COVID-19

Indiana Announces Additions To Food Stamp Benefits

Apr 28, 2020
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Indiana is making two significant changes to its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, often called food stamps.

IBA COVID-19 Update, April 28 - AM Report

Apr 28, 2020
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NORTHWEST INDIANA - According to a news release, Midwest Express Clinic is now offering antibody testing for COVID-19. 

MEC Medical Director Dr. Golsa Shahkar says the clinic wants to do its part as the area and country grapples with COVID-19 and offer the antibody testing to give people the comfort of knowing whether they have developed immunity and help them get back to work and return to their daily lives.

Shahkar says the clinic is using the most effective test available.

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Indiana will now require long-term care facilities – such as nursing homes – to dedicate a staff member for communicating with residents and their families on COVID-19 information.

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General Motors is hiring more than 1,000 temporary workers to produce ventilators at its facility in Kokomo.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 72 additional deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 813. The state announced more than 15,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 81,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Career and technical education teachers across the state are making and donating protective gear to organizations and hospitals fighting COVID-19, even as they find new ways to teach in lieu of hands-on learning.

INDIANAPOLIS-Governor Eric Holcomb Friday announced that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has secured commitments for more than 6.3 million pieces of personal protective equipment  – up from 2.6 million last reported on April 13 – for hospitals, first responders, long-term care facilities and health care providers treating COVID-19 patients.

To date, more than 1.17 million items have been delivered to the Indiana State Department of Health for distribution.

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IBA COVID-19 Update, April 24 - AM Report

Apr 24, 2020
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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 45 additional deaths Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 706. The state announced more than 13,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 72,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Tyson Foods is temporarily closing its pork processing facility in Indiana after employees there tested positive for the coronavirus. The shutdown will be felt throughout the agricultural industry in the state.

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Indiana is partnering with the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI on a study that hopes to capture the true spread of COVID-19 in the state.

PORTER COUNTY - Currently 33 inmates and two workers at the Porter County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday  (4/20).  Sheriff David Reynolds told Lakeshore Public Radio that the jail started a protocol for preparing for the Coronavirs in March when administration became aware of it and its eventual arrival in Northwest Indiana.

Reynolds said everyone who was arrested who didn't bond out of jail, had their temperatures taken and then were held for 14 days under quarantine.

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People who live in polluted areas — like near coal plants and big cities — are more likely to have the underlying heart and lung conditions that put them at a greater risk from COVID-19. The Indiana NAACP says those are disproportionately people of color and low-income communities. 

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“Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte has a conversation with Barbara Quandt a NFIB State Director in Indiana about small businesses still urgently awaiting financial assistance via the Paycheck Protection Program. Jason Smith, the owner of Car Care in Merrillville joins in the discussion to offer insight how the application process has been both stressful as well as frustrating.  

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says the federal Payment Protection Program, or PPP, funding is meant for small businesses – and big companies that received some of the money should return it.

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Grace Beyond Borders is a non-profit organization located in East Chicago that provides resources and services to the homeless and those impacted by drug addiction. They were recently awarded a grant of $4,000, courtesy of the Legacy Foundation and Foundations of East Chicago to be used to fund a meal bag program for the homeless and food insecure. “Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte recently spoke with Marcus Martin the founder of the organization about the mission of the organization and the work it is doing to help end homelessness in northwest Indiana.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 31 additional deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 661. The state announced more than 12,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 69,000 Hoosiers tested.

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PORTER COUNTY - Another effect of COVID-19, besides wiping out sports, concerts, basic human interaction and everything else we hold dear, is lower crime, as least in Porter County anyway.   

Sheriff David Reynolds told Lakeshore Public Radio that the number of inmates at the jail is down dramatically.

"Our jail population right now is lower than it's been since like the mid 1980s," Reynolds says.

IBA COVID-19 Update, April 22 - PM Report

Apr 22, 2020
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Indiana’s “Stay-At-Home” order has been in place for about a month, drastically reducing operations in the hospitality industry. Restaurants in the state are estimated to lose nearly $1 billion in sales in April.

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Indiana has chosen the SAT as the high school exam students will take as part of the transition to new graduation requirements. The change is happening as more colleges and universities across the country adopt test-optional policies for admissions.

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State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says there are enough labs up and running across Indiana to do the number of necessary COVID-19 tests the state is aiming for – 6,300 a day.

The last cruise ship carrying passengers finally docked this week. On Tuesday, the Costa Deliziosa disembarked passengers in Genoa, Italy, allowing more than 1,500 people to return home after a 113-day voyage.

Under an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it will be another three months — at least — until cruise ships will once again be able to sail from U.S. ports. In the meantime, cruise lines are dealing with a host of lawsuits filed by passengers and crew who accuse the companies of negligence in exposing them to the coronavirus.

The first U.S. death known to be from COVID-19 occurred on Feb. 6 — nearly three weeks before deaths in Washington state that had been believed to be the country's first from the coronavirus, according to officials in Santa Clara County, Calif. The person died at home and at a time when testing in the U.S. was tightly limited not only by capacity but by federal criteria.

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