The Case Count Will Update With ISDH Updates. Last Update Was Sept. 20 at 12:20 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health added 756 confirmed COVID-19 cases to the state's total Sunday, raising it to 111,505. The new cases were confirmed Sept. 11-19. It also added three COVID-19 deaths to the state's total bringing it to 3,281. The deaths occurred Sept. 18-19.
As of Sunday the results of more than 1.86 million COVID-19 tests for more than 1.3 million individuals had been reported to the ISDH with a cumulative positivity rate among unique individuals at 8.6 percent. The state's 7-day positivity rate among unique individuals (as of Sept. 13) is 6.8 percent.
Central Indiana 7-day Positivity Rates Among Unique Individuals
Gov. Eric Holcomb's executive order requiring Hoosiers to wear masks in public took effect on July 27, and was extended on Aug. 26 through at least late September. Face coverings are required for anyone 8-years old or older in the following places:
Public indoor spaces and commercial entities
While using public transportation or other vehicle services such as a taxi or ride share
Outdoor public spaces when it’s not possible to socially distance from people not in the same household
Exceptions include medical conditions, during exercise, or when eating and drinking.
Health officials encourage anyone with symptoms to call the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (or 317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail email@example.com. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Community health leaders say that for many people, answering a contract tracer's call is easier said than done. That's especially true for those more at risk of contracting the virus, like members of Black and Latinx communities. They have been harder hit by the virus, but they also have a history of mistrust of the government.
The counties that include Indiana and Ball State universities are listed as the highest-risk locations for coronavirus infections on the state health departments updated county-by-county map released Wednesday.
Among the 50 large U.S. counties with the highest percentages of student residents, 20 have consistently reported higher rates of new virus cases than their states have since Sept. 1, according to an Associated Press analysis.
Poverty and other living conditions can affect your health. These factors -- known as social determinants of health -- can explain why pockets of African-Americans and Latino Hoosiers experience more COVID-19 cases than any other group.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center failed to provide PPE to some workers entrance screeners, cardiology workers and paperwork processors in mid-March.
Eli Lilly says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be hospitalized, a goal no current coronavirus medicine has been able to meet.
Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday and said it plans to open its football season the weekend of Oct. 23-24.
With some school districts operating remotely, parents are scrambling to find childcare. Childcare centers are trying to meet the demand while also operating as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teaching is already challenging enough without a pandemic shaking up how the classroom operates. As schools reopen, many districts are focused on keeping their staff and students safe from COVID-19. But the pandemic is also taking a toll on teachers' mental health.
Eli Lilly announced the results Monday from a 1,000-person study sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The result have not yet been published or reviewed by independent scientists.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 74 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state's total to 3,214. The state announced more than 105,000 total confirmed cases including three days with more than 1,000 reported cases and more than 1.7 million Hoosiers tested.
The extra $300 will go to anyone who lost their job due to COVID-19 and was eligible for $100 or more of unemployment benefits between June 26 and Sept. 5. The program, called Lost Wages Assistance, was created through an executive order from President Donald Trump.
Many schools in Indiana are working to provide some sort of in-person instruction to students as they reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, but some school leaders say a shortage of teachers could force them to once again move students online.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday it reached an agreement with its musicians on health benefits and a financial stipend as its doors remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 68 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state's total to 3,140. The state announced more than 99,000 total confirmed cases including two days with more than 1,000 reported cases and more than 1.5 million Hoosiers tested.
The trial is for a vaccine in development by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and Oxford University. It's one of three vaccines in the U.S. in the final stage of study before Food and Drug Administration approval for widespread use.
Indiana health officials are warning residents to take coronavirus precautions seriously over the Labor Day weekend, even as new statewide COVID-19 risk ratings show most counties have minimal or moderate virus spread.
The Indiana State Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal to maintain full funding levels for schools operating online this fall. School leaders and educators say it offers much-needed stability.
The debate over how and when schools should reopen for in-person teaching continues across the country. Unlike leaders in other states, Gov. Eric Holcomb has been reluctant to issue orders for public health data to dictate when a school building can open, or if it should close.
Months into Indiana's fight against COVID-19, some community health leaders say testing efforts don't always consider the Hoosiers they serve. That includes Black and Latinx Hoosiers, as well as undocumented immigrants and refugees.
Eligibility for the program, called Next Level Jobs, has been expanded through December for degree-holders by Gov. Eric Holcomb's administration using $40 million from the state's federal coronavirus relief fund.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 69 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state's total to 3,072. The state announced more than 93,000 total confirmed cases including two days with more than 1,000 reported cases and more than 1,065,000 Hoosiers tested.
When the COVID shutdown hit, lots of people lost jobs and couldn't pay their rent. States and cities responded by putting a moratorium on evictions, but those are ending. Housing advocates are now bracing for a flood of evictions, and they fear that people who lose their homes will crowd in with friends or relatives -- helping COVID to spread.
When the Indy 500 ran without spectators last weekend, it wasn't just the hundreds of thousands of fans who were missing -- it was also the millions of dollars they pump into local shops and restaurants.
State officials have long resisted setting specific parameters for when local schools should open to in-person instruction or shut back down. But State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said the new guidance comes out of repeated pleas for direction.
The University of Notre Dame has added security personnel at its COVID-19 quarantine and isolation sites after students were observed leaving the off-campus apartments and hotels in violation of safety protocols.
The appeal filed Tuesday by the nonprofit group Indiana Vote By Mail and several voters comes after a federal judge in Indianapolis rejected on Friday their request for a court order to extend no-excuse mail-in balloting.
In a recent multi-stop visit around the Midwest, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue told a group of Indiana farmers it will take billions of dollars on top of what has already been distributed.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 79 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state's total to 3,003. The state announced nearly 86,000 total confirmed cases including two days with more than 1,000 reported cases and more than 977,000 Hoosiers tested.
As some Midwest school districts open with in-person classes, school nurses face a big challenge. They play a crucial role in keeping kids safe from COVID-19. And they have to handle many other health issues. A middle school nurse in Fort Dodge, Iowa, explains how shes preparing.
The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 is days away with final preparations being made for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing. Race officials are encouraging fans to stay home and watch the race on television.
As colleges across the country welcome students back to campus, incoming freshmen are starting college in the middle of a pandemic. And, many are struggling with a tough decision to start or defer college this fall.
The Lost Wage Assistance Program will be available for out of work Hoosiers backdated to Aug. 1. Federal guidelines say workers must have received benefits of at least $100 under state or federal unemployment programs to be eligible.
Gov. Eric Holcomb is pitching an idea to calm concerns about school funding, but school leaders are doubtful it will truly clear up the problem and say it could make things like navigating teacher pay even more challenging.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 89 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state's total to 2,924. The state announced more than 80,000 total confirmed cases including three days with more than 1,000 reported cases and more than 906,000 Hoosiers tested.
Young said Democrats are to blame for the impasse, claiming they refuse to agree to anything but the House's $3 trillion proposal. Yet Democratic leaders last week offered to come down by $1 trillion if Republicans met them in the middle.
Funding became a huge question mark last week after Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) sent a letter to schools warning them they could lose 15 percent of state dollars if they dont reopen to in-person instruction.
Last week, Gov. Eric Holcomb said the state has no plans to further extend a ban on utility shutoffs during the COVID-19 crisis. But more than 11 percent of Hoosiers are still unemployed and cases are going up.
Many districts across the state are bringing students back in person but are also offering online learning for those nervous about returning. Schools have already recorded positive coronavirus cases since reopening and had to adjust their plans, including shutting down temporarily.
Indiana's moratorium on evictions is set to expire this week and additional pandemic unemployment benefits have already ended, and schools are on edge for what it could mean for students with unstable housing.
The move announced Tuesday comes six days after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions.
In June, an Illinois woman became the first COVID-19 patient in the U.S. to receive a life-saving double-lung transplant -- after the virus irreversibly damaged her lungs. She is recovering but it hasn't been easy.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 60 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state's total to 2,835. The state announced more than 74,000 total confirmed cases -- including four days with more than 1,000 reported cases -- and more than 841,000 Hoosiers tested.
Sen. President Pro Tempore Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) sent a letter to school leaders Thursday, saying they could risk up to 15 percent of their state funding if they do not offer in-person classes this fall.
Indiana union representatives rallied Thursday outside the offices of Sen. Todd Young and Sen. Mike Braun, calling for them to support the HEROES Act before the U.S. Senate goes on a five-week vacation.
Indiana is investing millions of dollars in contact tracing, and health experts say it can help isolate and reduce the spread of the coronavirus. But schools are reporting challenges with that process.
With no state mandates for if or how schools should reopen -- or benchmarks for what would require them to shut back down as confirmed cases of the virus increase -- Gov. Eric Holcomb re-emphasized "confidence" Wednesday in local leaders to decide what's best for their districts.
Gob. Eric Holcomb anunci el Mircoles que Indiana se unir a los estados adyacentes con el mandato obligatorio de mscaras empezando el Lunes 27 de Julio. El gobernador firm la orden ejecutiva el Viernes.
Roger Penske has reversed course and decided not to allow fans at the Indianapolis 500 later this month. The 104th running of The Great American Race will be the first without spectators, who showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year even during the Great Depression.
More than 1,200 people in Missouri have died from COVID-19. As the toll rises each day, the human aspect can get obscured. Angela Kender is looking to change that. After losing her mother to COVID-19 in June, Kender started a project to commemorate other victims. Shes collecting their photographs at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has already has dozens of photos, and plans to show them to lawmakers at the Missouri state capitol.
Elwood Junior Senior High School temporarily is closing this week. The district started its academic year Thursday. Students will receive instruction virtually this week before resuming their normal schedules.
More than 400,000 Hoosiers would lose, on average, about 46 percent of their unemployment benefits under the proposed federal HEALS Act thats according to a recent analysis by The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank.
The nation's automakers are scrambling to keep assembly lines staffed during the COVID-19 crisis. At a Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio, that means calling on office workers to move to the line. And that has triggered anxiety among some workers.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases among Indiana students and teachers are forcing school districts to adjust reopening plans. Reports of students and teachers testing positive for COVID-19 came out over the weekend and Monday.
A report has found that more than half of Indianas nonprofit groups that provide services to those in need have cut back on their programs or reduced their capacity in recent months due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the report, between revenue declines and fundraiser cancellations, about 60% of not-for-profits have suspended or ended programs, such as summer camps, after-school programs, mentorships and volunteer programs.
For many Indiana students who returned to classrooms this week for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak forced schools to transition to remote learning last March, the school day offered a mixed bag of emotions, anxiety and plenty of new health-related protocols.
Two former Indiana lieutenant governors called for Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to expand mail-in voting Friday as the coronavirus continues. Without a broad mail-in voting option, former Indiana lieutenant governors John Mutz and Kathy Davis said Friday that fewer voting locations and long lines at polls will further suppress minority, disabled and low-income voters.
Caregivers juggle work and family, and coordinate medical care for a loved one -- a lot of responsibility under normal conditions. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of caregivers across the country are adjusting to new ways of life.
The COVID-19 pandemic shut down most of the economy in the second quarter, which meant fewer surgery bills or other big claims. But companies expect at least some of those postponed procedures to take place later this year.
Ball State University announced its coronavirus screening procedures Monday. The Muncie school won't require students or staff to be tested for COVID-19 before the campus fully reopens for in-person classes next month.
Groups including Common Cause Indiana, the League of Women Voters of Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana and the Greater Indianapolis NAACP all want the state to expand vote-by-mail to anyone who wants it for the Nov. 3 election.
The Reuben Engagement Center, that temporarily houses people experiencing homelessness and are suffering from addiction, shut its doors during the pandemic. The center aims to resume services next week, but at a new location.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 77 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state's total to 2,706. The state announced more than 62,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 701,000 Hoosiers tested.
Indiana's new face mask mandate takes effect Monday. All residents over the age of 8 are required to wear a face mask -- covering the nose and mouth -- while in public in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Attorney General Curtis Hill released a non-binding opinion that said even the broad emergency powers in state law dont authorize the governor to issue a mask mandate or attach a criminal penalty to it.
WFYI's Jill Ditmire spoke with Indianapolis science fiction and fantasy author Maurice Broaddus about the lessons hes learned during the pandemic and how they might show up in future discussions with students and in his latest science fiction trilogy, "All the Stars."
Carlette Duffy became the city's Director of Reentry just one month before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. WFYI's Jill Sheridan spoke with Duffy by phone about the challenges facing people going through reentry right now.
The Indiana Women's Prison has been locked down since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Advocates, inmates and even staff say that conditions are harsh, especially in units known as the cottages.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Side Effects is answering questions from our audience about the virus. To reach a larger audience, weve translated some of this material into Spanish. And now, we're partnering with Indiana University linguistics professor Kelly Harper Berkson and the Chin Languages Research Project to provide information to the Burmese-American community.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 62 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state's total to 2,629. The state announced more than 56,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 626,000 Hoosiers tested.
COVID-19 in group homes has been a national concern. New research shows people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live in group homes in New York were more likely to contract and die of the disease.
The Indiana State School Music Association announced Friday that the organizations competition season -- which includes regional and semistate events, as well as state finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis -- could not move forward with live events.
State contractor OptumServe Health Services was expected to have 50 testing sites operating around Indiana by the end of May. State health commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box, said Wednesday that the company had 35 testing sites open.
Many governors have ordered the release of certain inmates to help with social distancing in prisons. In Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb has resisted calls to do that, leaving it to county courts to depopulate prisons. Most of them haven't.
Indiana will extend its current capacity limits for restaurants and bars and other restrictions for at least another two weeks because of an increasing number of coronavirus cases across the state, Gov. Eric Holcomb said 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.
The CDC and other health experts say wearing masks in public helps to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. But the debate over requiring people to wear them has become fraught, even in a Midwest town at the heart of an outbreak.
Washington Township Schools will only open virtually for at-home learning when school starts July 30. Previously, the district said it intended to offer full-time in-class instruction or the option for remote classes.
The Rental Assistance Program will provide up to $500 a month for four months to people who've lost income during the pandemic. The money can be used to help cover unpaid rent from previous months and to help pay going forward.
State Rep. Karlee Macer (D-Speedway) and State Sen. J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) spoke outside the Indiana Women's Prison on Saturday to highlight safety concerns connected to the facility's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 67 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the states total to 2,567. The state announced more than 51,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 564,000 Hoosiers tested.
Indianapolis Public Schools will require all students and staff to wear face masks, make space for physical distancing in buildings, reduce the number of students riding buses, and install touchless water fountains, according to a reopening plan released Friday.
The Small Business Administration released national data on who received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan through June. But the lack of detailed information included for smaller loans limits the ability to hold those businesses and organizations accountable.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) Director Dr. Virginia Caine gave free face coverings Thursday to families through a partnership with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. The free face coverings were distributed in support of the countys new public health order, requiring all individuals to wear face coverings in public.
Theres a lack of data regarding COVID-19 among the estimated two million migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the U.S. The National Center for Farmworker Health has compiled reports from media outlets and partner organizations documenting more than 3,000 cases of COVID-19 among farmworkers across 15 states, including Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. Several workers have died.
Ahead of the states moratorium on evictions ending July 31, Indianapolis set aside $15 million from federal CARES Act funds for a more long-term rental assistance program. Lilly Endowment Inc. will now provide 10 million dollars in support. City-County Council President, Vop Osili, says the funds will be crucial support for financially burdened households.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is shutting down its PPE marketplace for small businesses and replacing it with a directory to connect Hoosiers with Indiana companies that sell the safety gear.
St. Vincent de Paul Boulevard Place Food Pantry will double the size of its building, at 42nd Street. It will also receive renovations. The pantry saw an estimated 30 percent increase in out-of-boundary shoppers during the COVID-19 crisis -- people living outside their typically serviced neighborhoods.
The Indiana Governors Workforce Cabinet says its expanding the states Next Level Jobs program with $37 million from the CARES Act. Its a major part of the states strategy to help Hoosiers recover from pandemic-related job losses.
A statewide moratorium in place since March, has halted evictions. A new program in Indianapolis aims to connect people with rental assistance as this order ends but there are concerns it wont be enough to help the tenants who need it most.
Though many people who have been seriously ill from COVID-19 are older or have underlying health conditions, its still unclear what causes certain people to get really sick. Aquarius Bunch was a healthy 27-year-old working at an assisted living facility in the Midwest when she got COVID-19. And she was pregnant.
Career and technical education programs across Indiana were allowed to begin hands-on classes Monday so students could finish course requirements. Its the first time students will take classes in a school since the pandemic began.
Many schools are still drafting their reopening plans for the fall, leaving families waiting for answers to a number of questions. But the president of the Indiana Association of School Nurses (IASN) says, as families wait for the official word from schools, they can and should take time to prepare kids for returning to the classroom.
Purdue University researchers developed a new COVID-19 test that could be more affordable and time efficient. The test will first be used by health care providers before then offering it to consumers for use at home.
Face masks will be required for students, teachers and all staff in grades sixth and higher when classes resume in Marion County school districts for the new academic year as part of the effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
COVID-19 has been totally devastating for some Hoosier fireworks companies. One company owner says his business needs help to survive and a proposal from U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) could be the answer.
According to data released Thursday, Indiana had, by far, the largest spike in new claims for unemployment assistance in the country last week. The state says most of them are coming from foreign identity thieves trying to steal money.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created to help small businesses in response to the coronavirus was set to expire Tuesday. According to some advocates, most businesses owned by people of color did not get the chance to take full advantage of the program.
Many Hoosiers who are unable to pay their energy bills won't face shutoffs for another 45 days. On Monday, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ordered some utilities to continue the moratorium on shutoffs through Aug. 14.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the main purpose of wearing a cloth face covering is to avoid spreading the virus to others. People infected with the virus may not show symptoms for several day
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission voted unanimously to deny the request by utilities, who had said they needed to recover millions of dollars in lost revenue over the last few months as businesses closed their doors and factories cut hours and used less electricity.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 33 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the states total to 2,427. The state announced nearly 45,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 470,000 Hoosiers tested.
The Indiana Women's Prison has taken hard measures to contain the coronavirus. Many inmates in the prison have spent long periods locked in their cells which have no toilets, running water or air conditioning with limited opportunities for relief.
The Indy 500 was bumped from its traditional May date because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 104th Indy 500 will run Aug. 23 at half the total of what is traditionally one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 17 additional confirmed deaths since Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 2,394. The state announced more than 43,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 444,000 Hoosiers tested.
Even before COVID-19, the U.S. had a lot of catching up to do for children's mental health. This year, the CDC predicts the country will only meet 65 percent of the demand for child psychiatrists. And Iowa has one of the lowest rates per capita in the country.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 27 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the states total to 2,377. The state announced nearly 43,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 426,000 Hoosiers tested.
Since April, Indiana has been collecting daily COVID-19 updates from every long-term care facility in the state. Yet, after months of prying from journalists and trade organizations, state health officials insist on keeping the data from the public.
As Indiana's economy reopens, many companies are ending the extra pay they offered essential workers during the shutdown, but one labor union is asking an Indiana-based poultry processor to bring hazard pay back.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 23 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state's total to 2,350. The state announced more than 42,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 412,000 Hoosiers tested.
Indiana will not cut funding for K-12 schools, according to Gov. Eric Holcomb. At a news conference Wednesday, he said the state's budget for K-12 schools approved by lawmakers in 2019 will remain on track, despite revenue shortfalls spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the Fairbanks study's first round of testing in late April, the number of people who actively had the virus was more than the number who previously contracted it -- providing a sort of baseline for the spread of the disease.
At a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Eric Holcomb said the state's budget for K-12 schools approved by lawmakers in 2019 will remain on track, despite revenue shortfalls spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Almost 100 workers in Indiana drove laps around the Statehouse as part of a national Workers First Caravan for Racial and Economic Justice. Its sponsored by labor unions across the state and led by the AFL-CIO.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 25 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the state's total to 2,265. The state announced more than 40,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 363,000 Hoosiers tested.
Dennis Osborn is a janitorial contractor who works for a pharmaceutical company in Indianapolis. He says he's thankful he's been able to work during the "Stay-At-Home" order -- construction contractors working for the company haven't been as lucky.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 42 additional confirmed deaths since Friday, bringing the states total to 2,240. The state announced nearly 40,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 348,000 Hoosiers tested.
Systemic racism has a huge impact on the health of African-Americans in the U.S. It's literally a problem from cradle to grave, affecting everything from infant mortality to life expectancy. And now, COVID-19 is taking a disproportionate toll on the community.
For two months, the patient was in the intensive care unit on a ventilator and another machine that pumps and oxygenates blood outside of the body. She eventually cleared the coronavirus from her body, but remained in severe condition.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 40 additional confirmed deaths since Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 2,198. The state announced more than 38,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 327,000 Hoosiers tested.
According to internal documents, Indiana broke with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance for prisons, which says that staff should self-quarantine for 14 days after close contact with an infected person.
In Indiana, it's difficult to tell what facility might be safest, because the state doesn't require individual nursing facilities to publicly report their cases and deaths from COVID-19. The state reports total cases and deaths, but not where the victims live.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 37 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the states total to 2,158. The state announced more than 38,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 315,000 Hoosiers tested.
For special education students and their families, finding the right materials and support in schools can be difficult, but the pandemic is forcing schools to rethink what learning looks like -- and how it's delivered.
Career and Technical Education programs across the state are preparing to offer in-person classes to high school students in July. It could be the first time students take classes in a school building since they were closed in March due to the pandemic.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 43 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the states total to 2,121. The state announced more than 37,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 304,000 Hoosiers tested.
Marion County restaurants are now able to offer more services including outdoor and, limited indoor dining. Many business owners innovated during stay-at-home, to stay open, including Jeanette Footman, co-owner of Perk Up Caf and Brotgarten German Artisan Bakery in Broad Ripple.
Meat processing plants across the Midwest have become hotspots for COVID-19. Now rural health workers are trying to keep track of workers who get sick -- and those exposed to the disease. But that's challenging because many workers are immigrants or refugees, and theres a language barrier.
Hoosier schools can begin to reopen their doors starting July 1 after being closed for months because of COVID-19. The state released a new set of guidelines Friday for schools to consider as they bring people back to campuses.
Twenty-three-year-old Aubrey Baker is a qualified medication aid at Wildwood Healthcare Center, a nursing facility in Indianapolis. Her mother, Lenore Williams, oversees the center. They spoke to reporter Lauren Bavis about how the virus has impacted their work, and how it hit close to home.
Dentists and hygienists spend a lot of time inches away from wide-open mouths, conducting procedures known to generate aerosols -- tiny droplets that can linger in the air and carry viruses. Now, patients and workers are assessing whether it's safe to get dental care amid the lingering risks of COVID-19.
A report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday listed 1,141 total COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents as of May 24. That number is 196, or 21 percent, more than the 945 such deaths reported this week by the Indiana State Department of Health.
Track officials had been optimistic IMS could be the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Instead, the stands will be empty much like the rest of the tracks since major racing resumed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Months into the pandemic, many desperate workers say they still havent received unemployment benefits. And as many WorkOne re-employment offices reopen by appointment this week, staff fear theyll be caught in the middle between those people and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
Nine 13 Sports normally takes bicycles into learning environments to teach things like the importance of physical fitness. When school buildings closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it switched to food delivery.
A new national survey shows that regardless of political affiliation, Americans mostly agree on how to reopen the economy during the coronavirus pandemic --slowly -- and with protective measures like face masks.
More than a dozen school districts are seeking voter approval for referendum funding during today's primary election, and leaders and school officials say the pandemic has changed how they talk about their proposals.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported nine additional confirmed deaths Monday, bringing the states total to 1,976. The state announced nearly 35,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 266,000 Hoosiers tested.
Businesses in Indiana lost billions of dollars to the pandemic. Federal support helped, but for many small businesses, owners say it isn't nearly enough. With tight profit margins even before COVID-19, some are worried for the future of their businesses.
Marion County Clerk Myla Eldridge sent a letter Thursday to state officials asking them to extend the deadline that requires mail-in ballots arrive at county election offices by noon Tuesday while polling sites remain open.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 37 additional confirmed deaths Thursday, bringing the state's total to 1,907. The state announced more than 33,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 242,000 Hoosiers tested.
Christel House Indianapolis runs a network of charter schools. Like other city schools that serve vulnerable populations, it provides many students with food and connections to health and family assistance.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 21 additional confirmed deaths Wednesday, bringing the state's total to 1,871. The state announced more than 32,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 235,000 Hoosiers tested.
More than 1 in 4 workers experienced unemployment last month in several Indiana counties. Data released Tuesday from the Department of Workforce Development shows which areas of the state were hit hardest.
More than 100,000 children in Indiana don't have a computer or a computer with internet access at home, according to an analysis of federal data. Use this interactive map to see the rate of access in your school district.
Outbreaks at meat processing facilities have sickened workers and stalled production throughout the Midwest. Side Effects reporters Natalie Krebs (Iowa Public Radio) and Sebastin Martnez Valdivia (KBIA, Missouri), and Ohio Valley ReSource reporter Liam Niemeyer (WKMS, Kentucky) joined engagement specialist Brittani Howell on Facebook Live to talk about how the story has unfolded in their states.
Ball State University students will return to campus for classes in August, but the university says it will send students home for Thanksgiving and continue online-only instruction through the end of the fall semester.
Studies have found the rates of mental illness and suicide are higher for farmers. They work long hours, have limited social contact and are at the mercy of factors such as weather. Now, as bankruptcies of family farms rise significantly in the Midwest and across the nation, the COVID-19 pandemic is creating even greater challenges to their livelihood -- and mental health.
New research from the Polis Center at IUPUI digs into why black residents in Marion County are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The reasons are based on systemic racism, historic inequities and social factors.
Many parents and students have voiced concerns about celebrations for high school seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools across the state are each taking a unique approach to celebrate their graduates.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 41 additional confirmed deaths over Memorial Day weekend, bringing the state's total to 1,832. The state announced more than 31,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 226,000 Hoosiers tested.
The state's award of a $17.9 million contract for operating dozens of coronavirus testing sites across Indiana came weeks after a company executive gave $50,000 to Gov. Eric Holcomb's reelection campaign.
Many Indy Creatives wear many hats. Visual artist Joy Hernandez is one of them. She is a muralist, gallery owner, news videographer, and contributor to WFYI's arts and culture radio program, Curious Mix.
Gyms, fitness facilities and community centers started reopening across the state Friday. One owner says he's excited to open his doors, while also taking new safety precautions in response to COVID-19.
Indiana's environmental organizations are struggling to stay afloat as the coronavirus pandemic has halted spring events that usually attract members and donors, which are crucial for their operations.
Child care is an essential service for many families, and some providers have been forced to close by the pandemic while others worry about what future demand will look like as businesses begin reopening their doors.
Indianapolis recently announced plans to house people experiencing homelessness who are high risk for COVID-19. It's part of a three-pronged effort that also provides resources to encampments and assists shelter expansion.
We're continuing to answer questions about the coronavirus and COVID-19, and lately there have been a lot about states reopening. As that happens, how can you stay safe? And do the rules about masks, hand-washing and social distancing still apply?
Though many businesses and restaurants are now able to reopen, arts and entertainment venues remain closed. And while some creative's find blessings in isolation, others feel the curse. Visual artist Benny Sanders finds himself somewhere in between.
Health officials in the Ohio county that includes Columbus have apologized after releasing a document advising African-Americans to avoid face coverings that might be interpreted as being "associated with gang symbolism."
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 48 additional confirmed deaths on Thursday, bringing the state's total to 1,764. The state announced nearly 30,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 203,000 Hoosiers tested.
The state has repeatedly been pressured to release the names of long-term care facilities that have positive COVID-19 cases. But state officials refuse to do so. Box insists she's not trying to protect anyone by shielding the information.
After six weeks of steep declines, the number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits in Indiana remained largely unchanged last week. Thats based on data released Thursday by the Department of Labor.
A diverse group of community members spoke at a digital town hall Thursday night, held by Faith in Indiana. Much of the discussion was focused on a need for more government assistance in the face of COVID-19.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 38 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the states total to 1,716. The state announced more than 29,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 195,000 Hoosiers tested.
Indiana is moving forward early to the next stage of its plan to relax COVID-19 restrictions. Stage 3 of the governor's "Back On Track" timeline will now begin Friday for all but three counties statewide.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 57 additional confirmed deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 1,678. The state announced more than 28,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 189,000 Hoosiers tested.
On Wednesday, Indianapolis Department of Public Works will begin the process of closing the southern quadrants of Monument Circle and sections of Massachusetts Avenue, Georgia Street, Illinois Street and Broad Ripple Avenue.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says it's disappointed the governor's office has not decided to implement a work share program. It's a common system in other states that lets workers keep jobs while accessing some unemployment benefits.
Farbest Foods Huntingburg plant is at least the fourth Indiana meat or poultry processing plant that has faced outbreaks of COVID-19 among its workforce similar to others in the industry across the country.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 14 additional confirmed deaths on Monday, bringing the state's total to 1,621. The state announced more than 28,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 184,000 Hoosiers tested.
Indianapolis creative Jamie Pawlus makes what she calls "Transit Art" -- large installation pieces using words and phrases that make people think as they are on the way from point A to point B. She spoke with WFYI's Jill Ditmire about her most recent installations.
The Lilly Endowment is providing a $15.7 million grant to Indiana's largest early childhood education nonprofit to reinforce child care opportunities, especially for vulnerable children, amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 57 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the states total to 1,607. The state announced more than 27,500 total confirmed cases, with more than 177,000 Hoosiers tested.
COVID-19 paused many aspects of the arts and culture world, including fellowships and grants. Visual artist Mirvia Eckert was one of 40 local creatives to receive a Creative Renewal Grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. She hopes to use her $10,000 fellowship this summer for a trip to Puerto Rico to study her familys heritage through dance.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 26 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the states total to 1,508. The state announced more than 26,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 160,000 Hoosiers tested.
A little more than 30,000 Hoosiers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the economic impact of COVID-19 drags on. That adds to the quarter of a million people who continue to get unemployment benefits from the state.
Members of the Indiana 2020 Two-Way asked us how different places of worship and religious organizations are approaching reopening in-person services. So, Indiana Public Broadcasting and All IN went to work to answer some of those questions by gathering a panel of experts
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, some of the biggest outbreaks have been concentrated in urban areas, like New York City and Chicago. But rural America isn't immune to the virus -- and many areas are already dealing with a scarcity of health care.
States have created a patchwork of requirements for providing information about COVID-19 outbreaks. Some states tell the public where cases and deaths have occurred. Others, like Indiana, only report the total number of cases and deaths at these facilities, and leave more detailed notification to the companies.
From WFYI's Arts and Culture Desk, Jill Ditmire spoke with local historian and artist Angelina Fielding about her role in a service that provides free portraits by local artists to families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 32 additional confirmed deaths on Monday, bringing the state's total to 1,411. The state announced more than 24,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 146,000 Hoosiers tested.
Election officials and state political leaders are encouraging mail-in voting as a way to protect poll workers and voters from possible COVID-19 exposure even as plans still call for opening in-person voting sites on primary day.
As many restaurants resumed in-person dining and some hair salons began reopening around Indiana on Monday, state officials said most businesses have been following restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus spread.
Camp Tecumseh YMCA officials said the 660-acre riverside camp will be vacant this summer for the first time since it opened in 1924 because they didn't believe theyd be able to guarantee campers' safety.
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry in Garrett has an abundance of pigs sent to it from farmers because the meat processing plants it partners with are either closed or slowed down production due to the virus outbreak.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 51 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the states total to 1,379. The state announced more than 24,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 140,000 Hoosiers tested.
Families say prisons refuse to disclose basic information that would put them at ease, including whether an inmate is alive. In some cases, families didnt know their loved ones were sick until after they had died -- even though a department policy calls for notification when death may be imminent.
Connie Kristelli has been a food service supervisor at Indianapolis Public Schools for more than 30 years. She is one of many staffers who helped Indianapolis Public Schools serve more 242,000 meals since school buildings closed.
WFYI's Taylor Bennett spoke to Aspire Economic Development Plus Chamber Alliance CEO Christian Maslowski about a survey of Johnson County area businesses that assessed the economic impacts during the first month of COVID-19 shutdowns.
The state guidelines allow restaurants and bars that serve food to reopen on Monday in most of the state, at 50 percent capacity. Meanwhile, bars and nightclubs are barred from reopening for several more weeks.
Physicians Gabriel and Sarah Bosslet have been married almost 20 years. Sarah was diagnosed early this year with breast cancer. Soon, the world began dealing with another health crisis: the coronavirus pandemic.
Brent Lehker is the lead carpenter for Impact Scenic Arts, on the board of the Historic Meridian Park Neighborhood Association, a visual artist, and the curator and owner of a DIY gallery. He spoke with Jill Ditmire spoke about changes the pandemic has caused in his professional arenas.
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.
In a Facebook Live event, local union leaders told senators theyve been working with employers to develop protection plans for workers for weeks. However, many say they still struggle to get adequate personal protective equipment.
Fewer cars on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to better air quality in many parts of the world. But state officials say its harder to tell what impact "Stay-At-Home" orders have had on air quality in Indiana overall.
Indiana residents should be wary about false or misleading claims some companies are making about their ability to combat the spread of the coronavirus with disinfectants or cleaning services, state officials said.
COVID-19 impacts operations at courts in Marion County. WFYI's Jill Sheridan spoke with Prosecutor Ryan Mears about ways his office shifted operations to follow public safety orders and continue as many cases as possible.
Indiana Pagan Community Outreach and Dialogue has offered programs on death and dying for years, called "Death Cafes." It aims to help during the COVID-19 pandemic by moving the conversation to a virtual meeting on Friday.
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.
As states move toward reopening their economies, officials are emphasizing the need to expand their capacity to test for COVID-19. But many say their efforts to ramp up testing are still being hampered by a shortage of supplies.
Indianapolis City-County Councilor Kristin Jones revealed on social media that she has been sick with COVID-19. She says it comes as a "complete shock" as she and her husband have self-isolated since March 20.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for many creatives to learn new skills and approaches to their crafts. WFYIs Jill Ditmire spoke over the phone with visual artist and commercial designer Omar Rashan about how he's making the most of the challenge -- for his business, his family, and his art.
Symphony officials had previously canceled all performances through May 27. They announced Monday the cancellation of the remaining scheduled summer concerts, including the popular Symphony on the Prairie season.
Outside the Box serves an average of 200 adults each week. Its education-based curriculum and activities include a highly-praised arts program, Studio OTB, in which professional artists teach classes and work with clients.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 70 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state's total to 1,132. The state announced nearly 20,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 108,000 Hoosiers tested.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday a relaxing of business restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus spread for much of the state, allowing more manufacturers, retailers and shopping malls to open their doors starting Monday.
In Marion County, black residents make up about 30 percent of the population. And early data shows they are almost twice as likely to be hospitalized or die from the virus, compared to white residents.
Saturday would have been Free Comic Book Day, an annual nationwide event intended to bring die-hards and newbies alike into stores. Instead, stores are closed nationwide and new print issues haven't been released since late March.
Gov. Eric Holcomb said Thursday that any easing of Indiana's statewide stay-at-home order won't limit the authority of city or county officials from imposing tighter restrictions in their attempts to slow the coronavirus.
A press release from IndyFringe Executive Director Pauline Moffatt says concerns for the health and safety of performers, volunteers, staff and the nearly 20,000 audience members who attend the multi day festival led to the decision.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 44 additional confirmed deaths on Thursday, bringing the states total to 1,007. The state announced more than 17,800 total confirmed cases, with nearly 95,000 Hoosiers tested.
Vice President Mike Pence visited General Motors' Kokomo plant where the automaker, in partnership with medical device-maker Ventec, is producing 30,000 ventilators to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Free testing through the Marion County Public Health Department started in Indianapolis. The site is the Eastern Star Church on the city's east side and aims to address disparities facing black residents.
WFYI's Jill Ditmire spoke with The daVinci Pursuit's founder and CEO, Mark Kesling about how it's creating new ways to offer unique programming for large groups of people, individuals and families online.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 63 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state's total to 964. The state announced more than 17,100 total confirmed cases, with more than 91,500 Hoosiers tested.
Indiana will launch a privately-run call center to take the lead on contact tracing for COVID-19 -- interviewing positive patients and finding out who they've been around to track the spread of the virus.
The governor has not specified his planned modifications, but indicated more workplaces and businesses could reopen while under guidelines such as requiring masks, additional spacing between employees and frequent cleanings.
The COVID-19 pandemic encouraged many to try their hand at making masks -- either for their own use or to donate to others. Using material and natural objects to create beautiful and functional pieces of art is a way of life for Indianapolis fabric artist Abi Ogle.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 57 additional deaths on Tuesday, bringing the states total to 901. The state announced more than 16,500 total confirmed cases, with more than 87,000 Hoosiers tested.
To safely reopen without risking new COVID-19 outbreaks, states need enough staffing to do the crucial work of contact tracing. NPR surveyed public health agencies to find out how much they have. Indiana was one of nine states that didn't provide data.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced hospitals and doctors to move much of their work online. That shift to telehealth required big changes -- from relaxing federal regulations to getting buy-in from doctors.
Many of Americas rural counties have just a handful of COVID-19 cases. And health experts say that may be giving residents a false sense of security. Now, outbreaks at food processing plants could shake that complacency.
From WFYI's Arts and Culture Desk, Jill Ditmire spoke with visual artist Shamira Wilson about how she uses her experiences with space to adjust to the stresses of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 31 additional deaths on Monday, bringing the state's total to 844. The state announced nearly 16,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 84,000 Hoosiers tested.
The estimated annual economic impact on Indiana from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is $510 million, according to a study by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute using the years 2010-12. The number will surely take a hit this year, it's just not clear how much it will be.
Career and technical education teachers across the state are making and donating protective gear to organizations and hospitals fighting COVID-19, even as they find new ways to teach in lieu of hands-on learning.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 72 additional deaths over the weekend, bringing the state's total to 813. The state announced more than 15,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 81,000 Hoosiers tested.
Parks have been one of the few places people can go during stay-at-home orders. WFYI and our reporting partners at IPB News and Side Effects Public Media received questions about city and state parks and how people are able to use them. We went looking for answers.
Julie Pryde, administrator of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in central Illinois, says even with plans in place, her agency and local health care providers are running into problems they did not anticipate.
The computers are part of a network creating a "virtual supercomputer" that is currently helping the Baker Laboratory at the University of Washington map the structure of proteins in the novel coronavirus.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 45 additional deaths Thursday, bringing the states total to 706. The state announced more than 13,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 72,000 Hoosiers tested.
Tyson Foods is temporarily closing its pork processing facility in Indiana after employees there tested positive for the coronavirus. The shutdown will be felt throughout the agricultural industry in the state.
Alfarena McGinty, chief deputy coroner for Marion County, talked with Side Effects Public Media about what it's been like on the front lines of the county's morgue, tough choices during this crisis, and how the pandemic reached her personal life, too.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 31 additional deaths Wednesday, bringing the states total to 661. The state announced more than 12,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 69,000 Hoosiers tested.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says there are enough labs up and running across Indiana to do the number of necessary COVID-19 tests the state is aiming for -- 6,300 a day. But Box says there are still obstacles to actually conducting those tests.
There isn't data to show if pregnant women are at higher risk for severe illness than non-pregnant people, and the CDC hasn't released specific guidelines if pregnant women shouldn't work in public-facing jobs during the pandemic.
Indiana's "Stay-At-Home" order has been in place for about a month, drastically reducing operations in the hospitality industry. Restaurants in the state are estimated to lose nearly $1 billion in sales in April.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 61 additional deaths Tuesday, bringing the states total to 630. The state announced more than 12,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 67,000 Hoosiers tested.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says the local response from school districts to support K-12 students learning from home is taking shape but the disparity in funding is emphasizing inequalities.
If someone gets sick in a seven-county swath of the Ozarks of southeastern Missouri, the closest place for treatment is a clinic run by Missouri Highlands Health Care. But the coronavirus has undermined its financial stability.
WFYIs Jill Ditmire spoke by phone with Programs and Facilities Director and Curator, Danicia Monet Malone about the center's current work to meet students needs while the campus is closed during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
After enduring trade disputes and worker shortages, U.S. hog farmers were poised to finally hit it big this year. Instead, restaurant closures due to the coronavirus have contributed to an estimated $5 billion in losses for the industry.
Many college football players across the country recovering from injuries now have limited access to top-tier equipment and one-on-one help. Some experts say those issues could lengthen recovery times and put athletes at risk of re-injury.
The Purdue Student Farm usually sells its produce to Purdue food services, but the farm found itself without customers after on-campus classes were canceled and most students returned home amid the pandemic.
Bryce and Brittanny Budimir both work on the front lines of the pandemic. Because of the risks they face in their jobs, the they decided in mid-March to send their three young children to live with their grandparents.
The state says utilities aren't allowed to disconnect water, sewer, or electricity to their customers until the emergency order has lifted. Uncertainty over when that might happen is worrying both utilities and consumer advocates.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 59 additional deaths over the weekend, bringing the state's total to 562. The state announced more than 11,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 61,000 Hoosiers tested.
Protesters lined the street in front of the governors mansion Saturday waving American flags and holding signs as supporters honked in passing. They say the plan to slowly reopen businesses in less than two weeks isn't fast enough.
Monthly numbers released Friday show Indiana's March unemployment rate went up only a tenth of a percent. That doesn't reflect the almost half million Hoosiers who applied for unemployment assistance in the last month.
David Vega is a fourth-year medical student at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Earlier this year, he was in Africa for one of his courses. He had heard about the coronavirus spreading in China, but didn't think much of it until his symptoms started a few days after he retuned to Indiana.
Beginning Saturday, April 18, Eagle Creek Park will restrict vehicle access to decrease crowds and excessive traffic throughout the park. The parks department is also closing its four dog parks until further notice.
Indianapolis' Near West neighborhoods are some of the city's most diverse, and all connect directly with the White River. Local nonprofit Indy Convergence has worked with residents for years on creative ways to improve the landscape and livability of the area.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 41 additional deaths on Thursday, bringing the state's total to 477. The state announced more than 9,500 total confirmed cases, with more than 51,000 Hoosiers tested.
In light of orders to stay at home and avoid close, prolonged contact with other people, counseling facilities have had to close their doors to in-person sessions. Which means, much like the rest of us, mental health professionals have had to adapt to continue to provide care.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 49 additional deaths on Wednesday, bringing the states total to 436. The state announced nearly 9,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 48,000 Hoosiers tested.
Across the country, there have been shortages of COVID-19 tests. However, Carmel has taken an unusual step to keep residents safe. All city employees who deal directly with the public are being tested weekly -- even if they show no symptoms.
Roberta Shelton and Tony Sizemore had lived together for the last six years, and to him and everyone who knew her she was Birdie. Sizemore says he's a private person, but he agreed to talk about Birdie's life -- and her death.
Under Indiana state law, unemployment benefits end after a maximum of 26 weeks. With the new federal rules from the CARES Act, the Department of Workforce Development will manage the payment of federal benefits for an additional 13 weeks.
Efforts to protect student privacy online are more crucial than ever as schools nationwide rely on the internet to connect with students and families, and with fraudulent activity on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic closed Indiana school buildings -- and students will finish the school year at home, including 17-year-old Sarah Naidu. WFYI's Jill Ditmire spoke with Naidu to learn how she's seeing the effects of public health crisis -- through summer, next year and college.
A new study from the Pew Research Center links Americans emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic to their trust in others, finding that those with less interpersonal trust were more likely to experience bouts of anxiety, depression and loneliness.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 37 additional deaths on Tuesday, bringing the states total to 387. The state announced more than 8,500 total confirmed cases, with more than 46,000 Hoosiers tested.
Associate Professor of Drawing at Herron School of Art and Design Anila Agha is also an internationally acclaimed visual artist and currently has work in a show in Taiwan. Shes not sure how long it will be there, because travel restrictions wont allow the gallery owner to ship it back.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported seven additional deaths on Monday, bringing the state's total to 350. The state announced more than 8,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 44,000 Hoosiers tested.
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.
People experiencing homelessness are among those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Efforts to expand shelter sites to allow for distancing and find places for people who are sick to quarantine are underway in Indianapolis. But as WFYI's Jill Sheridan reports, establishing best practices for prevention and treatment is tricky.
There are a lot of things you can do to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading like staying at home, washing your hands, and disinfecting surfaces in your house. But what can you do to help your community? Indiana Public Broadcasting compiled this list of 10 ways Hoosiers can help.
Efforts to reduce violence in Indianapolis changed with the COVID-19 pandemic, including outreach and community-based methods that had to pivot with the stay at home order. WFYI's City Desk reporter Jill Sheridan spoke with Community Violence Reduction Director Shonna Majors about the challenges her agency faces.
Tourism officials who work to bring sporting events and conventions to Indiana's capital are cutting executive pay for the rest of the year to cope with heavy financial losses expected from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 43 additional deaths over the weekend, bringing the state's total to 343. The state announced nearly 8,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 42,000 Hoosiers tested.
The Indiana Gaming Commission ordered 11 casinos and two horse-track racing casinos to close March 16. Though mobile sports wagering can continue, the widespread cancellation and delay of sporting events has substantially restricted what gamblers can bet on.
The Indiana Department of Correction says it is taking measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus among the more than 26,000 inmates housed in the state's 21 facilities. But accounts from inmates and their relatives contradict the agency's claims.
The new order says schools can use a teacher's evaluation from last year, or conduct a new one. If it's new, they can't use test scores or observations unless those were done while classes were still meeting in person.
Indiana Public Broadcastings digital producer Lauren Chapman and reporter Justin Hicks recently joined Side Effects Public Medias Brittani Howell on Facebook Live to answer questions weve received about the new coronavirus and COVID-19.
Emily Gartner has a sewing studio in the Circle City Industrial Complex. The professional seamstress would normally be creating fashion and teaching classes, but now she's making surgical gowns for Eskenazi Health Care workers.
The ACLUs request noted prisons and jails are particularly vulnerable to disease outbreaks. And it urged the state to at least temporarily release jail and prison inmates who are in high-risk categories from the virus.
Nursing homes and senior living facilities in places like Indiana, Illinois and Iowa have experienced dozens COVID-19 cases and deaths. Now, these places are facing a lot of pressure to keep residents safe -- and occupied.
WFYI's JIll Ditmire spoke with Lawrence Central High School theater teacher Kathleen Clark Horrigan about finishing the school year with distance-learning, and how she changed the curriculum to help students process the disruption and fear.
WFYI's Jill Ditmire spoke with Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources Jonathan Wright about the decision to close Newfields, and when it might reopen its gardens and the Fairbanks 100 Acres Art and Nature Park.
The state's largest school district, Indianapolis Public Schools, begins its remote learning plan Thursday. It will be the first day of learning since March 12, when the Indianapolis Mayor ordered all public schools to close amidst the surging coronavirus pandemic.
Indianapolis Mayor Mayor Joe Hogsett announced a new $2.6 million fund Wednesday to help low-income students and their public schools in Marion County navigate the sudden switch to remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Health care providers can apply for funding from a $200 million program within the recently-passed federal CARES Act. That money can be used to provide devices and internet connection to patients who need it to engage in telehealth.
Thirty more Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, pushing the states death toll during the pandemic past 200 as its confirmed coronavirus cases neared 6,000, state health officials said Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Indiana's Joint Information Center confirmed to Side Effects Public Media that 10 prisoners in state Department of Correction facilities have now tested positive for COVID-19, along with 20 agency employees.
These days, a familiar place -- the grocery store -- looks very different. They remain open as essential businesses, even as other stores close. But they're making accommodations to keep the new coronavirus from spreading.
WFYI's Taylor Bennett spoke with Child Advocates CEO Cindy Booth about how the economy plays a key role in child welfare, what the organization is doing to help keep children safe and how the community can help.
The sheer amount and speed of layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic are putting enormous strain on the unemployment insurance system in Indiana. It's leaving some wondering how the system works -- and if it's prepared to handle this crisis.