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.

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.

Hanover Community Schools website

Today:   A south Lake County school district is asking its patrons (and voters)  to consider a question that will come up on the May 5th primary election ballot.  Mary McAuley with Hanover Community Schools is leading an ambitious project to be able to educate a growing number of students.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials say four more people in Indiana have been sickened by the coronavirus, boosting the state's tally to 10 cases, with three of the new cases in the same suburban Indianapolis county.

In the face of mixed messages and confusion about who can or should be tested for the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted updated guidance for doctors on Sunday about when to test a patient.

The short answer is, if your doctor thinks a test is appropriate, he or she can request the test. But a request doesn't guarantee that you'll get one.

Confused? You're not alone.

Updated at 9:20 p.m. ET

Three security screeners at a Northern California airport have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed in an email late Tuesday.

The transportation security officers, all of whom work at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, are the first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus within the agency, according to a union official with TSA Council 100.

The identities of the three screeners have not been released.

Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET

Major stock indexes plunged again on Wednesday, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 20% from its peak in February. The meant that the blue chip index entered bear market territory, ending its 11-year winning streak.

The blue chip index fell 1,464 points, or nearly 5.9%. The S&P 500 slid 4.9% and the Nasdaq lost 4.7% — and put those indexes down 19.2% from their peaks.

Updated at 6:20 a.m. ET

The United Kingdom's health minister has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection – one of nearly 400 confirmed cases in that country, as Turkey on Wednesday announced its first case of the disease, which has now spread to some 110 countries.

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Fewer people are traveling due to restrictions and concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Tourism officials in the state say they’re watching the situation closely.

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The Indiana State Department of Health today confirmed two more cases of COVID-19 in the state. That brings the total number of patients to six. 

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two additional cases of the new coronavirus have been diagnosed in Indiana, boosting the state’s total COVID-19 cases to six.

The Indiana State Department of Health said Tuesday two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 were found in patients in northeastern Indiana’s Adams County and in Boone County, just northwest of Indianapolis. Officials announced Monday that an elementary school student in Hendricks County, just west of Indianapolis, has a presumptive positive case of the coronavirus, as does an adult in northeastern Indiana’s Noble County.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's health commissioner says two additional cases of the new coronavirus have been diagnosed in Indiana, bringing the state’s COVID-19 tally to four.

Officials said Monday that one student who attends an elementary school in the suburban Indianapolis county of Hendricks County has a confirmed case of COVID-19 and a second student in the same school district is displaying symptoms of the virus.

Avon Community School Corporation has closed all its schools until March 20.

Coronavirus News Roundup: Tuesday, March 10th

Mar 10, 2020

Cases of the novel coronavirus –– or the disease caused by the virus, COVID-19 -- continue to mount throughout the Midwest. Some states have turned to closing K-12 schools or colleges.

Employers including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly have encouraged some employees to work from home in response to the new coronavirus. Some say the most vulnerable Hoosiers are not in jobs that would allow them to take the same precaution.

A total of four people in Indiana have now tested positive for the new coronavirus. The latest case involves a student from an Avon elementary school and an adult from Noble County.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say a second person in Indiana has tested positive for COVID-19. The adult who lives in Hendricks County traveled to Boston last month to attend a meeting of the biotech firm Biogen and developed mild flu-like symptoms days later.

The Indiana State Department of Health said Sunday that the person is in isolation and not being hospitalized. State officials say several COVID-19 cases have been tied to the Boston meeting, including a Marion County resident identified Friday as Indiana's first case.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll the latest the on the first confirmed coronavirus case in Indiana, the Town of Griffith plans to exit Calumet Township await the signature of Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Gary firefighter used a city-owned computer to steal $4,000 from a woman’s bank account, Jeanie Lindsey reports on the State Board of Education releasing 2019 state school accountability grades and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Franciscan Health  spokesperson, VP for Medical Affairs Dr. Erik Mikaitis. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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