Most people are spending the majority of their time at home right now. But not everyone has a safe home. Local organizations and mental health services are using a variety of methods to provide support for victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

In the last week the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s office has seen a slight uptick in calls for family disputes and disturbances. 

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Indiana is preparing for a surge in COVID-19 patients – which state officials believe is coming soon – by allowing unlicensed medical professionals to practice.

The state also detailed specific numbers of ICU beds and ventilators statewide, which officials had refused to do before now.

Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Dr. Jennifer Sullivan says Indiana has 1,940 ICU beds – and the state’s goal is to double that amount.


The ACLU of Indiana wants the state to release some jail and prison inmates at risk from COVID-19.

The Holcomb administration didn’t indicate it would do so.

The ACLU’s petition to the Indiana Supreme Court says prisons and jails are particularly vulnerable to virus outbreaks. And it’s urging the state to – at least temporarily – release jail and prison inmates who are in high-risk categories for death from COVID-19.

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Personal shoppers for Instacart, a service that sends personal shoppers to pick up groceries for users, are on strike across the country.

They're asking for personal protective equipment and better pay. Some workers in the state are joining the strike, but feel conflicted about leaving vulnerable people without groceries during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Indiana Finances Take A Big Blow From Coronavirus Crisis

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's finances are taking a major hit from the coronavirus crisis, and it just remains to be seen how big of a hit it will be.


The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has shifted gears to provide funding for nonprofits struggling because of the coronavirus crisis.

FBI Warns Of Direct Payment COVID-19 Scams

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The FBI is warning people to watch for scams targeting federal stimulus payments tied to the coronavirus outbreak. Last week, the federal government passed legislation that would provide checks to most Americans for as much as $1,200.

Special Agent Douglas Kasper says to watch for phone calls, emails and texts asking for personal information needed to receive the money. He says these are not real.


Industrial companies and others likely won’t be penalized for failing to comply with certain pollution control laws due to the coronavirus outbreak. That’s according to an Environmental Protection Agency announcement last week. 

Companies that fail to do routine things like monitor their pollution could be given a pass — as long as they keep a record of what happened and why they couldn’t comply with the law because of the outbreak.

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College campuses across Michiana have shut down, leaving students to take online classes from home. Some Universities are creating plans to reimburse students for the time they weren’t on campus.

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will hold his first "virtual" news conference to update Hoosiers on the state's efforts to combat COVID-19. Last week Holcomb held daily, in-person news conferences. But due to social distancing concerns, the briefings are now being moved online.

NEW: Notre Dame's 2020 Commencement Moves Online

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Notre Dame just announced that, like many other universities, the Spring 2020 graduation will not be held in person due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Mishawaka High School is teaming up with a local company to train temporary helpers for the health care industry.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb granted a temporary waiver that allows for people with basic training to help medical personnel with simple tasks like dressing, feeding and taking temperatures. 

These new medical workers are called Personal Care Attendants, or PCAs. 

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Indiana residents, and others across the country, are staying home because of a shelter-in-place order meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. What better time to pick up a new hobby? A music shop in South Bend is encouraging people to learn piano. 

Detroit Convention Center To Become Makeshift Hospital

Mar 29, 2020
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DETROIT (AP) — A convention center in Detroit will be turned into a 900-bed medical site in response to the coronavirus.

NEW: St Joseph County, Indiana, Sees 15 More COVID-19 Cases Over The Weekend

Mar 29, 2020


St. Joseph County Health officials have released new information indicating more cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the county than is being reflected in the most recent Indiana State Dept. of Health data that was released earlier today.