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The Indiana State Dept. of Health announced it would offer more free COVID-19 testing next week in Elkhart County. Elkhart County will remain in Stage 4 through July 17 as the rest of the state moves to Stage 4.5 of the 'Back on Track' plan to reopen Indiana's economy. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 33 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 2,427. The state announced nearly 45,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 470,000 Hoosiers tested.

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According to the latest figures released by the Indiana State Dept. of Health on Wed., June 24 Elkhart County saw a day that tied its second highest yet for new COVID-19 cases. The county reported 101 new cases. That ties the case count on June 12.  June 17 remains the day the county saw its highest case count yet, with 112 new cases on that day. 

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s health department is mandating coronavirus testing of all nursing home residents and staff after reporting the deaths of nearly 2,000 residents — about a third of all COVID-19 deaths across the state. Director Robert Gordon’s order, issued Monday, requires initial baseline testing. All new or returning residents must be tested, and there must be weekly testing of residents and staff in a home with any cases until 14 days after the last positive result. Michigan for the first time released a firm overall death count for nursing home residents — 1,947.

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Indiana hopes to at least double its COVID-19 testing capacity in the next month through a new partnership between the state, Eli Lilly and the Indiana Hospital Association.

Indiana Contractor Slow Providing Coronavirus Test Results

Jun 6, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's health commissioner says the contractor hired to expand Indiana's coronavirus testing across the state has not been meeting its target of providing results to those tested within 48 hours. The state gave OptumServe Health Services a nearly $18 million contract to open 50 testing sites statewide during May. Dr. Kristina Box said Friday that the company has been sending many of the samples taken to out-of-state laboratories for analysis. Those have taken longer than the typical 55-hour turnaround for in-state labs.

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The State of Michigan has issued a release indicating that free coronavirus testing will be available this weekend in Sturgis, Michigan. 

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Indiana announced Wednesday it will test all nursing home staff for COVID-19 over the next month.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state’s award of a $17.9 million contract for operating dozens of coronavirus testing sites across Indiana came weeks after a company executive gave $50,000 to the governor’s reelection campaign. WANE-TV reports the campaign contribution to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb by Optum executive Grant Verstandig was made March 4. State officials announced April 28 the selection of company subsidiary OptumServe Health Services for the testing sites.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 14 additional confirmed deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 1,621. The state announced more than 28,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 184,000 Hoosiers tested.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she wants 450,000 Michiganders to be tested for the coronavirus this month, an average of nearly 15,000 a day. She said Monday the goal is critical because social-distancing measures cannot go on indefinitely until a vaccine is developed. The state wants to have 30,000 tests a day in June and beyond. Deaths from COVID-19 increased by 33 to nearly 4,600. A top state physician says there are signs Michigan may have children with a mysterious illness possibly associated with COVID-19.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 51 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,264. The state announced nearly 22,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 120,000 Hoosiers tested.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s expanded coronavirus testing program is set to start Wednesday at 20 sites around the state, although those tests still won’t be available to everybody. South Bend, LaPorte and Elkhart are among the 20 sites opening. The sites will be at Indiana National Guard Armory locations.

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With Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order lifted, many Michiana businesses are preparing to reopen. The St. Joseph County Health Department is urging local employers to take precautions.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 70 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 1,132. The state announced nearly 20,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 108,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Rapid COVID-19 antibody testing will soon be available for uninsured Elkhart County residents at the Center for Healing & Hope. The clinic provides affordable medical services to people with little to no health insurance and support for undocomented immigrants.

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This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. on April 30, 2020 to include new information on Edwards' release date.

On the day Scottie Edwards died, he nearly fell over on the way to the bathroom. A pair of fellow inmates at the Westville Correctional Facility propped him up and got him to sit down on a toilet. 

“He had been sick for about a week and a half,” says one inmate named Josh in a recorded call. He asked to be identified by his first name, because he fears retaliation from prison staff. 

Elkhart provided it’s first virtual conference to give an update to it’s COVID-19 response Wednesday night. 

Elkhart officials spent a lot of time focusing on testing.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 57 additional deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 901. The state announced more than 16,500 total confirmed cases, with more than 87,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Indiana officials announced a partnership Tuesday that will dramatically expand the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 45 additional deaths Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 706. The state announced more than 13,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 72,000 Hoosiers tested.

Coronavirus Was In Indiana Weeks Before Anyone Knew It

Apr 23, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s health commissioner says the state's first coronavirus infections occurred at least a couple weeks before the first illness among a resident was confirmed in early March. That would indicate the virus could have been spreading around Indiana for perhaps six weeks before the statewide stay-at-home order took effect March 25.  Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Wednesday that infections have been tracked to at least mid-February. Indiana’s coronavirus death toll reached 661 as the state health department added 31 newly reported deaths on Wednesday. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 31 additional deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 661. The state announced more than 12,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 69,000 Hoosiers tested.

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State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says there are enough labs up and running across Indiana to do the number of necessary COVID-19 tests the state is aiming for – 6,300 a day.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 61 additional deaths Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 630. The state announced more than 12,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 67,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Some new COVID-19 testing sites have been set up in St. Joseph County, Indiana to address the gap in testing.

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Ten prisoners in state Department of Correction facilities have now tested positive for COVID-19, along with 20 agency employees, prompting questions to City Limits: Coronavirus about how social distancing measures are being implemented in prisons and county jails. 

Since the middle of March, inmates entering the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington have been monitored for any signs of sickness.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 30 additional deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 203. The state announced nearly 6,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 30,000 Hoosiers tested.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box also ordered new reporting requirements for COVID-19 to improve data collection. 

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Indiana lags behind neighboring states in testing for COVID-19 and state officials didn’t offer many clues Wednesday as to why.

Data from the State Department of Health shows Indiana is testing fewer people for COVID-19 per 100,000 residents than all its neighboring states and the U.S. as a whole.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says the state has struggled with resources to do enough tests, though it’s increasing its capacity.

“So, we’re really trying to remove any restrictions for people as far as testing anybody who’s symptomatic,” Box says.

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Today Nick Simons posted to Facebook that the COVID-19 test results he and his wife had been waiting for finally came back.

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