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.

Concerns over coronavirus are having a deep impact on performing arts and cultural institutions across the United States.

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The NCAA is canceling all winter and spring championship events. 

The organization cited the evolving COVID-19 health threat for its decision and not wanting to contribute to spreading what has been labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization. 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Thursday steps Indiana will take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The state had reported 12 known cases as of Thursday morning.

The handshake, a staple of business meetings, is under siege. The coronavirus is reshaping social and workplace norms, so keeping one's distance is now the polite thing to do.

Mike Sandifer, a Realtor based in Bethesda, Md., is practicing this new, emerging etiquette. He typically offers an "elbow bump," nudging people gently with his arm. But Sandifer has to fight the deeply ingrained instinct to extend his hand.

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The NCAA has announced that it is canceling its Division I men's and women's college basketball tournaments. This year, there will be no March Madness.

"This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities," the NCAA said in a statement Thursday.

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The Indiana High School Athletic Association will limit attendance for girls gymnastics and boys basketball tournaments. The organization is making changes to comply with guidelines on coronavirus from federal health officials.

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MERRILLVILLE - A long line of vehicles were waiting to get cheap gasoline at Sam's Club in Merrillville and attendant Anthony Brown passes out gloves to everyone waiting to pump gas on Thursday, March 12, 2020.   The gloves are being passed and sanitizer is being circulated due to concerns over COVID-19.

IndyCar, NASCAR closed to fans amid COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 12, 2020
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — IndyCar and NASCAR will both race this weekend without spectators  over fears of the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Trump on Thursday defended new restrictions on travelers from most parts of Europe, a decision that angered allies and trading partners, was questioned by some public health experts and sent stock markets reeling.

Thousands of people have been facing a difficult decision in recent weeks about whether to cancel or postpone an upcoming cruise vacation amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Now, for many, the decision has been made for them.

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The Brazilian government says an official who met President Trump at the Mar-a-Lago resort last weekend has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Fábio Wajngarten, the communications director for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, was part of a delegation that traveled to the U.S. During that trip, Wajngarten posted a photo of himself on Instagram standing directly next to Trump and wearing a hat that says "Make Brazil Great Again."

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Indiana Democratic legislative leaders say they – and the public – aren’t getting enough answers from Gov. Eric Holcomb about the state’s response to the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: School’s Out

Mar 12, 2020

As new cases of COVID-19 continue to emerge around the country, schools are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority

NORTHWEST INDIANA - The Indiana Visitors Center is closing down for a couple of weeks for a deep cleaning.  Speros Batistatos, President and Chief Executive Officer of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority told Lakeshore Public Radio on early Thursday afternoon that  the action is being taken as a proactive cautionary measure to help prevent the spread of COVID 19.

While some schools across the country are closed out of precaution over the spread of coronavirus, many others remain open. Dr. Ashish Jha of Harvard’s School of Public Health explains the effectiveness of school closures and the challenges they present.

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President Trump announced a 30-day ban on travel from several European nations starting at midnight Friday in a bid to rein in the spread of the coronavirus. Here's a look at what that means and who will be affected:

Who's affected