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.

Theatre at the Center

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The only professional theatre company in Northwest Indiana, Theatre at the Center, in Munster has canceled its 2020 season due to COVID-19.

The "Times" reports the performing arts theater, which is at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, has called-off all plans in the immediate future to create original theatrical productions.  

Theatre at the Center, is housed in the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.  It has over 400 seats configured in a tight semi-circular space.  

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An early learning nonprofit has awarded more than $13.1 million in grant money to child care and early learning providers around Indiana, to help them navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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One in five small businesses in Indiana will have to permanently close by November without another round of federal loans, according to a small business advocacy group. The organization is urging Congress to pass additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan funding.

Region COVID-19 Numbers Week of August 17th

Aug 31, 2020
Indiana State Department of Health / Indiana State Department of Health

NORTHWEST INDIANA-The Indiana State Department of Health reports there are 90 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Northwest Indiana.

On the lighter side, there have been no additional COVID-19 deaths.

The Northwest Indiana death total numbers from Friday indicate there have been 296 in Lake County, 43 in Porter County, 31 in LaPorte County, 10 in Newton County and two in Jasper County.

New deaths were reported between Saturday and Sunday, according to the "Times."

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 69 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,072. The state announced more than 93,000 total confirmed cases – including two days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 1,065,000 Hoosiers tested.

City of Gary

GARY - A food distribution program that was launched to help Gary residents in the wake of COVID-19 is wrapping up tomorrow/Saturday.

Gary Mayor Jerome Prince announced today (Friday) that the City of Gary and Vine Line Produce Distribution will host the final produce giveaway of the summer Saturday, August 29th, beginning at  9:30 at the Genesis Convention Center.

Courtesy of the Governor's Office

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.

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Mediation help is now available to Hoosier landlords and their tenants at risk of eviction, free of charge from the Indiana government.

Indiana Won't Allow Expanded Vote-By-Mail This Fall

Aug 27, 2020
Justin Hicks / IPB News

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson insists the state will have a “normal election” this fall and won’t expand mail-in voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb is keeping his finger pressed on the pause button for Indiana’s reopening plan.

School City of East Chicago / School City of East Chicago

EAST CHICAGO — The School City of East Chicago has laid off 90 employees because of a reduction in state funding after a move to virtual learning. The school board unanimously approved the staffing cuts in a special session meeting Friday night. The "Times" reports the cuts included 23 janitors, 18 special education paraprofessionals, 16 security services staff and 13 bus aides. Superintendent Dee-Etta Wright said the layoffs are intended to be temporary while the district uses virtual learning for at least the first nine weeks of the school year.

 

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The Food and Drug Administration's chief has undercut the agency's assertion that it is basing its decisions on science, not politics.

At a White House event Sunday with President Trump, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn used a deeply misleading statistic to claim that a treatment the agency had just authorized for treating the coronavirus would save 35 lives out of every 100 people who get the treatment.

Indiana Reports 3,000 COVID-19 Deaths

Aug 25, 2020
Justin Hicks / IPB News

Over the weekend, the Indiana State Department of Health reported its 3,000th confirmed COVID-19 death since March 15. 

Justin Hicks / IPB News

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 79 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,003. The state announced nearly 86,000 total confirmed cases – including two days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 977,000 Hoosiers tested.

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says talks over another federal coronavirus relief package remain at an impasse.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 60 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 2,835. The state announced more than 74,000 total confirmed cases – including four days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 841,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Indiana schools are reopening for the new academic year, with some reporting cases of COVID-19 among staff or students, and the state's top school official says efforts to find people who have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus is proving difficult.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on school reentry plans across the Region, Samantha Horton reports Eli Lilly is moving to phase three testing of a treatment to prevent COVID-19 after initial success and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Ball State University professor of economics Michael Hicks about the digital divide that may affect e-learning when schools reopen this fall. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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