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

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Four WVPE listener counties are now in the “red” category on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map, with Starke and Pulaski joining Fulton and LaGrange in that category, which indicates unchecked community spread of the virus, this week.

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Indiana’s COVID-19 cases are slowly declining as experts say the U.S. has hit its peak for the delta variant. The state is opening booster shots to certain groups of Hoosiers who received the Pfizer vaccine. And a new study out of the University of Notre Dame says Black and Brown communities saw disproportionately high non-COVID deaths in 2020. 

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Almost all WVPE listener counties have maintained their color status from last week on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map. But LaGrange County has joined Fulton County in the “red,” indicating unchecked community spread of the virus.

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IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie is "in full crisis mode", says its leader.  Its affiliate hospitals in Jay and Blackford counties are in the same situation.  The reason: COVID-19 and its delta variant infecting, for the most part, unvaccinated people.

Dr. Jeffrey Bird, the president of IU Health East Central Region, says COVID-19 is the worst that it’s ever been here.  Yesterday, IU Health Ball was treating 104 COVID-19 positive patients.  These patients, Bird says, occupy approximately 40 percent of the hospital's beds.

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Monday the state surpassed 900,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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All WVPE listener counties have maintained their color status from last week on the state’s COVID-19 tracking map, but most are “orange,” indicating high spread of the virus.

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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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The Indiana Department of Health added more than 5,000 new breakthrough COVID-19 cases to its dashboard Thursday.   

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Kids are finally back to in-person school, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt learning. Cases are on the rise due to the highly contagious delta variant, which has also increased the number of youth hospitalizations.

Despite the surge, the vaccination rate for eligible children remains low. And a new study shows that it may not increase.

All IN: COVID-19 Update / Federal Case on Abortion / Refugees in Indiana

Sep 2, 2021
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COVID-19 cases are growing across the state with the Delta variant rapidly spreading, but what does this mean for Indiana and people who aren’t able to get vaccinated? Today we get updates on COVID-19 cases across the state. We also find out what's happening in Indiana as abortion restrictions in Texas are grabbing headlines and after a judge ruled that several state abortion laws are unconstitutional. Plus, we learn about refugees in Indiana, what it’s like to leave their homes behind and what resources are available to help them transition to a new life.

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State health officials plan for immunocompromised Hoosiers to access third doses of mRNA vaccines. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce launches a campaign to recognize workplaces leading the push to get Hoosiers vaccinated. And Indiana’s most recent surge hits 5,000 cases reported in a single day – for the first time since early January.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, crossing yet another milestone in its late summer surge. 

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As COVID-19 cases climb amid the rapidly spreading delta variant, overburdened health care workers and short-staffed hospitals are experiencing the effects of the latest surge.

In Indiana, statewide availability of intensive care unit beds and ventilators is not critical — especially compared to other states. However, some in the industry are warning statewide capacity data doesn’t reflect the true state of hospitals.

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Starting next week, Mishawaka schools are implementing a universal indoor mask mandate for all students, staff and guests regardless of vaccination status. Masks will remain optional outdoors.

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The Elkhart County Health Department is once again urging all residents to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, as the delta variant drives a rapid increase in cases in the county.

 

Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait said Thursday the county’s positivity rate has nearly doubled in the last three weeks, from just over 5 percent to 9.4 percent.

 

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Indiana fully vaccinated its first person against COVID-19 on Jan. 18. That marked the beginning of a meteoric decline in cases. But, with 3,713 new cases reported Thursday, the state recorded its highest number of new cases since the beginning of the vaccine rollout.

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For the first time since February, there are no Indiana counties in the “blue” category — indicating low spread of the virus — on the state’s COVID-19 tracking map. Almost all WVPE listener counties remained in the “yellow” category, indicating moderate spread of the virus, but Fulton County has moved to the more serious “orange” category, which indicates high spread.

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Indiana is gearing up to increase the availability of COVID-19 tests in response to significantly higher demand.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. This is the first time since late-January – the beginning of Indiana’s vaccine rollout – the state has reported this many cases in a single day. 

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The Berrien County Health Department is recommending that all residents wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

The Centers for Disease Control list Berrien County as having “substantial” spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus. 

Elkhart County Health Department

The Elkhart County Health Department is recommending that all residents wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

The Centers for Disease Controls has labeled the county as having “substantial” spread of the Delta variant, which is more contagious and more transmissible than other variants of the coronavirus.

 

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The Indiana Department of Health reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday. That comes as cases – and hospitalizations – have continued to grow in the last several weeks. 

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The St. Joseph County Health Department is urging all county K-12 schools to implement universal indoor mask mandates. That follows Centers for Disease Control guidance recommending students, teachers, staff and visitors all wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

 

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The COVID-19 delta variant accounts for more than 80 percent of sampled positive cases in Indiana. State health officials have pointed to the variant as the main driver of Indiana’s recent climb in new cases and hospitalizations.

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For the first time since February, the Indiana Department of Health’s COVID-19 tracking map is showing a county in “red,” which indicates unchecked community spread of the coronavirus. That’s Posey County, in the southwestern corner of the state.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t reimposing a mask wearing mandate in state government buildings despite new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance

COVID Update / Untrained Police in Schools

Aug 3, 2021

Indiana’s vaccination rate is lower than every neighboring state, as the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to spread and more people are socializing indoors. Today we talk to epidemiologists about how we could turn things around.

We also talk to WFYI reporter Lee Gaines about her new story on untrained police officers working in Indiana's schools.

Produced by Drew Daudelin.

Guests:

Lee Gaines
Investigative Education Reporter, WFYI

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The South Bend Community School Corporation has implemented a universal face mask mandate for this academic year. Seven public commenters spoke against the measure, but it passed 5-0 with one abstention from board member Jeanette McCullough.

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