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    INDIANAPOLIS – Republican U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth announced on Wednesday he will not seek reelection, setting off a chain-reaction as State Sen. Erin Houchin said this morning she will seek the 9th CD, while speculation builds that he will run as a self-funder for governor in 2024. Hollingsworth said in his IndyStar op-ed that he said he would continue to serve the 9th CD “in different ways,” suggesting a 2024 gubernatorial run where he would be a potential self-funder candidate.  Hollingsworth, a Republican first elected in 2016, said that much of his time in Congress has been spent “battling Washington itself,” writing, “The problem of politicians using their office to catapult themselves to another office, to a Committee assignment, or to a high-paying lobbying job is the misaligned incentive that tears at the most fundamental promise of democracy: Elected officials represent electorates.”
  • Horse Race: SofS race begins to take shape
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana secretary of state race began to take definition this past week as incumbent Republican Holli Sullivan declared for a full term while Democrat Destiny Scott Wells declared for the nomination with a boost from Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, who held the seat three decades ago. Sullivan, who was appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb when Connie Lawson retired last winter, faces at least two convention opponents, Newton County Commissioner Kyle Conrad and unsuccessful 4th CD candidate Diego Morales. “As secretary of state I know how much is at stake,” Sullivan said in announcing for a full term on Monday. “I’m running because safe and secure elections is not a destination. It is a relentless pursuit to ensure that all eligible voters are able to cast a ballot and all legal votes are counted in a timely manner, free of fraud, corruption and interference.
  • Sen. Mrvan abruptly retires

    Howey Politics Indiana

    Longtime Democrat State Sen. Frank Mrvan abruptly announced his retirement on Tuesday. "Today I notified Indiana State Senate Majority Leader Rodric Bray that I am retiring effective January 11, 2022," said Mrvan. "This journey into public service would not have been possible without the support of my lovely wife Jean and countless others over the years who have allowed me to be the most effective leader I could be for the constituents of Northwest Indiana. No one could have imagined after my first successful campaign to serve as the City Councilman for the Sixth District of the City of Hammond in 1972 that the citizens would support me to continue a career in public service for five decades. Holding the public trust in elected office is an incredible honor and responsibility. Throughout my career, I have always placed a value on being able to listen to the concerns of constituents and be their voice in our state’s Capitol." 

  • Sen. Baldwin statement on Nazism

    Howey Politics Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS - State Sen. Scott Baldwin issued the following statement on Tuesday: "I unequivocally condemn Nazism, fascism and Marxism. When I said in the meeting, 'I’m with you on those particular isms' that is what I meant to convey. As someone who fought to defend our democracy, I agree teachers should condemn those dangerous ideologies and I sincerely regret that I did not articulate that and apologize for it. We absolutely need to teach our children about the tragedies of the past, which is why the legislation in its current form specifically protects the teaching of historical injustices. I said Wednesday that we need to listen and be open to changes that can improve the bill, and we are working on amendments to that end." Baldwin walked back comments he made at a committee hearing on SB167 last week, when he said, "I have no problem with the education system providing instruction on the existence of those isms. I believe that we've gone too far when we take a position on those isms ...  We need to be impartial.”


  • Atomic! Center of the FB Universe; Hard Luck Reich; Colts '22 opponents; Gov's SoS Tuesday
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

    1. Center of the Football Universe

    Welcome to cold, icy Indy, home of the Center of the Football Universe for the next 24 hours as Alabama's Johnny Woodenesque Nick Saban seeks his eighth national title. This is a transformation from our Center of the Basketball Universe when the pandemic created March Madness played out in totality on Hoosier hardwood last year. The Crimson Tide is a 2.5 point favorite over Georgia's Bulldogs in a rematch from December's SEC title game won by the Tide 41-24. The last Bulldogs to play for a national title in Lucas Oil Stadium were the Butler hoops version, which lost to Duke in 2010 when Gordon Hayward's last second heave rimmed out. HPI's take tonight: Alabama 34, Georgia 17. Being TCOTFU excludes the Indianapolis Colts. Two weeks ago they needed to split final games against Las Vegas and 2-14 Jacksonville to earn an NFL playoff berth. Entering the Jags game the Colts were an 89% post season lock. Following Sunday's mind-numbing 26-11 loss, despondent Colt fans had Jim Mora's infamous "Playoffs? Playoffs?!" meme from 2006 ringing in our ears. Colts Coach Frank Reich: "The one thing I will say that I said in the locker room is you got to have the maturity to understand that even though there's a finality to this season, you can't just let it be in vain. You can't let it be in vain. You got to learn from it and got to figure out ‘OK, why did we finish the way we did this year?' And then let's not let that happen next year.”
  • 2022 HPI Power 50: Pandemic, mob, Roe & 2024 election shape this list
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY in Indianapolis
    and MARK SCHOEFF, JR.in Washington

    One year ago today, a mob of insurrectionists ransacked the U.S. Capitol while chanting “Hang Mike Pence.” A year ago on New Year’s Day 2021 there were 9,578 pandemic Hoosier COVID-19 deaths while there was hope that the vaccine on the way promised to protect our friends, families and communities while fully reopening society. Today, Indiana’s pandemic death toll stands at 19,171, and the University of Washington’s Health Evaluation and Metrics site is projecting 25,931 deaths by April 1. This is before the Omicron variant fully invades the state, which has a 52% fully vaccination rate, one of the lowest in the nation. As for the insurrection, an Axios-Momentive Poll revealed that 57% of Americans expect another violent confrontation similar to the U.S. Capitol insurrection, including 50% of Republicans and 70% of Democrats. According to the poll, 63% say the attack changed the way Americans think about the democratic government, with about half of those saying the change is permanent and others saying it’s temporary. Just 55% believe that President Biden was legitimately elected in 2020, down from 58% a year ago. So we begin 2022 with a double hangover from last year when the pandemic and the insurrection dominated topical news. This comes as Indiana has essentially become a one-party state. These ongoing events and GOP dominance greatly shaped this 2022 HPI Power 50 List, with the only Democrat on the top 10 being U.S. Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg.

  • HPI Analysis: Passive approach to vaccine ends up slamming Indiana ERs

    "A long December and there's reason to believe
    Maybe this year will be better than the last
    The smell of hospitals in winter
    And the feeling that it's all a lot of oysters, but no pearls . . . ." 

                                                          - Counting Crows

    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    INDIANAPOLIS - A year ago on New Year's Day 2021, there was reason for hope. After 9,578 pandemic Hoosier deaths in 2020, there was vaccine on the way that promised to protect our friends, families and communities while fully reopening society. Today, the death toll stands at 19,171, and the University of Washington's Health Evaluation and Metrics site is projecting 25,931 deaths by April 1. This is before the Omicron variant fully invades the state, which has a 52% fully vaccine rate, one of the lowest in the nation.

  • Holcomb, senior officials gird Hoosiers for unprecedented swamping of hospitals
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    INDIANAPOLIS - With Indiana hospitals girding for an unprecedented flood of mostly unvaccinated people after the Omicron variant overtakes Delta in the coming weeks, Gov. Eric Holcomb and senior health officials attempted Wednesday to prepare Hoosiers for the most lethal chapter of the COVID pandemic that has claimed close to 19,000 lives. "We continue to get some curveballs thrown at us ... variants specifically," Holcomb said at his first press conference in months, adding that he would extend the state's public health emergency another 30 days. "Delta and Omicron have both crisscrossed the globe and really taken a couple hard whacks at our population. It's challenged our recovery efforts, for sure." Holcomb also attempted to comfort Indiana's racked and dwindling health care workforce, saying, "I know how tired you are. You’re making a huge difference one family at a time.” The Governor's comments came as just 186 ICU beds are available statewide, a new record low, while 768 Hoosiers are in ICU.

  • Atomic! Rokita doubts COVID stats; Unvaxxed don't trust; State dashboard going dark; Biden & Trump
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis 

    1. Rokita doesn't believe: Indiana’s ICU open bed capacity dwindled to just 12.2% as the final Delta variant surge is filling up medical facilities with unvaccinated Hoosiers. This is occurring before the Omicron variant becomes the primary COVID-19 strain here. And this is happening before 200,000 football fans and media show up in Indianapolis for the College Football Playoffs title game scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10, though officials are now saying that COVID could move the game to as late as Jan. 14 and that the next champion could be crowned via forfeit. Enter into this Attorney General Todd Rokita, who was asked by a WSBT-TV  anchor about the 80% of unvaccinated people stressing out ERs and ICUs across the state. "I don't believe in any numbers any more and I'm sorry about that,” Rokita said. “They are politicized. This has been politicized since day one. The reason that hospitals are filling up is their own health care workers won't show up because of the mandates that's been put upon them. A year ago we were calling them heroes and now they are some kind of villains." Is that true, Brian Tabor? Dr. Gabriel Bosslet of IU: "This is absolutely insane. Hospitals are on fire with #covid19 and the attorney general of Indiana doesn’t believe it because the numbers have been cooked somehow. This is leadership malpractice." According to the ISDH, Indiana's hospitalizations from COVID-19 had tripled in recent weeks to 3,029 on Dec. 15. By Monday, that total stood at 3,002. The pandemic high was 3,460 on Nov. 20, 2020. The U.S. Navy is sending in a 23-person team to Indiana’s largest hospital to, as AP reported, "help relieve staffers exhausted and overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations."

  • Atomic! Indy senators author anti-crime bills; Indiana faces 'viral blizzard'; Biden honors Cpl. Sanchez; Carruthers passes on SD47

    By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

    1. Indy Senators author crime package: With Indianapolis setting new homicide records annually in recent years, a group of Republican senators introduced an anti-crime package to be considered by the Indiana General Assembly in 2022. Senate Bill 6, authored by State Sen. R Michael Young, would reduce the number of violent offenders released on bail by requiring courts to review arrest warrants before release, holding open bail hearings and requiring the arrestee to pay the full minimum bail amount in cash. "We have seen far too many violent offenders released back in to our communities with little or no supervision, and it has resulted in the injury and death of numerous citizens and law enforcement officers," Young said. "By increasing oversight and transparency in how our bail system operates, I believe we can reduce the number of these acts of violence." Senate Bill 7, authored by State Sen. Jack E. Sandlin (R-Indianapolis), would establish a Marion County crime reduction board that would allow for interoperability between law enforcement agencies. Senate Bill 8, authored by State Sen. Aaron Freeman (R-Indianapolis), aims to regulate charitable bail organizations by requiring they register with the Department of Insurance. Senate Bill 9, authored by State Sen. Kyle Walker (R-Lawrence), would implement stricter standards for electronic monitoring by increasing oversight of those being monitored and increasing penalties for tampering with monitors. Senate Bill 10, authored by State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield), would establish a pilot program to distribute funds to high-crime areas to cover overtime and additional services for law enforcement officers. 

  • Indiana revenue forecast reveals $3 billion surplus increase

    Howey Politics Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana fiscal leaders found out the state was flush with cash on Thursday - more than $3.3 billion more than anticipated - creating what is expected to be a $5 billion surplus next year. "Indiana's impressive fiscal outlook and the economic momentum behind it continue to outpace expectations," said House Speaker Todd Huston. "This momentum is fueled by so many hardworking Hoosiers and employers who proved their resiliency throughout the pandemic. Now, we find ourselves in a unique and enviable fiscal position that presents a wide range of unique opportunities. Looking ahead to this session, we're going to push hard for responsible and prudent tax cuts while maintaining our strong reserves, funding critical services and investing in our future." 

  • Horse Race: McDermott expects to post $100k; concentrating on signatures
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    INDIANAPOLIS - Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., figured his first U.S. Senate run statewide would be a grind. But after spending much of the fall criscrossing the prairies, he’s infatuated with his beautiful state. “I’m traveling a lot, two days a week,” McDermott told HPI Wednesday. He and three staffers, along with campaign manager Kevin Smith are concentrating on the 500 signatures from each congressional district needed for ballot qualification. “I’m having a blast, people are great,” McDermott said. “I get to stay in Fort Wayne and New Albany. I really thought it was going to be a grind but it’s been wonderful. Obviously everyone wants you to be everywhere. We’re really focused on getting 500 signatures in each district. Obviously it’s a challenge in some districts.” McDermott expects to post around $100,000 in his fourth quarter FEC report, but says he has already scheduled 20 fundraisers for January, when he expects that portion of the campaign will pick up steam.
  • Atomic! Meadows' Jan. 6 texts; Banks aide at Capitol during riot? Rep. Teshka shooting; Holcomb approval at 65%

    By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

    1. Meadows and Jan. 6: 
    Throughout the age of Donald Trump, I kept getting this feeling we were being punked, on a historic scale. As the Trump presidency took on an amoebic look, the other notions were that the White House was being staffed by Amateur Hour. Now we have texts from former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that he voluntarily turned over to the House Jan. 6 Committee, which simply underscore that Meadows is a dim bulb, now facing a felony contempt of Congress charge. This is the man who wrote in his new book that Trump was a COVID super spreader. His old boss declared it “fake news,” prompting Meadows to do the same. Memo to Mike Pence: Declaring your own book “fake news” will be bad, baaaad for sales. Meadows Jan. 6 texts reveal alarm in real time within Trump World as the insurrection raged at the U.S. Capitol while Pence, family and staff cowered down below. Laura Ingraham: “Hey Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home … this is hurting all of us … he is destroying his legacy.” Mark Kilmeade: “Please get him on tv. Destroying everything you have accomplished.” Sean Hannity: “Can he make a statement? … Ask people to leave the Capitol.” Donald Trump Jr.: “He’s got to condemn this [shit] Asap. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough … We need an Oval address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”  Meadows was with President Trump on Jan. 6. So his texts emails and testimony will be invaluable in determining what our Commander-in-Chief was doing, who he was communicating with, what his mindset was, and whether he took seditious actions.

  • Atomic! Bannon's shock troops; Speaker Banks? Cheney on Jan. 6 testimony; R.I.P. Al Unser
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Paoli, Ind.

    1. Speaker Banks? House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's blood is in the water when it comes to becoming the next Speaker should Republicans take the majority in 2022. The GOP's nutball wing - Reps. Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene - have collectively decided to play kingmaker. Gaetz says he envisions Donald Trump as the next speaker and said earlier this week, "We are going to take power after this next election and when we do, it’s not going to be the days of Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy and no real oversight and no real subpoenas. It’s going to be the days of Jim Jordan and Marjorie Taylor Greene and Dr. Gosar and myself doing everything.” Yikes! In this yawning dystopian void are persistent whispers that Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks might be positioned to become the next speaker, should Republicans take the majority. Banks has been seen as a key ally to McCarthy, and a Google Images search doesn't turn up any photos of him with Gaetz (under a sex crime investigation), Boebert and Greene. Banks has appeared on Steve Bannon's "War Room" podcast. On Thursday, Bannon and Gaetz were talking about deploying 4,000 "shock troops" across America to prepare for a second Donald Trump administration. Bannon: "This is Trumpism in power. That's when we went to the 4,000 shock troops we have to have that's going to man the government. Get them ready now. Right? We're going to hit the beach with the landing teams and the beachhead teams and all that nomenclature they use when President Trump wins in 2024 — or before." Matt Gaetz: “People didn’t like that Donald Trump raised his voice but sometimes you’ve got to raise your voice to raise a ruckus and to raise an army of patriots who love this country and will fight for her. And if we get more of them in Congress, that is exactly what we are going to do, to operationalize the performance. To go right after the people who are imposing the vaccine mandates, who are enriching themselves and who are selling out the country.”

  • HPI Interview: Holcomb urges vax as pandemic remedy
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    INDIANAPOLIS – It had been two years since my meeting in person with Gov. Eric Holcomb to do the annual year end interview. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted Zoom sessions this past year. With more than 17,000 Hoosiers dead, making it the most lethal health sequence in Indiana history, almost the entire interview dealt with that subject Tuesday morning. “I noticed you don’t have Gov. Goodrich’s portrait in here,” I said to Holcomb. Civil War Gov. Oliver P. Morton peered out of his frame above the fireplace while fellow Navy veteran Gov. Joe Kernan and the first governor, Jonathan Jennings, adorned other walls. “That’s a good thought,” Holcomb responded. But Gov. James Goodrich, who held office during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-19 played virtually no role in the government response to that pandemic which killed an estimated 10,000 Hoosiers. He was a former state Republican chairman who began the layout for the initial state highway system as well as reorganizing state government.

  • Horse Race: Braun seeks bipartisan support vs. Biden mandates
    By MARK SCHOEFF JR.
    and BRIAN A. HOWEY


    WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Braun, R-Jasper, hopes a resolution to kill the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccine mandate that he helped push through the Senate Wednesday night will send a bipartisan message against what he calls government overreach. Scoring political points is about all it can do. Although Braun said a similar measure has momentum in the House, it’s not clear that it will get a vote there. Even if it gains House approval, it will die on President Joe Biden’s desk. “What we’re going to accomplish with this, even though it will get vetoed, is [make it] a bipartisan issue,” Braun told Indiana reporters Wednesday morning before the Senate approved the resolution, 52-48, later in the day with two Democrats joining all Republicans in favor. “It’s another indication of why it’s a bad idea because it’s an executive ruling.”
  • Atomic: Braun offers little post-Roe specifics; Just 63% of INGuard vaxxed; R.I.P. Bob Dole
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

    1. Braun and the future of abortion: For a half century, Roe v. Wade has redefined our parties and created the political skirmish lines. There was a time when the Republican leader of the Indiana House was pro-choice, and the Democratic speaker was pro-life. No more. Indiana's GOP has become monolithically pro-life, with a policy position tantamount to whether one would move up the political ladder. After last week's U.S. Supreme Court case involving Mississippi, many are expecting an outright Roe repeal. So, what's next for Indiana politics? U.S. Sen. Mike Braun was pressed by Meet The Press  host Chuck Todd for the future of abortion in Indiana. He had few specifics. “When it comes to things like abortion, I think it's clear it's time to turn it back to the states, let the diversity of this country show forth," Braun said on Sunday. "It eliminates a lot of the contention to where we become the Hatfields and McCoys on many of these issues. The beauty of our system is that it's federal. It's got all of these different ideas. And when you try to nationalize, federalize the way the other side of the aisle is doing on more than just this, I think you're constantly in that area of contention.” 
  • Atomic! 'Disastrous' winter coming for unvaxed; Rader's warning; Braun v. mandates; Kamala & Pete Show
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Kokomo

    1. A bleak winter ahead

    "Disastrous.” That's IU-Northwest Economics Prof. Micah Pollak's forecast for a second COVID perilous winter, mostly among the 50% of Hoosiers who are unvaccinated. Pollak told WRTV on Thursday that while herd immunity is achieved at 80%, states with vaccination rates of 60-70% are experiencing increases in cases. “So that kind of just means that Indiana's kind of stuck where we are because there's no way we're getting to 80% in the next few weeks,” Pollak said, adding that state and local leaders need to be “shouting from the rooftops” about the need for people to get vaccinated. “We're going to have a big wave and we're going to have maybe a new variant here before too long, and do it for yourself at least if not for, you know, your family and friends and relatives and acquaintances.” WIBC's Eric Berman: 5,653 new Indiana #coronavirus cases, second straight day over 5K, with 10.7% of today's batch of tests coming back positive. The 7-day positivity rate, which runs a week behind, continues a monthlong rise to 12.7%, highest since Jan 17. Goshen General Hospital: 41 patients are currently hospitalized with COVID, 35 of whom are unvaccinated. That’s the highest number of COVID patients so far this year (WNDU-TV).
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  • South Bend Mayor Mueller hopes pandemic ending
    “And to get even bolder, I hope this is the last community event, big community event, hat is delayed or canceled because of COVID-19. We are weeks away from turning the corner and putting this behind us once and for all. I know we are excited to get there, and right now it is a little disappointing.” - South Bend Mayor James Mueller, speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. event on Monday. St. Joseph County Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox: “I think we are certainly weeks away from being through the worst of the omicron phase. We may have crested now or sometime in the next week, probably, we will hit our peak at omicron. And the recovery from that should almost be as rapid as the rise was. While it’s caused a lot of infections, the duration is going to be relatively short-lived.”
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