Coronavirus, COVID-19

Get the latest on the global Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic as it impacts Northwest Indiana, the state, country, and globe. Bookmark this page as there will be several updates each day from Lakeshore Public Radio, IPB News, NPR, and the Associated Press.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb will continue quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19, despite negative test results Friday.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to 5 percent, continuing an encouraging downward trajectory since the start of the pandemic. But the number of people in the labor force is falling too – and that’s not a good sign.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

As COVID-19 numbers continue to surge across the state, more hospitals are forced to send non-emergency patients elsewhere. But that doesn’t mean local hospitals will stop caring for patients needing urgent care. 

Mitch Legan / WTIU/WFIU News

Indiana’s top health official says every college student heading home from school should act like they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

AP News

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Northwest Indiana residents will be able to go to several local pharmacy chains in the Region to get the COVID-19 vaccine for free once it's available to the public.

The "Times" reports several pharmacy chains, many of which are in big-box stores, are set to get allocations of the vaccine once it's approved in the United States.

Darron Cummings / Associated Press

Democrats say the General Assembly is not prepared to safely conduct its legislative session in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holcomb In Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure

Nov 17, 2020
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb is quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19.

Republicans Reject Indiana House Mask Mandate

Nov 17, 2020
Darron Cummings / Associated Press

Republicans rejected an effort Tuesday to require House lawmakers to wear masks during the upcoming legislative session.

When do we expect the national economy and local economy to return back to the pre-pandemic normal? “Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte recently spoke with Abbey Omodunbi, an assistant vice president and economist for The PNC Financial Services Group about the economic recovery post-election.  Abbey says “…the resurgence of the coronavirus and the absence of an additional stimulus package are the biggest risks”.

Here’s the full conversation.

City of Crown Point

CROWN POINT - The City of Crown Point’s Clerk Office is moving to Bulldog Park temporarily.

Bette Babjak, Chief Deputy for the Crown Point City Clerk Treasurer, says the office is moving due to renovations being made.

"Bascially due to COVID we've got 13-plus people in this space and the mayor and our clerk felt the need to do something to try to spread us out," Babjak said.

The move is a short-term arrangement and the office staff hopes to be back into its old space by March of 2021.  

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Indiana legislative leaders say liability protections around COVID-19 could be the first order of business when the General Assembly starts its new session. 

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 277 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 4,660 – the largest reported in a single week since early May. 

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Indiana set another record for daily reported cases of COVID-19, with 8,451 reported Saturday. The state has reported more than 4,000 cases every day since Nov. 4 and more than 2,000 every day since Oct. 22.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Hoosier hospitals are bearing the brunt of Indiana’s surging COVID-19 case numbers. 

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed his latest executive order, with new limited COVID-19 restrictions. The order, made public Friday, includes more details on enforcement and how counties will move through those restrictions.

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on Crown Point Mayor Dave Uran testing positive for COVID-19, Bárbara Anguiano reports on Johnson and Johnson resuming its vaccine trials in the Region, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Burgess Peoples, the president and chief strategist for the City of Gary’s Faith Leaders and Community Partnerships. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced new restrictions for the hardest-hit counties starting this weekend, including limits on K-12 school events. 

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Indiana crossed 6,000 cases for the first time, with 6,654 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 – just seven days after hitting 4,000 cases for the first time.