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Late Friday the St. Joseph Co. Police Dept. released information indicating that 9 officers are now quarantined.

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The Indiana Department of Correction is manufacturing personal protective equipment for first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Commissioner Rob Carter says originally, the Department of Correction was poised to start manufacturing hand sanitizer, but after the first case in Indiana, those priorities changed.

“I was brought into conversation by Governor [Eric] Holcomb with some hospital professionals here in Indiana to discuss the needs of the hospitals and just statewide needs of personal protection,” Carter says.

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President Donald Trump ordered General Motors on Friday to accelerate ventilator production under the Defense Production Act. 

A week ago, GM announced it was partnering with Ventec Life Systems to build ventilators in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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State Health Commissioner Kris Box says the peak of Indiana’s COVID-19 infections is still more than two weeks away.

Box says it’s difficult to tell how many Hoosiers may become infected with the novel coronavirus. 

But she says, based on forecasting models from other states and other countries, that peak is likely after the governor’s “Stay-At-Home” order is currently set to expire.

Goshen Councilman Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Today Goshen's mayor announced that a fellow city leader tested positive for the coronavirus.

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At 2:30 Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and other Hoosier state officials will provide a briefing regarding the latest details of the response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

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The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program in St. Joseph County is moving forward creatively in the era of COVID-19. A "virtual" swearing-in ceremony was held to get new volunteers into the program. The swearing-in ceremony would typical happen in person under more normal circumstances. 

One Indiana Jail Releases 25 Inmates To Cut COVID-19 Risk

Mar 27, 2020


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Officials say 25 jail inmates in Fort Wayne have received early releases amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Allen County Prosecutor's Office agreed to release certain inmates with less than 30 days remaining on misdemeanor convictions to ease crowding at the Allen County Jail.

Allen County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Stone confirms 25 inmates were released Wednesday.

Allen Superior Court Executive John McGauley says the court consulted with the prosecutor’s office on ways to manage the jail population during the pandemic.

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Indiana Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne says help is coming for the self-employed and independent contractors.

Payne says the federal aid package coming through Congress allows those workers to apply for unemployment benefits. It also extends the maximum amount of time someone can access unemployment from 26 weeks to 39.

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Indiana’s National Guard is helping distribute supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile to hospitals across the state and is taking the lead as supplies come in.

The Indiana National Guard coordinated with the Indiana State Department of Health, Department of Transportation and State Police to get hundreds of boxes of supplies to counties across the state. 
As more supplies come in, Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Dale Lyles says the Guard will continue to work as a distribution point.

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Health officials confirmed the first COVID-19 related death in a St. Joseph County, Indiana resident Thursday.

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Ventilators are among the most important equipment hospitals need to treat a surge of COVID-19 patients. Companies such as General Motors are gearing up emergency production of the machines, which take over the labor of breathing for a patient with a serious case of the virus. 

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The Indianapolis 500 will not be run on Memorial Day weekend this year. The race has been rescheduled to Aug. 23 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 104th running of the race is the first since Roger Penske took ownership of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year.

Expressing his disappointment, Penske says the decision came in response to the health and safety of event participants and spectators.

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A Catholic priest in western Indiana has stopped hearing drive-through confessions at the request of the Indianapolis Archdiocese amid the coronavirus pandemic.

63 Workers At Indiana Hospital On Quarantine

Mar 26, 2020
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SEYMOUR, Ind. — A southern Indiana hospital has placed 63 employees on a 14-day quarantine after they came in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Indianapolis Star reports the workers at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour interacted with a patient who came in for treatment but didn't initially show any symptoms of the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Furlow says the patient came to Schneck during the early stages of the national outbreak and began to develop symptoms over time.