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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Thursday steps Indiana will take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The state had reported 12 known cases as of Thursday morning.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association has now postponed its boys basketball tournament, but said in a statement Friday it would move forward with the state girls gymnastics tournament.

The organization is making changes to comply with guidelines on coronavirus from federal health officials.

St. Joseph County, Indiana, Has 1st COVID-19 Case

Mar 11, 2020

The St. Joseph County Health Department confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the county this afternoon. Health officials say they are expecting more cases in the next few days.

The Indiana State Department of Health today confirmed two more cases of COVID-19 in the state. That brings the total number of patients to six. 

Indiana University has temporarily suspended face-to-face classes starting later this month in light of the rapidly changing coronavirus outbreak, according to a university press release.

Coursework will move online for all IU students following the school’s spring break, from March 23 to April 5. 

This decision comes after the state announced its sixth confirmed case of the virus Tuesday morning. As of Tuesday afternoon, only 36 people have been tested by the Indiana State Department of Health, according to its website.

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Indiana University Health announced restrictions Tuesday for visitors to their Lafayette, Frankfort, and Monticello hospital campuses to protect patients from possible coronavirus infection. 

A total of four people in Indiana have now tested positive for the new coronavirus. The latest case involves a student from an Avon elementary school and an adult from Noble County.

The Indiana State Department of Health, ISDH, announced Sunday it has identified a second positive case of illness from the new coronavirus.

How Heart Disease Can Strike Young Mothers

Mar 6, 2020

Most people think of heart disease as something that only happens in old age. That’s not always the case. But younger people may not recognize symptoms of a cardiac emergency because they don’t think it could happen to them.

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West Lafayette School Superintendent Rocky Killion confirmed Friday the parent of a West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School student tested negative for coronavirus, one day after informing the school corporation about the possible diagnosis. 

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Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in the county, after Indiana’s first confirmed case in Marion County was announced earlier Friday.

 

“Due to this confirmed case, we are providing recommendations to the community to protect persons at higher risk of serious illness due to the virus,” Adler said. 

 

Indiana has reported the state’s first presumed case of illness from the new coronavirus.

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The parent of a West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School student is being tested for the coronavirus, according to an e-mail sent by West Lafayette School Superintendent Rocky Killion Thursday.

Killion says the student in question is not currently in school, not experiencing any symptoms, and won’t return to school until they receive confirmation that no other family members have been diagnosed with the virus. He also said the school was undergoing a thorough cleaning as a precautionary measure.

Syringe Exchange Extension Sent To Governor

Mar 5, 2020

Indiana’s syringe exchange programs will get “another year of certainty” after a bill extending them was sent to the governor Thursday. 

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As concerns about coronavirus continue to escalate across the country, the Tippecanoe County Health Department issued a public health alert Wednesday. County Health Officer Jeremy Adler advised residents against immediately heading to the emergency room if they’re concerned about possible coronavirus symptoms. 

“We are asking the public to avoid visiting emergency departments unless you have significant symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and/or other risk factors for coronavirus,” Adler says. 

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