COVID-19

News and coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers lost their jobs and income by no fault of their own due to the pandemic. For many, an extra $600 unemployment benefit helped them stay afloat. Then it expired.

But some workers say they’ve waited weeks, sometimes months, for any payment at all from the Department of Workforce Development.

For 12 weeks, Rebecca Schreck has waited for unemployment benefits.

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Indiana is getting more people with mental health and substance use disorders connected with “peer supports” – trained professionals who have personal experience with those challenges.

Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition director Brandon George said the state isn’t just dealing with a COVID-19 pandemic – it’s also still struggling with an overdose and addiction epidemic. And he said COVID-19 has exacerbated that problem.

State Launches COVID-19 Help Hotline For Schools

Aug 6, 2020
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The State Department of Health announced Wednesday it launched a hotline for school administrators to call with questions about COVID-19.

Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said the hotline is one of a number of tools the state is using to help schools reopen, including a school nurse coordinator who’s been doing weekly webinars.

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Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly is moving to Phase 3 testing of a treatment to prevent COVID-19 after initial success. The next step will be to test the drug at nursing homes where the pandemic has hit hard.

More than 1,200 people in Missouri have died from COVID-19. As the toll rises each day, the human aspect can get obscured. Angela Kender is looking to change that.

After losing her mother to COVID-19 in June, Kender started a project to commemorate other victims. She’s collecting their photographs at missouricovidmemorial@gmail.com. She has already has dozens of photos, and plans to show them to lawmakers at the Missouri state capitol.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 69 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 2,775. The state announced nearly 68,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 769,000 Hoosiers tested.

Evictions, Foreclosures Banned For Another Two Weeks

Jul 30, 2020
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Hoosier renters and homeowners will be shielded from evictions and foreclosures for another couple of weeks.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday he’s extending his eviction and foreclosure moratorium through Aug. 14.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

 As the number of COVID-19 cases in Tippecanoe County passed the 1,000 mark Wednesday, local officials said following Indiana’s new statewide mask mandate and continuing social distancing measures are key to stopping a future surge. 

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Indiana’s reopening plan is stuck in park after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday the state won’t move forward for at least another month.

(Photo: Ball State University)

Ball State University won’t require students or staff to be tested for COVID-19 before the campus fully reopens for in-person classes next month. 

Employees already back to work at Ball State University have been asked to self-monitor and self-certify they’re not sick.  It’s a practice that will continue under a detailed screening plan released Monday and will soon include students.

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