Coronavirus

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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. 

http://www.elkhartcountyhealth.org/

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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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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Face masks will be required throughout the entire state of Indiana starting Monday following an executive order signed by Governor Eric Holcomb. But some officials in northern Indiana are unsure how and if the mandate can be enforced.

April Lidinsky

In a stay-at-home summer, it’s easy to run out of topics during social Zooming. So, I offer you a prompt, inspired by the June 17th New York Times “Food” section, in which a baker’s half-dozen of writers share memories of  “restaurant magic.”  Sure, we can still get takeout, and perhaps eat nervously out-of-doors, but these writers remind us that restaurant dining can be so much “More than a Meal.”

The South Bend Civic Theatre announced this week it would be cancelling all in-person performances through December. This is due to the spike in COVID 19 cases.

High Schools In Michiana Prepare For Fall Sports Amid Pandemic

Jul 21, 2020
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John Glenn high school can be added to the growing list of high schools in Michiana that have reported at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 among student athletes or coaches. Local high schools are trying to prepare for the upcoming fall sports season amid the pandemic.

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Officials from the South Bend Community School Corporation are reconsidering their reopening plan after hundreds of teachers and parents expressed their concerns over the past week. School Officials discussed alternatives to their original plan during a meeting Monday night.

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise in St. Joseph County, Indiana, especially among people under the age of 30. This increasing infection rate among young people is a new trend.

The St. Joseph County, IN Board of Health is working on an ordinance to fine businesses that violate the health department’s face mask order.

Some Parents Voice Concern With South Bend Back To School Plans

Jul 16, 2020
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Schools across the country are preparing for what the 2020 school year will look like amid the pandemic. South Bend Community Schools released its plan this week for reopening in the fall but some parents have concerns.

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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 2,567. The state announced more than 51,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 564,000 Hoosiers tested.

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The University of Notre Dame will require students to take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. That’s according to the University’s website.

IN DEPT. OF EDUCATION

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials are showing no signs of slowing down school reopenings that are just weeks away even as the state has seen higher rates of people testing positive and being hospitalized for the coronavirus. Some Indiana school districts are poised to resume classes starting in late July under guidelines issued by state education officials last month. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Wednesday that it is important for education and mental health reasons that students return to schools.

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