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TRACKING CORONAVIRUS IN INDIANA:
April 9, 2020
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued new guidance for places of worship as people observe Passover and Easter.
He said churches and synagogues should stay closed and services be held online.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 408 new cases of coronavirus and 42 new COVID-19 deaths.
April 8, 2020
The mayor of Gary is being tested for COVID-19 after having close contact with the city's health commissioner, who contracted the virus.
Mayor Jerome Prince said he's feeling fine, but is doing so out of an abundance of caution.
April 7, 2020
An additional 5,943 cases of COVID-19 and 30 deaths were reported by the ISDH . A total of 30,869 tests have been reported to the ISDH.
April 7, 2020
Mayor Duane Parry issued an Executive Order Tuesday declaring a "Local Disaster Emergency in the City of Michigan City." The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday and will last until 11:59 p.m. April 14 unless the council extends the mayor's order until May 4.
The order includes a mandatory curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., in addition to the closure of nonessential businesses and operations.
The ISDH reported 563 new positive coronavirus cases with 34 additional deaths on Tuesday. The latest numbers bring the total number of COVID-19 cases to 5,507 with 173 deaths in the state.
Statewide demographics show the virus is impacting more women than men, with women testing positive in more than half of the state's cases. Residents between the ages of 50-59 also make up the most patients at 20.4%. However, most deaths related to COVID-19 in the Indiana are primarily men, and mostly residents 80 and older.
April 6, 2020
Governor Eric Holcomb has extended Indiana's stay-at-home order for two more weeks.
Essential businesses will also have to limit their store hours and the number of people inside. Holcomb also said non-essential businesses can no longer have in-store sales.
Health officials announced 533 new cases and 12 additional deaths due to coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 4,944 with 139 deaths in the state of Indiana.
April 5, 2020
Indiana health officials confirmed 464 new cases and nine deaths Saturday bringing the total to 4,411 positive COVID-19 cases in the state and 127 deaths.
April 4, 2020
Indiana health officials announced 3,953 positive COVID-19 cases in the state and 116 deaths.
April 3, 2020
Indiana's stay-at-home order is being extended for two more weeks as the state's number of coronavirus-related topped 100 with the anticipated illness peak still weeks away.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday the extension for the order that first took effect March 25 and was set to expire Tuesday.
Holcomb has repeatedly urged residents to avoid unnecessary trips outside their home and to remain at least six feet from those they don't live with to help stem the virus spread.
The deaths of 24 more people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday by state health officials.
Indiana officials announced the state has 3,437 positive COVID-19 cases and 102 deaths.
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced that more than 152,000 Indiana households will receive additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits when April distributions begin April 5. SNAP households which are not currently receiving the maximum allotment will receive additional benefits which bring their allotment amount to the maximum. Households already receiving the maximum benefit will not receive additional benefits.
April 2, 2020
Indiana schools closed through end of school year, Gov. Eric Holcomb says
Indiana schools will remain closed through the end of the school year to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Thursday.
An additional 474 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths were reported by Indiana health officials, bringing the state's total to 3,039 cases and 78 deaths.
April 1, 2020
Indiana is stressing the importance of social distancing by launching a new statewide campaign.
It's called #INThisTogether.
"Our shared goal is simple and straightforward. It is we need to act now, and by doing so, we all are going to save lives," Gov. Eric Holcomb said.
Indiana officials said there are 2,565 positive COVID-19 cases in the state, with 65 deaths. That includes a sixth death in Lake County and one in Jasper County.
March 31, 2020
Gov. Eric Holcomb has extended requirements for bars, nightclubs and restaurants to stay closed to dine-in patrons until April 6 at 11:59 p.m. They may continue to provide take-out and delivery services.
Holcomb also signed an executive order to ease government operations, including permitting electronic notary services to remotely review and approve documents.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will hold a virtual job fair for more than 1,000 construction and related positions at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 16.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education will offer free virtual FAFSA filing help for students and families from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.
Help will be available through the Commission's Learn More Indiana social media platforms: Facebook (facebook.com/LearnMoreIN), Instagram (@LearnMoreIndiana) and Twitter (@LearnMoreIN).
Indiana officials announced 373 new COVID-19 cases and 14 additional deaths in the state. There are now 2,159 total COVID-19 cases in Indiana with 49 deaths.
March 30, 2020
The Indiana State Department of Health announced 272 additional positive coronavirus cases, with three additional deaths.
March 29, 2020
Health officials announced 282 new positive coronavirus cases with one additional death in the state Sunday.
March 28, 2020
The Indiana State Department of Health announced the state's positive coronavirus cases surpass 1,000 -reaching a new total of 1,232 cases with 31 deaths, including the first COVID-19 death in Lake County.
The dashboard also has been updated to include age ranges of patients, as well as gender breakdowns. pic.twitter.com/JSSLDD1gIs— Indiana State Department of Health (@StateHealthIN) March 28, 2020
March 27, 2020
Offenders at the Miami Correctional Facility are now producing face masks, personal protection gowns, face shields and hand sanitizer to be used in the fight against COVID-19, Gov. Holcomb said Friday.
After the first coronavirus case was confirmed in the state, the Department of Correction changed the mission of Indiana Correctional Industry's (ICI) production lines at the facility from offender uniforms to the production of protective equipment.
March 26, 2020
Indiana officials are insisting that residents obey the state's stay-at-home order to rein in the coronavirus spread and not take advantage of its travel and work exemptions.
Those appeals came Thursday as Indiana's death toll from the pandemic has risen by three to 17.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state grew by 170 to 645.
March 25, 2020
Indiana health officials announced two additional deaths, bringing the state total to 14 as the total number of cases climbed by 112, for a total of 477 cases.
March 24, 2020
Five more deaths have been reported in Indiana from the coronavirus-related illness, giving the state a total of 12 as a statewide stay-at-home order is about to take effect.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported Tuesday that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew by 107 to reach a total of 365 across the state.
March 23, 2020
Governor Eric Holcomb issued a stay-at-home order for all residents except those going on essential errands or work in essential services. The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Indiana announced 58 new cases and one additional death, bringing the total number of cases to 259 and total number of deaths to seven.
March 22, 2020
Two more people in Indiana have died after testing positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of Hoosier fatalities to six, the Indiana State Department of Health announced Sunday.
The patients were over the age of 50 and had underlying medical conditions. They lived in Scott and Marion counties, respectively.
As of Sunday, 201 Indiana residents have been diagnose with COVID-19, all but one are adults.
March 21, 2020
Indiana health officials announced the fourth death from COVID-19 in the state, a Delaware County resident over age 60.
The Indiana State Department of Health said Saturday that the patient had been hospitalized, but officials didn't release any further information.
Indiana announced 47 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 126. Three Indiana residents have died from the virus.
March 20, 2020
The Indiana State Health Department confirmed a third resident has died from COVID-19. State health officials said the victim is an adult resident of Marion County over age 60 who had been hospitalized.
Indiana moved its primary date from May 5 to June 2, citing concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 23 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 79. That includes two deaths.
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration will close its Division of Family Resources offices to the public at the end of business Friday. While DFR's physical locations are closed, online and telephone services will continue to operate as normal.
March 19, 2020
Indiana announced 17 new cases in the state, bringing its total to 56. The death toll remained at two.
March 18, 2020
State announces new partnership between the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and Eli Lilly and Company, with support from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to accelerate testing in Indiana for COVID-19. Lilly will use its research laboratories to analyze samples taken in Indiana healthcare facilities, including nursing homes and emergency rooms, in an effort to increase the state's ability to conduct testing for COVID-19.
Gov. Holcomb also announced these additional efforts:
The program would provide targeted, low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help small businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue as a result of coronavirus. Nonprofits would also be eligible for loan assistance through the program. More information is available at SBA.gov/Disaster.
The program will cover unemployment eligibility requirements, frequently asked questions, and how to apply for benefits.
The 30-minute live programs will be held:
1. Tuesday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. ET
2. Wednesday, March 25, at 3 p.m. ET
To register, visit: https://on.in.gov/UI2020
The Indiana State Department of Health reported nine additional cases, bringing the state's total to 39.
March 17, 2020
The School City of Hammond announced it was awaiting confirmation that a transportation department employee had tested positive for COVID-19. That employee's spouse is also a SCH Transportation Department employee and is being quarantined for 14 days. Due to a lack of test kits, the spouse has not yet been tested. The initial employee works as a bus monitor and last worked on March 10. The spouse, a bus driver, serviced routes to Scott MS and Maywood as recently as March 13 on Bus 146. Individual letters are being sent home to inform parents if their child was on any of those routes.
Community Hospital in Munster announced it has a confirmed case of COVID-19. The patient was screened and assessed upon entry and was found to have a slight fever and respiratory symptoms. That person was immediately placed in isolation and appropriate protocols were implemented as the Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) investigate. Hospital visitation was restricted after the announcement.
Indiana announced its second COVID-19 death, with the total number of cases rising to 30. Officials said the second death was a Johnson County resident over 60. The first death was reported in Marion County.
March 16, 2020
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said the first person has died from COVID-19 in the state.
Holcomb made the announcement during an afternoon press conference. The patient who passed away was a Marion County resident over age 60 who had been hospitalized as a COVID-19 patient and also suffered from underlying medical conditions.
The Indiana State Department of Health said the number of coronavirus COVID-19 in the state jumped to 24 on Monday.
So far, ISDH has conducted 139 tests for COVID-19 in the state.
The new cases reported Monday include single cases in Bartholomew, Floyd, Marion, Howard and Hendricks counties.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb ordered dine-in-restaurants and bars to close in the state.
March 15, 2020
The Indiana State Department of Health reported four new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state's total to 19.
The new cases involve residents of Hamilton and Marion counties, health officials said.
State officials have not provided further details on the new cases at this time.
March 14, 2020
The Indiana State Department of Health reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the state's total to 15.
One of the new patients who tested presumptive positive is a resident in LaPorte County in northwest Indiana.
The other cases involve residents in Marion and Wells counties, state health officials said.
One of the new cases involves a minor, according to the department.
March 13, 2020
President Donald Trump declares a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.
The Indiana State Department of Health reports there are no new presumptive positive cases of coronavirus to report. The state's total confirmed cases of COVID-19 stands at 12.
March 12, 2020
Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced additional steps the state will take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Indiana.
Holcomb initiated actions to:
The guidance applies to professional, social, community and similar gatherings.
Holcomb is also issuing guidance for state employee operations and will suspend all non-essential out-of-state and international travel beginning March 12 for the next 45 days. The state is also providing employees with guidance about the use of leave and remote work options for limited duration while ensuring the delivery of essential state services.
March 8, 2020
2nd Indiana case of COVID-19 confirmed in Hendricks County, state health officials say
Health officials announced the second confirmed case of novel coronavirus. That patient is a resident of Hendricks County who had also recently traveled to Boston for a conference linked to more than a dozen cases of coronavirus across the country.
March 6, 2020
1st Indiana case of COVID-19 reported; governor declares public health emergency
Indiana reported its first case of COVID-19. Governor Eric Holcomb said the patient was a man from Marion County who had a recent history of travel to Boston.
Indiana cases by county:
The Indiana State Department of Health has identified a total of 6,351 coronavirus cases with 245 deaths.
The Indiana State Department of Health is tracking all new coronavirus cases on their website.
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HOW IT SPREADS
- Person-to-person: The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (about 6 feet) via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects: It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
- When does spread happen? People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
- How efficiently does the virus spread? How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. Another factor is whether the spread continues over multiple generations of people (if spread is sustained). The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in Hubei province and other parts of China. In the United States, spread from person-to-person has occurred only among a few close contacts and has not spread any further to date.
- There is still more to be learned: COVID-19 is an emerging disease and there is more to learn about its transmissibility, severity, and other features and what will happen in the United States. New information will further inform the risk assessment.
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* The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
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