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.

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Some Indiana universities are turning to COVID-19 exit-testing ahead of students leaving campus before Thanksgiving. But while some campuses are offering testing as an option, others are requiring it. 


CROWN POINT - Crown Point mayor Dave Uran wasn't feeling well on Sunday night.  He said he knew something was wrong. Then on Monday (Nov. 9th) he learned he tested positive for COVID-19.  Uran spoke to Lakeshore Public Radio on Wednesday to share his experience.

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Indiana hospitalization rates due to COVID-19 reached their highest point on Thursday since the state began releasing that data. The Indiana Hospital Association, or IHA, says health care workers face a lot of uncertainties as case numbers continue to surge.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday he will reimpose some COVID-19 restrictions on counties failing to control spread of the virus.

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Indiana broke another new record for daily reported cases of COVID-19, with more than 5,100 Wednesday. The state has reported more than 2,000 cases every day since Oct. 22. 

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MERRILLVILLE -The Merrillville Community School Corporation is announcing that its students will continue virtual learning through early January.

The "Times" reports Superintendent Nick Brown made the announcement Monday.  Merrillville is among other school districts, including Crown Point and Portage, that have changed course or  postponed in-person classes as cases of COVID-19 have spiked in recent weeks.

City of Crown Point

CROWN POINT - Crown Point Mayor Dave Uran has tested positive for COVID.

Uran disclosed on social media that he received his positive results from Great Lakes Laboratory after taking a test Monday morning.  
He said he developed flu-like symptoms late Sunday evening, that deteriorated very quickly as the night went on that caused him to reach out to the city of Crown Point covid task force for guidance.  

The mayor said he spent several hours on Monday notifying the people who were in close or direct contact with him, per CDC guidelines.  

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 259 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 4,383 – the largest reported in a single week since early May. 

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Indiana crossed 200,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as it set yet another record-breaking daily case total Friday. While the number of tests the state has done has steadily increased, new cases outpace it. 

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An Indiana advocacy group sees opportunities for the legislature to support small businesses following statewide election results.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said his substantial reelection victory will have no impact on his decision-making around COVID-19.

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Republican Attorney General candidate Todd Rokita tested positive for COVID-19, his campaign announced Tuesday.

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on plans to begin construction of the West Lake Corridor project, Gov. Eric Holcomb says he would not support requiring residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Franciscan Health NWI spokesperson Robert Blaskiewicz about new visitor restriction changes because of the rise in COVID-19 cases in the Region. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on City of East Chicago firefighters testing positive for COVID-19, the president of the American Federation of Teachers brought muscle and money in support of a referendum to raise taxes in the Gary Community School Corp., Indiana mail-in ballots must be returned to the county election administrator’s office by noon on Election Day, November 3, if they’re going to count and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Carol Williams assistant director for the Hammond Public Library...  

President Trump has credited the apparent improvement of his coronavirus infection to, as he put it in one tweet, "some really great drugs" that were "developed, under the Trump Administration."

The assertion carries special irony for researcher Peter Daszak.

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The United Food and Commercial Workers union says it will continue to demand Kroger grocery stores give workers hazard pay during the pandemic. That comes as the company report earnings grew more than 14 percent in 2020 compared to this time last year.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb says he’s not rethinking his decision to lift almost all COVID-19 restrictions statewide, even as several COVID metrics have started to trend the wrong direction.

City of East Chicago

EAST CHICAGO - Even though Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has moved the state to stage five in its Back-On-Track plan, East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland and the East Chicago Health Department has decided to keep their city at stage four.

Steve Segura, spokesperson for the city East Chicago said in a news release, the decision is in the interest of keeping the community of East Chicago healthy and safe, based on present evidence.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 73 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,354. The state announced more than 117,000 total confirmed cases – including two days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 1.3 million Hoosiers tested.