COVID-19

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20-year-old Luis Vazquez lost his job constructing barricades in March, right before COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. Like tens of thousand of Hoosiers since then, he considered applying for unemployment insurance.

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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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After setting more than a dozen COVID-19 records between October and December, Indiana has started the new year with significantly lower cases and deaths than those record-setting months.

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The Indiana Department of Workforce Development will reopen a federal program on Jan. 22 that extends unemployment benefits. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is for workers who have used up the state’s 26 weeks of unemployment insurance. The program expired at the end of last year, but was revived by Congress. 

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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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Gov. Eric Holcomb’s new state budget proposal would spend $1.13 billion over the next two years on one-time initiatives. And almost none of that would be direct relief for Hoosiers struggling during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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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. 

Justin Hicks / IPB News

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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School leaders in Indiana are making plans for their staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In some counties, initial doses have already become available for teachers, while others are still waiting without much information about when they'll get their shot.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Hoosier business leaders overwhelmingly voiced support for a bill that would protect organizations from many lawsuits related to COVID-19. 

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Indiana lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation to provide schools full funding for students learning remotely because of COVID-19. Lawmakers say the legislation may only be temporary to address changes caused by the pandemic.

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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
Brandon Smith / IPB News

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

Bishop Noll Institute

HAMMOND - For students making the transition from Middle School into High School; Bishop Noll Institute is hosting an entrance exam at 8 a.m. Saturday, January 23 at the school at   1519 Hoffman St. in Hammond.  Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host/Reporter Sharon Jackson talks to Jeff Stur, Bishop Noll's director of admissions, about the test, tuition, student population and diversity at the the longtime Catholic School.

Bishop Noll Institute

HAMMOND- For students making the transition from Middle School into High School; Bishop Noll Institute is hosting an entrance exam at 8 a.m. Saturday, January 23 at the school at   1519 Hoffman St. in Hammond.

According to Bishop Noll's director of admissions, Jeff Stur, the entrance exam is the first step in the admissions process for all 8th graders who have not taken the entrance exam and are interested in attending Bishop Noll.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, seats for this exam are limited.  Parents must pre-register their child on the Bishop Noll website.

Brandon Smith / IPB News

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.

3 Floyds Brewpub to Remain Closed Permanently

Dec 16, 2020
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MUNSTER - A Northwest Indiana icon has decided to stay closed permanently.  

The "Times" reports 3 Floyds' owner Nick Floyd and his team has decided to permanently close its landmark brewpub in Munster, which has been a major draw to Northwest Indiana for years.

3 Floyds wrote in a letter to investors that the pandemic has not been kind to the restaurant industry including them.

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Parkview Health in northeast Indiana administered some of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the state on Monday. Along with inoculating their own staff, Parkview will serve as a vaccination site for other health care workers in the state as well. 

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Indiana will begin receiving its first doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week, and anticipates receiving more at least weekly. 

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Indiana state courts are not allowed to hold in-person jury trials until at least March. That’s per a new order from the Indiana Supreme Court.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 551 additional confirmed deaths over the last week – the most reported in a single week during the pandemic, and nearly double the high reported in April. That brings the state’s total to 6,495 confirmed deaths. ISDH also reported nearly 43,000 new cases in the last week.

Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs

INDIANAPOLIS - There is now a third round of COVID-19 response grants available for communities to apply for to help those impacted by the pandemic. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs are working with and overseeing the program. Crouch says some Northwest Indiana counties were awarded grants during the initial launch of the program in April and in the second round, in August.

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Just more than two weeks after reaching 5,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Indiana reported its 6,000th on Tuesday. The Indiana State Department of Health reported 6,109 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19.

Brandon Smith / IPB News

Local governments across Indiana can apply for more money from the state to help address fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

New claims for unemployment benefits have been steadily rising since mid-October. Economists say it’s further proof that COVID-19 – not government restrictions – is hurting the economy.

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