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.

Porter County, Indiana

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The Porter County Health Department is identifying metrics local health officials will use to advise school districts on what instructional models to implement, based on coronavirus outbreaks.

The "Times" reports a Porter County memo outlines a three-tier threshold for county positivity rates using a seven-day period.  A county average of 0-5% indicates schools should operate in person; at 6-12%, schools should operate in-person or with a hybrid model; and at 13% or higher, districts should pursue remote learning.

State Launches COVID-19 Help Hotline For Schools

Aug 6, 2020
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The State Department of Health announced Wednesday it launched a hotline for school administrators to call with questions about COVID-19.

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Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly is moving to Phase 3 testing of a treatment to prevent COVID-19 after initial success. The next step will be to test the drug at nursing homes where the pandemic has hit hard.

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Indiana says it has spent – or committed to spending – less than $1 billion in federal CARES Act money out of the $2.4 billion it’s received.

You Asked: How Contact Tracing Works

Aug 4, 2020
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Experts say contact tracing is key to understanding and managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and many community members have questions about the process. Side Effects received dozens of those questions through our partnership with Indiana Public Broadcasting. 

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The most recent measure of the U.S. economy showed a historic drop due to the coronavirus. This comes even after the federal government gave aid to businesses and individuals.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 69 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 2,775. The state announced nearly 68,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 769,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Indiana’s reopening plan is stuck in park after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday the state won’t move forward for at least another month.

NORTHWEST INDIANA - The Calumet High School football program is underway again along with a few other high schools around the Region after the programs were suspended due to COVID-19.

Calumet and River Forest had suspended prep sports activities on July 14th.  Michigan City stopped its sports activities July 16th, after the school was notified one of its athletes tested positive for COVID-19.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 77 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 2,706. The state announced more than 62,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 701,000 Hoosiers tested.

Valparaiso Community Schools Twitter

On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on school reopening plans across the Region, Brandon Smith reports Governor Eric Holcomb has issued a statewide mask mandate and Chris Nolte has a conversation with School City of Hammond Superintendent Scott Miller. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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Gov. Eric Holcomb says he’s confident he has the legal authority for his order requiring Hoosiers to wear masks in public.

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Congress continues to debate next steps on federal assistance for small businesses and individuals. An advocacy group says more needs to be done to help many Indiana shops survive.

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Attorney General Curtis Hill, in a non-binding opinion, says Gov. Eric Holcomb doesn’t have the authority to mandate Hoosiers wear masks in public or attach a criminal penalty to that order.

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Most Indiana students – and all adults – must wear masks at school as buildings prepare to reopen to in-person instruction.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday Indiana would join neighboring states in a statewide mask mandate, starting Monday, July 27.

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