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The NCAA is closing events to fans including the upcoming men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournament games over concerns about the coronavirus.

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The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 global outbreak a pandemic Wednesday, as several Indiana universities canceled in-person classes, two counties reported cases and several large sporting events in Indiana closed to the public. 

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We have some bad news for you if you planned on going to the Big Ten men's college basketball tournament or an NBA game..  Om the other hand, we have good news if you are holding out hope that Indiana University can make the NCAA Tourament.   And if you cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame, the news is good for you as well.  More good news-bad news stuff coming up on sports.

Televangelist Jim Bakker held up a blue and silver bottle, gazing intently at the label, as he questioned the woman sitting next to him.

"This influenza that is now circling the globe," Bakker said on the Feb. 12 broadcast of The Jim Bakker Show, "you're saying that Silver Solution would be effective."

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Ten people in Indiana have now tested positive for COVID-19 and health officials say many more will likely be diagnosed.

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As of Wednesday morning, 10 people in Indiana have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. What precautions should we be taking? Is Indiana prepared?

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Fortune 500 company Cummins is expanding travel restrictions for employees to include domestic business flights. The Indiana-based engine company is taking the precautionary measure as more cases of the coronavirus are being reported across the country.

The spread of coronavirus has compelled hundreds of K-12 schools in the U.S. to close, affecting more than 850,000 students, according to an analysis by Education Week. And those numbers are certain to increase in the coming days, as concerned parents call for more school closures.

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Congressional Democrats unveiled a measure for a legislative stimulus package aimed at mitigating the economic damage stemming from the coronavirus.

The St. Joseph County Health Department confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the county this afternoon. Health officials say they are expecting more cases in the next few days.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials say four more people in Indiana have been sickened by the coronavirus, boosting the state's tally to 10 cases, with three of the new cases in the same suburban Indianapolis county.

In the face of mixed messages and confusion about who can or should be tested for the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted updated guidance for doctors on Sunday about when to test a patient.

The short answer is, if your doctor thinks a test is appropriate, he or she can request the test. But a request doesn't guarantee that you'll get one.

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Three security screeners at a Northern California airport have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed in an email late Tuesday.

The transportation security officers, all of whom work at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, are the first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus within the agency, according to a union official with TSA Council 100.

The identities of the three screeners have not been released.

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Major stock indexes plunged again on Wednesday, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 20% from its peak in February. The meant that the blue chip index entered bear market territory, ending its 11-year winning streak.

The blue chip index fell 1,464 points, or nearly 5.9%. The S&P 500 slid 4.9% and the Nasdaq lost 4.7% — and put those indexes down 19.2% from their peaks.

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The United Kingdom's health minister has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection – one of nearly 400 confirmed cases in that country, as Turkey on Wednesday announced its first case of the disease, which has now spread to some 110 countries.

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Fewer people are traveling due to restrictions and concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Tourism officials in the state say they’re watching the situation closely.

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The Indiana State Department of Health today confirmed two more cases of COVID-19 in the state. That brings the total number of patients to six. 

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two additional cases of the new coronavirus have been diagnosed in Indiana, boosting the state’s total COVID-19 cases to six.

The Indiana State Department of Health said Tuesday two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 were found in patients in northeastern Indiana’s Adams County and in Boone County, just northwest of Indianapolis. Officials announced Monday that an elementary school student in Hendricks County, just west of Indianapolis, has a presumptive positive case of the coronavirus, as does an adult in northeastern Indiana’s Noble County.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's health commissioner says two additional cases of the new coronavirus have been diagnosed in Indiana, bringing the state’s COVID-19 tally to four.

Officials said Monday that one student who attends an elementary school in the suburban Indianapolis county of Hendricks County has a confirmed case of COVID-19 and a second student in the same school district is displaying symptoms of the virus.

Avon Community School Corporation has closed all its schools until March 20.

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Cases of the novel coronavirus –– or the disease caused by the virus, COVID-19 -- continue to mount throughout the Midwest. Some states have turned to closing K-12 schools or colleges.

Employers including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly have encouraged some employees to work from home in response to the new coronavirus. Some say the most vulnerable Hoosiers are not in jobs that would allow them to take the same precaution.

A total of four people in Indiana have now tested positive for the new coronavirus. The latest case involves a student from an Avon elementary school and an adult from Noble County.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say a second person in Indiana has tested positive for COVID-19. The adult who lives in Hendricks County traveled to Boston last month to attend a meeting of the biotech firm Biogen and developed mild flu-like symptoms days later.

The Indiana State Department of Health said Sunday that the person is in isolation and not being hospitalized. State officials say several COVID-19 cases have been tied to the Boston meeting, including a Marion County resident identified Friday as Indiana's first case.

Indiana has 1st illness linked to coronavirus outbreak

Mar 6, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials have confirmed the first illness in the state from the coronavirus outbreak.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said Friday the ill man was in stable condition in self isolation after going to an Indianapolis hospital late Thursday with symptoms.

Box said the man had traveled to Boston where he was exposed to others with COVID-19. The man had a cough and low-grade fever and did not need to remain hospitalized, Box said.

Ball State University says it is cancelling all upcoming study abroad programs because of worldwide coronavirus cases. IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.

Study abroad programs for this summer and next fall will be canceled. University spokesperson Kathy Wolf says that will affect about 50 programs, encompassing about 275 students.

Purdue Expands Coronavirus Contingency Plans

Mar 3, 2020

 

Purdue University’s President Mitch Daniels and Provost Jay Akridge have announced a series of precautionary measures the school plans to take in case of a coronavirus outbreak. 

“It is our hope that we are preparing for many eventualities that will never occur,” Daniels and Ackridge wrote in a letter Monday.  

Indiana Prepares For Potential Spread of Coronavirus

Feb 27, 2020

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Thursday it has initiated its Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan in reaction to the global coronavirus outbreak.

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