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.

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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”… 

Indiana has reported the state’s first presumed case of illness from the new coronavirus.

Indiana has 1st illness linked to coronavirus outbreak

Mar 6, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials have confirmed the first illness in the state from the coronavirus outbreak.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said Friday the ill man was in stable condition in self isolation after going to an Indianapolis hospital late Thursday with symptoms.

Box said the man had traveled to Boston where he was exposed to others with COVID-19. The man had a cough and low-grade fever and did not need to remain hospitalized, Box said.

Ball State University says it is cancelling all upcoming study abroad programs because of worldwide coronavirus cases. IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.

Study abroad programs for this summer and next fall will be canceled. University spokesperson Kathy Wolf says that will affect about 50 programs, encompassing about 275 students.

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Today:   Andy Downs with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in Ft. Wayne joins us to talk about the 2020 General Assembly session which is in its final weeks, and the bills that've been come up so far for review.  Dr. Erik Mikaitis with Franciscan Health Crown Point explains the coronavirus, its symptoms and how the healthcare system is getting ready to deal with it -- in the hopes that they don't have to.  We have another edition of "Building Northwest Indiana" from the Construction Advancement Foundation and another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University. Purdue University Northwest is observing Women's History Month with a series of events, and Kimberly Trajkovski tells us about a program this weekend at the Hammond campus on "believing in restorative justice."

Purdue Expands Coronavirus Contingency Plans

Mar 3, 2020

 

Purdue University’s President Mitch Daniels and Provost Jay Akridge have announced a series of precautionary measures the school plans to take in case of a coronavirus outbreak. 

“It is our hope that we are preparing for many eventualities that will never occur,” Daniels and Ackridge wrote in a letter Monday.  

Indiana Prepares For Potential Spread of Coronavirus

Feb 27, 2020

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Thursday it has initiated its Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan in reaction to the global coronavirus outbreak.

A group of scientists at an Indianapolis-based health research center is helping track cases of the new coronavirus.

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 On this edition of the podcast the you’ll the latest on a possible coronavirus case in Porter County, Brandon Smith reports the Prosecutors Discretion Bill, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Steve Coxhead, president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

Taylor University Cancels China Study Abroad Over Coronavirus

Jan 30, 2020

Taylor University is the latest US college to cancel a study abroad program in China because of the threat of the Wuhan coronavirus.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, this was supposed to be the program’s inaugural semester.

The Taylor University business study abroad program was supposed to be headquartered in Xian, which is about 500 miles away from the epicenter of the virus, Wuhan.  But in a statement, Taylor Dean of International Programs Charles Brainer says it is cancelling the program as a precaution.

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