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.

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Northwest Indiana casinos are once again open after being shut down for three months due to the Coronavirus pandemic and visitors need patience to navigate the new system.

The Region's five gambling facilities opened Monday and visitors were faced with long lines from the road, in the parking garage and at the door, to be in compliance with state-mandated COVID-19 safety policies.  

They also were given temperature checks, as required by the Indiana Gaming Commission to identify visitors with a fever, which can be a sign of COVID-19 infection.

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Today:  We revisit our conversation with Franciscan Health's  Dr. Erica Kauffman West about a study on how well "convalescent plasma" can treat coronavirus patients.  Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer is back to talk about the public school referenda questions on the June 2nd primary election ballot, an election changed by COVID-19 and by so many people using "vote-by-mail."  And mid-way through the program, we talk with Gary firefighter Tyrone Jackson Jr., whose recent remarks on his Facebook page about Fire Chief Sean O'Donnell have led to controversy.  It's Jackson's chance to tell his side of the story, after hearing on Tuesday from Mayor Jerome Prince and Chief O'Donnell.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 25 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 2,265. The state announced more than 40,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 363,000 Hoosiers tested.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on Gary Mayor Jerome Prince’s plans to sign an executive order this to establish a police reform commission that will propose meaningful changes to the city's police department, Indiana is moving into Phase 4 of Governor Eric Holcomb’s “Back on Track” plan and Chris Nolte has a conversation with representatives from the Lake Area United Way as well as the American Red Cross about a request for Lake County residents to report flooding or sewage damage due to the recent storms.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 40 additional confirmed deaths since Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,198. The state announced more than 38,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 327,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Today:  The Gary Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Virtual Conversation with U.S. Senator Todd Young" on Friday afternoon on Zoom,  and Chamber executive director Chuck Hughes talks about what he will discuss, including the coronavirus pandemic and the recent racial protests.  Eli Lilly and Company chief executive Dave Ricks  discusses the Indianapolis drugmaker's early-stage trial on a potential treatment for COVID-19.  And we have a report from Side Effects Public Media repoerters Darian Benson and Carter Barrett on some of the health inequities that are part of the protests held across the country.

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Indiana will enter the next stage of its reopening plan Friday, June 12, a couple days early.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 37 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 2,158. The state announced more than 38,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 315,000 Hoosiers tested.

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School leaders and educators are still figuring out what the state's latest guidance on how to reopen buildings means for them. Many worry about how to pay for some of the changes, and whether or not all of them will be needed – or possible – in different parts of the state.

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Hoosiers whose jobs were affected by COVID-19 could get access to some help with utility costs.

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Today: Lake County residents affected by recent flooding or sewage damage due to recent storms are encouraged to fill out a Disaster Intake/Assessment Form. American Red Cross Executive Director Kristin Marlow-Kellerman along with Lake Area United Way Vice President, Community Impact Andrea Proulx Buinicki join us to tell us how the data collected will help FEMA assess the need for the county.  June marks the mid-way point of 2020 and there were a lot of unanticipated events that have impacted the economy.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 43 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 2,121. The state announced more than 37,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 304,000 Hoosiers tested.

TODAY ON OFF MIC Less than two weeks ago no one knew George Floyd’s name. Today the world knows it and America deals with another incident of a black man killed at the hands of police. Civil unrest in large cities and small towns has put the pandemic on the back burner. Raw emotions were on display at demonstrations this week here in Northwest Indiana. We talk to the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Indiana’s first congressional district race, and will there be any baseball this year?

During these trying times, we’ve been restricting the amount of guests we have in the Lakeshore studios. However recently, we’ve been lucky enough, with the proper precautions, to have Chef Nick Back in the studio. Chef Nick got a chance to talk on the phone to touch base with a few fooderies and alcohol establishments, and how they are dealing with Covid. 

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Today: “Times” reporter Dan Carden  joins us to talk about the stories he put out in print and online, including an update on primary elections. Julian Marsh, Executive Director of the Gary Housing Authority joins us to discuss the collaboration with FAITH Community Development Center to spearhead the COVID-19 Food Relief Initiative. The drive-up food giveaway will take place every Thursday in June.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 10 additional confirmed deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,032. The state announced more than 35,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 278,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Indiana announced Wednesday it will test all nursing home staff for COVID-19 over the next month.

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The state says it will issue new guidance to nursing homes to allow family and friends to do in-person, outdoor visits with residents.

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Today: Today: Noted Indiana economist-writer-speaker Morton Marcus is with us to talk about his recent "Eye on the Pie" columns that are published online and in print. Indiana University regional campuses and Ivy Tech Community College sign guaranteed admissions agreement. Ivy Tech Vice President of Academic Admissions, Dr. Russ Baker, joins us to talk about what that means for students across the state. And we revisit conversations about a teen advocate working to keep kids safe in Gary.

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A total of 2,022 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19, one month after Indiana began reopening businesses. State officials say their analysis of the data still supports reopening. 

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