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State Launches COVID-19 Help Hotline For Schools

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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.

Indiana Keeps Its Reopening Plan On Hold Through July

Jul 15, 2020
(Courtesy of the governor's office)

The state won’t advance its reopening plan for “at least” another two weeks, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday.

Indiana was set to move into its final phase this weekend. But several COVID-19 metrics – including higher percentages of positive tests and more hospitalizations – are trending in the wrong direction.

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Indiana will enter the next stage of its reopening plan Friday, June 12, a couple days early.

Stage 4 of the “Back on Track” plan allows groups of up to 250 people to gather. Retail stores no longer have capacity limits, though the state still urges proper social distancing.

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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.

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Indiana officials say the COVID-19 surge they’re expecting is still to come – though it shouldn’t be as bad as initially projected.

State leaders in recent weeks expected the novel coronavirus surge to hit Hoosier health care systems beginning in mid-April and lasting well into May.

Now, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says the latest projections say the surge will hit Indianapolis in late April and the rest of the state in early May. And she says she doesn’t think it will be as bad as feared.

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The Indiana State Department of Health broke down COVID-19 cases and deaths by race and ethnicity.

While black Hoosiers only comprise 9 percent of the state’s population, they account for 19 percent of deaths and 18 percent of cases. 

But, State Health Commissioner Kris Box says, while the data follows the national trend, it is incomplete. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 42 additional deaths Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 245. The state announced 6,351 total confirmed cases, with more than 32,000 Hoosiers tested.

Indiana Unemployment Claims Surge For Third Consecutive Week

The country’s surge in unemployment continued another week with more than 6.5 million new applications for unemployment insurance. The state’s initial jobless claims are just under 134,000.

State Health Department Confirms 31 Flu-Related Deaths

Jan 17, 2020

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) says nine more Hoosiers have died from flu-related illness. ISDH confirms a total of 31 flu-related deaths this season in a report released Friday.

All IN: Infant and Maternal Mortality

Dec 3, 2019

Indiana’s infant mortality rate is the highest in the Midwest and the seventh worst in the nation, according to data from 2017. And it’s not just our babies that have these concerning statistics, our mothers have a high mortality rate too – almost double the national average.