Annacaroline Caruso

Reporter

88.1 WVPE Public Radio is pleased to announce Annacaroline Caruso has joined the reporting team at WVPE. 

Annacaroline comes to Indiana by way of the East Coast. She graduated with a degree in Journalism from Boston University. She has radio reporting and producing experience from her work at WCBM in Maryland and at Virgin Media in Dublin, Ireland. She hails from the Baltimore area. 

Annacaroline enjoys covering stories related to the environment and public health. Although radio journalism is her first love, she also likes to create short documentaries. 

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The St. Joseph County, Indiana Health Department is preparing for a possible surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Local officials are trying to repurpose non-hospital facilities to care for less critical patients.

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The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has shifted gears to provide funding for nonprofits struggling because of the coronavirus crisis.

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College campuses across Michiana have shut down, leaving students to take online classes from home. Some Universities are creating plans to reimburse students for the time they weren’t on campus.

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Indiana residents, and others across the country, are staying home because of a shelter-in-place order meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. What better time to pick up a new hobby? A music shop in South Bend is encouraging people to learn piano. 

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The Elkhart City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Friday that appropriates $500,000 into an emergency fund for the COVID-19 crisis.

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The novel coronavirus is forcing people to stay home, hurting the economy, and making many feel uncertain. Some psychologists are concerned about the negative impact this could be having on mental health.

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Health officials confirmed the first COVID-19 related death in a St. Joseph County, Indiana resident Thursday.

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Healthcare workers and first responders across the U.S. are dealing with face mask and gown shortages. Several locals armed with sewing machines are taking matters into their own hands.

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Many weddings, funerals, and birthday celebrations have been postponed or cancelled entirely during the coronavirus pandemic. Some florists in Michiana are struggling to sell flowers with no events, even though Spring is one of their busiest seasons.

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The South Bend International Airport will remain open despite the shelter-in-place order made by Governor Eric Holcomb.

The South Bend International Airport is considered essential to provide transportation for those who need it. However some changes have been made to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

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According to a release from the City of South Bend, a city government worker has COVID-19. 

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Elkhart County is asking for volunteers to make face masks and gowns and for people to help operate its COVID-19 information phone bank.

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THE LATEST: 

On the afternoon of Sunday, March 22, the Indiana State Dept. of Health announced two more coronavirus deaths in the state.

The Goshen News is reporting that Goshen Health has 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Saturday Elkhart County announced its first case of the disease. Indiana State Health Dept. data so far does not reflect the additional cases in Elkhart County.

Meantime, St. Joseph County Sheriff William Redman announced on social media Sunday that, "My department is complying with Governor Eric J. Holcomb's Executive Order suspending all eviction and residential foreclosure proceedings during this state of emergency." 

Indiana Public Broadcasting has learned that a press briefing has been scheduled by the Indiana Governor's Office for Monday at noon.  The Governor's briefing will be about 15 minutes in length and will emanate from a location in front of his office doors.

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The City of Elkhart announced it’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Friday. Mayor Rod Roberson signed an executive order this morning putting some changes in place.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on nearly every aspect of life. Everything from the way people socialize, to job security, and the economy. There are certain challenges the virus is creating, specifically for the homeless and low-income families.

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