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(INDIANAPOLIS) – You should be able to get that hip or knee replacement you’ve had to put off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting Tuesday, hospitals can resume diagnostic or screening tests. The state will monitor inventories of hospital beds, protective gear, anesthetic, and other supplies, and unless a shortage develops, elective surgeries can resume next Monday. They’ve been on hold since the original stay-home order a month ago.

48% of the state’s intensive care beds are currently open.

It’s the first time Governor Holcomb has loosened restrictions since first closing nonessential businesses and urging Hoosiers to stay home. Holcomb says he hopes to be able to announce additional, cautious steps toward reopening the state when the latest version of the order expires May 1. But he’s reemphasizing the reopening won’t come all at once, and will be driven by the numbers.

State health commissioner Kristina Box says individual hospital systems might not resume elective

procedures even when the state gives the green light. She says there are still some areas of the state

where protective equipment is in shorter supply. Box says that need for masks, gowns and gloves is also the primary obstacle to expanding testing for the virus, which health experts agree is a key step before lifting restrictions. She says there are enough tests, but the technicians performing them have to have proper protective gear.

Box says she’ll talk with hospitals Tuesday or Wednesday about ways to address those gaps.

Holcomb says it “won’t be business as usual” when businesses reopen. Workplaces may need to institute “deep cleans” to disinfect surfaces more regularly, and make more allowances for workers to wash their hands. State health commissioner Kristina Box says there could also be a phaseout of the stay-at-home half of the order, with senior citizens and Hoosiers with underlying health conditions continuing to work from home while others are allowed to return to work.

Box says she’s hopeful but not convinced that Indiana has passed the peak of the infection curve. So far, she says Indiana’s infection rates are tracking the best-case scenario of the models assessing how the virus might progress. Holcomb credits Hoosiers with keeping the virus in check by obeying pleas to observe social distancing.

But Holcomb warns Saturday’s protest demanding an immediate lifting of the lockdown order runs the risk of sparking a fresh round of infection. Holcomb and Box say opponents of his emergency order have every right to protest. But Holcomb says the “flaunting way” they did so, with people clustered together without masks, represents “a perfect Petri dish” for people to catch or spread the virus, in the heart of the city with Indiana’s largest number of coronavirus cases and deaths.