Coronavirus

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Despite more than 1.4 million Hoosiers fully vaccinated, the state is seeing an increase in cases and hospitalizations. That’s because the state is in a race against more infectious variants. 

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Indiana surpassed 700,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday. After weeks of declining cases, the state is seeing a slow uptick.

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Tuesday it is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after national guidance to do so. The state is working to supply vaccination sites with other vaccines. 

CDC Chief Urges Michigan To 'Close Things Down' Amid Spike

Apr 12, 2021
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Michigan should “close things down” to help address surging coronavirus infections. Dr. Rochelle Walensky's statement Monday comes as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer instead urges people to voluntarily restrict certain activities. Whitmer wants the federal government to send additional doses to the state, but the administration of President Joe Biden has stuck with allocating proportionally by population. Walensky says shutting things down would help flatten the curve.

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Andrea Maltese laughs as she remembers the build up to the pandemic. At the time, she just wanted to get it over with, and was sure it wouldn't last long.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 76 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 12,743 confirmed deaths. The state also reported nearly 7,800 new cases in the last week, the most reported in a single week since mid-February.

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will hold a news conference to update Hoosiers on the state's efforts to combat COVID-19. 

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Today at 3 PM, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will provide an update regarding the state’s response efforts to COVID-19. You can also listen live on 88.1 WVPE.  

You can watch it live here.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 136 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 12,446 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 5,000 new cases in the last week.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 195 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 12,142 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 6,000 new cases in the last week.

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At 2:30 Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and other Hoosier state officials will provide a briefing regarding the latest details of the response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

You can listen live on 88.1 WVPE.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 142 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,704 – the largest reported in a single week since the late May. 

Mink Housed On Michigan Farm Test Positive For Coronavirus

Oct 10, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The virus that causes COVID-19 in humans has been detected in mink housed on a Michigan farm. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Friday reported the recent discovery of the coronavirus in mink at the unnamed farm is not the first time the virus has been found in the United States. In August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the first confirmed cases of the virus in mink at farms in Utah. Wisconsin has since seen a confirmed case.

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Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force are briefing a Senate panel on the federal response to the pandemic. Witnesses include Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield. This is expected to start at 10am. 

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The parking lot at Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium isn’t supposed to be empty this time of year. There’s no tailgating or smoke wafting from grills. No fans in red and white throwing footballs waiting for kick-off. Traditions like ‘The Walk’ will have to wait a few more weeks.

Instead COVID-19 testing signs point to IU’s mitigation site inside the stadium. But on a weekday afternoon, a familiar game day sound might get your attention.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 67 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,281. The state announced more than 111,000 total confirmed cases – including two days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 1.3 million Hoosiers tested.

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Notre Dame’s first home football game is Saturday against Duke. But it will be like no other, given the pandemic. Students, faculty and staff are allowed in the stands.  Attendance is limited to 20% of the stadium’s normal capacity, tailgating is not allowed and masks will be required at all times.

 

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The Indiana State Dept. of Health's latest COVID-19 testing figures show that on Thursday, Sept. 10th, the state hit a new all time high in positive coronavirus cases. 

1,282 new cases were reported. That is the highest daily number since the pandemic started. Ten new COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday. The state's 7-day positivity rate for testing is 7%. 

Previously the highest number of cases reported on any given day in Indiana had been 1,279 cases on August 6th. 

Ball State Postpones All 2020 Graduation Ceremonies

Sep 10, 2020
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Ball State University is postponing all graduation ceremonies this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The university previously postponed spring and summer commencement plans, rescheduling both for a ceremony on October 10.  Now Ball State president Geoffrey Mearns says that ceremony and one scheduled for December to honor winter graduates will not be held.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 89 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 2,924. The state announced more than 80,000 total confirmed cases – including three days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 906,000 Hoosiers tested.

South Bend Working On Budget For 2021 With COVID-19 In Mind

Aug 14, 2020
Justin Hicks

The City of South Bend is working on a budget for 2021 that reflects some of the financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Today is the first day back to school for some districts in Michiana, but most students won’t step foot in a physical school building due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some teachers had to adjust for their first day of virtual classes.

University Of Notre Dame Launches COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

Aug 11, 2020

The University of Notre Dame launched a COVID-19 dashboard Tuesday that tracks all positive cases on campus. 

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A case of miscommunication… that’s what Elkhart County’s Health Officer said happened last week with Elkhart County school superintendents. It caused confusion and upheaval in several districts’ back-to school plans. The health officer is blaming social media for playing a big part in the misunderstanding.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 60 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 2,835. The state announced more than 74,000 total confirmed cases – including four days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 841,000 Hoosiers tested.

Benton Harbor Area Schools Release Plan For Reopening

Aug 6, 2020
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Benton Harbor Area Schools released its back-to school plan this week which includes options for both in-person and virtual learning. 

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Michigan’s Primary Election is playing out differently this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There weren’t many lines of voters at the polls today - most likely because many people chose to cast absentee ballots this year due to the pandemic.

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Two more school corporations in Michiana approved back-to-school plans Monday night. Both South Bend and Penn-Harris-Madison schools will start the year virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Most high school fall sports practices in Indiana are scheduled to start Monday. Local high schools are preparing to try to keep student athletes and coaches safe when they return.

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Since the start of July, Berrien County has seen an increase in new COVID-19 cases and the percent of COVID-19 tests coming back positive has increased as well. The trend has local health officials concerned.

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