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Indiana surpasses 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases. Health officials grow concerned that hesitancy will play into other vaccines like the flu. And the state begins its rollout of booster shots.

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Indiana is once again accepting grant applications from community groups and schools, targeted at catch-up programs for students who fell behind academically because of COVID-19. 

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Friday it will offer booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to eligible Hoosiers. This follows Thursday’s federal authorization. Pfizer booster shots have been available since last month.

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Organized efforts to prevent certain policy changes in schools have disrupted school board meetings across the country, and educators and school officials are calling for more civility in places where it's happening in Indiana.

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Three African lions at the Indianapolis Zoo are recovering after testing positive for the Delta variant of COVID-19 last week.

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Last winter saw a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Health experts say there is reason to be hopeful this second pandemic winter will be different. 

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For weeks, hospitals across Indiana have endured a surge of new COVID-19 cases. Once again, the strain has revealed systemic flaws.

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The Indiana Department of Health is sending another COVID-19 “strike team” to South Bend’s Four Winds Field this week. The department sent a first team earlier this month.


The department will provide free COVID testing and vaccination from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 23.


Both rapid antigen and PCR tests will be available, as well as the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. No appointments will be necessary.


One WVPE listener county is back in the “yellow” and two have moved out of the “red” this week on the Indiana Department of Health’s COVID-19 tracking map. 

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The Indiana Department of Health announced today (Monday) the state surpassed 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

The COVID-19 pandemic along with the expiration of the eviction moratorium is expected to fuel a rise in bankruptcy filings at the beginning of 2022, according to an Indianapolis-based lawyer. 

After the eviction moratorium ended over the summer the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau put new rules into place to curb foreclosure. 

“What the mortgage company cannot do under the new rules is they cannot foreclose unless the borrower has been behind for over 120 days,” said Indianapolis bankruptcy attorney Mark Zuckerberg. 

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Berrien County Health Department Acting Health Officer Courtney Davis has resigned, saying in a statement that she can “no longer effectively do her job” due to the “politicization of public health” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Student COVID-19 cases are dropping, in line with statewide declines. At the same time, businesses and workers have questions about how Indiana’s government will respond to the new Biden administration vaccine rule. And experts say it’s too soon to call COVID-19 "endemic."

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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.

Reporter check-in

Oct 13, 2021
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Today we spend the hour catching up with public media reporters around the state, to dig a little deeper into their latest stories.

We get the latest news on COVID-19 numbers and trends around the state from our digital producer, talk to investigative education reporters to learn why Indiana violated federal law by issuing emergency special education licenses, and hear from a health equity reporter about her new story on a community park in Indianapolis.

Produced by Drew Daudelin.


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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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The number of reported COVID-19 cases in Hoosier schools has been declining in recent weeks.

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Lawmakers score a major victory in their legal battle over emergency powers. Indiana announces a half-a-billion dollar grant program to stabilize the child care industry. And the state reports its fewest number of new COVID-19 cases in more than a month. 

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Transportation problems for schools are spilling over to some after-school programs. The lack of bus drivers or other staff across Indiana is hindering efforts to reach students who need additional academic support.

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Indiana is making more than half a billion dollars available to early learning providers across the state, through a grant program that aims to stabilize the industry as some providers struggle to keep their doors open.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is an incredibly complex, historic event, and since it began many historians have been looking back, to learn what they can from similar catastrophic events in our past.

Today we go back to the Middle Ages to learn about the bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death, to find out what impact it had on labor markets at the time and what it can tell us about what we’re experiencing today.

Indiana Department of Health

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.”


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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The Elkhart Common Council approved federal COVID-19 relief funding Monday to help create a master plan for the city’s downtown. 


In a memo filed with the council, Development Director Dayna Bennett said the pandemic took more of a financial toll on Elkhart’s core downtown than it did on other commercial areas, like the River District. 


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The Indiana Department of Health is sending a COVID-19 “strike team” to South Bend’s Four Winds Field this week. 

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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.

Ball State University sees freshman enrollment drop 8 percent

Oct 1, 2021
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Unlike some other large Hoosier public colleges, Ball State University welcomed a smaller freshman class this year.

The 3,278 students represent an eight percent drop from the previous freshman class.

At the same time, Purdue University and Indiana University-Bloomington had record freshmen enrollment.

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The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is temporarily closing eight offices around the state starting Oct. 4, and lasting through the end of the month. It’s due to an ongoing staffing shortage at local branches.

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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.