COVID-19

(Hoosiers By The Numbers)

 

A little more than 30,000 Hoosiers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the economic impact of COVID-19 drags on. That adds to the quarter of a million people who continue to get unemployment benefits from the state.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

 

Teacher compensation was shaping up to be a hot ticket policy item for lawmakers in 2021, after thousands of educators flooded the Statehouse six months ago to highlight teachers' and public schools' financial needs. 

Then, COVID-19 hit and brought much of the world to a halt, including revenue streams that touch all levels of government.

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

 

The Indiana Department of Education is rejecting the latest guidance from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about how to share emergency school funding with private schools, after it spurred pushback from education leaders at all levels. 

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

 

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 261 COVID-19 cases in Tippecanoe County Wednesday. The biggest percentage of those cases --at 22.6 percent -- was in the 20 to 29 year-old age group.

Statewide, that age group represented 13.4 percent of cases.

(Provided by Governor Holcomb's office)

 

An estimated 186,000 Hoosiers have or had COVID-19. That number is from initial results of a statewide study by the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

The Fairbanks School tested 4,611 people around the end of April, randomly sampled to replicate the demographics of the state’s population. And the prevalence of the disease was around 2.8 percent.

Rebecca Thiele / IPB News

 

Utility companies will soon be allowed to resume disconnections for unpaid bills. The state’s consumer advocate group is asking the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to continue protections for people unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Among other things, the group wants the IURC to order utilities to continue suspending disconnections past June 4 — the date the governor’s moratorium on disconnections lifts.

(Courtesy of the Indiana GOP)

 

The Indiana Republican Party’s 2020 state convention will be virtual. The party officially announced the change Tuesday, in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

The state’s “Back On Track” plan will likely restrict gatherings to no more than 250 people by June 19, when the state GOP convention is scheduled. And since the event typically attracts more than 1,000 delegates, party chair Kyle Hupfer says it’s a no-go.

(Portland General Electric)

 

Several gas and electric utilities in Indiana are seeking financial relief due to COVID-19. But consumer advocates worry this could make energy bills even higher for people who are currently struggling to pay bills during the crisis. 

Justin Hicks / IPB News

 

State Health Commissioner Kris Box says information gathered by the state contact tracing call center remains private.

Employees at the center, which launched Monday, talk with COVID-19-positive Hoosiers to find out where they’ve been and with whom they’ve been in contact.

Indiana State Department of Health

 

Tippecanoe County’s COVID-19 case total stood at 248 Tuesday, and the Indiana State Department of Health announced 1,444 deaths statewide in its daily update.

ISDH also reported 566 new novel coronavirus cases in Indiana, for a total of 25,127. 

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