Coronavirus

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After a year and a half of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health experts believe we're still a way off from endemic.

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Last week, only one WVPE listener county — LaGrange — was in the “red” category, indicating unchecked community spread of the virus, on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map. But this week, LaGrange has been joined in the “red” once again by Fulton and Starke counties.

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Last week, four WVPE listener counties were in the “red” category on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map, which indicates unchecked community spread of the virus. But this week, only LaGrange County is still in the “red.”

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Throughout the pandemic, experts have said the COVID-19 vaccines prevent serious illness and death, especially among people most vulnerable to COVID-19. Now, a new study estimates how many Indiana Medicare recipients avoided the hospital and premature death after getting vaccinated.  

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Indiana surpasses more than 15,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. The state health commissioner urges pregnant Hoosiers to get vaccinated. And despite positive trends, health officials preach caution.

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Indiana’s official public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue for at least another month.

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Earlier this month, the Berrien County Health Department issued a face mask order for all pre-K through grade 12 indoor educational settings. Now, the health department says it’s being forced to rescind that order.

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Four WVPE listener counties are now in the “red” category on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map, with Starke and Pulaski joining Fulton and LaGrange in that category, which indicates unchecked community spread of the virus, this week.

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Indiana National Guard members are assisting three hospitals as increased COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths stretch the capacity of overworked and understaffed hospitals even thinner. It’s part of an effort to help hospitals provide care and prevent further pandemic related restrictions.

Members from the guard’s Hospital Crisis Response Team are at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital on 86th Street in Indianapolis, Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, and Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. About 16 division members are at each hospital.

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Indiana has added 1,000 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths to its total in just four weeks, pushing the state past another grim milestone: 15,000 dead. A larger share of younger Hoosiers are dying from COVID-19.

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Almost all WVPE listener counties have maintained their color status from last week on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map. But LaGrange County has joined Fulton County in the “red,” indicating unchecked community spread of the virus.

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Indiana surpasses 900,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. State data debunks a COVID-19 hospitalization myth. And more hospitals are reporting they are “in crisis mode.”

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A new piece of COVID-19 misinformation claims that most of the summer surge of hospitalizations are actually people who aren’t really sick. 

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Monday the state surpassed 900,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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At Victory College Prep, leaders face a challenge that used to be unusual in education: deciding how to spend a deluge of money. The school was awarded more than $10 million in federal coronavirus aid — nearly the whole budget for a typical year.

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All WVPE listener counties have maintained their color status from last week on the state’s COVID-19 tracking map, but most are “orange,” indicating high spread of the virus.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb signs a new COVID-19 executive order after conferring with hospitals. New student COVID-19 cases break another pandemic record. And Indiana surpasses 14,000 confirmed deaths. 

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Amid surging COVID-19 cases, the Berrien County Health Department has issued a public health order requiring students, teachers and staff at any county school — pre-kindergarten through grade 12 — to wear face masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb didn’t shed any more light Tuesday on why he extended his latest COVID-19 executive order by just two days.

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Southwest Michigan students are heading back to school this week. And amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, some districts are requiring face masks. 

 

Benton Harbor Area Schools are requiring masks for all students, teachers and staff. So are St. Joseph Public Schools — the board voted unanimously last week to implement a universal mask mandate.

 

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State health officials plan for immunocompromised Hoosiers to access third doses of mRNA vaccines. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce launches a campaign to recognize workplaces leading the push to get Hoosiers vaccinated. And Indiana’s most recent surge hits 5,000 cases reported in a single day – for the first time since early January.

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As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge across Indiana, health systems are beginning to take steps not seen in months.

IU Health says it will temporarily suspend half of its elective inpatient surgeries and procedures system-wide beginning Monday, an IU Health spokesperson wrote.

The state’s largest health system says affected patients are being notified and their procedures will be rescheduled in about three weeks.

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According to the state’s COVID-19 tracking map, Fulton, Pulaski, Marshall and Kosciusko counties are now in the more serious “orange” category, which indicates high spread of the virus.

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A new study by Indiana University and RAND Corp researchers says COVID-19 vaccinations prevented more than 139,000 U.S. deaths from the time they became available to early May. 

Sumedha Gupta is an associate professor in the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts and lead author of the study. She said researchers were able to come up with this number by comparing states vaccination rates. 

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Indiana’s breakthrough cases – COVID-19 infections in people who are fully vaccinated – are rising. But experts say while the increase in cases is concerning, it doesn’t show a lack of protection from vaccines. 

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As COVID-19 cases climb amid the rapidly spreading delta variant, overburdened health care workers and short-staffed hospitals are experiencing the effects of the latest surge.

In Indiana, statewide availability of intensive care unit beds and ventilators is not critical — especially compared to other states. However, some in the industry are warning statewide capacity data doesn’t reflect the true state of hospitals.

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Indiana, like many states in the U.S., is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of children in hospitals due to COVID-19. 

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Starting next week, Mishawaka schools are implementing a universal indoor mask mandate for all students, staff and guests regardless of vaccination status. Masks will remain optional outdoors.

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Indiana fully vaccinated its first person against COVID-19 on Jan. 18. That marked the beginning of a meteoric decline in cases. But, with 3,713 new cases reported Thursday, the state recorded its highest number of new cases since the beginning of the vaccine rollout.

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For the first time since February, there are no Indiana counties in the “blue” category — indicating low spread of the virus — on the state’s COVID-19 tracking map. Almost all WVPE listener counties remained in the “yellow” category, indicating moderate spread of the virus, but Fulton County has moved to the more serious “orange” category, which indicates high spread.

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