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The Indiana State Department of Health and IUPUI will begin the third phase of its COVID-19 tracking study on Sept. 29. This round of the study is set to include children as participants for the first time.

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The Indiana State Department of Health will launch a map – color-coded based on COVID-19 metrics – that can help guide decision-making at local schools and governments.

Justin Hicks

Indiana hopes to at least double its COVID-19 testing capacity in the next month through a new partnership between the state, Eli Lilly and the Indiana Hospital Association.

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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Merrillville - Drive-thru testing at Merrillville High School, 276 E. 68th Place, will continue until next Monday or Tuesday, according to State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 12 additional deaths Monday, bringing the state’s total to 139. The state announced nearly 5,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 26,000 Hoosiers tested.

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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) — 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.

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.

State Health Department Reports 64 Flu-Related Deaths

Feb 24, 2020

The Indiana State Department of Health, ISDH, confirmed a total of 64 flu-related deaths this season in a report released Friday. 

Two Indiana agencies have partnered to develop statewide trainings to help educate schools and parents on the dangers of vaping.

New Texting Program Helps Teens Stop Vaping

Jan 28, 2020

A new texting tool is available to Hoosier teens who want to quit vaping. The Indiana State Department of Health has partnered with the national group The Truth Initiative to launch the text-to-quit program.

The Indiana State Department of Health is launching a pilot program to review past child fatality cases to prevent future deaths and serious injuries.

The Indiana State Department of Health ISDH confirms seven flu-related deaths this season in a report released Friday

All IN: Vaping in Schools

Dec 10, 2019

The Indiana State Department of Health found in 2018 that e-cigarette use among high school students had risen by 387% over a six year period. Now, almost one-in-five Indiana high school students vape, and it’s even becoming a problem in middle schools.

Two programs that link health providers with on-the-ground experts will expand with help from the state. The work builds on the success of previous ECHO projects in Indiana. 

Social Determinents Of Health Explored At Event

Sep 10, 2019

Where you live and other socio-economic factors can have a negative influence on your health. A recent event outlined ways Indiana is addressing this issue.

Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says place can influence access to a quality education, healthy food, transportation and safe housing.

Indiana is reporting the first death in the state related to lung injury after vaping. This is the third confirmed fatality in the country. 

The state will receive $21 million over the next three years to prevent drug overdose deaths.

Indiana’s health department is investigating 11 cases of a severe respiratory illness to see if they’re linked to e-cigarettes. Similar cases were also discovered in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Health leaders are raising awareness about a new initiative to tackle Indiana's high infant and maternal mortality rates. The state launched a public awareness campaign this week. 

Body of 1930s gangster John Dillinger to be exhumed

Jul 31, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The body of notorious 1930s gangster John Dillinger is expected to be exhumed in September from a concrete-encased grave at an Indianapolis cemetery more than 85 years after he was killed by FBI agents outside a Chicago theater.

The upcoming exhumation could put to rest conspiracy theories suggesting that the violent criminal some people considered a folk hero during the height of the Great Depression isn't even buried in his marked grave.

An Indiana non-profit is touring the state to bring opioid education and tools to faith based communities. 

A newly published guidebook provides Hoosier communities with plans to encourage more physical activity and outlines ways to address common barriers.

New MOMS Text Service Launches In Indiana

Apr 18, 2019
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Lauren Chapman

A new text message service from the Indiana State Department of Health aims to connect more moms-to-be with pregnancy resources.

Syringe Access Program Rolls Out In Indianapolis

Apr 10, 2019
The new Marion County syringe exchange mobile unit is unveiled in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana’s ninth syringe exchange program was launched in Marion County. 

Measles Case Confirmed in Northeast Indiana

Apr 5, 2019

The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed a case of measles in northern Indiana.Health Department officials are working with local health agencies and healthcare providers in LaGrange and Steuben counties to prevent further transmission of the disease.

Three people in Indiana died from the flu, according to the latest report from the Indiana State Department of Health.  As the season ramps up, Indiana hospitals also report an increase in flu cases.

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Brandon Smith

A three-person panel will likely decide Wednesday if a South Bend abortion clinic should be given a license by the state.

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