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Six penguins at Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette have died of what staff believe is avian malaria.

The first penguin, Flash, died at the end of October. Over the next month, five more penguins -- Zip, Zing, Fozzie, Raspberry, and Chartreuse -- also passed away.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb signs a new COVID-19 executive order after conferring with hospitals. New student COVID-19 cases break another pandemic record. And Indiana surpasses 14,000 confirmed deaths. 

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After months of COVID-19 deaths slowing to a trickle, the state’s daily deaths have begun to climb alongside its late-summer spike in cases. That climb has pushed the state past another grim milestone: 14,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.

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A new study by Indiana University and RAND Corp researchers says COVID-19 vaccinations prevented more than 139,000 U.S. deaths from the time they became available to early May. 

Sumedha Gupta is an associate professor in the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts and lead author of the study. She said researchers were able to come up with this number by comparing states vaccination rates. 

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Indiana surpassed 13,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths Sunday. The state’s rate of newly reported deaths has continued its exponential slowdown since the state began vaccine distribution.


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has declined Republicans’ request to investigate whether nursing home orders issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer led to COVID-19 deaths or if related data is inaccurate, citing a lack of evidence that any law was violated. There are allegations that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration falsified figures to downplay deaths in nursing homes. Nessel says the situation in Michigan is “completely different" because Whitmer's office complied a Department of Justice request for information.

Michigan Prosecutor To Review Virus Deaths In Nursing Homes

Mar 11, 2021

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The prosecutor of Michigan's third-largest county says he will investigate COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, saying there are questions about whether the transfer of recovering patients into facilities led residents and staff to be infected. Macomb County's Peter Lucido is a Republican who has criticized Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's coronavirus-related nursing home policies. He is urging families with concerns about a relative's "transfer, incident or death" to submit a form to local law enforcement.


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan health department is being sued over its refusal to release more information about COVID-19 deaths tied to nursing homes. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation often takes aggressive action to get public records. It filed a lawsuit on behalf of Detroit journalist Charlie LeDuff. He is seeking ages, dates of death and whether the person became ill at a long-term care facility. The health department told LeDuff that the information is exempt under the state’s public records law.

2020 Was Michigan's Deadliest Year

Mar 10, 2021
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The coronavirus made 2020 Michigan’s deadliest year, driving a nearly 18% increase in deaths over 2019. Preliminary state data shows it was the largest annual percentage jump on record, surpassing a 15.6% increase in 1918 when the flu pandemic struck. More than 115,300 people died in Michigan last year, up from about 97,800 in 2019. COVID-19 has been linked to nearly 16,700 deaths. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday marked the anniversary of Michigan’s first confirmed cases. She says the virus will be beaten.

Three Children Die In House Fire In Indiana

Feb 28, 2021

Indiana State Police say the investation continues into a fire near Kokomo that left three children between the ages of one and six dead. 

Michigan COVID-19 Deaths Pass 15,000

Feb 11, 2021
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Michigan has surpassed a sobering milestone in the nearly year long battle with COVID-19. 

As of Thursday, the State of Michigan has tallied more than 15,000 deaths from COVID-19.

The milestone comes as the state’s COVID daily death toll continues to slump from its mid-December peak.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan since the beginning of the pandemic almost a year ago is above 572,000.  However, the number of new cases confirmed daily has been trending lower since late November.

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More than 1,500 confirmed COVID-19 deaths were added to the state’s count Thursday after a year-end audit of deaths.

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NEW (Feb. 3):

Dr. Kris Box with the Indiana Dept. of Health announced Wednesday that an audit has found 1,500+ additional COVID-19 deaths that the state will be adding to its dashboard.

1,205 of those deaths occurred in 2020.

302 occurred in 2021. 

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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.


Indiana reported 1,000 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths in just 13 days, bringing the state’s total to more than 8,000 Friday.

Indiana Passes 500K COVID-19 Cases, Sets Record For Deaths

Dec 29, 2020


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials say the state has set a single-day record of newly reported COVID-19 deaths. The state reported Tuesday that 164 new COVID-19 deaths occurred Monday. The previous record was set on Dec. 22 with 143 deaths. The Indiana State Department of Health says another 4,028 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. It brings the number of Indiana residents known to have had the coronavirus up to 500,282. The state agency also says more than 20% of the 2,951 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday were in intensive care.

Today the Elkhart County Health Department issued an update on the county's COVID-19 status. 

Indiana Sees New Daily High In COVID-19 Deaths

Dec 11, 2020

Single day deaths due to COVID-19 hit a new high on Dec. 10 according to newly released information from the Indiana State Dept. of Health. 

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Indiana surpassed 400,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, reporting more than half of its total in a little over a month. The state’s current surge places it third worst in the U.S.

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Just more than two weeks after reaching 5,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Indiana reported its 6,000th on Tuesday. The Indiana State Department of Health reported 6,109 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19.

Indiana Closing In On 6,000 COVID-19 Deaths

Dec 6, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana reported more than 6,000 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 34 deaths Sunday, both down from the previous day. Nearly 6,700 people were added to the cases confirmed through testing at state or private labs, the Department of Health said.  The number was down 14% from Saturday’s reported total. Indiana is getting close to 6,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 complications. The health department said 21% of intensive care beds were available along with 70% of ventilators.


NEW (Dec. 2):

The Indiana State Dept. of Health updated its county-by-county COVID-19 map Wednesday. The latest changes show that Elkhart County is no longer in the "red" category. LaGrange County still remains in the red. Overall, 16 counties are now in the red. That number is down from last week. The newest data shows that statewide hospitalizations are at an all-time high.   Nearly all of Indiana remains in the greatest-risk categories for coronavirus spread in an update that also shows a new high for average daily COVID-19 deaths for the state.  Health officials on Wednesday added 91 confirmed recent COVID-19 deaths.  The state’s seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths has now reached 60 per day.

Two Die In Cass County House Fire In Michigan

Nov 29, 2020

PORTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a house fire that killed two people in southwestern Michigan over the weekend. In a Sunday statement, he Cass County Sheriff's Department identified the two who died in the Porter Township fire on Saturday as 69-year-old Patricia Cloud and 37-year-old Brandon Cloud.  The statement said the two were unable to escape from the home and died of injuries from the fire. It did not include a possible cause of the fire.  The Porter Fire Department was called to the location near the state border with Indiana at just after 5 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials are doubling down on pleas for Hoosiers to stay at home for the holidays and cooperate with virus mitigation efforts as statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths continue to hit record highs. The Indiana State Department of Health added 63 more deaths to state’s pandemic toll Wednesday, making November Indiana’s deadliest COVID-19 month with 1,055 confirmed deaths. State health commissioner Dr.

Indiana Nears Topping Monthly High For COVID-19 Deaths

Nov 24, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana has nearly recorded its most COVID-19 deaths for a single month with a week remaining as health officials have added 103 more deaths to the state’s pandemic toll. The Indiana State Department of Health’s Tuesday update included the new deaths mostly occurring over the past several days through Monday, which push November’s total to at least 991. Indiana’s monthly high for COVID-19 deaths was 1,041 in April. Indiana’s hospitals are now treating nearly double the number of coronavirus patients as at any point since seeing their first infections in March.



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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 277 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 4,660 – the largest reported in a single week since early May. 



LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has posted a record number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases, near 6,500. And also on Tuesday the state reported its deadliest day in 6 months, with 59 deaths in 24 hours. COVID-19, which subsided over the summer after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer imposed sweeping stay-at-home and other restrictions, has rebounded this fall. The latest average positivity rate in Michigan is 9.4%, up from 4.9% two weeks ago. The seven-day average of daily new cases in Michigan has more than doubled over the past two weeks from 2,221 to 4,855.

Hospital leaders warn that more than 3,000 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus in Michigan, a rate that is doubling every two weeks and is expected to soon top the spring peak of about 4,000. Unlike six months ago, COVID-19 is surging statewide, not just in the Detroit area — making it tougher for hospitals to transfer patients or staff elsewhere. Hospital executives on Thursday echoed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s calls to wear a mask, socially distance and wash hands. Detroit, Michigan’s largest school district, will suspend in-person classes next week, joining other districts that have shifted to online-only classes.


Indiana's updated COVID-19 dashboard shows every county in the WVPE listening area but one now in orange which means medium to high community spread of the virus is going on. Marshall County is the only county in our area that is still in the yellow category.

The new data released today reflects data from yesterday, Election Day 2020. On that day the state reported a new record high in cases - 3,756 cases and 25 new deaths.   Hospitalizations statewide are at an all-time high, with 1,897 patients being treated. 

NEW: Indiana Reports 3,000+ New COVID-19 Cases For The Last 4 Out Of 5 Days

Nov 2, 2020

NEW (Nov. 2): 

Indiana as a whole reported 3,080 new cases Sunday. That means the state as a whole has seen 3,000+ new daily cases in the last 4 out of 5 days for which data is available.