Covid

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The limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines is causing tension as states roll out plans for who should get shots first, and school advocates in Indiana are pressing for more access for teachers.

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The Trump administration’s failure to produce a national stockpile of the COVID-19 vaccine is preventing Indiana from moving its vaccine distribution plan further forward.

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Indiana surpassed 600,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday. While the state’s daily case count has slowed down, so has its testing.

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Hoosiers 70 and older can now register for appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Indiana Department of Health announced the expansion Wednesday.

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Indiana opened registration beyond first responders and health care workers on Jan. 8, allowing Hoosiers 80 and older to schedule appointments for vaccines. 

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Hoosiers 70 and older can now register for appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Indiana Department of Health announced the expansion Wednesday.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 502 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 8,613 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 37,500 new cases in the last week.

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The high traffic on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination registration website has caused delays and crashes, according to state health officials. 

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Indiana officials defended the state’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine while announcing more Hoosiers can soon schedule appointments.

Indiana House, Senate Democrats Unveil 2021 Agendas

Jan 6, 2021
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House and Senate Democrats' 2021 legislative agendas are focused on issues that they say the pandemic showed to be incredibly urgent.

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The Indiana House and Senate are making changes to the way they conduct business for the 2021 legislative session – one everyone agrees will be “unique.”

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Over the holidays, the federal government signed a law that would increase unemployment benefits to out-of-work Hoosiers. But Indiana has not yet announced when it will begin sending out an additional $300 in unemployment benefits.

U.S. Steel Restarting Blast Furnace

Dec 3, 2020
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GARY - U.S. Steel is restarting a blast furnace at its plant in Gary earlier than expected after it shut down in April for a maintenance project then stayed idled due to COVID.

The "Times" reports at the time, U.S. Steel warned the state it would temporarily furlough up to 3,800 steelworkers at Gary Works and at the Midwest Plant in Portage.

U.S. Steel executives warned  investors it likely would keep the No. 4 blast furnace at Gary Works and blast furnace A at Granite City Works in Illinois idled through at least the end of 2020.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA -There is a wind advisory for all of Northwest Indiana that goes into effect from 9 a.m.  until  4 p.m. Thursday.  Ricky Castro, Meteorologist at the Chicago National Weather Service in Romeoville encourages everyone, including businesses with outside dinning, to prepare their outdoor spaces for the strong winds.

"We're looking at maximum wind gusts around 45 miles an hour, Castro says.  The wind advisory is in effect from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The highest gusts will be kind of in the 10 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m. timeframe."

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Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host/Reporter Sharon Jackson spoke with Crown Point Mayor Dave Uran on Wednesday, November 11th, two days after he learned that he tested positive for COVID-19.  Here's the full conversation in which Uran talked about his experience.

 

WE ARE NOW IN THE 9TH MONTH OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.AND RIGHT NOW – THE DISEASE SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SLOWING UP.

Today on Off Mic:

 The President and the First Lady both test positive for COVID-19. What does this mean for the campaign? Until we hear otherwise, the campaign continues and that means courting the Latino Vote.Today we hear from a history professor on his book detailing the history of Latino support for the Republican Party including for Donald Trump.

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COVID-19 continues to climb in Indiana and in Northwest Indiana.The City of East Chicago, with its large Latino population, is leading the way.We talk to one East Chicago couple who battled the virus and won.

Today on Off Mic:

COVID-19 numbers are going through the roof in Indiana. But the virus may even be more troubling that first thought. We speak to a professor who led a study of Hoosiers and the affects the virus is playing on the state; We talk to two young brothers who developed an app that makes shopping locally a little bit more safe during this pandemic; And even tough carnivals aren’t happening this summer, we talk to the author of a new book about his experience as a traveling carnival worker. And baseball is back for the North and South Siders! But is it safe to play during the pandemic?

Today on Off Mic:

 To Teach or Not to Teach in the Fall?With COVID-19 cases going up in Indiana, the big debate is whether children will be back in class? And, if they do, who will teach them? That’s because many teachers are unsure if they will be back in the classroom; And, what is it like to have COVID-19? We hear from one East Chicago woman who is still recovering from the dreaded virus; And, Batter up! The Cubs and White Sox play this weekend but one of our Boys of Summer is battling COVID-19.