Saturday, 28 March 2020

Indiana reports 336 new coronavirus cases, 981 total; 24 deaths in state

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana State Department of Health reported 336 new cases of the coronavirus in Indiana since Thursday. That brings the state’s total to 981.

So far, 24 people have died from COVID-19, Latest Indianapolis News according to the ISDH.

Counties reporting deaths are Allen (1),Dearborn (1), Delaware (1), Franklin (1), Hancock (1), Hendricks (2), Howard (1), Jasper (1), Johnson (3), Madison (1), Marion (8), Putnam (1), Scott (1), and St. Joseph (1).

Coronavirus cases have now been confirmed in 69 of Indiana's 92 counties.

Marion County reported 191 new cases,Press Release Distribution Service  bringing its total to 484. That's the most in the state.

The new numbers show 6,936 people have been tested statewide.

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Seven more die from coronavirus in Indiana, positive cases now at 981

INDIANAPOLIS — Seven additional people in Indiana have died from the coronavirus since Thursday, according to new numbers released by the Indiana State Department of Health.

The number of deaths increased from 17 to 24, while the number of positive cases increased from 645 to 981. An additional 2,285 people were tested for the coronavirus.

INDIANAPOLIS — Seven additional people in Indiana have died from the coronavirus since Thursday, Latest Indianapolis News according to new numbers released by the Indiana State Department of Health.

The number of deaths increased from 17 to 24, while the number of positive cases increased from 645 to 981. An additional 2,285 people were tested for the coronavirus.

On Friday evening, the Tippecanoe County Health Department announced a man, Press Release Distribution Service who was over the age of 60 and had COVID-19, died, according to a press release from the county health department. He was a resident of the county and was hospitalized at IU Health Arnett hospital.

This death has not yet been counted into the total number of deaths in Indiana, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

The latest numbers show Marion County with 484 positive cases.

The ISDH also released a demographic breakdown for positive cases in the state.

To help fight the spread of COVID-19 the public should continue to take the following actions:

1. Stay Home
2. Wash your hands often with soap and water
3. Cover your cough and/or sneeze
4. If you do have symptoms, treat the symptoms, monitor your health and Stay Home from work.
5. If symptoms worsen contact your physician for medical care.
6. If symptoms are life threatening, call 911 and tell first responders you are having flu like symptoms.
7. No matter what steps you are taking, STAY HOME

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Thursday, 26 March 2020

Gov. Holcomb orders Hoosiers to stay home to fight COVID-19 spread

INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric Holcomb has ordered Hoosiers to stay home as the state and country continue to try and fight the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

“The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, Latest Indianapolis News and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” said Gov. Holcomb.

The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6. Since then the number of positive cases has increased on a near daily basis, escalating as the capacity to test has grown. As of this morning, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 1,960, the number of positive cases is 259 and 7 deaths have been reported.

“I’m setting the example by sending state government personnel home to work to the maximum extent possible and closing our facilities to public interaction beginning Tuesday, Press Release Distribution Service for at least the next two weeks,” said Gov. Holcomb.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people will recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment, but the elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness and need to be hospitalized.

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14 people have died from coronavirus in Indiana; 477 total cases reported

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — There are 112 new cases of the coronavirus in Indiana since Tuesday morning. That brings the state total to 477.

There are now 53 out of 92 counties in Indianapolis Latest News with confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Fourteen people have died from the coronavirus. That's up by two since Tuesday. Hancock and Howard Counties both reported their first deaths.

Deaths were reported in the following counties: Marion (6), Johnson (3), Allen, Howard, Delaware, Hancock, and Scott Counties. 

Marion County reported 67 new cases since Tuesday morning, Press Release Distribution Services bringing their total to 226. That's the most in the state.

The new numbers show 3,356 people have been tested statewide.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) IPS Response Plan

In an effort to continue to keep our students, staff and families safe from COVID-19, which has been classified as a pandemic, Indianapolis Public Schools is closed from March 13 through May 1. This includes all IPS schools, childcare services, health services, athletics, enrichment and after school activities.

While we understand the hardship that closing the entire district will have on many of our most vulnerable families, Latest Indianapolis News the health and safety of our students, staff and families is our primary concern.

This decision has not been made lightly, but it has been made to help mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community.Press Release Distribution News This is an unprecedented health crisis and we must rely on the wisdom and guidance of our public health departments and authorities.

For more details on home-based learning, meals and other services the district and our community partners are providing during this time, please check out the Latest News section below.

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UPDATE: 12 people have died from coronavirus in Indiana; 365 cases in state

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Twelve people have died from the coronavirus in Indiana.

These are the counties that reported deaths: Latest Indianapolis News Allen, Delaware, Johnson (3), Scott, and Marion (6).

Indiana reported 106 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday morning with the total climbing to 365 cases across the state.Marion County has 161 confirmed cases, Press Release Distribution News which is the most in the state.The new numbers show 2,931 people have been tested statewide.The ISDH is tracking cases daily on its website.

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Monday, 23 March 2020

Indiana coronavirus updates for Sunday, March 22, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR/TEGNA/AP) - The new coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 307,100 people and killed more than 13,000, including four confirmed deaths in Indiana. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 92,300 people have recovered so far, mostly in China.

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Allen County reports first death related to COVID-19, 7th death in the state
The Department of Health announced the first Allen County death from COVID-19 Sunday, making it the state's 7th death.

The Allen County resident was an older adult who had been hospitalized as a COVID-19 patient and also had a history of chronic health issues, according to the health department.

“Our hearts go out to the family who lost their loved one today as a result of COVID-19,” Indianapolis Latest News said Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan. “We continue to ask for the community’s help in adhering to guidance that will slow the spread of this virus so our hospitals can continue to provide their best care to patients suffering from COVID-19 as well as other serious conditions.”

No further information will be released about the patient or the case.

Canada won't send team to Tokyo Olympics unless games postponed
The Canadian Olympic Committee says it will not send a team to Tokyo Olympics this summer unless the games are postponed by one year.Submit Your Press Release Through Press Release Distribution Service .

The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees said in a statement Sunday that they're refusing to send athletes to Japan if the games set to start in late July aren't suspended.

That makes them the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The committees' statement saying they're was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives, but that it would not be safe for athletes to compete in Tokyo in July.

The move came on the heels of an IOC announcement that it would take up to four weeks to consider its options. That includes postponing the games, but the committee doesn't know what the new date would be.

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Indianapolis update: COVID-19 case count climbs to 126

INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) - Indiana's official COVID-19 case total has grown to 126, with no change in the number of deaths statewide, according to new information released Saturday morning.

833 Hoosiers have now been tested.

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 4 cases in Allen County, Indianapolis Latest News with one each in Wells, Noble, Grant and Adams counties.

The increase follows data provided on Friday morning, when ISDH said reported that at least 79 people had been infected with the virus.

As of Friday, at least 554 people had been tested, and Indiana's death toll stood at 3.


Anyone with a fever of 100 degrees F AND a cough should first call their healthcare provider to discuss their symptoms and determine the next course of action.Submit Your Press Release Through Press Release Distribution Service

The following local healthcare providers have set up specific screening for COVID-19:

Fort Wayne Medical Education patients should call 260-423-2675
IU Health patients should download the telemedicine application IU Health Virtual Visit and follow directions OR call 260-234-5400
Lutheran Health patients should call 260-435-5050
Parkview patients should call 1-877-PPG-TODAY or their specific provider; Parkview has also set up a self-screening website at
Neighborhood Health Clinic patients should call 260-458-2570

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Saturday, 21 March 2020

Indiana hospitals running out of supplies get help

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Hundreds of Indiana hospitals and health care facilities running short on critical supplies received much needed help Friday. According the state health commissioner, the Indiana National Guard and Department of Transportation rolled in with supplies needed to treat COVID-19 patients and protect health care workers.

“Nobody ran out," said Dr. Kris Box “ Nobody who called and said I’m totally out of masks. I’m totally out of gowns.”

But the state health commissioner said some hospitals were within a day of running out.Indianapolis Latest News The crucial medical supplies came from the National Strategic Stockpile that many states are turning to for help."We requested a very large amount, and we got a very small percentage of that which is what every state is getting.” she said.

From large warehouses the medical supplies were shipped to Indiana, sorted, and then taken by Indiana National Guardsmen and INDOT Press Release Distribution Service to more than 200 hospitals and other medical facilities.

Even with the restocking effort, health care workers are being told to conserve and reuse masks, gowns and other protective gear.

The COVID-19 pandemic is stretching health care providers to their limits.

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Market provides free fresh produce in food desert amid coronavirus

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Hoosiers have long struggled with food insecurity.

But with food and business closures in the wake of the new coronavirus pandemic, this reality is even more dire, especially in Brookside on Indianapolis' northeast side.

“We already live in a food desert,” said Assistant Manager of Healthy Harvest Market Dorothea Hurt. "We have some convenience stores close by in the area. But we don’t have many grocery stores in our community."

That’s why Healthy Harvest Market opened in the area four months ago.

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“We opened in December and our goal is to serve high quality foods to people living in the area,” said Erin Peckinpaugh, executive director of Healthy Harvest Market and Brandywine Creek Farms. “So they can access celery and bananas, and apples instead of ramen and mac and cheese and highly processed foods."

Peckinpaugh said whole foods and produce means better health.

“We’re identifying that processed foods can lead to diseases," she said.IndianaPolis Latest News "So diabetes is very common because a lot of the foods have added sugars. So that’s why we want kids eating from the earth, because long term that’s going to provide them with better nutrition,"

Fifteen-year-old Trinity Hess remembers what it was like before Healthy Harvest Market opened in her area. She said she physically feels a difference after eating more whole foods.

“I feel healthier than I did before,” she said.

When the pandemic caused businesses and schools to close, Healthy Harvest Market knew they had to spring into action.

“A lot of the big food banks might provide bags of food with shelf. Indianapolis Press Release Distribution Service So they might be sending bags with highly processed meals like mac and cheese and soup. And that's great because it can set on the shelf for a long time, but what they're missing in their diet is food that's grown right here on the farms of central Indiana and that's providing a higher nutrition level,” said Peckpaugh.

That’s why Healthy Harvest Market is providing each child or adult that comes to their store with two hot meals and bag filled with fresh produce and groceries.

Hurt said having access to fresh produce isn’t just about nutrition.

“I’ve struggled with food insecurity," Hurt said. "I’m telling you the cans don’t last long. I can make more items out of fresh produce than I can out of things at the convenience store. I know if I put this apple in the oven on 350 and bake it, with a little butter, it’s going to get soft. And if I stir it up I can make apple sauce, home made for my kid."

Peckinpaugh said the demand for the free meals and groceries their offering is high. And they realize it’s not just the kids that are in need.

“A lot of these seniors have mobility issues so providing them with a bag of groceries is something that really has to be done right now,” said Peckinpaugh.

They are recruiting volunteers so they can reach more senior citizens.

So far, Peckinpaugh said they have served “well over 150” people who have either come into the store or received at-home delivery.

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Friday, 20 March 2020

Education Affected By Corona In Indianapolis

All Indiana schools will remain closed until May 1, state testing canceled

The Arsenal Technical High School senior is due to start college in the fall at Harvard University and there’s a chance that, when he does, it’ll be his first time inside a classroom in more than six months.

“How am I going to get my diploma?” he wondered after learning that all of Indiana’s K-12 schools would be closed until at least May 1. “How is this going to work?”

While Gov. Eric Holcomb hasn’t closed schools through the end of the school year, which for Indianapolis Public Schools ends June 4, he made it clear during a press conference Thursday afternoon that it was a distinct possibility.

Many Hoosiers, including Medina, expect that to be the next step the state takes to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Medina already has all of the credits he needs to graduate high school. He’s taking all of his courses this semester at IUPUI – which, like most colleges across the country, has already announced it will finish the year online. He’s getting a head start on earning college credits, but it still worried about what the extended closure of his high school will mean for him and his classmates.

“I’m expecting that they’re going to cancel high school for the rest of the year,” he said. “So, for the next six months I’m not going to be in a classroom, which is a little crazy.”

State tests canceled
Holcomb announced a slate of measures – including the closing of schools until May – to combat the spread of the disease that has swept across the globe but did not go so far as to cancel school for the rest of the year.

Kansas became the first state to take that step on Tuesday.

Holcomb said state officials would continue to monitor the spread of the disease in Indiana and make a decision about the remainder of the school year down the road.

He did announce, though, the cancellation of all state testing — including the ISTEP10, ILEARN and IREAD-3 assessments — set to be given later this spring.

"If, by some miracle, we get students back this year, we'll use that time in class for instruction," he said, "not cramming for tests."

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The state has asked for testing forgiveness from the U.S. Department of Education News, but has not received it yet. Holcomb said he talked to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Wednesday and said she was supportive of the state’s efforts.

More than 1 million students home
The first of Indiana's public school districts closed last Monday. By Wednesday of this week, all of the state's public schools had closed, meaning more than 1 million Hoosier kids were suddenly at home.

Elizabeth Walker's three daughters — in seventh, fifth and first grades — haven't started home instruction yet. They attend schools in the Indianapolis Public Schools district, which isn't utilizing eLearning this week as kids head into a planned two-week spring break.

Right now, Walker said she and her husband — both working remotely — are just trying to adjust to working at home with their three girls. What that looks like for the month after spring break, when the girls will be home and theoretically "back to school" is a big question.

"The older ones can log on and manage their own school work," Walker said. "But the youngest, who's in first grade... I can't say, 'here's your plan for the next five hours. I'll see you then.'"

Walker said she understands the steps the state is taking are necessary, but she's not sure how families will manage educating students at home for such an extended period of time.

"I think it is necessary and we need to do what we need to do to save lives," she said. "I expect that it will have consequences for a long time for a lot of families."

While some districts can’t effectively do remote learning — either due to connectivity issues or lack of access to digital devices in some households – others are trying to keep students, more or less, on track.

Schools starting eLearning
At Carmel Clay schools, the district started eLearning on Wednesday for the first time.

“This is the second day of it,” said Peter O’Hara, president of the Carmel Teachers Association. “It is working out very well.”

The hope is, he said, to continue eLearning throughout the closure so that students and teachers can just pick up where they need to, whenever school returns to in-person classes.

Holcomb has given schools statewide a 20-day waiver from the requirement that schools meet for 180 instructional days in a school year.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick said that number could change. The state is still working with schools to determine needs, which vary greatly from one district to the next, and figure out how best to meet them.

For many, those needs include getting food to families who typically rely on Education News schools to provide free or reduced-price meals to kids from low-income families. McCormick said that 94% of school districts have some sort of food assistance in place already and the state is working to ensure those programs can continue.

Answers for high school seniors
The Indiana Department of Education is working with schools to ensure the state's 75,000 high school seniors graduate on time.

"Our goal is to make sure that we graduate seniors," McCormick said.

Many seniors have already earned the credits they need, she said, but the department will work with schools in the coming days on guidance to help ensure seniors that haven't met all graduation requirements yet have the opportunity to do so.

Whether or not schools hold commencements is a decision for a later date, she said, that will probably be made at the district level.

Aldo Medina is already preparing himself to hear that his school’s graduation will be canceled. A trip he was supposed to take to Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers was canceled last week. Harvard has canceled an orientation session planned for next month. For More Info Press Release Distribution Service

“I just feel like... I’ve been working so hard,” he said. “This is just, overall, just really disheartening.

“These are opportunities I’ve never going to get back.”

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Saturday, 7 March 2020

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