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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This weekend, most businesses throughout Indiana will be able to fully reopen if they choose. While Stage 5 lifts capacity limits on businesses, bars and restaurants still face other restrictions.

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The Indiana State Department of Health and IUPUI will begin the third phase of its COVID-19 tracking study on Sept. 29. This round of the study is set to include children as participants for the first time.

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Preliminary data shows schools across Indiana have reported nearly 1,900 total cases of COVID-19 among staff and students. 

Indiana Faces a New Normal Amid Stage 5

Sep 24, 2020
State of Indiana

INDIANA- Northwest Indiana, along with the rest of the state, is set to enter reopening Stage 5, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though life and business won't be exactly the same as it was before the pandemic, Stage 5 goes into effect at 11:01 p.m. Friday, per Governor Eric Holcomb, the "Times" reports.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday he’s lifting almost all of Indiana’s COVID-19 restrictions.

More Unemployed Hoosiers Report Problems Being Fixed

Sep 23, 2020
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Indiana is making progress getting state unemployment benefits to those who qualify for it.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 67 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,281. The state announced more than 111,000 total confirmed cases – including two days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 1.3 million Hoosiers tested.

Study Emphasizes COVID-19 Effects Worsened by Obesity Rates

Sep 22, 2020
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Indiana is one of 12 states with an obesity rate of at least 35 percent among adults, according to a new national report. 

Associated Press

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on Hammond student-athletes returning to fall contact sports following an August cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic, Samantha Horton reports Eli Lily says it’s COVID-19 antibody drug is showing results in reducing hospitalizations from the virus and Chris Nolte has a conversation with NWI financial advisor Greg Hammer. He offers tips to reduce “pandemic panic” while planning for retirement. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

Eli Lilly's Corporate Headquarters in Indianapolis. The company announced initial findings from Phase 2 of the COVID-19 antibody treatment showing a reduction in hospitalizations.Credit Lauren Chapman / IPB NewsEdit | Remove

Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly announced Wednesday its COVID-19 antibody drug is showing results in reducing hospitalizations from the virus. This is the company’s first data to be reported on mild to moderate cases but still needs to be reviewed by peers.

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More than $61 million in federal funding from the CARES Act is making its way into Indiana schools to support remote learning needs.


Indiana’s state health commissioner said she believes there is a safe way that Hoosiers can enjoy Halloween this fall amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he and other staff will take an unpaid furlough week, part of an effort to respond to billions of dollars in lost revenue and to show solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic shutdowns.

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A veteran’s hospital in Indianapolis received federal violations for failing to protect its employees from COVID-19. It’s one of the few workplaces in the country to receive a virus-related citation from workplace safety inspectors.


U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) says he’ll be “disappointed” if the federal government provides any financial support for state and local government budgets in future COVID-19 relief packages.

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Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush has tested positive for COVID-19, her office announced Monday.


UNDATED- Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a general feeling that young people haven’t been taking mask and social distancing mandates seriously, leading to silly GIFs and mocking videos of people partying on beaches.  

But Zenreach, a walk-through marketing company, says that is not valid.  John Kelly, CEO of Zenreach says the company took a closer look at the people who are frequenting traditionally high-traffic businesses like restaurants and bars and determined that no specific age group or gender has been significantly more irresponsible than the other.