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.

Updated at 12:34 a.m. ET Thursday

President Trump announced a 30-day ban on travel from European countries to the United States, beginning on Friday at midnight, in a bid "to keep new cases" of coronavirus "from entering our shores."

The restrictions, he said late Wednesday, do not apply to travelers from the United Kingdom.

Muhammad H. Zaman (@mhzaman) is a professor of biomedical engineering and international health at Boston University, and the author of Biography of Resistance: The Epic Battle Between People and Pathogens, to be published by Harper Wave in April.

The message about coronavirus to the public is loud and clear: If you feel sick, call your doctor. There is nothing wrong with the message. But not everyone has the luxury of calling a doctor.

Coronavirus News Roundup: Thursday, March 12th

Mar 12, 2020
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It’s official: The World Health Organization says COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, is a pandemic. Government and industry leaders are moving to cancel events and stem the flow of the disease, even though some experts say it is too late. President Donald Trump announced a travel ban from European countries last night.

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The NCAA is closing events to fans including the upcoming men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournament games over concerns about the coronavirus.

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The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 global outbreak a pandemic Wednesday, as several Indiana universities canceled in-person classes, two counties reported cases and several large sporting events in Indiana closed to the public. 

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We have some bad news for you if you planned on going to the Big Ten men's college basketball tournament or an NBA game..  Om the other hand, we have good news if you are holding out hope that Indiana University can make the NCAA Tourament.   And if you cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame, the news is good for you as well.  More good news-bad news stuff coming up on sports.

Televangelist Jim Bakker held up a blue and silver bottle, gazing intently at the label, as he questioned the woman sitting next to him.

"This influenza that is now circling the globe," Bakker said on the Feb. 12 broadcast of The Jim Bakker Show, "you're saying that Silver Solution would be effective."

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Ten people in Indiana have now tested positive for COVID-19 and health officials say many more will likely be diagnosed.

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An 11-year bull market that survived hurricanes, a trade war and political upheaval was finally brought to an end today by the coronavirus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 1,400 points.


Updated March 15 at 6:47 p.m. ET

Already saddled with cybersecurity risks, hiring challenges and wavering public trust, the 2020 census now must contend with a growing public health crisis.

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As of Wednesday morning, 10 people in Indiana have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. What precautions should we be taking? Is Indiana prepared?


Fortune 500 company Cummins is expanding travel restrictions for employees to include domestic business flights. The Indiana-based engine company is taking the precautionary measure as more cases of the coronavirus are being reported across the country.

The spread of coronavirus has compelled hundreds of K-12 schools in the U.S. to close, affecting more than 850,000 students, according to an analysis by Education Week. And those numbers are certain to increase in the coming days, as concerned parents call for more school closures.

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Congressional Democrats unveiled a measure for a legislative stimulus package aimed at mitigating the economic damage stemming from the coronavirus.

The St. Joseph County Health Department confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the county this afternoon. Health officials say they are expecting more cases in the next few days.