News and coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 311 additional confirmed deaths over the last week – the most reported in a single week during the pandemic. That brings the state’s total to 5,040 confirmed deaths.

As of Sunday, 5,040 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The most recent 1,000 confirmed deaths were reported over the span of just 24 days.

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Tippecanoe County has passed a COVID-19 testing positivity benchmark, activating a county health department order now set to take effect Tuesday.

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Indiana’s top health official says every college student heading home from school should act like they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said the percentage of cases among 18- to 30-year-olds is rising – a troubling sign, she said, as colleges prepare to send students home for break.

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Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said Wednesday the local surge in COVID-19 cases is reaching a “crisis level”, as the systems in place to help infected residents continue to strain under rising case counts. This includes area hospitals, as more coronavirus patients arrive in need of care; testing facilities, with longer wait times for both tests and results; and contact tracing, as the health department grapples with multiple days yielding over 100 -- and 200 -- reported cases.

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Indiana health care workers say they’re no longer the front line of attack in the fight against COVID-19 – they’re the last line of defense as spread of the virus worsens.

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Democrats say the General Assembly is not prepared to safely conduct its legislative session in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb will continue quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19, despite negative test results Friday.

The governor’s office Tuesday announced several members of the governor’s security detail tested positive. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box advised both Holcomb and his wife Janet to begin quarantine immediately.

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The Tippecanoe County Health Department issued an order Tuesday outlining new COVID-19 restrictions set to start if the county’s all-tests positivity rate equals or passes 10%. 

If that metric is met, indoor restaurant capacity will be lowered to 50%, and indoor bar capacity will drop to 25% -- both will require six-foot social distancing. Outdoor bar and restaurant seating will remain at 100% capacity, with six-foot social distancing. If used, tents will need two open sides. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 277 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 4,660 – the largest reported in a single week since early May.

Indiana set another record for daily reported cases of COVID-19, with 8,451 reported Saturday. The state has reported more than 4,000 cases every day since Nov. 4 and more than 2,000 every day since Oct. 22.

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  Gov. Eric Holcomb signed his latest executive order, with new limited COVID-19 restrictions. The order, made public Friday, includes more details on enforcement and how counties will move through those restrictions.

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West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis and Tippecanoe County Health Department Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler released a letter Friday prohibiting Breakfast Club activities Saturday, ahead of Purdue’s home football game against Northwestern University.

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Indiana hospitalization rates due to COVID-19 reached their highest point on Thursday since the state began releasing that data. The Indiana Hospital Association, or IHA, says health care workers face a lot of uncertainties as case numbers continue to surge.