COVID-19

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Purdue University trustees Thursday approved some initial steps suggested by the school’s Safe Campus Task Force to allow students, faculty, and staff to return to campus safely next school year in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic  -- including plans for continued remote work and learning.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

 

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 51 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,264. The state announced nearly 22,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 120,000 Hoosiers tested.

Expanded Testing Begins In Indiana Through Partnership With OptumServe

The state’s COVID-19 testing partnership with OptumServe Health Services launched Wednesday at 20 sites across the state. 

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

 

Closing schools during a pandemic is a complicated decision, but so is opening them back up to students and staff. And while the state has yet to decide when and how K-12 schools can bring people back to campuses, state leaders are looking at key considerations for next school year. 

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

 

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he fully supports county and local governments delaying worship services in the state, following Marion and Monroe counties extending their “Stay-At-Home” orders. 

Religious services statewide will be allowed to reopen on Friday, as long as they observe social distancing.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

 

The state’s COVID-19 testing partnership with OptumServe Health Services launched Wednesday at 20 sites across the state. 

The partnership is designed to expand the state’s testing capacity, with the stated goal of testing 100,000 people within the first 30 days.

Tippecanoe County

 

Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler says he hopes additional COVID-19 restrictions won’t be necessary in the coming days, but decisions about new guidelines will be made after looking at a range of data on a day-to-day basis.

“What we look at is not just the number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases,” Adler says. “We also look at the percentage of COVID-19 tests that are positive.” 

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

 

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 62 additional confirmed deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,213. The state announced more than 21,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 115,000 Hoosiers tested.

Indiana Schools Still Wait For Answers As Holcomb Begins Reopening Businesses

Justin Hicks / IPB News

 

Indiana will launch a PPE marketplace Wednesday for Hoosier small businesses - many of whom must use the safety gear under the state’s reopening guidelines.

The portal – run by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation – will connect businesses of no more than 150 employees with Indiana companies that are producing the critical supplies.

BMV Opens Up Some Branches For In-Person Customers

May 5, 2020
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

 

Bureau of Motor Vehicle locations across the state are starting to reopen to more in-person customers this week, with a goal to open all branches by Memorial Day.

The BMV has only been open during the pandemic for truckers who needed their commercial driver’s licenses.

Fifty-five BMV branches are open statewide for in-person business, with the goal of having one open branch within an hour of every Hoosier.

Commissioner Peter Lacy says visits are by appointment only.

Faith Church

 

Indiana’s places of worship can resume in-person services -- using social distancing guidelines -- starting May 8, under Stage 2 of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s plan to reopen the state. This week, Holcomb said those places of worship would act as a “test or control group” that would help inform the state’s response to COVID-19.

 

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