COVID-19

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In response to a nearly $1 billion revenue shortfall due to the novel coronavirus, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced plans to reduce agency appropriations for the next fiscal year – with additional maintenance and capital projects on the chopping block. 

State agencies are being asked to review operations, space, travel and hiring to cut their budgets by 15 percent.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

 

State Health Commissioner Kris Box has for weeks been urging people in high-risk populations – those 65 and older or with underlying health conditions – to get tested for COVID-19.

But Box also says that guidance doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone in those groups.

 

Early one April morning, inmates at Indiana’s Plainfield Correctional Facility found a fellow inmate unconscious in his bed. 

“He was barely breathing when we first tried to wake him up,” says one of the inmates, who asked to be identified by his middle name, Andrew, because he feared retaliation from prison staff. “For about 20, 25 minutes, the [correctional officers] were trying to wake him up, so finally, they called the medical emergency.” 

Hunting In Indiana Is Up During The COVID-19 Pandemic

May 22, 2020
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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has seen an increase in hunting licenses recently, likely due to “Stay-At-Home” orders and unemployment from COVID-19. It's the first time license sales have been up in several years. 

DNR Director Cameron Clark says hunting license sales have gone up by about 13,000 — especially for spring turkey hunts. He says combination hunting and fishing licenses are also up by about 1,800.

“With the 'Stay-At-Home' order and some people out of work, we figured more people had the time to get out and hunt,” Clark says.

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Tippecanoe County officials urged residents to wear face masks to protect themselves and others as Stage 3 of Indiana's reopening plan begins -- now two days earlier than planned, on Friday, May 22 -- and as the county reported its third death from COVID-19. The Indiana State Department also reported 331 cases in Tippecanoe County Wednesday, a one-day increase of 18. 

Justin Hicks / IPB News

 

Indiana is moving forward early to the next stage of its plan to relax COVID-19 restrictions. Stage 3 of the governor’s “Back On Track” timeline will now begin Friday for all but three counties statewide.

Purdue University

 

Purdue University announced multiple COVID-19 measures Wednesday, ranging from required face coverings in common areas on campus to the formation of a new team tasked with putting novel coronavirus policies in place. 

 

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The University of Notre Dame announced plans on Monday for students to return to campus for the fall 2020 semester. Students have been taking online classes since mid-March due to the pandemic.

Notre Dame officials say they’ve taken the last two months to develop a plan with medical professionals to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak when students return. The plan includes COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and isolation protocols. It also includes plans for social distancing, mask requirements, and increased cleaning.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

 

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.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

 

Indiana has its first confirmed case of a new condition known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says the syndrome is linked to COVID-19.

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