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.

Blue Chip Casino to Layoff 60% of its Workforce

May 27, 2020

MICHIGAN CITY - Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa is permanently laying off up to 60 percent of its workers in Michigan City due to the economic fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic.  

The "Times" reports the layoffs will take effect between July 1 and July 14. It's not yet known exactly how extensive the layoffs will be.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the extended shutdown of Northwest Indiana's casinos and they are not allowed to reopen until at least June 14.  The mandatory closures went into effect mid-March.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 18 additional confirmed deaths Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,850. The state announced more than 32,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 230,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Small businesses are still struggling despite federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is advocating for a bill he helped create that would provide additional help to small business owners financially hit by the pandemic.

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Many parents and students have voiced concerns about celebrations for high school seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools across the state are each taking a unique approach to celebrate their graduates.

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The Indiana Broadcaster's Association provides the latest updates on coronavirus as it impacts Hoosiers.

White Lodging Laying off 100 Workers

May 26, 2020

MERRILLVILLE - White Lodging is laying off 100 workers at it corporate headquarters in Merrillville.  

The "Times" reports the hospitality company told the Indiana Department of Workforce Development the layoffs will be permanent.

In a letter to the state of Indiana, Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Fischer said the layoffs are due to unforeseeable, dramatic and unprecedented downturn in business and occupancy arising from the coronavirus public health crisis.

IBA COVID-19 Update, May 26 - PM Update

May 26, 2020
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The Indiana Broadcaster's Association provides the latest updates on coronavirus as it impacts Hoosiers.

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While doctors and nurses are risking their lives working with COVID-19 patients in hospitals, some are risking theirs working in stores and making deliveries. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Rebecca Thiele has been talking with other essential workers whose stories need to be told. 

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Today: Bob Wernes is a Cedar Lake man who can’t wait to have a hip replacement surgery. Bob along with his surgeon Dr. Denis Nam join us to talk about how the shelter in place order during the coronavirus pandemic affects patients who urgently need surgical procedures. Memorial Day is an American holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. As we remember those that have sacrificed for our country World War II veteran Eugene Polisnky recently joined us to reflects on his missions over Nazi occupied Germany.

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The Indiana Broadcaster's Association provides the latest updates on coronavirus as it impacts Hoosiers.

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In response to a nearly $1 billion revenue shortfall due to the novel coronavirus, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced plans to reduce agency appropriations for the next fiscal year – with additional maintenance and capital projects on the chopping block. 

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Indiana’s unemployment rate for April skyrocketed to almost 17 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. That is, by far, the highest level of unemployment ever recorded in the state.

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State Health Commissioner Kris Box has for weeks been urging people in high-risk populations – those 65 and older or with underlying health conditions – to get tested for COVID-19.

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Child care is an essential service for many families, and some providers have been forced to close by the pandemic while others worry about what future demand will look like as businesses begin reopening their doors.

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The Indiana Broadcaster's Association provides the latest updates on coronavirus as it impacts Hoosiers.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on a series of fights at Southlake Mall this week since its reopening,  Governor Eric Holcomb’s  “Back on Track” plan has Indiana moving into Phase 3 this weekend, Eric Weddle reports all Indiana teachers collectively won the 2021 Teacher of the Year Award and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Franciscan Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Erica Kaufman West.  The healthcare system recently took part in a national study of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 48 additional confirmed deaths on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 1,764. The state announced nearly 30,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 203,000 Hoosiers tested.

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