Covid-19

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Gov. Eric Holcomb says he’s not rethinking his decision to lift almost all COVID-19 restrictions statewide, even as several COVID metrics have started to trend the wrong direction.

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The United Food and Commercial Workers union says it will continue to demand Kroger grocery stores give workers hazard pay during the pandemic. That comes as the company report earnings grew more than 14 percent in 2020 compared to this time last year.

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More than 3 million Americans lost access to employer-sponsored health insurance during the summer months of the pandemic, according to a recent study by the nonprofit Urban Institute. But researchers say the numbers could have been much worse.

ISDH

During Indiana's weekly COVID-19 update, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box gave guidelines about how communities should handle Halloween and trick-or-treating. 

She passed along guidance handed down by the CDC. 

Box also broke down the risk of Halloween activities into low, moderate and high categories. 

The screenshots (below) provide more details. 

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The City of Elkhart has announced it will move forward with trick-or-treating on Halloween this year. 

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The Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis is on lockdown after women incarcerated there tested positive for COVID-19, according to emails sent to prison staff. 

“FACILITY ON LOCKDOWN” read an email sent out Tuesday afternoon to prison staff. Another email said that positive cases have been identified in three units of the facility.

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A group of Indiana residents trying to force the state to allow all Hoosier voters to cast mail-in ballots this year have their day in a federal appeals court Wednesday.

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Researchers at Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute are asking people to help collect data on mask usage through a new web app.

The institute has tracked data throughout the pandemic on cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations. Regenstrief President and CEO Dr. Peter Embi says the MaskCount app makes it easier to track widespread data. 

“We wanted to create an app that protected everyone's privacy, but allowed people to share what they were seeing so that we can have better data on mask wearing,” Embi said.

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The South Bend Community School Corporation approved a return to an in-person learning option at its board meeting Monday night. All schools will phase in offering in-person classes as an option. Students who choose to attend in person will start back on staggered dates from Oct. 5 to Oct. 15.

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Shortly before 5pm Monday, the President of Notre Dame sent an email to the campus community to express regret for not wearing a face mask and for shaking hands instead of social distancing during the Rose Garden ceremony to announce Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Purdue University Monday suspended 14 students who attended a party in a residence hall Saturday night, 13 of whom were identified as student-athletes.

The school’s Code of Conduct penalizes students who violate the Protect Purdue Pledge -- which calls for mask wearing and social distancing -- at on- or off-campus gatherings.

The athletics program said in a statement that the party involved “out of season” student-athletes and that it was working with the university, calling the incident “unfortunate.” 

Whitmer Will Continue COVID-19 State Of Emergency In Michigan

Sep 28, 2020
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she will re-authorize the COVID-19 state of emergency in Michigan -- which is set to expire this week, This gives the governor extraordinary powers to address a crisis. A petition campaign is collecting signatures to enact a veto-proof initiative to curtail that power. 

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is reporting that Black residents are no longer being disproportionately infected and killed by the coronavirus, after they accounted for a staggering 40% of deaths and 29% of cases in the early days of the pandemic. For the last two available weeks of data, African-Americans represented 10% of COVID-19 deaths and 8% of cases. They comprise 15% of Michigan's population. They still account for at least 38% of confirmed and probable deaths overall, and at least 20% of cases. Lt. Gov.

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City and county leaders in St. Joseph County are expressing concern about the state's moving to Stage 5.

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While Gov. Eric Holcomb stresses the state is ready to re-open, many local health officials aren’t convinced.

For weeks, the state has blamed coronavirus spread on younger people attending bars, nightclubs and parties.  However, yesterday, Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box shifted their rhetoric.

“We have proven effectively—whether it be at schools or businesses—that you can operate safely and manage your interaction,” Holcomb said.

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Many of Indiana's school leaders are grappling with tension in their communities as they consider how and when to bring more kids back into schools, but teachers say they're feeling more pressure than ever to manage classes in-person and online, as well as their own safety.

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The Indiana State Department of Health and IUPUI will begin the third phase of its COVID-19 tracking study on Sept. 29. This round of the study is set to include children as participants for the first time.

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Preliminary data shows schools across Indiana have reported nearly 1,900 total cases of COVID-19 among staff and students. 

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Indiana residents must be registered to vote 29 days before each election. What do you need on Election Day? What do you need to register to vote? Can you vote if you’re homeless? We’re answering your questions submitted through the Indiana 2020 Two-Way. 

Indiana Expands Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program

Sep 24, 2020
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Indiana is expanding a small business COVID-19 relief program after it struggled to get many Hoosier businesses to apply.

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Indiana will move to Stage 5 in the reopening plan as of Saturday, Sept. 26. 

What that means is that the face mask order is still in effect. But there are no limits on capacity for places like bars and restaurants (other than needing to continue to social distance.) Patrons at those establishments must be seated. 

Events with more than 500 people must get approval from local health departments to proceed. 

Today Notre Dame announced that it won't begin in-person classes for the spring semester until Feb. 3. 

More Unemployed Hoosiers Report Problems Being Fixed

Sep 22, 2020
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Indiana is making progress getting state unemployment benefits to those who qualify for it.

UPDATE: ND v. Wake Forest Rescheduled For Dec. 12 Due To COVID-19

Sep 22, 2020
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The postponed football game between No. 7 Notre Dame and Wake Forest will be moved to Dec. 12, while the Demon Deacons also are moving their nonconference game against Campbell a week earlier to Oct. 2.The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the revisions Wednesday. That came one day after Saturday's game between the Demon Deacons and Fighting Irish had to be postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Notre Dame program, which put 13 players in isolation and 10 more in quarantine.Wake Forest announced the home game with Campbell in late August, originally setting that matchup with the Big South Conference program for Oct. 9.

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A lawyer representing a man scheduled to be executed at the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute Tuesday is asking an appeals court to delay the execution.

William LeCroy was sentenced to death in 2004 for the 2001 murder of Joann Tiesler.   He was convicted of raping and murdering Tiesler, then stealing her car and fleeing the state of Georgia.

LeCroy’s attorney, Jack Martin, says he was diagnosed with a form of leukemia a couple years ago and because of the pandemic does not feel safe traveling to Indiana to witness his client’s execution.

Michigan Retailers To Resume Using Bottle And Can Redemption Machines

Sep 21, 2020
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Starting October 5th, grocery stores and other retailers with bottle-and-can collection machines will have to resume taking returnables. Retailers without machines will be allowed to do so at their discretion. Governor Gretchen Whitmer temporarily suspended bottle and can returns in a COVID-19-related executive order. Retailers are allowed to limit returns to no more than a $2 reimbursement per customer per day. 

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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.

ISDH

Indiana saw its daily COVID-19 cases spike to a new all time high yesterday of just under 1,500, at 1,497. 

 The Indiana State Department of Health says this is due in part to a lab reporting error that has been corrected. That correction resulted in the addition of 462 positive cases.  The state also reported 17 new deaths as of Thursday.  

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Indiana’s state health commissioner said she believes there is a safe way that Hoosiers can enjoy Halloween this fall amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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