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Justin Hicks

South Bend City and St. Joseph County, Indiana leaders gave an update on the local COVID-19 response this afternoon during a virtual press conference. 


Staying at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus is not an option for people facing homelessness. The City of South Bend is looking for places to house the homeless who have either tested positive for COVID 19 or are showing symptoms.


The South Bend Mayor's office has announced the appointment of a COVID-19 Response Coordinator for the city and for St. Joseph County.

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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.

NEW: Notre Dame's 2020 Commencement Moves Online

Mar 30, 2020
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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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The Elkhart City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Friday that appropriates $500,000 into an emergency fund for the COVID-19 crisis.

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The Robinson Shakespeare Company at the University of Notre Dame is usually an after school drama program for kids. Because of the coronavirus those kids are out of school, and performances are cancelled. The company has turned to using Shakespeare to promote proper handwashing.

Twenty second songs, like ‘My Country Tis of Thee,’ or ‘Happy Birthday,’ (twice) are the usual recommended methods for timing your handwashing. But students at the Robinson Company are using Shakespeare. 

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Elkhart County is asking for volunteers to make face masks and gowns and for people to help operate its COVID-19 information phone bank.


Five South Bend firefighters are in self-quarantine after interacting with a patient last week who has since tested positive for COVID-19.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A polytechnic high school is set to become the newest tenant in a massive South Bend building that once served as the Studebaker Corp.'s main assembly plant.

The Purdue Polytechnic High School South Bend will open its doors this fall to 125 ninth-grade students at the former automotive plant that's part of entrepreneur

Kevin Smith’s Renaissance District technology park. Studebaker shuttered its automotive assembly line in 1963, leaving 25,000 people unemployed.

Elkhart Eyes $500K For Suit Over Overturned Conviction

Mar 21, 2020

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana city is weighing spending another $500,000 to defend itself against a lawsuit filed by a man whose attempted murder conviction was thrown out because prosecutors didn't disclose that the state’s sole eyewitness underwent hypnosis to sharpen his memory.

The Elkhart City Council gave the $500,000 appropriation request its first reading on Monday. The funding would help pay Elkhart's legal fees in a lawsuit filed by Mack Sims.



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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The City of Elkhart announced it’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Friday. Mayor Rod Roberson signed an executive order this morning putting some changes in place.

The University of Notre Dame
Jennifer Weingart

  The University of Notre Dame has extended its suspension of in person classes through the end of the spring semester. 

In a letter to the campus community university President Father John Jenkins says the move stems from recommendations by the CDC. 

The university has not yet decided if graduation ceremonies will continue as planned. Jenkins says they may elect to postpone graduation to sometime in the summer.