COVID-19

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week it recommends people wear masks in schools as COVID-19 cases surge. It's prompting some Hoosier schools to revise their policies, while others are waiting to make decisions based on local COVID-19 data, as many near – or have already started – a new academic year. 

Brandon Smith / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb doesn’t reimpose statewide restrictions. Indiana Department of Health officials strongly urge masks in school, but aren’t requiring them. And a few local governments begin reinstating mask requirements. 

Purdue University and the City of West Lafayette both announced on Friday they will reinstate indoor mask mandates for students, staff, and visitors to campus or city buildings regardless of vaccination status.

State health officials say they’re not mandating masks in K-12 schools amid a surge of COVID-19 in part because local officials told them they want to make those decisions.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said he’ll be monitoring Indiana’s COVID-19 data as the State Fair begins. But he’s convinced it will be safe.

Indiana is in the midst of the sharpest spike of COVID-19 cases since the earliest days of the pandemic. But Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state is in “a different place” as he defends his decision not to reimpose any statewide COVID-19 restrictions.


Gov. Eric Holcomb opted not to reimpose any COVID-19 restrictions Thursday as he extended the state’s public health emergency for another month.

The latest surge in COVID-19 cases is raising questions about what, if any, health restrictions should be reimposed to protect public health. 

Justin Hicks / IPB News

The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy – which trains the majority of police across the state – temporarily halted operations because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb won’t reimpose any mask mandates in Hoosier schools, only urging students, teachers and staff to mask up amid a surge of COVID-19.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The Indiana Department of Health reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. This is the first time the state has surpassed 1,000 new cases in a day since May 14.

After hitting pandemic lows for new COVID-19 cases, Indiana is seeing new spikes in infections. Wednesday was the second day in a row with more than 700 new cases reported – the highest since May 21. 


Justin Hicks / IPB News

After hitting pandemic lows for new COVID-19 cases, Indiana is seeing new spikes in infections. Wednesday was the second day in a row with more than 700 new cases reported – the highest since May 21. 

Ben Thorp / WBAA

Purdue University announced Tuesday that 60 percent of school students and 66 percent of employees have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ahead of the upcoming school year, which officially begins in just over a month. 

(Courtesy of IU Health)

A federal judge in South Bend upheld Indiana University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the upcoming school year.  

Eight students sued the university seeking to temporarily stop the mandate. However, a judge said Monday the United States Supreme Court upheld states authority to compel reasonable vaccinations twice before.

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