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Lauren Chapman

 

Governors across several Midwest states – including Indiana – announced Thursday they will work together as they decide when to reopen the economy from their states’ “Stay-At-Home” orders.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he’s already worked closely with neighboring states. The new coalition includes Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 49 additional deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 436. The state announced nearly 9,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 48,000 Hoosiers tested.

Holcomb, State Leaders 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Improvement In COVID-19 Trends

Indiana state officials say they’re seeing encouraging signs in COVID-19 data across the state.

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The federal government recently issued a memo to states, including Indiana, on how to extend unemployment benefits beyond the state’s current time limit. However, it will still be several weeks before those changes are implemented.

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Indiana state officials say they’re seeing encouraging signs in COVID-19 data across the state.

But they emphasize the need for continued vigilance as talk of reopening the economy intensifies.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he’ll be monitoring the “facts on the ground” to decide when businesses can start to reopen.

“We’ll be looking at our supply chain – is it sufficient? Our PPE levels, our hospital beds, our [ventilators]," Holcomb says. "We’ll be looking at, like I said, our testing ability, our tracing.”

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Tippecanoe County’s COVID-19 case surge has shifted from mid-April to early May, and officials are starting to consider how --and how soon-- residents, businesses, and local government could return to normal.

Purdue University

Purdue University announced Wednesday all events on the West Lafayette campus would be cancelled through June 30.

In an earlier statement, Purdue Provost Jay Akridge said a decision on June events would be reached by April 15; a decision about July events will be made by May 15. Courses with a May or June start date will be conducted remotely. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 37 additional deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 387. The state announced more than 8,500 total confirmed cases, with more than 46,000 Hoosiers tested.

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The COVID-19 pandemic could threaten drinking water safety in buildings that have been closed. Purdue University is working quickly with other research teams across the country to develop guidance for when places like offices, schools, and gyms reopen. 

Water left to sit in pipes can get contaminated with toxic heavy metals and bacteria — like the kind that causes Legionnaires’ disease, another illness that affects the lungs. 

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says thousands of Indiana small businesses have been approved for disaster loans to help them survive the COVID-19 crisis.

Young says the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved nearly $6 billion in loans for Hoosier businesses, though the money hasn’t been distributed yet.

The senior Indiana senator says the SBA had to rapidly staff up to meet the increased demand for loans, which accounts for slow responsiveness in recent weeks.

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The Tippecanoe County Health Department issued an order for county residents to cancel or postpone community events through June 30.

In a health officer’s order dated April 8, Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler decreed that gatherings including, but not limited to, “festivals, fairs, carnivals, camps, and sporting events” should be deferred. 

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