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.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

State and fedCaerally-funded workforce programs need to continue sharing data and resources while adapting to changes brought by COVID-19. That's the biggest takeaway from Indiana’s Legislative Services Agency annual workforce programs report for legislators.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

More than 5,000 Hoosiers have now died from COVID-19. While state officials have tried to slow the spread of the virus, some health experts say it wasn't enough. 

City of Gary

GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince on Monday laid out new COVID-19 restrictions in his city to help mitigate the spread of the virus.  Last week Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb designated Lake County as a red county, which means the county has to adhere to the highest level of restrictions, and locally mayors and other city leaders are free to implement higher restrictions than set by the state.  After discussing the matter with his administration, Prince announced the rules being imposed on the residents and businesses in the city of Gary.

Alan Mbathi / IPB News

Indiana has crossed 300,000 positive COVID-19 cases. Monday’s newly reported cases were the fewest in nearly a week – though the state has reported more than 5,000 cases every day since Nov. 10. 

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Indiana casinos have a few new rules to follow after Gov. Eric Holcomb’s latest COVID-19 executive order.

Samantha Horton / IPB News

After low prices the last few years, wholesale turkey prices increased during the pandemic by about 15 percent over last year. The increase will hit those with lower incomes especially hard.

As of Sunday, 5,040 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The most recent 1,000 confirmed deaths were reported over the span of just 24 days.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb will continue quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19, despite negative test results Friday.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to 5 percent, continuing an encouraging downward trajectory since the start of the pandemic. But the number of people in the labor force is falling too – and that’s not a good sign.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

As COVID-19 numbers continue to surge across the state, more hospitals are forced to send non-emergency patients elsewhere. But that doesn’t mean local hospitals will stop caring for patients needing urgent care. 

Mitch Legan / WTIU/WFIU News

Indiana’s top health official says every college student heading home from school should act like they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

AP News

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Northwest Indiana residents will be able to go to several local pharmacy chains in the Region to get the COVID-19 vaccine for free once it's available to the public.

The "Times" reports several pharmacy chains, many of which are in big-box stores, are set to get allocations of the vaccine once it's approved in the United States.

Darron Cummings / Associated Press

Democrats say the General Assembly is not prepared to safely conduct its legislative session in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holcomb In Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure

Nov 17, 2020
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb is quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19.

Republicans Reject Indiana House Mask Mandate

Nov 17, 2020
Darron Cummings / Associated Press

Republicans rejected an effort Tuesday to require House lawmakers to wear masks during the upcoming legislative session.

When do we expect the national economy and local economy to return back to the pre-pandemic normal? “Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte recently spoke with Abbey Omodunbi, an assistant vice president and economist for The PNC Financial Services Group about the economic recovery post-election.  Abbey says “…the resurgence of the coronavirus and the absence of an additional stimulus package are the biggest risks”.

Here’s the full conversation.

City of Crown Point

CROWN POINT - The City of Crown Point’s Clerk Office is moving to Bulldog Park temporarily.

Bette Babjak, Chief Deputy for the Crown Point City Clerk Treasurer, says the office is moving due to renovations being made.

"Bascially due to COVID we've got 13-plus people in this space and the mayor and our clerk felt the need to do something to try to spread us out," Babjak said.

The move is a short-term arrangement and the office staff hopes to be back into its old space by March of 2021.  

Screenshot of Zoom call

Indiana legislative leaders say liability protections around COVID-19 could be the first order of business when the General Assembly starts its new session. 

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