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Indiana businesses and institutions are one step closer to being protected from COVID-19 lawsuits. A House committee passed the bill but some still worry the protections go too far.

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An Indiana lawmaker wants to ban state and local governments from ever again imposing many of the COVID-19 restrictions in place over the last year.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials are reporting fewer new coronavirus cases and the lowest number of related hospitalizations since early November as the state’s downward trend that began late last year continued. The Indiana State Department of Health said Monday an additional 2,210 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, down from the 2,565 new cases reported Sunday. Another 12 people have died from COVID-19, raising Indiana’s pandemic toll to 9,728, including both confirmed and presumed infections.

St. Joseph County and City of Mishawaka representatives will meet tonight, Jan. 25, to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Mishawaka’s economy, and how it might recover in the coming year.

Mishawaka Common Council President Gregg Hixenbaugh said Mishawaka’s retail, restaurant and service industries have borne the brunt of the pandemic’s economic fallout. 


What does an entertainment journalist do when he can’t cover events? Seth Johnson talks about his experience learning new skills — including creating radio diaries for Side Effects — during the pandemic. Part 1 of our Move to Include series on how people with disabilities are coping during this nationwide public health crisis. 

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Today 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 Internal Revenue Service is warning Hoosiers to look out for scams around the latest round of federal COVID-19 relief payments.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 404 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 9,340 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 20,500 new cases in the last week – the smallest weekly total reported since Halloween.


The State of Michigan is expanding the use of the Michigan National Guard and deploying nearly 300 more troops to help with COVID-19 vaccination and testing. 


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — If Michigan could administer 50,000 coronavirus vaccine doses a day, it could hit its goal of inoculating 70% of people age 16 and older by August. At the current rate, about 29,000 per day, it would not finish until a year from now. The issue is limited supplies. It is something Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and health officials hope can be addressed as new President Joe Biden takes the helm. In the first six weeks of the monumental undertaking, Michigan has gotten 182,000 doses a week — 52% of what is needed to get 50,000 shots in arms per day. 

U Of M Athletic Dept. On Pause Due To COVID-19 Variant

Jan 24, 2021

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The entire University of Michigan athletic department is pausing after several positive tests for the new COVID-19 variant  that transmits at a higher rate. The state Department of Health and Human Services issued the mandate Saturday, with the school saying it follows the positive COVID-19 tests for several individuals linked to the athletic department. The entire department could be in quarantine for two weeks. The 11th-ranked women’s basketball team was set to play at home against Purdue on Sunday. That was one of four athletic events the school had scheduled.

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Most Hoosiers value education beyond high school, according to an annual survey, but almost three-quarters believe financial strains from the COVID-19 pandemic pushed higher education further out of reach.

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NEW: Friday evening the Elkhart County Health Dept. announced that all weekend plans for pop-up clinics have been canceled.  That impacts weekend plans aimed at vaccinating the Amish and it also impacts plans for next week's Tolson Center pop-up clinic vaccinations. 


The Elkhart County Health Department will operate a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Clinton Frame Church in Goshen on Saturday, Jan. 23. 

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At their weekly COVID-19 update, Berrien County health officials once again asked for patience as they work to vaccinate the nearly 40,000 county residents who are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

County Health Officer Nicki Britten said the county’s vaccine allotment is based 75 percent on its population of adults age 65 and older, and 25 percent on its population of essential workers.,5863,7-336-94422_11407---,00.html

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) says it inspected and issued COVID-19 citations to ten Michigan businesses, including one in Berrien County. MIOSHA says the businesses were cited for serious violations for failing to protect workers and take safety precautions.

In Cass County, the following business was cited: 


As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines unfolds in the U.S., numerous questions around distribution, supply, hesitancy and efficacy persist. The stakes are high, as numbers of deaths and cases break records. A panel of experts from Harvard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tackles questions about COVID-19 vaccination. Live coverage is expected to begin at noon. 

Indoor Dining To Reopen In Michigan Feb. 1

Jan 22, 2021

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Starting Feb. 1, Michigan restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity — with a curfew — and concessions can resume at casinos, movie theaters and stadiums. The state health department’s coronavirus restrictions were revised again Friday amid a continued drop in cases and hospitalizations. The order will be effective for three weeks, through Feb. 21. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had announced previously that restaurants would likely be able to serve dine-in customers after a two-and-a-half month ban. Food establishments can voluntarily take part in a new ventilation-inspection program, through which they can be certified as optimizing airflow.  

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The limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines is causing tension as states roll out plans for who should get shots first, and school advocates in Indiana are pressing for more access for teachers.

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The Trump administration’s failure to produce a national stockpile of the COVID-19 vaccine is preventing Indiana from moving its vaccine distribution plan further forward.

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Indiana surpassed 600,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday. While the state’s daily case count has slowed down, so has its testing.

Eli Lilly Says Antibody Drug Can Prevent COVID-19

Jan 21, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drugmaker Eli Lilly says its COVID-19 antibody drug can prevent illness among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care locations. It’s the first major study to show that it may prevent disease. The drugmaker said participants who got the drug had up to a 57% lower risk of getting COVID-19. Among nursing home residents only, there was up to a 80% reduction in risk. U.S. regulators last year allowed emergency use of the treatment for mild or moderate COVID-19 cases that do not require hospitalization.


FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — A shipment of COVID-19 vaccines that arrived in a central Indiana county already thawed prompted officials to briefly offer the shots to people not yet eligible for the vaccine under state guidelines. The Johnson County Health Department and Johnson Memorial Hospital received 957 already thawed Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines last week. That vaccine can only be stored thawed for up to five days under U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance.

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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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Indiana's high school graduation rate held steady in 2020, according to new data from the State Department of Education. 


The latest update to the Indiana Department of Health’s color-coded COVID-19 tracking map shows most counties in the WVPE listening area in the “orange” designation. That’s after a record number of counties statewide that were in the “red” last week. 

With the exception of LaPorte and Starke Counties, all other counties in the WVPE listening area are in the “orange” this week.


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Tuesday evening the South Bend River Lights were turned to amber as the city joined the nation in a coast-to-coast memorial to honor the lives of those Americans who have died from COVID-19. 

Shipment Of Moderna Vaccine To Michigan Spoiled

Jan 19, 2021

A delivery of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine to Michigan has gone bad. The state says 21 shipments got too cold and will need to be replaced. Six other shipments were delayed for inspection. McKesson, which distributes Moderna’s vaccine, is investigating the issue while it repackages new vaccines for the state. Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the situation is disappointing.

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More than 62 percent of the state’s total deaths have been reported since Indiana moved to Stage 5 of its reopening plan on Sept. 26.

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The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Indiana for how it has handled special education during the pandemic.

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UPDATE (Jan. 21): 

The Indiana Department of Health has cancelled the pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic that was supposed to take place in South Bend this weekend. 


St. Joseph County Health Officer Dr. Bob Einterz said state officials notified the county of the closure Wednesday night. 


Einterz said he wasn’t told why the clinic was cancelled, but he “wouldn’t be surprised” if it was because the state received fewer vaccine doses than it was expecting.