INDIANAPOLIS — As concerns rise about the coronavirus pandemic, keep up-to-date with our live blog:
May 22, 3:30 p.m.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb provided another update Friday on how the state is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to President Trump’s declaration Friday, that all places of worship are considered essential and are now open, superseding certain governors’ orders, Holcomb said, “Our churches have already been open to those who are worshiping … we are trusting faith leaders to make sure that those who are worshiping are social distancing.”
May 22, 2:00 p.m.
President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential” and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading the coronavirus.
May 22, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 493 new positive coronavirus cases since Thursday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 30,409. ISDH also announced an additional 27 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,791.
May 22, 9:10 a.m.
Gov. Eric Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the coronavirus pandemic. Flags should be flown at half-staff from now through Sunday, May 24.
Holcomb also requested that businesses and residents across the state lower their flags to half-staff during that time period.
May 22, 9 a.m.
The coronavirus pandemic accelerated across Latin America, Russia and the Indian subcontinent on Friday even as curves flattened and reopening was underway in much of Europe, Asia and the United States.
Many governments — even those where the virus is still on the rise — say they have to shift their focus to saving jobs that are vanishing as quickly as the disease can spread. In the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, unemployment is soaring.
May 22, 7:30 a.m.
We now know the number of children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome is growing in Indiana. That illness may be linked to COVID-19.
The state health department confirmed one case earlier this week, but IU Health now confirms multiple cases.
May 22, 6:30 a.m.
Marion County restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining starting today. Indoor dining is still prohibited. The city has closed down five streets–four downtown and Broad Ripple Avenue–to help expand capacity.
May 22, 5 a.m.
Most Indiana counties enter Stage 3 of the governor’s Back on Track reopening plan. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the executive order Thursday.
May 21, 7:42 p.m.
An Indiana organization says the clock is ticking for the state to provide an emergency rental assistance program after Governor Eric Holcomb signed an executive order extending the pause on evictions, foreclosures and utility shutoffs until July 1.
May 21, 4:54 p.m.
A FOX59 News review of various data utilized by state and local leaders to determine Indiana’s progress in the fight against the coronavirus and the recovery of its economy reveals a disconnect between the raw numbers, the corrected statistics and the tracking dashboards the experts rely on to make their decisions.
May 21, 1:43 p.m.
Experts are considering what dining will look like once it feels like the pandemic is under control. Hong Kong offers a few glimpses.
May 21, 1 p.m.
Trials are taking place in the UK to see whether specially trained airport sniffer dogs could detect COVID-19 in travelers, even before symptoms appear.
May 21, 9 a.m.
Another 2.4 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, the Department of Labor reported on Thursday.
May 21, 8 a.m.
CVS plans to open 21 COVID-19 testing sites in Indiana. Locations will be in Indianapolis and its suburbs, Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Granger and Terre Haute.
May 21, 6 a.m.
Johns Hopkins University reported more than 5 million COVID-19 cases worldwide.
May 21, 5 a.m.
It’s been a May unlike any other in Speedway. Streets are empty and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is quiet during what would have been race week leading up to race weekend.
May 21, 4 a.m.
Gyms are preparing to welcome back customers Friday as Indiana moves into Stage 3 of its reopening plan. Gov. Holcomb will sign the executive order Friday.
May 20, 6 p.m.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to hold up federal funds for two election battleground states that are trying to make it easier and safer to vote during the coronavirus pandemic.
May 20, 3:51 p.m.
Indianapolis Department of Public Works crews began closing downtown streets Wednesday morning in anticipation of outdoor dining, which begins this weekend as Indianapolis continues to emerge from its coronavirus hibernation.
Mayor Joe Hogsett said he expects his outdoor dining order may last until July 4.
May 20, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 581 new positive coronavirus cases since Tuesday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 29,274. ISDH also announced an additional 38 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,716.
May 20, 11:30 a.m.
During a monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Board of Trustees for the Health & Hospital of Marion County approved a motion to conduct an independent analysis of their long-term care facilities’ response during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 20, 10:14 a.m.
A case of COVID-19 hit a newly reopened Ford assembly plant in Chicago on its first day back.
May 20, 7:30 a.m.
There were several developments in the coronavirus pandemic that you may have missed overnight. Here’s a look.
May 19, 6:49 p.m.
Indiana AARP is urging the state to publicly release the names of long-term care facilities and their COVID-19 related data.
May 19, 12:30 p.m.
Gen Con organizers canceled the 2020 event in downtown Indianapolis. The gaming convention brings thousands of people to Indy every year. This year’s edition will be virtual.
May 19, 12:20 p.m.
Mayor Joe Hogsett said parts of some downtown streets and Broad Ripple Avenue will close as the city works to make outdoor space for restaurants, which are set to reopen Friday.
May 19, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 481 new positive coronavirus cases since Monday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 28,705. ISDH also announced an additional 57 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,678.
May 19, 10:16 a.m.
President Donald Trump threatened to permanently pull US funding from the World Health Organization if it does not “commit to major substantive improvements in the next 30 days.”
May 19, 8:45 a.m.
The Treasury Department said Monday that it will start issuing some stimulus payments by sending a debit card to people in the mail.
Until now, payments had been either directly deposited in an individual’s bank account or sent as a paper check. About 4 million payments will be sent on a debit card. It could mean that those people receive their money faster than if they had to wait for a check.
May 19, 7:30 a.m.
For nearly 2 months, many residents followed Gov. Holcomb’s stay-at-home order, meaning they limited travel and mobility. Researchers at IUPUI say we’re already seeing the environmental impact of that.
About a year ago, researchers conducted a study focusing on air quality. That was when everything was open, and people were driving to work and traveling. This year during the shutdown they took another look and found the smog and air pollutants had gone down 25 percent.
May 19, 5:30 a.m.
Starting today, NFL teams can reopen facilities in accordance with state COVID-19 orders. The Colts will be among those teams gradually reopening.
No more than 50 percent of the staff can return to team facilities. The NFL says staff can be split up at multiple locations as long as the number doesn’t exceed 75 people. Coaches and players can’t return to the facility yet. The only exceptions are players who are recovering from injuries and strength and conditioning coaches helping with their rehab.
May 19, 4:30 a.m.
Mayor Joe Hogsett will discuss the next steps for restaurants and diners in Marion County.
Restaurants will open for outdoor seating on Friday as long as they follow strict social distancing rules.
It’s part of a limited “Phase Two” for reopening the county. City leaders will outline extra measures they’re taking to help restaurants during this phase of reopening and also for future phases.
May 18, 8:05 p.m.
The stock market bounced back from its worst week in nearly two months Monday as optimism about a potential vaccine for the coronavirus and hopes for a U.S. economic recovery in the second half of the year put investors in a buying mood.
May 18, 6:29 p.m.
President Donald Trump said Monday that he is taking a malaria drug to protect against the new coronavirus, despite warnings from his own government that it should only be administered for COVID-19 in a hospital or research setting due to potentially fatal side effects.
May 18, 4:19 p.m.
Grocery shoppers should not expect to see prices drop to pre-pandemic levels for several months, according to supply chain management experts at Purdue University.
May 18, 2:30 p.m.
Indiana reported its first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome. It has similarities to Kawasaki Disease and toxic shock syndrome.
May 18, 1:05 p.m.
An experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced Monday.
Study volunteers given either a low or medium dose of the vaccine by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc. had antibodies similar to those seen in people who have recovered from COVID-19.
May 18, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 492 new positive coronavirus cases since Sunday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 28,255. ISDH also announced an additional 14 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,621.
May 18, 9:30 a.m.
Kroger workers will receive a one-time bonus for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.
The company said qualified full-time employees will receive $400 and qualified part-time workers will get $200. The money will be paid in two installments on May 30 and June 18.
May 18, 7:40 a.m.
The Marion County Fair has been pushed back to July. The fair, originally scheduled for June, will run between July 4 and July 12.
May 18, 7:30 a.m.
The number of coronavirus deaths could surpass 100,000 by June 1, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
The 12 forecasting models in the United States tracked by the CDC are predicting an increase in deaths in the coming weeks and this grim milestone, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield tweeted.
May 18, 6:30 a.m.
President Trump and other members of his administration plan to meet with representatives from the restaurant industry today. The industry has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus crisis.
Restaurants have been forced to close their dining rooms due to stay-at-home orders, and many can’t survive on take out and delivery only.
May 18, 5 a.m.
Uber and Lyft safety changes go into effect today. The companies will require everyone to wear a mask or face covering. Drivers will also need to take a selfie showing they’re wearing a mask before accepting trips.
May 17, 6:08 p.m.
On a weekend when many pandemic-weary people emerged from weeks of lockdown, leaders in the U.S. and Europe weighed the risks and rewards of lifting COVID-19 restrictions knowing that a vaccine could take years to develop.
May 17, 5:58 p.m.
As Marion County trails behind almost all of Indiana in reopening after the coronavirus shutdown this spring, a national economic model predicts that the state runs the risk of trading jobs for lives if it moves too quickly in putting Hoosiers back to work.
May 17, 12:33 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 511 new positive coronavirus cases since Saturday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 27,778. ISDH also announced an additional 11 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,607.
May 16, 12:00 p.m.
The ISDH released the latest COVID-19 report Saturday, showing a total of 27,280 cases in the state. The state is also now up to 1,596 coronavirus deaths.
May 15, 9:27 p.m.
Democrats have powered a massive $3 trillion coronavirus response bill through the House, over Republican opposition.
May 15, 8:57 p.m.
The coronavirus pandemic has pushed troubled department store chain J.C. Penney into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth major retailer to meet that fate.
May 15, 5:32 p.m.
May 15, 4:12 p.m.
Brazil’s health minister resigned on Friday after less than a month on the job in a sign of continuing upheaval in the nation’s battle with the COVID-19 pandemic and President Jair Bolsonaro’s pressure for the nation to prioritize the economy over health-driven lockdowns.
May 15, 2:43 p.m.
In Governor Holcomb’s Friday coronavirus update, Secretary of State Connie Lawson said, “We are prepared for a safe and smooth election day … we all need to remain vigilant in the days to come.” Lawson said election offices will be supplied with PPE and the Indiana National Guard will handle distribution. She also reported that some PPE election supplies are being held back in the event that a recount is ordered.
May 15, 12:15 p.m.
Operation: Warp Speed — President Donald Trump said Friday that he’s hopeful to have a coronavirus vaccine on the market by the end of the year or shortly thereafter. Trump, speaking at a Rose Garden event Friday, reiterated that he wants to see states move forward with reopening their economies. “We are back, vaccine or no vaccine,” Trump said. “We are back.”
May 15, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 614 new positive coronavirus cases since Thursday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 26,655. ISDH also announced an additional 42 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,550.
May 15, 11:40 a.m.
The annual Strawberry Festival in downtown Indianapolis won’t happen this year.
May 15, 10:50 a.m.
Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari are still planning to open this summer, but there will be some big changes.
May 15, 10 a.m.
U.S. retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away.
May 15, 7:30 a.m.
The governor of Tokyo, one of several prefectures still under a coronavirus state of emergency, plans to reopen businesses in three phases in the Japanese capital as it prepares for a possible end to the restrictive measures later this month.
Yuriko Koike said Tokyo will be able to ease restrictions once new cases per day fall below 20, among other indicators. If figures deteriorate, social and economic activity will have to be scaled back again, she said.
May 15, 5:30 a.m.
The U.S. will vote today on a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package. Lawmakers changed the rules to allow them to vote remotely amid the pandemic.
May 15, 4:30 a.m.
Marion County will ease some restrictions starting today with the reopening of non-essential retail businesses. Those businesses can open at 50% capacity and must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
May 14, 5:40 p.m.
About 30,000 people applied for unemployment benefits in Indiana last week even as many business restrictions stemming from the coronavirus outbreak were eased in most of the state.
May 14, 1:02 p.m.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina is stepping aside as chairman of the influential Senate Intelligence Committee while he’s under investigation for stock trades he made ahead of the market downturn sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
May 14, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 634 new positive coronavirus cases since Wednesday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 26,053. ISDH also announced an additional 26 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,508.
May 14, 11:47 a.m.
Whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright warned on Thursday that the U.S. lacks a plan to produce and fairly distribute a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available. The nation could face “the darkest winter in modern history” unless leaders act decisively, he told a congressional panel.
May 14, 10:43 a.m.
Indiana Walmarts will open six COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites in store parking lots beginning Friday. Walmart said the sites are designed to test anyone who meets CDC and state and local guidelines on who should be tested.
May 14, 9 a.m.
Roughly 36 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the two months since the coronavirus first forced millions of businesses to close their doors and shrink their workforces.
May 14, 8 a.m.
The coronavirus spreading across the globe might never be eliminated, a leading World Health Organization official has said.
May 14, 6:55 a.m.
Tyson Foods will be discounting prices on certain products for the remainder of this week. The price reductions will vary, but Tyson told CNN some beef items sold to grocery stores, restaurants and other customers could be discounted by 20% to 30% through Saturday.
May 14, 6:25 a.m.
A strange syndrome found among children is believed to be linked to COVID-19. So far, suspected cases have been found in 17 states. Doctors expect to see more.
May 14, 5:45 a.m.
Marion County restaurants rushed to get things ready for reopening only to learn that they wouldn’t be opening for dine-in customers until later.
May 14, 4:45 a.m.
Owners and employees at barbershops and salons in Marion County were frustrated to hear they wouldn’t be allowed to reopen until June.
May 13, 7:28 p.m.
Cats can spread the new coronavirus to other cats without any of them ever having symptoms, a lab experiment suggests.
The experiment shows “there is a public health need to recognize and further investigate the potential chain of human-cat-human transmission,” the authors wrote.
May 13, 4:01 p.m.
A new COVID-19 testing site is now open to the public at Grand Park in Westfield. Officials say testing is free and insurance is not required.
May 13, 3:17 p.m.
Authorities in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic first broke out, are planning to test all 11 million residents in the next 10 days, Chinese media reported.
The short order came after the discovery last weekend of a cluster of six infected people at a residential compound in the city, the first new cases in more than a month.
May 13, 3 p.m.
While health-care industry record-keeping is now mostly electronic, cash-strapped state and local health departments still rely heavily on faxes, email and spreadsheets to gather infectious disease data and share it with federal authorities.
This data dysfunction is hamstringing the nation’s coronavirus response by, among other things, slowing the tracing of people potentially exposed to the virus.
May 13, 12:20 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 409 new positive coronavirus cases since Tuesday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 25,473. ISDH also announced an additional 38 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,482.
May 13, 11 a.m.
Mayor Joe Hogsett announced that Marion County and the city of Indianapolis will begin a limited rollout of the state’s “Stage Two” Back on Track plan. On Friday, May 15, certain portions of Stage Two go into effect, including reopening of non-essential retail and malls with 50% capacity.
Restaurants can open for outdoor dining only starting May 22. Restaurants must follow strict social distancing guidelines.
Several businesses will remain closed, including non-essential industry, along with hair and nail salons. Indoor in-person dining remains prohibited.
May 13, 9:13 a.m.
Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s onetime presidential campaign chairman who was convicted as part of the special counsel’s Russia investigation, has been released from federal prison to serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement due to concerns about the coronavirus, his lawyer said Wednesday.
May 13, 9 a.m.
The IRS deadline to submit banking information in order to get your stimulus check faster is today at noon.
May 13, 7:24 a.m.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is expected to provide an update on Marion County’s stay-at-home order today. The press conference will be at 10:30 a.m.
May 12, 10:28 p.m.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has opened the door for professional sports to return to the state.
Ducey said on Tuesday that professional sports, including MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL can resume without fans on Saturday. The state is slowly starting to reopen during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with Ducey saying on social media that Arizona is “trending in the right direction.”
May 12, 9:28 p.m.
Since many graduates won’t get to walk the stage, Krispy Kreme is offering up something sweet for both high school and college seniors: On May 19, seniors can get a 2020 “Graduate Dozen” free by wearing their cap and gown, or other Class of 2020 swag to prove their senior status, to a participating shop.
May 12, 9:04 p.m.
On Monday, the White House strongly recommended to governors that all nursing home residents and staff be tested for COVID-19 in the next two weeks.
Indiana’s Joint Information Center told FOX59 that while the state shares the aspirational goal of testing every person and staff in a long-term care facility, accomplishing that feat within two weeks is not feasible.
May 12, 8:22 p.m.
The World Health Organization chief said Monday there are around seven or eight “top” candidates for a vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus and work on them is being accelerated.
May 12, 3:25 p.m.
The Indiana Republican Party announced the 2020 Republican State Convention will shift to a virtual format due to necessary restrictions on large gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 12, 2:40 p.m.
The House unveiled a $3 trillion coronavirus aid package that includes hazard pay for essential workers, additional stimulus payments for Americans and relief for states.
May 12, 2:17 p.m.
Walmart says it plans to repeat its special cash bonuses for all U.S. hourly employees amid the coronavirus pandemic.
May 12, 2:15 p.m.
The Blue Angels flew over central Indiana to recognize front-line and essential workers during the pandemic.
May 12, 1:11 p.m.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has been hospitalized with the coronavirus, but was quoted as saying he hadn’t seen Putin in person for more than a month.
May 12, 12:55 p.m.
Indianapolis Public Schools announced that it is moving to virtual graduations for the class of 2020.
May 12, 12:47 p.m.
Vice President Mike Pence is “maintaining distance for the immediate future” from President Donald Trump after consulting with the White House medical unit, a senior administration official said. It is not yet clear exactly how long Pence will stay away from Trump.
May 12, 11:45 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 566 new positive coronavirus cases since Monday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 25,127. ISDH also announced an additional 33 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,444.
May 12, 11:20 a.m.
Disney World began accepting reservations for July 1 or later as the company works on its plans for a phased reopening during the pandemic.
May 12, 8:45 a.m.
The parent company of Steak ‘n Shake says the chain will close 57 restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic.
May 12, 7:45 a.m.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, is warning Congress that if the country reopens too soon during the coronavirus pandemic, it will result in “needless suffering and death.”
Fauci is among the health experts testifying to a Senate panel. His testimony comes as President Donald Trump is praising states that are reopening after the prolonged lock-down aimed at controlling the virus’ spread.
May 12, 6:30 a.m.
Even as President Donald Trump urges getting people back to work and reopening the economy, thousands of new coronavirus infections are being reported daily, many of them job-related.
Recent figures show a surge of cases in meat-packing and poultry-processing plants. There’s been a spike of new infections among construction workers in Austin, Texas, where that sector recently returned to work. Even the White House has proven vulnerable, with positive coronavirus tests for one of Trump’s valets and for Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary.
May 12, 4:40 a.m.
The U.S. unemployment rate is at near-record levels during the coronavirus pandemic. Over 20 million jobs were lost between March and mid-April—the highest monthly increase in history.
That brings the official unemployment rate to 14.7%, but economists say that number has likely grown higher, and even after government restrictions are lifted, it could take months for the economy to recover.
May 11, 9:52 p.m.
Officials in Hamilton County announced Monday that a stabilization fund for small businesses has been established to help small local businesses forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 11, 8:31 p.m.
With deaths mounting at the nation’s nursing homes, the White House strongly recommended to governors Monday that all residents and staff at such facilities be tested for the coronavirus in the next two weeks.
May 11, 8:20 p.m.
President Donald Trump insisted Monday his administration has “met the moment” and “prevailed” on coronavirus testing, even as the White House itself became a potent symbol of the risk facing Americans everywhere by belatedly ordering everyone who enters the West Wing to wear a mask.
May 11, 7:51 p.m.
Kroger will begin offering free drive-thru testing in Indianapolis next week as part of a partnership between the Marion County Public Health Department and IPS.
May 11, 7:20 p.m.
The Indiana Air National Guard announced Monday that the 122nd Fighter Wing will perform their final Air Force Salutes flyover in support of frontline workers Wednesday in Kokomo and Logansport.
May 11, 6:08 p.m.
Indiana now has access to a drug known to help patients with COVID-19. It’s called remdesivir and studies show it decreases the time patients spend in the hospital. The state received 1,000 doses from FEMA, but the worldwide supply is dwindling.
May 11, 4:53 p.m.
The Marion County Emergency Operations Center released an update Monday on COVID-19-positive first responders in Indianapolis.
Out of more than 3,150 combined IMPD officers, IFD firefighters and IEMS personnel, 75 have tested positive for COVID-19, and 63 have recovered and returned to work after being cleared by a medical professional.
May 11, 2:30 p.m.
Gov. Holcomb said Monday his COVID-19 briefings would shift to three days a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – instead of every day. The state website will continue to update daily. The state’s expanded contact tracing program is now in effect.
May 11, 12:40 p.m.
In its Monday update, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 511 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 24,627. ISDH also announced an additional 32 confirmed deaths from COVID-19. That puts Indiana’s total at 1,411.
May 11, 11:05 a.m.
Indy Irish Fest became the latest victim of coronavirus cancellations. Organizers announced on Twitter that this year’s event is canceled. They said they look forward to “a massive celebration” in 2021. This year’s Indy Irish Fest would’ve marked the event’s 25th anniversary.
May 11, 10:45 a.m
The Internal Revenue Service says people have a deadline of 11 a.m CT on Wednesday to submit direct deposit information.
May 11, 9 a.m.
A majority of Americans disapprove of protests against restrictions aimed at preventing the spread the coronavirus, according to a new poll that also finds the still-expansive support for such limits — including restaurant closures and stay-at-home orders — has dipped in recent weeks.
May 11, 8 a.m.
The Trump administration’s leading health experts on safely dealing with the novel coronavirus will be testifying in a Senate hearing by a videoconference this week after three of them and the committee’s chairman were exposed to people who tested positive for COVID-19.
May 11, 7 a.m.
Vice President Mike Pence will not self-quarantine after his press secretary tested positive for the coronavirus. He plans to return to the White House Monday. His staff said he will continue to be tested.
May 11, 6 a.m.
Restaurants and personal service businesses can reopen in some Indiana counties today. The businesses must meet certain guidelines. Restaurants can operate at 50% capacity, for example, and employees must wear masks.
May 10, 5:39 p.m.
UFC President Dana White and the UFC look like the big winners following their rousing show at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, an event that could serve as a blueprint for other sports leagues around the country and the world as they start to resume during a global pandemic.
May 10, 5:24 p.m.
A federal court halted the Kentucky governor’s temporary ban on mass gatherings from applying to in-person religious services, clearing the way for Sunday church services.
U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove on Friday issued a temporary restraining order enjoining Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration from enforcing the ban on mass gatherings at “any in-person religious service which adheres to applicable social distancing and hygiene guidelines.”
May 10, 5:10 p.m.
As families in the U.S. and elsewhere marked Mother’s Day in a time of social distancing and isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, world leaders projected optimism they could loosen lockdowns while controlling a potential second wave of infections.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin predicted the American economy would rebound in the second half of this year from unemployment rates that rival the Great Depression. Another 3.2 million U.S. workers applied for jobless benefits last week, bringing the total over the last seven weeks to 33.5 million.
May 10, 3:03 p.m.
Tesla filed suit Saturday night against Alameda County, California, after local officials there refused to let the company reopen its Fremont factory.
In a series of tweets earlier Saturday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also threatened to move the company’s headquarters to Texas or Nevada, where shelter-in-place rules are less restrictive.
May 10, 2:43 p.m.
The coronavirus outbreak is causing what could become an even bigger shift toward mail-in ballots for Indiana’s upcoming primary election that’s been delayed until June 2. 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.
May 10, 2:16 p.m.
The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus, saying patients may have been put at unnecessary risk.
May 10, 1:30 p.m.
The Blue Angels announced Sunday that they are planning a flyover in Indianapolis on Tuesday to salute frontline workers. Routes and overhead times are expected to be announced Monday.
May 10, 12:16 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 402 new positive coronavirus cases since Saturday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 24,126.
ISDH also reported an additional 17 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,379.
May 8, 1:23 p.m.
The federal government agency that serves a human resources function for the rest of the agencies has started the process of introducing a “phased transition” to return to work.
May 8, 12:53 p.m.
A member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to CNN.
May 8, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health announced 675 new positive cases as testing ramps up around the state. The state reported an additional 33 deaths, bringing the statewide totals to 23,146 and 1,328 respectively.
May 8, 8:50 am.
The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record. The figures are stark evidence of the damage the coronavirus has done to a now-shattered economy.
May 8, 8:15 a.m.
IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season in Texas next month with a nighttime race June 6 without spectators.
The race at Texas Motor Speedway was the next one on the series schedule that hadn’t been postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. IndyCar and track officials announced the details Thursday, heavy with safety precautions.
May 8, 6 a.m.
The Internal Revenue Service says stimulus payments made to incarcerated people should be returned.
The IRS added a question and answer section regarding stimulus payments and those incarcerated to its Economic Impact Payment Information Center website on Wednesday.
May 8, 5 a.m.
After closing for more than a week to test all employees, the Indiana Packers meatpacking plant in Delphi will resume operations today. The company tested over 2,000 people with 301 positive results.
The Tyson pork processing plant in Logansport also reopened after a temporary shutdown.
May 8, 4 a.m.
Indiana churches can reopen today under Gov. Holcomb’s plan. There are no limitations on gathering sizes for churches, which must follow social distancing and disinfecting guidelines.
May 7, 6:49 p.m.
The Indiana Black Expo on Thursday released concerning statistics regarding COVID-19 rates among African Americans, along with health tips.
May 7, 5:30 p.m.
Despite a massive effort, the nation faces “truly daunting” challenges to deploy millions of coronavirus tests to safely re-open the economy, the head of the National Institutes of Health told lawmakers Thursday.
May 7, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 650 new positive coronavirus cases since Wednesday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 22,503. ISDH also announced an additional 31 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,295.
May 7, 11:37 a.m.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday removed jail as a punishment for violating his coronavirus restrictions following outcry by conservatives over a Dallas salon owner who was jailed for refusing to keep her business closed.
May 7, 9 a.m.
Nearly 3.2 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week amid the ongoing pandemic. Roughly 33.5 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the seven weeks since the coronavirus began forcing millions of companies to close their doors and slash their workforces.
May 7, 8 a.m.
Regional and political fractures are emerging in many nations over how fast to lift the lid on coronavirus-imposed lockdowns, as worries about economic devastation collide with fears of a second wave of deaths.
French mayors are resisting the government’s call to reopen schools, but Italian governors want Rome to ease lockdown measures faster. As the British government looks to reopen the economy, Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon has warned that acting too fast could let the virus wreak havoc again.
May 7, 6 a.m.
Indy’s tourism industry is reeling during the pandemic.
The situation looks bleak. So far, 70% of hotel employees nationwide have been laid off or furloughed. Visit Indy estimates 175,000 group hotel bookings for conventions or events have been canceled.
May 7, 5 a.m.
The pandemic’s impact on the thousands of children in the state’s foster care system is perhaps not something many people consider, but it is serious.
Adoption experts said every emotion we are feeling, like anxiety and fear, is amplified for these children.
May 7, 4 a.m.
Concerns are rising about a second wave of the pandemic despite some successes.
Health experts are expressing growing dread over what they say is an all-but-certain second wave of deaths and infections that could force governments to clamp back down.
May 6, 9:44 p.m.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that four inmates in the Johnson County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19.
May 6, 8:50 p.m.
It was a warm, welcome homecoming for one man who was the 300th COVID-19 patient to be discharged from Methodist Hospital.
May 6, 5:11 p.m.
A mother and daughter are working on the front lines of this pandemic in our state’s long-term care facilities.
“Our division alone has recovered over 150 patients, and I think it has been love and care our staff provides.”
May 6, 3:34 p.m.
A New York doctor who’s been treating coronavirus patients says she’s still reeling days after getting a devastating letter: Her green card application was denied.
May 6, 10:45 a.m.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett extended the current stay-at-home restrictions until Friday, May 15, and said the city will not make a special exemption for places of worship to meet this weekend.
May 6, 10 a.m.
Greenwood has called off their Freedom Festival and fireworks show over COVID-19 concerns.
May 6, 8 a.m.
A University of Pittsburgh professor on the verge of making “very significant findings” researching COVID-19, according to the university,was shot and killed in an apparent murder-suicide over the weekend, police said.
May 6, 7 a.m.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will hold a briefing at 10:30 a.m. will discuss Marion County’s next steps in terms of the stay-at-home order that runs until May 15.
May 5, 10:12 p.m.
The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have moved beyond meat processing plants and are now hitting dinner plates.
Several U.S. production plants have been temporarily shuttered in the last two weeks after hundreds of workers were sickened by the virus. That has led to meat shortages, with Wendy’s pulling some burgers off its menus and Costco limiting pork sales. Fake meat companies, meanwhile, are making their moves to capture some of those lost sales.
May 5, 9 p.m.
The Trump administration failed to prepare for the onslaught of the coronavirus, then sought a quick fix by trying to rush an unproven drug to patients, a senior government scientist alleged in a whistleblower complaint Tuesday.
May 5, 8:27 p.m.
The Better Business Bureau is warning that scammers are using confusion regarding government stimulus payments and the U.S. Census to get their hands on personal information, which they can use to steal your identity.
May 5, 6:41 p.m.
Indianapolis City-County Councillor Kristin Jones released a statement on Twitter Tuesday announcing that she has been battling COVID-19 for nearly two weeks.
May 5, 6:08 p.m.
The need for childcare in Indiana is growing as parents head back to work.
May 5, 5:20 p.m.
The White House coronavirus task force will start to wind down later this month, a senior White House official told CNN on Tuesday.
May 5, 3:51 p.m.
A government scientist was ousted after the Trump administration ignored his dire warnings about COVID-19 and a malaria drug President Donald Trump was pushing for the coronavirus despite scant evidence it helped, according to a whistleblower complaint Tuesday.
May 5, 1:37 p.m.
Former President Barack Obama will deliver a televised prime-time commencement address for the high school Class of 2020 during an hour-long event that will also feature LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai and Ben Platt, among others.
May 5, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 541 new positive coronavirus cases since Monday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 21,033. ISDH announced 62 new deaths, bringing the state total to 1,213. More than 115,000 people across the state have been tested.
May 5, 10 a.m.
Here is a quick and effective method for preventing your glasses from fogging up while you’re wearing a mask.
May 5, 9 a.m.
Italian experts are warning a second wave of coronavirus infections will most certainly accompany Italy’s gradual reopening from Europe’s first lockdown.
They are calling for intensified efforts to identify possible new victims, monitor their symptoms and trace their contacts.
May 5, 8 a.m.
Kroger recently announced it launched a Dairy Rescue Program, and the company said it will donate 200,000 gallons of surplus milk to food banks through August.
The program is designed to support children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic through the summer months.
May 5, 6:30 a.m.
Britain has reported the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe and infections are rising sharply again in Russia.
That took place Tuesday even as other nations reported strides in taming the virus. China marked its third week with no new reported deaths and South Korea restarted its professional baseball season.
May 5, 6 a.m.
Many in Spain’s small and shrinking villages thought their low populations would protect them from the coronavirus pandemic. The opposite appears to be the case. Soria, a north-central province that’s one of the least densely populated places in Europe, has recorded a shocking death rate.
Provincial authorities calculate that at least 500 people have died since the start of the outbreak in April. That compares to an average of 83 deaths a month in normal times. Older populations and few health resources have made the countryside vulnerable.
May 4, 10:38 p.m.
The Monroe County Public Health Authority issued a public health order directing the continuation of the governor’s stay-at-home order until at least May 15.
May 4, 9:10 p.m.
The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said Monday that it has received no evidence from the U.S. government to back up allegations by President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the coronavirus could have originated at a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
He said WHO would be “very willing” to receive any such information the U.S. has.
May 4, 8:56 p.m.
The economic paralysis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the U.S. Treasury to borrow far more than it ever has before — $2.99 trillion in the current quarter alone.
May 4, 8:28 p.m.
Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or IOSHA, is inspecting three long-term care facilities after the deaths of four staff members.
May 4, 8:02 p.m.
World leaders, organizations and banks on Monday pledged 7.4 billion euros ($8 billion) for research to find a vaccine against the new coronavirus, but warned that it is just the start of an effort that must be sustained over time to beat the disease.
May 4, 5:30 p.m.
Depending on where you live in the state, restaurants and stores are opening at 50% capacity either now or in the coming weeks, and it will be new territory for everyone.
May 4, 4:15 p.m.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) announced the cancellation of all performances through September 17, 2020.
May 4, 2:30 p.m.
Gov. Holcomb gave his daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic Monday. State officials announced the launch of a new website to help Hoosiers find testing sites as the state prepares to conduct 100,000 tests per month.
May 4, 1:50 p.m.
Costco is putting a limit on how much fresh meat its members can buy. The company said the limitation is designed to make sure everyone can have access to the “merchandise they want and need.”
May 4, 1:20 p.m.
Another flyover is set for Indiana this week. The 122nd Fighter Wing will fly over several northwest Indiana cities Tuesday night to recognized front-line workers during the pandemic.
May 4, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 583 new positive coronavirus cases since Sunday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 20,507. ISDH also announced an additional 19 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,151.
May 4, 11:30 a.m.
Former President George W. Bush called for an end to partisanship in the nation’s continued battle against the coronavirus pandemic, a message that was swiftly rejected by President Donald Trump, who attacked the 43rd president for not coming to his defense during the impeachment trial.
May 4, 10:55 a.m.
Tyson warned Monday that it expects more meat plant closures this year.
May 4, 10:15 a.m.
Several of Indiana’s top independent venues and promoters have teamed up in the fight for survival as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep live music calendars cleared across the state. Last week, a new coalition of Hoosier-based independent concert venues, music festivals and live music promoters announced the formation of the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance (IIVA).
May 4, 9:55 a.m.
J.Crew has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as the coronavirus pandemic continues to squeeze retailers nationwide.
May 4, 9 a.m.
Kroger says it will limit purchases of ground beef and pork at some of its stores.
May 4, 7 a.m.
Millions of people were allowed to return to work in Italy Monday as Europe’s longest lockdown started to ease. In all, 4.4 million Italians were able to return to work, and restrictions on movement eased. Construction sites and manufacturing operations resumed, and flower vendors returned to the Campo dei Fiori market for the first time since March 11.
May 4, 6 a.m.
IndyGo will begin charging fares for rides once again. Fares were suspended at the end of March in response to the pandemic. IndyGo said it had implemented changes to its operations, including increased disinfecting.
May 4, 5 a.m.
Gov. Eric Holcomb says “Stage Two” of the state’s coronavirus recovery plan starts today for most of the state. Holcomb and Hoosiers are betting either the worst of the coronavirus has passed or the state can handle even a small resurgence in the weeks and months ahead.
May 4, 4 a.m.
About 100 research groups around the world are pursuing vaccines against the coronavirus, with nearly a dozen in early stages of human trials or poised to start. It’s a crowded field, but researchers say that only increases the odds that a few might overcome the many obstacles that remain.
May 3, 5:07 p.m.
U.S. officials believe China covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak — and how contagious the disease is — to stock up on medical supplies needed to respond to it, intelligence documents show.
May 3, 4:57 p.m.
Faced with 20,000 coronavirus deaths and counting, the nation’s nursing homes are pushing back against a potential flood of lawsuits with a sweeping lobbying effort to get states to grant them emergency protection from claims of inadequate care.
May 3, 4:30 p.m.
While millions of people took advantage of easing coronavirus lockdowns to enjoy spring weather, some of the world’s most populous countries reported worrisome new peaks in infections Sunday, including India, which saw its biggest single-day jump yet.
May 3, 4:19 p.m.
Michigan’s governor says gun-carrying protesters who demonstrated inside her state’s Capitol “depicted some of the worst racism” and “awful parts” of U.S. history.
May 3, 3:56 p.m.
When Governor Eric Holcomb announced he was gradually reopening Indiana’s economy Monday morning, his decision was based on four factors: declining coronavirus patient hospitalizations, fewer intensive care unit beds and ventilators in demand and improved testing and tracing capabilities.
However, local and national statistical models recommend Monday is too early to being reopening Indiana’s economy.
May 3, 3 p.m.
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah on Friday proposed a temporary pay raise for essential workers who are working during the coronavirus pandemic.
Called “Patriot Pay,” the plan would institute a temporary bonus of up to $12 per hour in May, June and July for a total of $1,920 per month.
May 3, 2:40 p.m.
On the latest edition of the IN Focus podcast, panelists discuss this week’s top stories, including Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to re-open parts of our state’s economy and the latest on the federal government’s response.
May 3, 1:35 p.m.
As the weather becomes nice and the temptation to gather grows, a COVID-19 survivor is warning Hoosiers to continue following the CDC’s guidelines.
May 3, 1:01 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 645 new coronavirus cases since Saturday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 19,933.
ISDH also announced an additional 17 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, which puts Indiana’s total at 1,132. The state reported another 114 probable COVID-19 deaths.
May 1, 4:28 p.m.
Indianapolis Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure of 4,650 unauthorized COVID-19 test kits Friday. Officials said the two seizures occurred in the last 45 days.
May 1, 4:01 p.m.
May 1, 3:57 p.m.
Simon Property Group revised the opening dates for malls, pushing back the opening of Indianapolis locations by two weeks.
May 1, 2:30 p.m.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb outlined his plan to reopen the state, with a full reopening by July 4. There are several stages and the dates are subject to change. Read more here.
May 1, 1:10 p.m.
More than 30 states will have started easing social distancing restrictions for coronavirus by week’s end — and some are taking a “really significant risk” in doing so, the nation’s top infectious disease expert says.
May 1, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 815 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indiana along with 55 additional deaths. The new figures bring the total number of cases to 18,630 and the total number of deaths to 1,062.
May 1, 11:33 a.m.
Tyson Foods announced it resume limited production at its Logansport facility next week. Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc. said the announcement comes after a plant tour with local health and government officials, a union representative, and medical professionals.
May 1, 10:32 a.m.
A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and a telecommunications specialist are accused of stealing personal protective equipment, toilet paper and other supplies from an agency warehouse in South Florida amid shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
May 1, 9:30 a.m.
Long’s Bakery reopened Friday morning, leading to long lines at its locations. The business closed March 25 in response to the pandemic.
May 1, 8:30 a.m.
The United States accounts for over 153,000 of those recoveries. The next two countries with the highest number of recoveries are Germany (over 126,000) and Spain (over 112,000).
May 1, 7 a.m.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the state’s “Stay Safe Ohio” order has been extended through the end of May. It now expires May 29.
April 30, 9:30 p.m.
Two days after Jet Blue became the first major airline to announce they were going to require their passengers to wear masks, Delta, American Airlines and Frontier Airlines followed suit.
April 30, 8:26 p.m.
President Donald Trump on Thursday speculated that China could have unleashed the coronavirus on the world due to some kind of horrible “mistake,” and his intelligence agencies said they are still examining a notion put forward by the president and aides that the pandemic may have resulted from an accident at a Chinese lab.
Trump even suggested the release could have been intentional.
April 30, 5:20 p.m.
The CDC has added headaches, chills and a sore throat to the list of common symptoms associated with COVID-19.
In other news, researchers are encouraged by the drug Remdesivir‘s ability to fight the virus.
April 30, 2:18 p.m.
The Indianapolis Department of Public Works announced the re-introduction of the Heavy Trash collection program on May 4 along with the ToxDrop program on May 9.
April 30, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 669 new positive coronavirus cases since Wednesday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 17,835.
ISDH also announced an additional 43 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 1,007.
April 30, 11:30 a.m.
A 1,000-year-old water mill in southwest England, which previously witnessed global pandemics such as the plague in the 17th century and the 1918 influenza pandemic, has resumed production to meet demand for flour during the current coronavirus outbreak.
April 30, 8:39 a.m.
More than 3.8 million laid-off American workers applied for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total to roughly 30.3 million since the virus hit the U.S.
April 30, 8:25 a.m.
Mayor Joe Hogsett says he plans to extend Marion County’s stay-at-home order through May 15. Marion County golf courses can reopen on May 2.
April 30, 6:15 a.m.
A study from Dataminr suggests that four Indiana counties could become emerging hotspots during the coronavirus pandemic.
April 30, 5:15 a.m.
Vice President Mike Pence will visit the GM plant in Kokomo to tour the facility where workers have shifted production to making ventilators during the pandemic.
April 30, 4:30 a.m.
The reported U.S. COVID-19 death toll on Wednesday crept past 60,000, a figure that President Trump in recent weeks had suggested might be the total death count. He had cited the estimate as a sign of relative success after the White House previously warned the U.S. could suffer 100,000 to 240,000 deaths.
April 29 9:14 p.m.
It’s a day high school and college seniors remember forever, but that special day won’t be the same for the class of 2020. How schools are adjusting to changes in graduation ceremonies.
April 29 9:08 p.m.
Indiana National Guard announced Wednesday that the flyover in Indianapolis has been rescheduled due to weather. The flyover initially scheduled for Thursday is now scheduled to take place Saturday.
A few locations have been added to the plans as well.
April 29 7:21 p.m.
Simon Property Group plans to reopen 49 of their properties between May 1 and May 4, including 10 malls in Indiana. The company has released details of their reopening strategy on how they plan to keep tenants, employees and customers safe.
April 29 5:53 p.m.
Stocks around the world whipped higher Wednesday, riding a wave of optimism on encouraging data about a possible treatment for COVID-19.
April 29 4:47 p.m.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday the federal government’s coronavirus social distancing guidelines will be “fading out” when they expire Thursday, counting on states taking charge as they pivot to reopening.
April 29 4:10 p.m.
A group of kids in Indianapolis created the non-profit SWAG or Safer With A Gown. The mission is to keep healthcare heroes safe by providing free, downloadable isolation gown patterns and instructions to make at home.
April 29 2:05 p.m.
Lyft plans to cut nearly 1,000 staffers and furlough hundreds more as it grapples with the impact of the ongoing pandemic on people using its ride-hailing services. The company, which went public about a year ago, said in a filing Wednesday that it plans to cut 17% of its workforce, or 982 employees. It has also furloughed about 288 employees on top of that.
April 29, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 605 new positive coronavirus cases since Tuesday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 17,182. ISDH also announced an additional 63 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 964.
April 29, 11:17 a.m.
The Navy announced Wednesday that it is launching a broader inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, effectively delaying its recommendation that the ship’s commanding officer be reinstated.
April 29, 10:46 a.m.
Costco has announced a face-covering requirement for all members and guests. Shoppers must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth and nose beginning May 4, the company said in a press release.
April 29, 10:44 a.m.
A biotech company says its experimental drug remdesivir has proved effective against the new coronavirus in a major U.S. government study that put it to a strict test.
April 29, 8:02 a.m.
Thousands of nursing home workers across Illinois are set to walk off the job on May 8 because they say not enough is being done to keep them safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 29, 7:28 a.m.
A second round of the coronavirus is ‘inevitable,’ the nation’s leading epidemiologist says, but just how bad it is will depend on the progress the US makes in the coming months.
April 28, 9:41 p.m.
Concerned about the safety of inmates and prison staff during the coronavirus pandemic, two U.S. senators are calling for an internal investigation into the federal prison system.
April 28, 9:35 p.m.
President Donald Trump took executive action Tuesday to order meat processing plants to stay open amid concerns over growing coronavirus cases and the impact on the nation’s food supply.
April 28, 8:41 p.m.
Cleaning robots, temperature checks and antimicrobial coatings could soon become synonymous with airport trips.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has provided a glimpse into what international airport procedures might look like once we’re traveling again, and a lot of disinfection technologies are involved.
April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana is entering a partnership with OptumServe to expand COVID-19 testing. Governor Eric Holcomb said anyone with symptoms can be tested for free.
April 28, 6:24 p.m.
Oprah Winfrey will be everyone’s graduation speaker this year, thanks to Facebook.
The tech giant on Tuesday announced that it will host a virtual graduation ceremony for college seniors unable to partake in a traditional ceremony due to coronavirus.
April 28, 4:44 p.m.
April 28, 4:30 p.m.
The Indiana COVID-19 task force announced a partnership with OptumServe Health Services to begin large-scale free testing.
April 28, 3:50 p.m.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States topped 1 million on Tuesday.
April 28, 3:25 p.m.
Marion County school districts and charter schools will soon receive $1.5 million of the E-Learning fund to help address e-learning challenges that are impacting the city during the pandemic.
April 28, 2:29 p.m.
Simon Property Group plans to open malls across the country in the next few days, according to a report from CNBC.
April 28, 1:22 p.m.
April 28, 12:20 p.m.
Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley has called off this year’s fireworks display originally scheduled for July 3.
April 28, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 650 new positive coronavirus cases since Monday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 16,588. ISDH also announced an additional 57 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total to 901.
April 28, 11:14 a.m.
For the first time, Hoosier voters can request an absentee ballot directly from the state’s voting website.
April 28, 11:11 a.m.
A 101-year-old New York woman survived the Spanish flu pandemic when she was a newborn, and now she has recovered from COVID-19.
April 28, 10:57 a.m.
A North Carolina family of four says their dog, a pug named Winston, tested positive for COVID-19 after three of them recovered from the virus. Researchers say that to their knowledge, it’s the first instance in which the coronavirus has been detected in a dog.
April 28, 10:36 a.m.
President Donald Trump says states should “seriously consider” reopening their public schools before the end of the academic year, even though dozens already have said it would be unsafe for students to return until the summer or fall.
April 28, 10:35 a.m.
A new date is set for Zoobilation 2020. It is rescheduled for August 14, 2020.
April 28, 8:50 a.m.
Ohio’s plan for slowly reopening the economy includes a mask requirement for employees and customers. While some businesses will reopen, many will stay closed.
April 28, 7:30 a.m.
France and Spain, two of the worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, were laying out separate roadmaps Tuesday for lifting their lockdowns, while signs emerged that the virus has been all but vanquished in New Zealand and Australia.
April 28, 7 a.m.
Indiana colleges and universities are working to map out their plans for reopening in the fall. There are many factors that could decide if students will be allowed to return to campus in August.
April 28, 5:40 a.m.
With some states gearing up to lift coronavirus restrictions, a new poll finds a potential obstacle to keeping new infections tamped down. Nearly 1 in 10 adults say cost would keep them from seeking treatment if they thought they were infected.
April 27, 10:15 p.m.
The false belief that toxic methanol cures the coronavirus has seen over 700 people killed in Iran, an official said Monday.
April 27, 10:05 p.m.
Attorney General William Barr on Monday ordered federal prosecutors across the U.S. to identify coronavirus-related restrictions from state and local governments “that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.”
April 27, 9:20 p.m.
Restaurants opened up to dine-in patrons in at least three states Monday and the governor of Texas allowed movie theaters, malls and eateries to start letting customers trickle into their establishments later this week.
Across the country, an ever-changing patchwork of loosening stay-home orders and business restrictions took shape Monday.
April 27, 8:27 p.m.
Indiana is now requiring long-term care facilities to designate staff to provide daily communication to residents and their designated representatives on total COVID-19 cases and deaths.
April 27, 7:02 p.m.
The spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes is not a result of inattentiveness, according to Indiana Center for Assisted Living President Zach Cattell. He explained even the nursing homes that follow everything by the book are seeing coronavirus outbreaks.
April 27, 7 p.m.
Businesses should close break rooms. Restaurants should consider disposable menus and plates. Schools should have students eat lunch in their classrooms.
These are some of the recommendations offered in new federal plans designed to help restaurants, schools, churches and businesses safely reopen as states look to gradually lift their coronavirus restrictions.
April 27, 5:45 p.m.
Hancock Regional Hospital converted its cafeteria and dining area into a makeshift grocery store to make life a little easier for employees.
April 27, 3:10 p.m.
The National Guard is planning a pair of flyovers in Indiana this week. Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, adjutant general for the Indiana National Guard, said the flyovers will take place in Fort Wayne on Tuesday and Indianapolis on Thursday.
April 27, 2:30 p.m.
Gov. Holcomb announced some new resources for Hoosiers to get free mental health help during his daily coronavirus briefing. He said an update on the stay-at-home-order will be announced Friday.
April 27, 1:30 p.m.
With COVID-19 cases surging, Cass County declared an emergency and instituted stricter social distancing guidelines. The state health department reported 1,025 cases of COVID-19 in the county, third-most in the state.
April 27, 12:25 p.m.
When asked for comment on the possibility of returning to practice, the Indiana Pacers responded with this statement:
We are awaiting further guidance from the governor, the mayor, and the NBA, and we will then determine the best way forward for our team.
The Pacers’ statement comes after ESPN reported that NBA teams plan to reopen practice facilities as states ease restrictions in response to the pandemic.
April 27, 12 p.m.
In its Monday update, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 31 additional COVID-19 deaths and 963 new confirmed cases in the state. During this pandemic, a total of 844 people have died from COVID-19 while Indiana has reported 15,961 confirmed cases.
April 27, 11:20 a.m.
GM announced it will hire 1,000 full- and part-time employees to work on a temporary basis at its Kokomo plant as the facility shifts to making ventilators.
April 27, 10:15 a.m.
A new poll shows more Americans support voting by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic. There is, however, a wide partisan divide on the issue.
April 27, 9 a.m.
Two million chickens on several farms in Delaware and Maryland will be “depopulated” — meaning humanely killed — due to a lack of employees at chicken processing plants, according to a statement from Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc.
The reduced employee attendance at the company’s plants is a result of “additional community cases of COVID-19, additional testing, and people practicing the ‘stay home if you’re sick’ social distancing guidance from public health officials,” the statement reads.
April 27, 8 a.m.
A viral video out of Chicago shows people packed together during a house party in clear violation of the state’s stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic.
“You’re literally putting everyone around you in danger, you are, they are putting you in danger, and very importantly, all of those people are putting their families and their friends who are not there with them in danger,” said Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
April 27, 7:30 a.m.
A new week in the coronavirus pandemic is beginning with a United States case count approaching 1 million and several cities and states preparing to loosen stay-at-home restrictions. There have been 54,883 coronavirus deaths reported nationally and more than 965,000 cases of the virus in the US.
April 27, 6 a.m.
The CDC added six new coronavirus symptoms to its list: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or loss of smell. Previously, the CDC only listed fever, cough and shortness of breath as symptoms.
April 27, 5:30 a.m.
A reported indicated that the NBA plans to reopen practice facilities in states that have eased stay-at-home restrictions. Players will be allowed to voluntarily work out individually but not as a team, sources told ESPN.
April 27, 5 a.m.
Dental offices in Indiana are allowed to reopen today. They will change the waiting room to allow for social distancing, and they will have a gate keeper at the door to interview patients and take temperatures.
April 26, 6:18 p.m.
On the always busy, always noisy, never sleeping Las Vegas strip, you can now hear birds chirping.
The politically independent mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman, has issued public pleas calling for the Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak to end the statewide shutdown of casinos and non-essential businesses, which she calls “total insanity.”
April 26, 5:20 p.m.
After two months of frantic response to the coronavirus, the White House is planning to shift President Donald Trump’s public focus to the burgeoning efforts aimed at easing the economic devastation caused by the pandemic.
April 26, 5:10 p.m.
What are local experts saying about the economic and electoral impact of the coronavirus crisis? And how are state and federal officials handling the growing debate over re-opening parts of our economy?
You’ll hear that and more on this week’s episode of the IN Focus podcast.
April 26, 4:50 p.m.
The coronavirus does not discriminate, taking the lives of Hoosiers of all races and genders, but analysts have found COVID-19 does take a different toll on different walks of Indiana life.
April 26, 2 p.m.
The Montgomery County Health Department announced Sunday an isolated cluster of COVID-19 cases at a long-term care facility.
April 26, 1 p.m.
Even during these dark times, a little bit of kindness is finding a way to peak through, especially for tenants of Mainstay Property Group. The landlords, who happen to be twin brothers, have forgiven rent for the month of May for all of their tenants.
April 26, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) released its latest COVID-19 figures Sunday, showing an increase of 634 confirmed cases from the report released Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 15,012.
ISDH also reported a total of 813 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Indiana, which is up from the 785 total deaths reported Saturday.
April 24, 12:58 p.m.
President Trump, as expected, has signed the $484 billion coronavirus relief bill passed in Congress this week. The bill provides aid for small businesses along with additional funding for hospitals and expanded COVID-19 testing.
April 24, 12:35 p.m.
Some of Indiana’s neighboring states hope to ease restrictions. Others are requiring face masks in public. Here’s a look at how nearby states are responding to the pandemic.
April 24, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 656 new positive coronavirus cases since Thursday, April 23 at noon, bringing the state’s total to 13,680. ISDH reported an additional 35 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Indiana, putting the state’s total at 741.
April 24, 11:05 a.m.
More than 97% of the US population is currently under a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order as the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend life as we know it. But worries for the economy — and people’s mental health — are raising the question: When will things go back to normal?
April 24, 10:41 a.m.
Purdue Extension announced Friday that all in-person 4-H events and camps scheduled through June will be postponed or done virtually.
Other county fairs have also made announcements this year’s events, including the Hancock County Fair being officially postponed to July 10-17, and the Grant County Fair along with the Wayne County Fair have been cancelled.
As of Friday, April 24, the Marion County Fair scheduled to begin June 19 is still taking place, as well as the Indiana State Fair set for August 7.
April 24, 8:45 a.m.
President Trump’s idea of injecting disinfectants as a possible treatment for the coronavirus drew a response from Lysol, which warned people not to do it.
“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route),” the company said in a statement.
April 24, 8:30 a.m.
Thanks to the stay-at-home order, INDOT crews will be able to accelerate their timelines on interstate projects because of heavy reductions in traffic.
April 24, 7:30 a.m.
After being denied for weeks, self-employed Hoosiers will finally be able to apply for unemployment benefits starting today. State officials said they had to wait to update their claim system before self-employed workers could apply. The Department of Workforce Development shut down their website overnight to install a new system.
April 24, 7 a.m.
President Donald Trump will be holding a signing ceremony Friday for a bill providing a nearly $500 billion infusion of coronavirus spending. It’s aimed at rushing new relief to employers and hospitals buckling under the strain of a pandemic that has claimed almost 50,000 American lives and one in six U.S. jobs.
April 24, 5:30 a.m
The coronavirus pandemic is taking a huge emotional and physical toll on staff in Britain’s nursing homes, who often feel like they’re toiling on a forgotten front line. The virus is sweeping like a scythe through Britain’s 20,000 care homes and has left thousands of elderly people sick and dead.
April 23, 6:18 p.m.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that he was doubtful of the country’s current testing capability, which is a key resource as several states and cities look to partially reopen their economies during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
April 23, 4:25 p.m.
The quarantine is taking a toll on those who struggle with substance abuse, anxiety and mental health disorders.
April 23, 2:53 p.m.
It’s rare to see a threatened species of sea mammal in shallow waters in southern Thailand but thanks to travel restrictions that have stripped popular destinations of crowds of tourists, a large group of dugongs has made their presence known.
April 23, 2:44 p.m.
On Thursday, the Marion County Public Health Department and the City of Indianapolis announced plans to expand testing for the coronavirus in high-risk areas in the hope of saving lives.
Officials said the new initiative was designed to address the disparities of the impact of COVID-19 among African-American residents and older Hoosiers. Beginning next week, Eastern Star Church will serve as the testing site for this expanded service.
April 23, 1:45 p.m.
Walmart is implementing one-way aisles to give customers more space as a coronavirus preventative measure.
April 23, 1:13 p.m.
The Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds are planning a national tour to honor healthcare and essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis.
April 23, 12:46 p.m.
The death of a 57-year-old Northern California woman on February 6 has become the first known coronavirus-related fatality in the US.
April 23, 12:30 p.m.
The Indiana Black Expo announced on Thursday they are canceling all events with public gatherings in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
April 23, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced 612 new positive coronavirus cases Thursday and 45 additional deaths, bringing the statewide totals to 13,039 and 706 respectively. More than 72,000 people have been tested in the state.
April 23, 11:13 a.m.
April 23, 10:45 a.m.
The US Census Bureau estimates that about 11.5 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Yet months into the coronavirus pandemic, the White House still does not have American Sign Language interpreters at its televised public health press briefings.
April 23, 10:19 a.m.
Seven more big cats have coronavirus at the Bronx Zoo, in addition to a tiger that tested positive earlier this month, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced.
April 23, 8:45 a.m.
Another 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week. The last five weeks have marked the most sudden surge in jobless claims since the Department of Labor started tracking the data in 1967.
April 23, 6:30 a.m.
The House is reassembling to send President Donald Trump a fourth bipartisan bill to help businesses crippled by the coronavirus, an almost $500 billion measure that many lawmakers are already looking beyond.
Anchoring the latest bill is a request by the Trump administration to replenish a fund to help small- and medium-size businesses with payroll, rent and other expenses.
April 23, 5:55 a.m.
Indiana is among states taking a fresh look at the coronavirus pandemic timeline after learning that the highly infectious disease started killing people earlier than previously thought.
California is looking at cases dating back to December while Indiana officials are looking as far back as mid-February.
April 23, 5:20 a.m.
A 10-year-old Texas girl who inspired her community by making masks for hospital workers died in an ATV accident. Mourners were required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines during her funeral.
April 23, 2:55 a.m.
France began allowing limited visitation rights for the families of elderly residents. The visits are proving bittersweet for some, too short and restricted to make up for weeks of isolation and loneliness. But they are shedding light on the immense emotional toll caused by locking down care homes.
April 22, 11:30 p.m.
Thirteen Indiana communities received grants as part of COVID-19 relief program.
April 22, 11:10 p.m.
A funeral home on the city’s west side is starting to offer a type of drive-up service. The owner of Dixon Memorial Chapel was tired of families not being able to have any sort of funeral service or limiting the number of people because of COVID-19 restrictions.
April 22, 6:47 p.m.
Indiana’s temporary halt on evictions and foreclosures remains in place until at least early May, but the order has not protected people living in transitional housing like extended stay hotels.
April 22, 6:42 p.m.
Cass County Commissioners voted Wednesday to close the Tyson pork processing plant in Logansport due to the escalating number of COVID-19 cases among workers.
Tyson agreed to a 14-day voluntary closure for testing and contact tracing. The IndyStar reported that 146 employees had tested positive for COVID-19.
April 22, 6 p.m.
When one of her students was struggling to learn virtually, a teacher in Bloomington stopped by with a chair and her white board for a social distancing lesson.
April 22, 4:28 p.m.
Two cats in New York have been infected with the novel coronavirus, federal officials announced Wednesday. Both had mild respiratory symptoms and are expected to make a full recovery.
April 22, 2:15 p.m.
At least 19 people in Wisconsin who said they voted in-person or worked the polls for the state’s April 7 primary election have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the state health department.
April 22, 1:34 p.m.
As temperatures get warmer, many may be wondering if mosquitoes can spread COVID-19. A Purdue University professor of entomology says it’s “extremely unlikely.”
April 22, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 394 new positive COVID-19 cases since Tuesday at noon, bringing the state’s total to 12,438. Indiana now has 661 deaths and nearly 70,000 people have been tested statewide.
April 22, 10:51 a.m.
Vice President Mike Pence will visit Kokomo, Indiana on Thursday, April 30 to tour the GM plant which is producing ventilators amid the coronavirus pandemic. Additional details will be released closer to the event’s date.
April 22, 10:10 a.m.
Lockdowns restricting travel and industry imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus have resulted in unprecedented reductions in deadly air pollution around the world, new analysis shows.
April 22, 7:49 a.m.
The first U.S. coronavirus deaths happened weeks before previously thought, according to new information out of northern California.
April 22, 7:19 a.m.
April 21, 11 p.m.
Purdue University’s president released a message Tuesday stating students, faculty and staff will return to campus this fall pending government restrictions and safety measures.
April 21, 9:38 p.m.
President Donald Trump announced what he described as a “temporary suspension of immigration into the United States” on Tuesday. But the executive order would bar only those seeking permanent residency, not temporary workers.
Trump said he would be placing a 60-day pause on the issuance of green cards in an effort to limit competition for jobs in a U.S. economy wrecked by the coronavirus. The order would include “certain exemptions,” he said, but he declined to outlined them, noting the order was still being crafted.
April 21, 9:25 p.m.
State Representative Jim Lucas has joined families in their push for more transparency on COVID-19 cases in Indiana long-term care facilities.
“If something is this important that we are shutting down the economy and risking the economic lives of Hoosiers, that data should be available everyday, especially late into the game.”
April 21, 8:52 p.m.
At least one person at a senior living facility in Carmel has died due to COVID-19.
“… Carmel Health & Living Community has experienced the loss of life due to complications from COVID-19,” the facility wrote in part on their website.
April 21, 6:35 p.m.
New data shows Americans are struggling to pay for rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Advocacy groups are worried about what will happen to Hoosier renters when Governor Holcomb’s eviction order ends in early May.
April 21, 5:42 p.m.
Missouri’s attorney general filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Chinese government, Chinese Communist Party and other Chinese officials and institutions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The state is the first to file such a suit over the coronavirus.
April 21, 5:33 p.m.
A nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid package flew through the Senate on Tuesday after Congress and the White House reached a deal to replenish a small business payroll fund and provided new money for hospitals and testing. It now goes to the House.
April 21 5:12 p.m.
Restaurant industry experts have released several dire financial predictions. They claim on average, Indiana restaurants have lost 77% of their sales compared to the same time last year.
April 21 4:55 p.m.
A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported.
April 21 1:29 p.m.
U.S. health regulators on Tuesday gave the OK to the first coronavirus test that allows people to collect their own sample at home, a new approach that could help expand testing options in most states.
April 21, 12:16 p.m.
The Wheeler Mission’s shelter for men is now running on a modified quarantine. This means that guests that are currently in the building won’t be able to leave the facility. However, guests who have jobs will be allowed to go to work and re-enter the shelter after work.
Any new guests will be referred to one of the other facilities that have been established by the Marion County Health Dept.
As of now, this modified quarantine will last for two weeks. It’s being done to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the homeless population.
April 21, 11:56 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health announced 432 new positive coronavirus cases Tuesday and 61 new deaths. Indiana has now had 630 deaths from the pandemic.
April 21, 9:55 a.m.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday an agreement has been reached on major elements of a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid package for small businesses, including additional help for hospitals and virus testing.
April 21, 9:20 a.m.
The Conrad Indianapolis temporarily suspended operations because of the pandemic.
“Following other major downtown hotel closures, this is a temporary measure that is reflective of the current business environment. This decision is not a result of illness or confirmed cases at the hotel,” a spokesman said in a statement.
April 21, 8 a.m.
Workers at a Pennsylvania manufacturing plant got to clock out and go home for the first time in almost a month after a marathon effort to make material needed for personal protective medical equipment.
More than 40 employees volunteered to spend 28 days at the Braskem America plant in Marcus Hook, near Philadelphia, to make polypropylene — a raw material needed to make N95 masks, medical gowns and other protective gear.
April 21, 7:20 a.m.
World share prices skidded Tuesday after the price of U.S. crude oil plunged below zero, with demand collapsing as the pandemic leaves factories, automobiles and airplanes idled.
The extreme volatility in energy markets highlighted investors’ broad concerns about the duration of the pandemic and its impact on the economy, weighing on financial markets more broadly.
April 21, 6:30 a.m.
Governors in the Midwest are working to keep large meatpacking plants operating despite coronavirus outbreaks that have sickened hundreds of workers and threaten to disrupt the nation’s supply of pork and beef. Meat processing workers are particularly susceptible to the virus because they typically stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the line and congregate in crowded locker rooms and cafeterias.
April 21, 5:30 a.m.
New guidelines may allow more people to say goodbye to loved ones dying from the coronavirus in person. During Gov. Eric Holcomb’s press conference Monday, Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box issued new guidance for end-of-life situations which would allow hospitals and long-term care facilities to help people say goodbye.
April 20, 11:12 p.m.
Yam HaShoah is a day set aside each year for Holocaust Remembrance Day and usually includes a program at the statehouse. But due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony will be held virtually on April 21 beginning at 1 p.m.
April 20, 10:54 p.m.
President Donald Trump said late Monday night he will sign an executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the United States as the nation battles the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
April 20, 9:43 p.m.
Georgia’s governor announced plans Monday to restart the state’s economy before the end of the week, saying many businesses that closed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus could reopen as early as Friday.
The governor in neighboring Tennessee planned to let businesses in most of his state begin reopening as soon as next week.
April 20, 8:53 p.m.
Police departments in central Indiana are noticing a spike in domestic disturbance runs during the state’s stay-at-home order, and the numbers are alarming.
April 20, 8:25 p.m.
African Americans in Marion County are three times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than white people, according to the Marion County Public Health Department.
April 20, 7:28 p.m.
The unofficial holiday celebrating all things cannabis arrived Monday as the nation’s emerging legal marijuana market braces for an economic blow from the coronavirus crisis.
It will be a telling year, because no one in the relatively new industry knows if sales will plunge, stay flat or even rise.
April 20, 7:02 p.m.
Indiana state health officials are ready to begin publishing statistics attesting to the pervasiveness of the coronavirus infection inside of Hoosier long-term health care facilities.
“We are working on a plan to provide weekly updates on those totals and hope to have more data to share on this front later this week,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box.
April 20, 6:08 p.m.
Officials in Marion County updated the number of first responders who have contracted the coronavirus, and while the number of positive cases has increased, there are reasons to be encouraged.
April 20, 5:32 p.m.
More than 50 vehicles had rolled through a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Decatur County Fairgrounds by noon Monday, according to workers with the Indiana State Department of Health.
The state announced over the weekend four drive-thru clinics would be conducting coronavirus testing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday through Wednesday this week.
April 20, 5:14 p.m.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced that 18 people inside the Marion County Jail tested postive for COVID-19 Monday. All inmates who tested positive have been placed in quarantine, separate from the general population, according to MCSO.
April 20, 3:53 p.m.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused oil demand to drop so rapidly that the world is running out of room to store barrels. At the same time, Russia and Saudi Arabia flooded the world with excess supply.
April 20, 2:40 p.m.
The Treasury Department said some paper stimulus checks have been mailed out. Some people will receive their check this week.
April 20, 2:30 p.m.
In his daily briefing on COVID-19, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb confirmed the state’s stay-at-home order will continue through May 1 at 11:59 p.m. Starting on Tuesday, hospitals can start to resume elective clinical procedures.
April 20, 1:30 p.m.
A flood of new research suggests that far more people have had the coronavirus without any symptoms, fueling hope that it will turn out to be much less lethal than originally feared. While that’s clearly good news, it also means it’s impossible to know who around you may be contagious. That complicates decisions about returning to work, school and normal life.
April 20, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 505 new coronavirus cases since Sunday’s report, bringing the state’s total to 11,686 cases. ISDH reported an additional 7 confirmed deaths of COVID-19 in Indiana, putting the state’s total at 569.
April 20, 11:30 a.m.
From the Marion County Emergency Operations Center:
IMPD: In total, 25 officers have tested positive for COVID-19. 16 have subsequently recovered from the virus, been cleared by a medical professional, and returned to work.
IFD: In total, 27 firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19. 19 have subsequently recovered from the virus, been cleared by a medical professional, and returned to work.
IEMS: In total, 8 providers have tested positive for COVID-19. 6 have subsequently recovered from the virus, been cleared by a medical professional, and returned to work.
IMPD has more than 1,600 police officers who serve in 78 beats across Indianapolis. IFD is made up of more than 1,200 firefighters who serve neighborhoods from 43 fire stations. IEMS’ workforce is made up of more than 350 EMTs and paramedics.
April 20, 10 a.m.
A 5-year-old Michigan girl whose parents are both first responders died from COVID-19 after developing a rare complication of the coronavirus.
April 20, 9 a.m.
Walmart is now requiring employees to wear masks or face coverings at work. The company also encouraged shoppers to follow suit.
April 20, 7:45 a.m.
Spain has surpassed the 200,000 mark of coronavirus infections while recording the lowest number of new deaths in four weeks. Health ministry data shows Monday that 399 more people have succumbed to the COVID-19 disease created by the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total death toll to 20,852. Spain had counted more than 400 daily deaths since March 22.
April 20, 7 a.m.
Queen Elizabeth II’s husband has made a rare public statement praising those tackling the new coronavirus pandemic and keeping essential services running. Prince Philip, who turns 99 in June, said he wanted to recognize the “vital and urgent” work of medical and science professionals.
April 20, 6 a.m.
The Trump administration wants nursing homes to be more transparent. Nursing homes will now be mandated to follow new guidelines when it comes to reporting cases of the coronavirus in facilities. This comes as more than 7,000 long-term care residents have died in the U.S. from breakouts in facilities. In Indiana, at least 40 long-term care residents have died.
April 20, 5 a.m.
The Trump administration and Congress expect an agreement Monday on a coronavirus aid package of up to $450 billion. It would boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing.
April 19, 7:53 p.m.
Governor Eric Holcomb has indicated that Monday he will extend Indiana’s stay-at-home order to defeat the coronarvirus until at least May 1.
That order was put into effect March 25, but one national tracking model recommends that the order last a full two months before the governor should begin lifting his social distancing guidelines.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, in its most recent update this past Friday, indicated that, “After May 25, 2020, relaxing social distancing may be possible with containment strategies that include testing, contact tracing, isolation, and limiting gathering size.”
April 19, 7:15 p.m.
The coronavirus pandemic is forcing the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center on Indianapolis’ near southwest side to provide assistance to more and more families each week.
Thankfully, they have received some support of their own to make that happen.
April 19, 5:40 p.m.
New Hampshire received more than half a million face masks on Saturday, courtesy of Boeing and inventor Dean Kamen.
Boeing’s 737-700 aircraft flew nearly 540,000 medical-grade face masks from China to Manchester-Boston Regional airport, as part of a deal coordinated by Kamen, who brought 91,000 pounds of personal protective equipment to the state last weekend. Kamen obtained the face masks from manufacturers in China through his company DEKA Research and Development, Corp.
April 19, 5:22 p.m.
Busch Beer is offering couples whose wedding plans have changed due to the coronavirus a chance to win its free beer for a year.
April 19, 4:10 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health announced Sunday it will host free COVID-19 drive-thru testing clinics from Monday through Wednesday in Allen, Clark, Decatur and Lake counties.
Testing is open to symptomatic healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers, according to ISDH. Testing also is available to “symptomatic individuals who live with one of these workers , as well as to people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk, such as obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes,” ISDH said in a press release.
April 19, 3:51 p.m.
Bob Lazier, Indianapolis 500 starter and 1981 CART’s Rookie of the Year, died Saturday due to complications from the coronavirus, his family said.
April 19, 3:34 p.m.
The Central Indiana Police Foundation on Sunday announced the creation of the #BackTheLine fund as a response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
CIPF says the fund will “support our officers and their families affected by COVID-19, support and expand the feeding our officers program, and help provide PPE to officers in the line of duty.”
April 19, 2:31 p.m.
On this week’s edition of IN Focus podcast, panelists Lara Beck, Tony Samuel, Robin Winston and Mike Murphy discuss this week’s top stories, including the government’s response to COVID-19 and the political fallout from a controversial week in the news.
April 19, 2:14 p.m.
The Trump administration and Congress are nearing an agreement as early as Sunday on an aid package of up to $450 billion to boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing.
April 19, 1:52 p.m.
More than 200 people upset over restrictions on Indiana residents because of the coronavirus protested Saturday outside the state mansion of Gov. Eric Holcomb, urging him to back off and restart the economy.
April 19, 1:03 p.m.
Governor Eric Holcomb said Indiana could begin reopening non-essential business by early May and has asked for suggestions on how that could happen from local industry leaders.
Local restaurants have been empty for nearly a month and are hoping that could all change in a matter of weeks.
April 19, 12:11 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 577 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday’s report. That brings the state’s total to 11,210 cases.
The agency reported an additional 17 confirmed deaths of the coronavirus in Indiana, putting the state’s total at 562.
April 17, 2:30 p.m.
Gov. Holcomb announced that on Monday, he’ll sign an executive order extending Indiana’s stay-at-home order to May 1. Additional information will be released at that time. Updates on reopening different portions of the economy are also expected.
April 17, 12 p.m.
New numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health show the state now has more than 500 COVID-19 deaths and more than 10,000 positive cases. Statewide, 54,785 people have been tested.
April 17, 11:36 a.m.
Indy Parks and Recreation announced new restrictions Friday, including the closure of its four dog parks in response to overcrowding.
April 17, 10:22 a.m.
COVID-19 patients who are getting an experimental drug called remdesivir have been recovering quickly, with most going home in days, STAT News reported Thursday after it obtained a video of a conversation about the trial.
April 17, 9:51 a.m.
About 60 million people are still waiting for their stimulus checks. Here are some reasons why you may not have gotten yours yet.
April 17, 8:25 a.m.
China’s official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic jumped sharply Friday as the hardest-hit city of Wuhan announced a major revision that added nearly 1,300 fatalities.
The new figures resulted from an in-depth review of deaths during a response that was chaotic in the early days. They raised the official toll in Wuhan by 50% to 3,869 deaths.
While China has yet to update its national totals, the revised numbers push up China’s total to 4,632 deaths from a previously reported 3,342.
April 17, 7 a.m.
Iran put the country’s death toll from the coronavirus at 4,958 out of 79,494 confirmed cases.
Health Ministry Kianoush Jahanpour says 89 more people died from the virus since Thursday and 1,499 new cases were confirmed.
April 17, 6 a.m.
President Trump unveiled a three-phase plan to reopen the U.S. economy. He called for a “phased and deliberate approach” to restoring normalcy in places with strong testing seeing a decrease in COVID-19 activity. You can see the plan here.
April 17, 5 a.m.
Spain says there are now 19,478 deaths of patients who tested positive for the new coronavirus, nearly 350 more than the number reported one day earlier, and 188,068 confirmed infections with over 5,000 new ones.
April 17, 4 a.m.
A leading public health expert says “system errors” have led to Britain having likely the highest coronavirus death rate in Europe, as the U.K. government comes under pressure over its record in fighting the pandemic.
April 16, 7:36 p.m.
Kroger and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union are calling on the state and federal government to designate grocery store workers as extended first responders or emergency personnel during this time.
April 16, 6:51 p.m.
While senior citizens and those with underlying health issues are most at risk for COVID-19, experts warn that even those considered “healthy” can fall ill from the virus.
April 16, 6:20 p.m.
An extraordinary number of coronavirus-related deaths overwhelmed a nursing home in northern New Jersey where police found 18 bodies in what the governor called a “makeshift morgue” on two consecutive days earlier this week.
April 16, 5:47 p.m.
No weight room? No worries.
A group of Ball State football players are finding ways to work around pandemic restrictions to prepare for the upcoming season.
April 16, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 41 new deaths from COVID-19 Thursday. That brings the total to 477 deaths. There are 9,542 confirmed cases now. More than 51,000 people have been tested statewide.
April 16, 11 a.m.
On Thursday morning, the $349 billion emergency small-business lending program officially tapped out.
April 16, 8:43 a.m.
5.2 million more people sought employment benefits this past week. Roughly 22 million have sought jobless benefits in the past month — easily the worst stretch of U.S. job losses on record.
April 16, 8:35 a.m.
The IRS has explained what’s behind the “Payment Status Not Available” message some users are encountering when using the “Get My Payment” tool.
April 16, 7 a.m.
A 99-year-old World War II veteran raised millions for the National Health Service by doing laps with his walker.
April 16, 6 a.m.
A 95-year-old Noblesville woman celebrated her birthday with a surprise parade organized by her family.
April 16, 5:20 a.m.
President Trump is expected to announce new guidelines to ease social distancing in some areas as he tries to reopen the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
April 15, 9:25 p.m.
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation announced Wednesday it will furlough 471 employees because the COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to incoming revenue.
April 15, 6:43 p.m.
Small business owners in Indiana are looking for answers when it comes to the different loans available and how to use them.
April 15, 6:14 p.m.
Strip clubs and lobbyists are suing the federal government to try to get access to coronavirus stimulus dollars.
In three separate lawsuits, they say they were ineligible for loans because of the types of business they run, alleging the stimulus law is infringing on their free speech and other constitutional rights.
April 15, 5:03 p.m.
Facebook, Google and others have begun using algorithms, new rules and factual warnings to knock down harmful coronavirus conspiracy theories, questionable ads and unproven remedies that regularly crop up on their services — and which could jeopardize lives.
April 15, 4:34 p.m.
Revenue from casinos in numerous U.S. states plunged in March as the coronavirus forced the shutdown of in-person gambling across the country in the middle of the month.
Indiana’s casinos took in $98 million, down nearly 55% from a year ago.
April 15, 4:23 p.m.
In his daily briefing, Gov. Eric Holcomb said the state would take a data-based, gradual approach to reopening the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
April 15, 3:06 p.m.
Government relief checks began arriving in Americans’ bank accounts as the economic damage to the U.S. from the coronavirus piled up Wednesday and sluggish sales at reopened stores in Europe and China made it clear that business won’t necessarily bounce right back when the crisis eases.
April 15, 12 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health says Indiana now has 436 deaths attributable to coronavirus and 8,955 total cases. More than 48,000 people have been tested statewide.
April 15, 8:22 a.m.
The IRS launched an online tool Wednesday to help taxpayers track their economic stimulus money.
April 15, 7:25 a.m.
An inmate who was released from a Florida jail in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus is back behind bars and accused of committing second-degree murder the day after he got out, deputies say.
April 15, 7:24 a.m.
An Indiana congressman said Tuesday that letting more Americans die from the novel coronavirus is the “lesser of two evils” compared with the economy cratering due to social distancing measures.
April 14, 10 p.m.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he’s open to some states “reopening” before federal social distancing guidelines expire at the end of month, as he appeared to back off his claim of absolute authority to decide when the time was right to act.
April 14, 9:58 p.m.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he was cutting off U.S. payments to the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the organization of failing to do enough to stop the virus from spreading when it first surfaced in China.
April 14, 6:36 p.m.
Between 10% and 20% of U.S. coronavirus cases are healthcare workers, though they tended to be hospitalized at lower rates than other patients, officials reported Tuesday.
April 14, 5:38 p.m.
General Motors announced Tuesday that their Kokomo plant has begun mass production of critical care ventilators and will ship over 600 ventilators to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by the month’s end.
The Ventec Life Systems V+Pro ventilators are part of a 30,000-unit order from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. GM says the full order will be completed by the end of August.
April 14, 4:16 p.m.
Anderson’s mayor called off several summer events, including 4th of July fireworks.
April 14, 4:06 p.m.
The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) announced their first COVID-19-related death Tuesday.
April 14, 2:08 p.m.
Subaru of Indiana Automotive is extending its shutdown through Friday, May 8 and plans to resume production on Monday, May 11.
April 14, 12 p.m.
New information from the Indiana State Department of Health shows Indiana now has 387 deaths from coronavirus and 8,527 total confirmed cases. More than 46,000 people have been tested statewide.
April 14, 11:20 a.m.
Sam’s Club is setting aside two hours each Sunday for first responders and health care workers to shop inside its stores without the required membership.
April 14, 10:49 a.m.
The Indiana Democratic Party’s convention will be held online on June 13. Delegates will cast votes by mail for the contested attorney general nomination.
April 14, 9:39 a.m.
The Tour de France has been called off for now, but may still happen later this year.
April 14, 8:30 a.m.
Beaten down by the coronavirus outbreak, the world economy in 2020 will suffer its worst year since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest forecast.
The IMF expects the global economy to shrink 3% this year — far worse than its 0.1% dip in the Great Recession year of 2009 — before rebounding in 2021 with 5.8% growth. It acknowledges, though, that prospects for a rebound next year are clouded by uncertainty.
April 14, 7:30 a.m.
Two of the world’s biggest drug companies — Sanofi Pasteur and GSK — are combining forces to hopefully speed development of a vaccine for COVID-19.
The pharmaceutical giants say the experimental shot would be based on Sanofi’s flu vaccine and combine a booster from GSK that could help stretch doses of the vaccine further.
April 14, 6:30 a.m.
An Indiana man checking his account for his $1,700 stimulus payment was shocked to see an $8.2 million balance in his account.
April 14, 5:30 a.m.
A second White House task force could meet as early as Tuesday to discuss its approach to reopening the U.S. economy.
The council, which is not expected to include health officials, could bring to the forefront the push-pull tensions within the White House between economists and public health officials over how quickly to reopen the economy vs. proceeding cautiously to ensure the virus doesn’t spike again.
April 14, 4:30 a.m.
New figures show that hundreds more people with COVID-19 have died in Britain than have been recorded in the government’s daily tally.
The Office for National Statistics says 5,979 deaths that occurred in England up to April 3 involved COVID-19, 15% more than the 5,186 deaths announced by the National Health Service for the same period.
April 13, 10:46 p.m.
Local artists and seamstresses are using their talents to sew fluid-resistant gowns and masks for Eskenazi Health. By the end of the week, they hope to provide 2,500 reusable gowns to healthcare workers in need.
April 13, 9:51 p.m.
Indianapolis City-County Council on Monday adopted two measures allocating funding for COVID-19 responses, including the mailing of absentee ballot applications and the equipment needed to manage a pandemic-impacted election season.
April 13, 8:35 p.m.
The Treasury Department said Monday that 80 million people will get their stimulus payments via direct deposit this week.
April 13, 7:37 p.m.
The wait is still on for many small businesses hoping to see relief from the Small Business Administration.
However, even when that help does arrive, those with just a handful of employees won’t be getting as much as they thought.
April 13, 6:50 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Data collected by the Indiana State Department of Health and statistics noted by a national tracking model have led to predictions that are at odds over when the coronavirus peak will hit the state.
Either way, experts say now is not the time to relax Indiana’s stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines.
April 13, 2:06 p.m.
ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has tested positive for COVID-19. Stephanopoulos, who anchors “Good Morning America,” announced his coronavirus diagnosis on the morning news show Monday. He said he has no symptoms.
April 13, 1 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 7 additional COVID-19 deaths Monday. The agency said there were 8,236 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Indiana.
April 13, 12:14 p.m.
President Donald Trump asserted Monday that he is the ultimate decision-maker for determining how and when to relax the nation’s social distancing guidelines as he grows anxious to reopen the coronavirus-stricken country as soon as possible.
April 13, 11:15 a.m.
The Supreme Court will hear major cases on President Donald Trump’s financial documents, religious freedom and the Electoral College via telephone next month in an unprecedented move.
The announcement comes as the country is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic and it means that the justices will move into new territory, asking their questions over a phone line in lieu of the usual back and forth dialogue in their august courtroom.
April 13, 10:10 a.m.
A member of the crew of the coronavirus-infected USS Theodore Roosevelt warship died Monday of complications related to the disease, the Navy said, adding to setbacks for the sidelined aircraft carrier.
April 13, 8:05 a.m.
Beginning Monday, April 13, all riders of City of Kokomo public transportation, including the Trolley Line and Spirit of Kokomo, must have a face covering. Face coverings will not be provided.
April 13, 7:45 a.m.
The Internal Revenue Service sent out the first wave of stimulus checks to Americans on Saturday. Deposits will continue in the days ahead, starting with people who have filed tax returns for 2018 or 2019 and authorized direct deposit.
Others — including people who haven’t filed returns, authorized direct deposits, or receive Social Security — will probably have to wait weeks or months before seeing their money.
April 13, 7 a.m.
Indiana may hit the peak of the coronavirus pandemic Monday. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicts Monday will be the tip of the surge as 273 Intensive Care Unit beds for coronavirus patients will be in use at Indiana hospitals along with 236 ventilators.
Both numbers are well below the state’s maximum capacity.
April 13, 6 a.m.
Italy recorded the lowest number of new coronavirus deaths in three weeks, saying 431 people died in the past day to bring its total to 19,899. It was the lowest day-to-day toll since March 19.
For the ninth day running, intensive care admissions were down and hospitalizations overall were down, relieving pressure on Italy’s over-stressed health care system.
April 13, 5 a.m.
OPEC, Russia and other oil-producing nations finalized an unprecedented production cut of nearly 10 million barrels, or a tenth of global supply, in hopes of boosting crashing prices amid the coronavirus pandemic and a price war.
April 13, 4 a.m.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from a London hospital where he was treated in intensive care for the coronavirus, as the U.K. becomes the fourth European country to surpass 10,000 virus-related deaths.
April 12, 4:39 p.m.
Trustees at Indiana University have allowed school leaders to borrow up to $1 billion to counter a potential budget shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.
April 12, 4:31 p.m.
The $2.2 trillion package that Congress approved to offer financial help during the coronavirus pandemic has one major exclusion: millions of immigrants who do not have legal status in the U.S. but work here and pay taxes.
April 12, 4:23 p.m.
More than 2,700 deaths nationwide have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, an alarming rise in just the past two weeks, according to the latest count by The Associated Press.
April 12, 4:07 p.m.
North Central Athletic Director Paul Loggan died Sunday of the coronavirus, his son, Michael, announced on Twitter.
April 12, 1:56 p.m.
A Terre Haute firefighter has died from COVID-19, officials confirmed Sunday.
April 12, 12:58 p.m.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that calls to implement life-saving social distancing measures faced “a lot of pushback” early in the US coronavirus outbreak and that the country is now looking for ways to more effectively respond to the virus should it rebound in the fall.
“I mean, obviously, you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives,” Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” when asked if social distancing and stay-at-home measures could have prevented deaths had they been put in place in February, instead of mid-March.
April 12, 12:45 p.m.
The United States’ top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the economy in parts of the country could have a “rolling reentry” as early as next month, provided health authorities can quickly identify and isolate people who will inevitably be infected with the coronavirus.
April 12, 12:21 p.m.
A family is speaking out about the COVID-19 outbreak at a living facility in Anderson that’s left 24 residents dead.
April 12, 11:22 a.m.
Christians around the world celebrated Easter at a distance on Sunday, with most churches closed and family gatherings canceled amid wide-ranging coronavirus shutdowns.
Pope Francis celebrated Easter Mass inside the largely vacant basilica, with the faithful watching on TV at home.
April 12, 10:26 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 13 new COVID-19 deaths since Saturday. That brings the state’s total to 343 deaths.
There are 508 additional cases of the coronavirus in Indiana since Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 7,928.
April 10, 3 p.m.
Marion County began mailing out property tax bills Friday, but the Treasurer’s Office said many residents will have leeway in paying them.
April 10, 2 p.m.
The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus hit 100,000 Friday.
April 10, 11:53 a.m.
A total of 33 Indiana Department of Correction staff have tested positive for the virus.
A total of 23 offenders within the below six correctional facilities have tested positive for the virus:
- 1 at the Branchville Correctional Facility
- 1 at the Heritage Trail Correctional Facility
- 7 at the Indiana Women’s Prison
- 9 at the Plainfield Correctional Facility
- 1 Edinburgh Correctional Facility
- 4 at the Westville Correctional Facility
April 10, 11:27 a.m.
The federal Health and Human Services department says it’s releasing the first $30 billion in grants provided by the stimulus bill to help keep the U.S. health care system operating during the coronavirus outbreak.
April 10, 10 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 55 new COVID-19 deaths since Thursday’s update. That brings the state’s total to 300 deaths. There are 556 new cases of the coronavirus in Indiana, bringing the state’s total to 6,907.
April 10, 9 a.m.
An eye-opening video shows how quickly an illness like COVID-19 can spread if someone coughs in a grocery store.
April 10, 8:30 a.m.
Nurses in northern England honored a 99-year-old World War II veteran who recovered from COVID-19. He’ll turn 100 in July.
April 10, 6 a.m.
FEMA said the federal government will pull back support of testing sites by the end of the week. The agency said states and localities have increased their capacity to test.
April 10, 5:40 a.m.
New York has more coronavirus cases than any country. The governor signed an executive order allowing funeral directors from other states to work there to help with the large number of bodies.
April 10, 5:05 a.m.
Food trucks will be allowed to set up at Indiana’s interstate rest stops. The intent is to make sure truck drivers and essential travelers have places to get food while on the road.
April 9, 9:36 p.m.
The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a hold on jury trials across the state, and this could mean Hoosiers are spending longer time behind bars than they normally would.
April 9, 8:46 p.m.
Small businesses in Indiana are in a rush to get relief from the federal government, but the money is coming in slower than expected.
April 9, 6:30 p.m.
President Donald Trump said Thursday that there have been more than two million coronavirus tests completed in the United States but suggested that mass testing is not going to happen.
April 9, 12:35 p.m.
Check out this online calculator to determine how much you can expect from your government stimulus check.
April 9, 12:30 p.m.
The Federal Reserve announced a new $2.3 trillion round of loans that include even more support for small businesses and consumers. The central bank said it is creating a Municipal Liquidity Facility with up to $500 billion in loans and $35 billion in credit protection in order to “help state and local governments manage cash flow stresses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.”
April 9, 12:19 p.m.
Indianapolis landmarks and venues will light the city blue Thursday as part of the national #LightItBlue movement in support of everyone on the frontlines fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
April 9, 10 a.m.
New numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health show 245 deaths so far from COVID-19. Since Wednesday, 42 deaths have been reported. Indiana now has 6,351 cases and more than 32,000 Hoosiers have been tested.
April 9, 9:56 a.m.
Beginning April 18, more than 15,000 CarMax associates will be furloughed as a result of store closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 9, 8:48 a.m.
With another 6.6 million workers filing jobless claims, 10% of the U.S. labor force is out of work. One in 10 workers filed for unemployment within the last three weeks.
The figures collectively constitute the largest and fastest string of job losses in records dating to 1948.
April 9, 8:19 a.m.
Cleveland police officers have been given new protective equipment amid the COVID-19 crisis — rain ponchos.
April 9, 7 a.m.
Sales of alcoholic beverages will be banned in Thailand’s capital Bangkok for a 10-day period starting Friday as part of the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 infections. Bars and restaurants were ordered to stop onsite services last month.
April 9, 6 a.m.
The state is requiring long-term care facilities to report COVID-19 cases within 24 hours as the state tries to get a handle on the pandemic.
April 9, 5 a.m.
A 103-year-old Italian woman has recovered from COVID-19. She credits her survival to courage, faith and hydration.
April 9, 4 a.m.
A Hamilton County man recovering from COVID-19 hopes he’ll be able to get out of quarantine soon. He’s been battling the coronavirus since March 19.
April 8, 6:43 p.m.
Parts of Lucas Oil Stadium are being turned into a new hub to store food for several major food banks.
April 8, 6:16 p.m.
At least six people tested positive for COVID-19 at three different Wheeler Mission Ministries homeless facilities in Indianapolis, Executive VP of Advancement Steve Kerr announced Wednesday.
April 8, 4:08 p.m.
As first responders take precautions against COVID-19 contamination, those efforts include extensive measures to sterilize fire stations and equipment.
April 8, 2 p.m.
Costco will begin moving health care workers, police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders to the front of warehouse lines.
April 8, 1:19 p.m.
Food trucks will be set up at Indiana rest stops as part of the state’s coronavirus pandemic response to help out truck drivers and essential travelers.
April 8, 10:37 a.m.
More than $2.6 million in funds have been designated to support educators, students, and families in Indianapolis to aid in the transition to e-learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. A collaborative of local stakeholders established the Indianapolis E-Learning Fund to support immediate and long-term solutions for student access to technology, county-wide social-emotional learning strategies, and the launch of an e-learning lab open to all schools in Indiana.
April 8, 10:15 a.m.
500 Festival announces new dates for 2020 events:
- 500 Festival Kickoff to May, presented by STAR Bank: Friday, August 7, 2020
- Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run: Saturday, August 8, 2020
- 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. – Saturday, August 15, 2020
- 500 Festival Volunteer Appreciation Day – Saturday, August 15, 2020
- 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce – Friday, August 21, 2020
- 500 Festival Off the Grid, presented by KeyBank – Friday, August 21, 2020
- IPL 500 Festival Parade – Saturday, August 22, 2020
April 8, 10 a.m.
Indiana health officials say the state’s death toll from COVID-19 now stands at 203. Thirty new deaths were reported Wednesday. 436 New cases were reported, bringing that total to 5,943. More than 30,000 people have been tested statewide.
April 8, 8:30 a.m.
Boris Johnson’s spokesman says the British prime minister is stable and responding to treatment for the coronavirus in the intensive care unit of a London hospital.
April 8, 8:15 a.m.
The head of the World Health Organization’s Europe office says a trend of decline in the rate of increase in new coronavirus cases does not mean it’s time to relax measures aimed to stop its spread.
“We still have a long way to go in the marathon and the progress we have made so far in fighting the virus is extremely fragile,” Dr. Hans Kluge said. “To think we are coming close to an endpoint would be a dangerous thing to do. The virus leaves no room for error or complacency.”
April 8, 8 a.m.
Pope Francis is denouncing the mafia and all those who are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to make money.
In his remarks, Francis said everyone has a “little Judas inside of us” who makes a choice between loyalty to others or self-interest. He said: “Each one of us has the capacity to betray, to sell others, to choose our own interests.”
April 7, 10:56 p.m.
Viewers’ pictures and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful volunteers’ accounts show a frustrating problem growing around the city. It appears people are tossing their used gloves, wipes and masks on the ground after using them.
April 7, 10:45 p.m.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to freeze U.S. funding to the World Health Organization, saying the international group had “missed the call” on the coronavirus pandemic.
April 7, 8:45 p.m.
Some dairy farmers in central Indiana say they’re in a dire situation right now because of COVID-19.
April 7, 7:53 p.m.
The Marion County Emergency Operations Center released an update Tuesday on COVID-19-positive first responders and the status of emergency services in Indianapolis.
April 7, 7:07 p.m.
Indiana business owners will face more penalties if they violate the governor’s newest COVID-19 order.
April 7, 6:13 p.m.
Indianapolis’ COVID-19 infection rate per 100,000 residents outpaces not only similarly-sized and situated regional cities like Louisville, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, but it’s beating Chicago too.
April 7, 5:06 p.m.
First responders in different central Indiana communities are making sure they’re prepared to back each other up if a surge in COVID-19 patients puts a strain on ambulances and other emergency medical services.
April 7, 3:43 p.m.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has submitted a letter of resignation to Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Modly had created a combustible controversy by firing the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt last week, saying Capt. Brett E. Crozier had shown “extremely poor judgment” in widely distributing by email a letter calling for urgent help with the COVID-19 outbreak aboard his ship.
April 7, 1:51 p.m.
New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed the number of those killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 . Health officials say more than 3,200 people have been killed in the city thus far. That’s about 450 more than were killed in the city in 2001 when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center.
April 7, 12:55 p.m.
The one-way aisle is the latest traffic-control measure to be implemented by U.S. grocery retailers to encourage physical distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
April 7, 11:55 a.m.
A statistical model developed to track COVID-19 cases across the U.S. and in individual states showed a slightly earlier peak in Indiana and a larger number of projected deaths.
April 7, 10:05 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reports 173 deaths in Indiana from COVID-19 along with 5,507 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The agency said 28,764 people have been tested.
April 7, 9:20 a.m.
The Navy says a crew member on board the hospital ship USNS Comfort in New York harbor tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
The crew member has been isolated from patients and other crew members, and the Navy says the illness will not affect the Comfort’s mission of receiving and treating patients.
The Navy had recently announced that the Comfort, which initially was taking only non-COVID patients, is now accepting trauma, emergency and urgent care patients regardless of their COVID status.
April 7, 8:30 a.m.
Wisconsin is asking hundreds of thousands of voters to ignore a stay-at-home order in the midst of a pandemic to participate in Tuesday’s presidential primary election.
The National Guard will help run voting sites across the state after thousands of election workers stepped down fearing for their safety. Dozens of polling places will be closed, but those that are active will open at 7 a.m. CDT.
April 7, 7:30 a.m.
Spain is recording again a rise of daily coronavirus infections and deaths for the first time in five days, a result consistent with previous Tuesdays when a weekend backlog of tests and fatalities are reported.
With 743 new deaths in the last 24 hours, some 100 more than the fatalities seen from Sunday to Monday, Spain’s death toll neared 13,800 since the beginning of the pandemic, Health Ministry data showed.
The total of confirmed infections rose over 140,000, with 5,478 new ones on Tuesday, 1,000 more than on Monday. Both figures had been declining since April 2.
April 7, 5:30 a.m.
Japan’s prime minister declared a monthlong state of emergency for Tokyo and six other regions to keep the virus from ravaging the world’s oldest population.
He made the emergency declaration after a spike in infections in Tokyo, but it was a stay-at-home request — not an order — and violators will not be penalized. Despite having relatively few infections and deaths, Japan is a worrying target for a virus that has been killing the elderly at much higher rates than other age groups.
April 7, 4:30 a.m.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in intensive care Tuesday fighting the coronavirus. The 55-year-old Johnson, the world’s first known head of government to fall ill with the virus, was conscious in a London hospital and needed oxygen but was not on a ventilator, Cabinet minister Michael Gove said Tuesday.
April 6, 10:25 p.m.
Two insurers — Allstate and American Family Insurance — announced Monday they will give back about $800 million to their auto insurance customers because people are driving far less during the coronavirus crisis.
April 6, 9:12 p.m.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Monday about the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
April 6, 8:22 p.m.
Voters in Wisconsin are likely to face a choice Tuesday of participating in a presidential primary election or heeding warnings from public health officials to stay away from large crowds during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hours after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Monday postponing the election for two months, the Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with Republicans who said he didn’t have the authority to reschedule the race on his own.
The decision leaves Wisconsin as the only state with an election scheduled in April that is proceeding as planned.
April 6, 7:51 p.m.
Indianapolis Power & Light Company announced Monday that two employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
April 6, 7:15 p.m.
County jails are releasing dozens, sometimes hundreds, of non-violent inmates to reduce the threat of COVID-19.
Authorities are also not actively pursuing certain arrests right now, like lower level warrants and some probation violations.
April 6, 5 p.m.
A civilian employee of the Indiana State Police has been diagnosed with the department’s third confirmed case of COVID-19. The employee has been self-quarantining since last week.
April 6, 3:45 p.m.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.
April 6, 3:22 p.m.
Kroger announces customer capacity limits to further encourage physical distancing in stores.
April 6, 3:01 p.m.
Results from last Friday’s testing of 75 individuals at CoreCivic/Marion County Jail 2 have been returned by the Marion County Public Health Department. Six inmates and one staff member received positive test results for COVID-19. The inmates have been isolated and the staff member has been self-quarantined.
April 6, 2:30 p.m.
During his daily COVID-19 update, Gov. Holcomb announced the closure of state park fairgrounds and updated rules about retail stores. Dr. Kristina Box announced 11 deaths at a nursing home in Madison County. Read more here.
April 6, 12:36 p.m.
Hamilton County says it won’t be releasing city-by-city data of patients who test positive for COVID-19.
“We understand the public’s desire to know how our cities and towns are faring in the war against this virus,” says County Health Officer Dr. Charles Harris. “But we must adhere to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). If we don’t, we could incur hefty fines for each and every infraction.”
April 6, 12:26 p.m.
The British Open will not be played this year for the first time since 1945, and the Masters is moving to two weeks before Thanksgiving.
April 6, 10:15 a.m.
In its latest update, the Indiana State Department of Health said 139 people have died from COVID-19 in Indiana. The agency reported 4,944 positive COVID-19 tests and said 26,191 people have been tested statewide.
April 6, 9:45 a.m.
Stocks jumped in markets around the world Monday after some of the hardest-hit areas offered sparks of hope that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak may be on the horizon.
U.S. stocks climbed more than 3% in the first few minutes of trading, following similar gains in Europe and Asia. In another sign that investors are feeling more optimistic about the economy’s path, the yield on the 10-year Treasury was headed for its first gain in four days.
Oil prices fell after a meeting between Russia and OPEC aimed at defusing a price war was pushed back a few days.
April 6, 9 a.m.
Pope Francis has earmarked an initial $750,000 for a new fund for hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other structures run by the Catholic Church in poor countries to use to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Francis on Monday urged church entities around the world to contribute to the fund being run by the Pontifical Mission Societies, which is the pope’s official outreach arm to 1,110 mostly poor dioceses in Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Amazon region.
April 6, 7:30 a.m.
The United States and Britain are bracing for one of the darkest weeks in living memory as they become the new epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalized overnight, as deaths spiked in the country. In the U.S., the surgeon general described the days to come as a “Pearl Harbor moment.”
Deaths appeared to be slowing in Spain, Italy and France. Leaders cautioned, however, that any gains could easily be reversed if there’s backsliding on strict lockdowns. More than 9,600 people have died of the virus in the United States, and more than 69,000 have succumbed worldwide.
April 6, 7 a.m.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that he will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday to bolster measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak, but that there will be no hard lockdowns.
Abe also told reporters Monday that his government will launch a 108 trillion yen ($1 trillion) economic stimulus package to help counter the economic impact of the pandemic, including cash payouts to households in need and support to protect businesses and jobs.
April 6, 6 a.m.
A federal report finds 3 out of 4 U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The report from the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office is due out Monday.
The report finds hospitals across the nation expect to be overwhelmed as U.S. coronavirus cases rocket toward their anticipated peak by mid-April. Investigators say the key insight is individual problems such as lagging testing, supply shortages and burned-out staff are feeding off each other, creating a vicious cycle.
The federal watchdog agency is worried that could create a “domino effect” that overwhelms some hospitals.
April 6, 4:30 a.m.
The global economic crisis caused by coronavirus has devastated the oil industry in the U.S., which pumps more crude than any other country. In the first quarter, the price of U.S. crude fell harder than at any point in history, plunging 66% to around $20 a barrel.
A generation ago, a drop in oil prices would have largely been celebrated in the U.S., translating into cheaper gas for consumers.
But today, those depressed prices carry negative economic consequences, particularly in states that have become dependent on oil to keep their budgets balanced and residents employed.
April 5, 7:17 p.m.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to a hospital Sunday for tests, his office said, because he is still suffering symptoms, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.
April 5, 3:55 p.m.
Two workers at a Chicago-area Walmart store have died from the novel coronavirus, the company confirmed Sunday.
April 5, 3:48 p.m.
As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.
April 5, 2:34 p.m.
Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey, who played in the NFL despite being born without toes on his kicking foot and made a record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 73 years old.
April 5, 2:23 p.m.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says there a very good chance the new coronavirus “will assume a seasonal nature” because it is unlikely to be under control globally.
April 5, 2:15 p.m.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted Sunday that he is donating over 10,000 N95 masks to help aid in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
April 5, 1:52 p.m.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams says it is easy to make a cloth mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and posted a video showing you how it’s done.
April 5, 12:40 p.m.
Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, which he said should focus people’s attention on what’s most important, despite heavy hearts — using one’s life to serve others.
Normally, tens of thousands of Romans, tourists and pilgrims, clutching olive tree branches or palm fronds would have flocked to an outdoor Mass led by the pontiff.
April 5, 11:53 a.m.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams offered some of the starkest warnings yet Sunday as he braced Americans for the worsening fallout from the new coronavirus, warning “this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly.”
April 5, 10:45 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 11 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state’s total to 127 deaths.
There are 464 new cases of the coronavirus in Indiana, which brings the state’s total to 4,411.
April 3, 4:41 p.m.
Walmart will start limiting the number of customers in its stores starting April 4. Read more here.
April 3, 4:03 p.m.
A statement from the United States Postal Service:
The U.S. Postal Service has learned that an employee at the Castleton Post Office, the Indianapolis Processing & Distribution Center, and the Indianapolis Mail Process Annex has tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
We have reached out to the local public health office, and will follow the guidance they provide. We believe the risk is low for employees who work at the three locations, but we will keep our employees apprised as new information and guidance becomes available.
April 3, 3:40 p.m.
Thursday, one medical staff member working at Marion County Jail 2 received positive test results for COVID-19. The staff member is currently in self-isolation, and last worked at Jail 2 on Sunday, March 29th. Jail 2 is operated by CoreCivic, a company privately contracted to house approximately half of Marion County’s inmate population.
One Jail 2 inmate, who had been placed in isolation on April 1st after developing signs and symptoms, has received positive test results for COVID-19.
Today, the Marion County Public Health Department administered testing for COVID-19 to 75 individuals at Marion County Jail 2. This testing includes 37 Jail 2 inmates, who are showing signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19. Testing also included 38 CoreCivic staff members, including 14 corrections officers, 22 medical staff, and 2 service providers.
All of those who received testing are being quarantined as the Marion County Public Health Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office await testing results.
April 3, 2:40 p.m.
Governor Holcomb has extended Indiana’s public health emergency order for 30 days, which takes Indiana to May 3. He also extended the stay-at-home order for another two weeks. President Trump has approved Indiana’s state disaster declaration.
April 3, 2:14 p.m.
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin has tested positive for coronavirus.
April 3, 1:55 p.m.
Indiana courts extended their emergency order through May 4, according to the Indiana Supreme Court.
April 3, 12:31 p.m.
A letter from state officials acknowledges the public health emergency in Indiana and gives local jurisdictions leeway in releasing certain offenders.
April 3, 12:10 p.m.
The WNBA is postponing its training camps and start of the season. The WNBA draft will be a virtual event on April 17.
April 3, 11:14 a.m.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is donating $100 million to Feeding America, a Chicago-based nonprofit with more than 200 food banks across the United States.
April 3, 11 a.m.
The Marion County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) provided an update on the coronavirus pandemic. IMPD, IFD and IEMS are taking measures to protect personnel, including social distancing.
More than three dozen officers, firefighters and IEMS providers have tested positive for COVID-19:
- IMPD: In total, 17 officers have tested positive for COVID-19.
- IFD: In total, 14 firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19. 2 have subsequently recovered from the virus, been cleared by a medical professional, and returned to work.
- IEMS: In total, 6 providers have tested positive for COVID-19. 2 have subsequently recovered from the virus, been cleared by a medical professional, and returned to work.
April 3, 10 a.m.
In its morning update, the Indiana State Department of Health reported that 102 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19 during the pandemic. The state also reported a total of 3,437 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Indiana. So far, 17,835 people have been tested.
April 3, 9:33 a.m.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Whitestown has announced that town facilities will remain closed until at least May 1, 2020.
This includes the following:
- The Municipal Complex (located at 6210 Veterans Drive)
- All facility rentals and public meetings in the gymnasium and Town Hall
- All Whitestown public parks (including playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, corn hole lanes, shelters and restrooms)
April 3, 9 a.m.
The U.S. shed 701,000 jobs in March as unemployment rose to 4.4% during the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month’s actual job loss was likely even larger because the government surveyed employers before the heaviest layoffs hit in the past two week. Nearly 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in the last two weeks of March, far exceeding the figure for any corresponding period on record.
April 3, 8:40 a.m.
More than 152,000 Indiana households will receive additional SNAP benefits beginning next week.
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration said the additional funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are intended to provide support for Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Households will receive the maximum allotment allowed.
April 3, 7:45 a.m.
Prince Charles has formally opened the new Nightingale Hospital at London’s main exhibition and conference center.
Charles launched the temporary facility at the ExCel center in east London via video link from his Scottish home of Birkhall and paid tribute to everyone involved in its construction, which took just nine days.
Charles earlier this week emerged from self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 said he was lucky to only mild symptoms.
April 3, 7 a.m.
Google has started releasing location data to help public health officials track how people are responding to lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. tech giant said Friday that it’s publishing aggregated, anonymized data for 131 countries and regions to highlight movement trends over time.
April 3, 6 a.m.
French students won’t take the national end-of-high-school exam known as the Baccalaureat this year, a first in the country’s history due to school closures amid the coronavirus crisis.
French Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer announced Friday that the final exam is cancelled. Instead, students in their last year of high school will be able to get the so-called “Bac” based on school grades before and possibly after the confinement period.
April 3, 5 a.m.
The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump is invoking the Defense Production Act to clear up supply-chain issues encountered in the manufacturing of ventilators.
Thursday’s order comes amid increased fears of ventilator shortages around the country. The use of these lifesaving medical devices has skyrocketed among critical coronavirus patients.
April 3, 4:30 a.m.
Spain is closing Friday a black week with its death toll for the new coronavirus nearing 11,000, more than half of those during the past seven days, and more infections than any other country in Europe.
The bottleneck in Spanish labs conducting the tests has led to relatively low levels of testing in Spain compared to other European countries, authorities have acknowledged.
But even with statistics that are believed to be conservative in showing the extent of the epidemic, Spain on Friday neared 118,000 cases, second only to the United States. Official Health Ministry data showed that 7,472 of those infections had been in the past 24 hours.
April 2, 10:52 p.m.
Disney announced on Thursday the company will be instituting a short-term furlough for executive, salaried, and non-union hourly employees based in the U.S. effective April 19.
The furloughs will impact employees that work in the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division of the company. Some employees whose roles are deemed crucial to maintaining operations at the company will not be impacted.
April 2, 10:22 p.m.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee extended orders to keep non-essential businesses closed and most of the state’s more than 7 million residents home through May 4, saying that social distancing measures must remain in place an additional month in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
In recent days, Inslee had been signaling that his initial stay-at-home orders from March 23 — which were set to expire next week — would be extended. The new proclamation extends the original order from two weeks to six.
April 2, 9:20 p.m.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed the 1 million threshold Thursday in the latest indication of the pandemic’s growing foothold around the globe, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The count represents confirmed cases, but the true numbers are believed to be much higher. White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said incoming infection data suggests not enough Americans are abiding by guidelines in the national “call to action” to stem the spread of the virus.
April 2, 8:36 p.m.
Target will limit the number of people allowed inside its stores beginning April 4. The retailer will also begin providing employees with masks and gloves.
April 2, 7:36 p.m.
Kentucky’s governor says the state fairgrounds will be turned into a field hospital to handle the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases.
April 2, 7:22 p.m.
Healthcare workers are sharing their concerns about the supply of personal protective equipment.
April 2, 7:05 p.m.
The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings when leaving home, in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
The recommendations, still being finalized Thursday, would apply to those who live in areas hard-hit by community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.
A person familiar with the White House coronavirus task force’s discussion said officials would suggest that non-medical masks, T-shirts or bandannas be used to cover the nose and mouth when outside the home — for instance, at the grocery store or pharmacy.
Medical-grade masks, particularly short-in-supply N95 masks, would be reserved for those dealing directly with the sick.
April 2, 5:58 p.m.
President Trump says he took another COVID-19 test. The results came back negative. It’s the second time he’s been tested but said the latest test didn’t take nearly as long as the first.
April 2, 4:55 p.m.
The IHSAA has canceled spring sports for the remainder of the school year. The announcement followed Gov. Holcomb’s order to close schools for the rest of the academic year.
April 2, 4:40 p.m.
A statistical model projects that a COVID-19 surge will peak in Indiana on April 19. The same model predicts that 1,160 Hoosiers will die during the pandemic.
April 2, 2:30 p.m.
Indiana K-12 schools will remain closed and focused on remote learning through the end of the school year.
April 2, 2:02 p.m.
The Indianapolis Art Center announced the postponement the 50th Annual OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair until 2021.
April 2, 1:30 p.m.
Indiana State Democrats are reportedly working to hold the Party’s convention on June 13, 2020. In statement, Party officials said they are looking at all possibilities, including exploring a digital convention, delegate voting by mail, and even online voting.
April 2, 1:01 p.m.
The Johnson County Board of Commissioners held a public meeting and approved the continued closure of County government buildings until 8:00 a.m. on April 14, 2020.
April 2, 12:40 p.m.
Actress Reese Witherspoon’s clothing company is giving teachers a free dress as a way to say thank you.
April 2, 12:31 p.m.
The Democratic National Convention is being pushed back to the week of Aug. 17.
April 2, 11:46 a.m.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft used the team’s plane to get over 1 million N95 masks from China. The supplies will be landing in Boston Thursday afternoon.
April 2, 11:37 a.m.
The Justice Department says it is distributing about 192,000 N-95 masks to frontline medical workers in New York and New Jersey that were found during an investigation by the new coronavirus hoarding and price gouging task force.
April 2, 10 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 13 new COVID-19 deaths since Wednesday. That brings the state’s total to 78 deaths. There are now more than 3,000 cases out of 16,285 tested.
April 2, 9:37 a.m.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic and a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, is facing threats to his personal safety and now requires personal security from law enforcement at all times, including at his home, a source confirms to CNN.
April 2, 8:50 a.m.
More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, far exceeding a record high set just a week before.
April 2, 7:25 a.m.
An Oregon veteran is celebrating both his 104th birthday and his recovery from the novel coronavirus.
April 2, 7:20 a.m.
We’re expecting more executive orders from Gov. Holcomb today, and the U.S. death toll is now over 5,000, according to data from John Hopkins University. Here’s more of what you may have missed overnight.
April 1, 9:23 p.m.
The Indiana Attorney General’s Office says they are investigating 82 claims of price gauging in central Indiana filed just within the last week.
Most complaints revolve around the cost of toilet paper, meat or cleaning products.
Menards had the most complaints with 10.
You can report price gauging at IndianaConsumer.com.
April 1, 8:42 p.m.
Several Indianapolis and Marion County agencies have partnered to offer COVID-19 testing to essential workers that continue to provide critical services to residents through the pandemic.
April 1, 7:08 p.m.
Some of Indiana’s most vulnerable are desperate for help and asking if there is anyone to deliver groceries. Several groups are stepping up to bring supplies to those who need it.
April 1, 6:48 p.m.
Three Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service employees tested positive for COVID-19.
April 1, 5:10 p.m.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett extended the stay-at-home order for Marion County through May 1 and ordered all golf courses closed beginning April 3.
April 1, 4:39 p.m.
Skepticism about China’s COVID-19 numbers has swirled throughout the crisis, fueled by official efforts to quash bad news in the early days and a general distrust of the government.
April 1, 4:35 p.m.
New York authorities rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis.
Apri 1, 2:35 p.m.
April 1, 11:30 a.m.
The Wimbledon tennis championships are canceled this year for the first time since WWII.
April 1, 11 a.m.
Eli Lilly and Company is expanding its drive-thru coronavirus testing to two new groups of higher-risk individuals: workers in businesses deemed essential by the State of Indiana who have regular public contact as part of their job and people in the community showing symptoms who are vulnerable to severe complications of the virus. Read more here.
April 1, 10 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 16 new COVID-19 deaths since Tuesday, bringing the total to 65. There are now 2,565 cases statewide and 14,374 Hoosiers have been tested.
April 1, 9:50 a.m.
Indianapolis Colts cheerleader auditions are going virtual this year due to the coronavirus.
April 1, 8:39 a.m.
Costco and Home Depot are starting to limit the amount of customers inside their stores.
April 1, 8:09 am.
Dialect coach and “Star Wars” actor Andrew Jack has died aged 76 after contracting COVID-19, his agent said.
April 1, 7:48 a.m.
Inmates in federal prison will be confined to their cells for two weeks with certain exemptions due to COVID-19.
April 1, 7 a.m.
Today is Census Day. It’s the date used to reference where a person lives for the once-a-decade count. But just like everything else, the coronavirus has forced changes to the census.
Today is also April 1, which many people call April Fools’ Day. But some companies are opting out of pranks this year. That’s because they fear it could do more harm and spread misinformation.
March 31, 10:59 p.m.
Mexico has started taking tougher measures against the coronavirus after weeks of its president hugging followers and saying religious medals would protect him.
Some experts warn the sprawling country of 129 million is acting too late and testing too little to prevent the type of crisis unfolding across the border in the United States.
March 31, 9:54 p.m.
The Kroger Family of Companies announced Tuesday that it will provide all hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates with what they call a hero bonus.
March 31, 9:38 p.m.
The oil industry is worried that the coronavirus could cost more than half a million oil and gas industry jobs. Oil prices have hit an 18-year low – there’s too much supply and free-falling demand.
Industry leaders are now turning to the federal government for help.
March 31, 8:45 p.m.
Decatur County issued a Travel Warning that will go into effect Thursday at 8 a.m., the Decatur County sheriff confirmed Tuesday.
March 31, 7:10 p.m.
It has become a grim ritual outside New York City’s hospitals: workers in protective gear loading the bodies of coronavirus victims into refrigerated trailers.
A surge in deaths in the epicenter of the crisis in the U.S. has overwhelmed the city’s permanent morgues and filled storage spaces in many hospitals to capacity. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending 85 refrigerated trucks to serve as temporary morgues, the city said.
March 31, 6:51 p.m.
The White House on Tuesday projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. President Donald Trump called American efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus “a matter of life and death” and urged the public to heed his administration’s social distancing guidelines.
March 31, 6:16 p.m.
One of the executive orders Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced Tuesday opened the door for electronic notary.
This will allow families to safely prepare living wills during this time.
Health providers say having this conversation now will help save resources during the COVID-19 surge.
March 31, 2:53 p.m.
Gov. Holcomb announced during his daily press briefing he is extending the ban on dining in at restaurants through April 6.
March 31, 1:00 p.m.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has five confirmed COVID-19 cases among MCSO employees including two Judicial Enforcement Division/Courthouse Deputies, one jail deputy, one jail civilian, and now one civilian in the Administration Division. One of these employees had already been out on an unrelated extended leave. No inmates have tested positive.
March 31, 12:47 p.m.
The Indianapolis Fire Department now says it has 12 firefighters who have tested positive for COVID-19.
March 31, 12:20 p.m.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and will continue to anchor his show from home.
March 31, 11:23 a.m.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says a State Department official has died from the coronavirus, the first American fatality among the U.S. diplomatic corps from the pandemic.
March 31, 10 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 14 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 49 deaths. There are now 2,159 cases in the state and 13,372 Hoosiers have been tested.
March 31, 9:50 a.m.
Walmart will begin doing temperature checks on employees before they start their shift.
March 31, 9:15 a.m.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said 12 officers have tested positive for COVID-19. The department said 26 have tested negative.
March 31, 9 a.m.
An engineer at Chrysler’s Kokomo Transmission Plant is the first person in Howard County to die from COVID-19. He is being remembered as a devoted family man and friend.
March 31, 8:40 a.m.
The world total of COVID-19 cases has climbed to more than 800,000.
March 31, 7:30 a.m.
Spain’s coronavirus deaths jumped by a record number Tuesday as the country’s medical system strained to care for its tens of thousands of infected patients.
Spain recorded 849 new deaths, the highest daily toll since the pandemic hit there. It has now killed 8,189 people in Spain, forcing Madrid to open a second temporary morgue this week after an ice rink pressed into service last week became overwhelmed.
March 31, 6 a.m.
Italy observed a minute of silence and flew its flags at half-staff in a collective, nationwide gesture to honor the victims of the coronavirus and their families.
The Vatican also lowered its flags Tuesday to honor the dead in the country with the greatest toll from the virus, which stands at more than 11,500.
March 31, 5:30 a.m.
The daily U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic exceeded 500 for the first time, making it the deadliest day yet. Almost one out of every five US deaths reported during the coronavirus crisis was reported Monday.
Over 3,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S. At least 160,698 cases of the coronavirus have been detected and tested.
March 30, 10:17 p.m.
A group made up of 16 local churches and technology entrepreneurs have purchased 200,000 N95-type masks to donate to hospitals, first responders and longterm care facilities in Indianapolis for the fight against COVID-19.
March 30, 9:22 p.m.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said during the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Monday that he anticipates the coronavirus will be cyclical and we’ll see a second outbreak in the fall because of its degree of transmissibility.
March 30, 8:57 p.m.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19.
Thus far, there is little scientific evidence that they are effective in treating COVID-19, but the FDA said the drugs’ known and potential benefits outweigh the risks.
March 30, 8:32 p.m.
The first US service member has died from the novel coronavirus, the US military announced on Monday.
March 30, 7:33 p.m.
The NCAA will permit spring sport athletes who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility.
March 30, 6:18 p.m.
The Indianapolis Fire Department says nine of their firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19.
March 30, 5:17 p.m.
For millions of seasonal allergy sufferers, the annual onset of watery eyes and scratchy throats is bumping up against the global spread of a new virus that produces its own constellation of respiratory symptoms.
Now Americans are asking: Are these my allergies? Or something more sinister?
March 30, 2:32 p.m.
Gov. Eric Holcomb says he’s signed another executive order intended to remove regulatory barriers as Indiana prepares for surge in patients. Medical professionals who are retired can practice again.
Bars and restaurants to remain to-go only for an extended period of time. More details are coming tomorrow. Holcomb has requested emergency response from President Trump.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said 86% of patients who’ve died from COVID-19 in Indiana are over the age of 60.
March 30, 2 p.m.
Nearly 10,000 Indianapolis hotel workers are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Officials said Indy hotels, which are typically at 70% occupancy, are at just 3% occupancy.
March 30, 1:11 p.m.
Italy is seeing a continued slowdown in the rate of its new confirmed coronavirus cases while registering a record number of people cured as it enters its third week into a nationwide lockdown.
Another 812 people died in the last day, bringing Italy’s toll to 11,591 and maintaining its position as the country with the most dead.
March 30, 12:35 p.m.
A filmmaker’s haunting video shows the sights of downtown Indianapolis with the city virtually shut down because of the pandemic.
March 30, 11:18 a.m.
Some organizations are expanding child care options for essential workers in central Indiana.
March 30, 10:30 a.m.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and the Indy Chamber outlined a $3 million investment for small business support loans, including $1.5 million from City of Indianapolis sources.
March 30, 10:04 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported a total of 35 deaths and 1,786 cases of COVID-19 during its update on Monday. Marion County reported 804 cases.
March 30, 8:56 a.m.
Dollar General is offering a 10% discount to medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guard members until April 30.
March 30, 8:12 a.m.
The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in July, the same slot scheduled for this year’s games.
Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place July 23, 2021. That is almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year. The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The rescheduled Olympics will start July 23, with the closing ceremony on Aug. 8. The Paralympics were rescheduled to Aug. 24-Sept. 5.
March 30, 8:07 a.m.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says Americans can expect to get their stimulus checks within the next three weeks.
The government hopes to distribute the money via direct deposit, Mnuchin said Sunday. Mnuchin said there would be a web-based application for anyone who doesn’t receive direct deposits, according to CNN.
“We’re going to try to get as much money into direct deposit as we can,” Mnuchin told reporters. “That’s the fastest way of getting hard-working Americans their money.”
March 30, 7:32 a.m.
March 30, 7:30 a.m.
Spain on Monday became the third country to surpass China in infections after the United States and Italy. With a population of only 47 million to China’s 1.4 billion, Spain’s tally of infections reached 85,195, an 8% rise from the previous day. Spain also reported 812 new deaths, raising its overall virus death toll to 7,300.
The health systems in Italy and Spain have been crumbling under the weight of caring for so many desperately ill patients at once. The two nations have more than half the world’s 34,600 deaths from the virus that has upended the lives of billions of people and devastated world economies.
March 30, 7:20 a.m.
An executive member of Japan’s main medical association urged government officials to consider issuing a state of emergency, saying it will be too late once the coronavirus infection reaches an explosive state.
Satoshi Kamayachi, an executive director of Japan Medical Association and a member of the government-commissioned panel of experts, told a news conference Monday that the situation warrants a declaration of a state of emergency.
March 30, 6 a.m.
Spain’s main spokesman in the coronavirus crisis has tested positive for the COVID-19 disease but the results need to be confirmed, authorities have announced as the country of 47 million became the third to surpass China in number of infections.
Dr. Fernando Simón, who had become the Spanish government’s face and voice during the crisis, was replaced on Monday’s daily press conference by his deputy, Dr. María José Sierra.
March 30, 5 a.m.
One of the scientists advising the British government on the coronavirus pandemic says there are signs that the effective lockdown of much of the country is working.
Professor Neil Ferguson thinks the epidemic is “just about slowing” as a result of the social distancing measures the government has imposed over the past couple of weeks.
March 29, 6:55 p.m.
President Donald Trump says two health insurers are waiving patient payments for coronavirus treatment.
March 29, 6:35 p.m.
President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S.
March 29, 5:10 p.m.
Country music legend Joe Diffie passed away on Sunday from complications of coronavirus, according to the singer’s publicist.
March 29, 3:45 p.m.
The Indiana University Police Department for Bloomington says they are having to shut down parties amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 29, 11:45 a.m.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued travel advisories for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The CDC and President Donald Trump are asking people there to stop non-essential domestic travel for the next two weeks.
March 29, 11:15 a.m.
The U.S. government’s foremost infection disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the U.S. will certainly have “millions of cases” of COVID-19 and more than 100,000 deaths.
March 29, 10:30 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 290 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Indiana since Saturday. That brings the state’s total to 1,514.
So far, 32 people have died from COVID-19, according to the ISDH.
March 28, 7:16 p.m.
The Bloomington Fire Department announced that one of three firefighters recently quarantined after potential or confirmed exposure to the coronavirus has tested positive for COVID-19.
March 27, 4:06 p.m.
The Tippecanoe County Health Department announced the first death in the county related to the coronavirus.
March 27, 2:27 p.m.
Mayor Joe Hogsett announced that the City of Indianapolis has offered a two-month rent deferral for all tenants in the main hall of City Market.
The City Market is home to more than two dozen small businesses and, due to COVID-19 restrictions, market merchants are experiencing a significant loss in revenue. Hogsett hopes the announcement will ease their burden and serve as a model for other landlords.
March 27, 2:15 p.m.
Ventec Life Systems announced today General Motors will build VOCSN critical care ventilators at GM’s Kokomo, Indiana manufacturing facility. The FDA-cleared ventilators are scheduled to ship as soon as next month.
There is a global backorder of critical care ventilators capable of supporting patients fighting COVID-19. Companies are adding thousands of units of new capacity with a significantly expanded supply chain capable of supporting high volume production. GM is donating its resources at cost.
March 27, 2:00 p.m.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb along with state officials delivered a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in Indiana
March 27, 1:40 p.m.
The House passed the sweeping coronavirus relief package in a voice vote Friday afternoon, paving the way for the president’s signature. The bill provides relief to residents, businesses and the healthcare system as the U.S. grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
March 27, 12:46 p.m.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said it is joining law enforcement partners from around the country in issuing a warning to our community about these frauds.
March 27, 12:27 p.m.
The Indianapolis Public Library has announced the postponement of all public programs and the continued closure of all Library facilities until further notice.
March 27, 12:07 p.m.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Donald Trump that China “understands the United States’ current predicament over the COVID-19 outbreak and stands ready to provide support, the official Xinhua News Agency said Friday.
The White House said only that the two leaders spoke on the phone Thursday and “agreed to work together to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and restore global health and prosperity.”
March 27, 10:49 a.m.
The IMS Museum will stay closed “until further notice” as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold in Indiana and across the U.S.
March 27, 10:06 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reports 336 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Indiana, along with 7 new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 981 and number of deaths to 24. ISDH also released related demographic data for the first time.
March 27, 9:57 a.m.
As the House opened debate on the massive coronavirus relief package, the bill hit a last-minute snag, with one lawmaker threatening to delay passage until most lawmakers return to Washington for a vote.
March 27, 9:11 a.m.
Carmel made changes to trash and recycling collection. They go into effect Friday March 27 and will last until at least April 7.
While basic trash and recyclables pick up will continue, the City of Carmel Utilities and Republic Services have temporarily suspended bulk item and bulky landscape waste pick up beginning March 27. Any previously arranged and paid for service will take place as scheduled.
March 27, 8:28 a.m.
Spain’s Health Ministry reported another 7,800 infections overnight for a total of 64,059. Deaths climbed by 769 to 4,858 — the world’s second highest total after Italy’s 8,214 fatalities.
March 27, 7:46 a.m.
An official in Russia’s presidential administration has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov says the official didn’t have contact with President Vladimir Putin. He told reporters that all precautions were being taken to protect Putin.
March 27, 7:30 a.m.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19. He’s in self-isolation and continues to lead the country’s coronavirus response.
March 27, 5:17 a.m.
The House is poised to vote on the $2.2 trillion stimulus package passed by the Senate earlier this week. The vote is scheduled for Friday morning.
March 27, 4:30 a.m.
A man in Monroe County has been charged after being accused of violating the state’s stay-at-home order.
March 26, 8:30 p.m.
IndyGo announced Thursday the implementation of new safety measures and changes to its service schedules to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
March 26, 7:37 p.m.
The United States now leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.
March 26, 7:23 p.m.
Businesses in Indiana are helping to distribute much needed personal protective equipment, or PPE, across the country.
March 26, 4:36 p.m.
Governor Holcomb signed an executive order helping Hoosiers get assistance from organizations providing it easier.
March 26, 4:28 p.m.
Hamilton Southeastern Schools officials are reporting that two people who work in the buildings, including a teacher, have tested positive for COVID-19.
March 26, 3:05 p.m.
Seven residents of a long-term care facility in Franklin have tested positive for COVID-19. They showed mild symptoms or none at all.
March 26, 2:49 p.m.
President Trump said federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak.
March 26, 1:15 p.m.
The Indianapolis 500 is postponed to Aug. 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The GMR Grand Prix will transition to Saturday, July 4 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) road course. The IMS concerts scheduled for May are canceled.
March 26, 12:31 p.m.
A portion of the Monon Trail closed down Thursday in Carmel because police say people aren’t following social distancing requirements.
March 26, 12:08 p.m.
As of close of business Wednesday, there have been 280 non-formal complaints made to the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration from employees who say they shouldn’t be forced to go to work.
March 26, 11:54 a.m.
Purdue University says it will have a remote commencement ceremony for graduating seniors which promises to deliver all of the pomp and circumstance of a traditional ceremony.
March 26, 10:20 a.m.
The state of Indiana reports a total of 645 cases of coronavirus in addition to 17 deaths during the pandemic. Marion County has the most in the state with 293 reported cases.
March 26, 8:37 a.m.
Unemployment claims soared to nearly 3.3 million last week. It’s the highest number of initial claims in history since the Department of Labor began keeping track in 1967.
March 26, 8:30 a.m.
Subaru of Indiana Automotive extended its shutdown through Monday, April 6. Only limited personnel will be working on-site during the shutdown, the company said.
March 26, 8:25 a.m.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the coronavirus pandemic won’t peak until May 1 and believes social distancing measures are the only way to slow the spread.
March 26, 7:15 a.m.
Wheeler Mission learned late Wednesday that one of its guests had tested positive for COVID-19, according to Steve Kerr, executive vice president of advancement.
Wheeler has been working with the health department on how to handle. The patient is not in the facility; Wheeler is working on a plan to reduce the number of people accessing its dayroom.
March 26, 6:30 a.m.
With a critical need for masks, a worker at the National Cathedral remembered they’d stashed thousands away for a decade. The masks were donated to Children’s National Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital.
March 26, 5:30 a.m.
France started evacuating its citizens infected with the coronavirus from the Alsace epicenter onboard a special medicalized high-speed train.
France’s health minister said that the TGV train-cum-hospital is a “first in Europe.”
Around 20 patients are being evacuated from Strasbourg to hospitals in the Pays-de-la-Loire and other regions Thursday morning, thanks to the medical locomotive.
March 26, 4:40 a.m.
Moscow officials on Thursday ordered the closing of restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping malls and some parks in the city for nine days starting from Saturday.
The move, aimed at keeping people at home amid the coronavirus outbreak, comes a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared next week a holiday, during which only essential businesses — such as pharmacies, grocery stores and banks — will continue to operate.
March 26, 4 a.m.
The global death toll from the new coronavirus, which causes an illness called COVID-19, has climbed past 21,000 and the number of infections has surpassed 472,000, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
The number of dead in the U.S. rose to 1,041 as of late Wednesday, with nearly 70,000 infections. Spain’s death toll has risen past 3,400, eclipsing that of China, where the virus was first detected in December.
March 25, 11:52 p.m.
The U.S. Senate, in a 96-0 vote, approves the sweeping $2.2 trillion stimulus and recovery bill aimed at helping businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The House is set to vote on the bill Friday.
March 25, 11:10 p.m.
Johns Hopkins University tally shows US death toll from coronavirus surpasses 1,000.
March 25, 10:28 p.m.
A Transportation Security Administration screening officer who works at the Indianapolis International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19, the administration announced.
March 25, 7:38 p.m.
President Trump implores Congress to move on virus rescue package.
March 25, 6:40 p.m.
Community Health ER Dr. Chris Ross joined us to clear up some differences in symptoms between COVID-19, the flu and allergies.
March 25, 6:38 p.m.
Governor Eric Holcomb vetoed the tenant-landlord bill, saying now is “not the right time for such language to become law.
March 25, 5:57 p.m.
Employees in various industries tell us that they’re being told to keep reporting to work, despite their concerns for safety as positive COVID-19 cases increase across Indiana.
Governor Eric Holcomb says workers should discuss the issue with their employer, but if that doesn’t help, employees can file complaints with Indiana’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
March 25, 5:30 p.m.
Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services personnel are spotting an uptick in the number of people calling for ambulance service who are experiencing respiratory or influenza-like symptoms.
March 25, 5:27 p.m.
Senate leaders are grappling with last-minute snags in emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid totaling some $2 trillion to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.
March 25, 3:15 p.m.
Gov. Holcomb says the state is waiting on the federal response before deploying its $2 billion surplus.
March 25, 12:59 p.m.
Starbucks is now offering free coffee for first responders and front-line healthcare workers.
March 25, 12:35 p.m.
Meijer is asking its customers to stop using reusable bags in stores for now during the pandemic.
March 25, 10:00 a.m.
New numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health show 112 new cases of coronavirus in Indiana, bringing the state total to 477. Two more deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 14.
March 25, 9:06 a.m.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) shared information about resources for members of the public to report child abuse and neglect during the state’s stay-at=home order.
March 25, 8:43 a.m.
Patients who contract COVID-19 are reportedly showing new symptoms previously not associated with the virus, such as gastrointestinal upset and more fatigue.
March 25, 8:23 a.m.
Waffle House is closing hundreds of restaurants across the country, but carry-out will be available.
March 25, 7:09 a.m.
Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating in Scotland.
March 25, 1:44 a.m.
The White House and Senate agreed on a $2 trillion stimulus deal.
March 24, 11:40 p.m.
In response to the the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Indianapolis announced changes to some of its agencies’ services following state and local “stay-at-home” orders.
March 24, 11:22 p.m.
The United Automobiles Workers union announced Tuesday that a worker at a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plant in Kokomo has died after contracting COVID-19.
March 24, 9:25 p.m.
Indianapolis Parks and Recreation announced Tuesday that one of their employees has tested positive for COVID-19.
March 24, 8:33 p.m.
Local offices, departments and organizations joined together Tuesday to announce the availability of pop-up distribution sites aimed at providing healthy produce and dairy items to Indianapolis families in need.
March 24, 7:28 p.m.
Inspirational signs in downtown Indianapolis:
March 24, 7:22 p.m.
A firefighter with the Speedway Fire Department has tested positive for COVID-19, the fire department announced Tuesday.
March 24, 6:18 p.m.
Public health officials in Los Angeles report that a minor has died from the coronavirus in the US. The minor is believed to be the first person under 18 to die from the coronavirus pandemic in the US.
March 24, 4:56 p.m.
A 31-year-old from Mexico has become the first person in immigration detention in the U.S. to test positive for COVID-19.
March 24, 3:26 p.m.
Starting March 25, Indianapolis is offering discounted childcare to its first responders. Read more here.
March 24, 3:20 p.m.
Franklin College announced that it will extend its transition to distance learning through the remainder of the spring semester, including the week of final exams.
March 24, 3:05 p.m.
During a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials discussed the coronavirus pandemic and how it affects the state.
He and others stressed the importance of “flattening the curve,” especially given the surge in cases seen in Marion County, which reported a total of 161 cases in Tuesday’s update.
March 24, 2:15 p.m.
Three weeks into a national lockdown, Italy’s daily bulletin about its COVID-19 outbreak added thousands more cases, pushing the nation’s overall total to more than 69,000.
Civil Protection authorities say there were 743 more deaths in a 24-hour period, adding to Italy’s overall death toll. After two straight days of day-to-day increases in new cases that had seen lower numbers, authorities on Tuesday said there were 5,249 new cases. A day earlier, new cases in a 24-hour period had totaled some 460 fewer.
The country now has at least 6,820 deaths.
March 24, 2:10 p.m.
Here’s a look at the graph charting Indiana’s number of COVID-19 cases:
March 24, 2:04 p.m.
President Donald Trump is weighing how to refine nationwide social-distancing guidelines to put some workers back on the job amid the coronavirus outbreak. At a virtual town hall hosted by Fox News on Tuesday, Trump said he is hoping the country will be reopened by Easter.
March 24, 1:17 p.m.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi decreed a 21-day lockdown across the nation of 1.3 billion people to save it from the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement set off panic in many neighborhoods as people rushed to markets to stock up on supplies.
March 24, 12:47 p.m.
The Delaware County Health Department reports 3 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 7. The additional cases will be included in the state’s Wednesday morning update.
March 24, 12:02 p.m.
NBC Sports released a statement about the postponement of the Olympics:
Given the unprecedented obligation we all face to contain COVID-19 globally, we fully understand the decision made by the IOC, Japanese government, and the health organizations they are working with to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics until 2021. We have no doubt that the IOC and Tokyo Organizing Committee will put on an exceptional Games next year, and that the Olympic flame will once again unite the world and provide a light at the end of this tunnel.
March 24, 11:42 a.m.
The state said its hotline for business questions about the stay-at-home order is back open. State officials report a “high volume” of calls.
March 24, 11:23 a.m.
Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box will provide an update on the coronavirus pandemic at 2:30 p.m.
March 24, 10:42 a.m.
The state of Indiana reports that the hotline set up to answer questions from Hoosier businesses about the stay-at-home order is temporarily down. Businesses can still email email@example.com with their questions.
March 24, 10 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reports a total of 365 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indiana, along with 12 deaths related to the pandemic. There were 6 deaths in Marion County, 3 in Johnson County, and 1 each in Allen, Delaware and Scott counties.
March 24, 8:59 a.m.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach agreed Tuesday to postpone the Olympics by about one year.
Abe put the suggestion to Bach, who agreed that the latest date the Olympics will be held is summer 2021.
March 24, 8:17 a.m.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach, Japan’s NHK public television reports.
Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.
March 24, 7:40 a.m.
The World Health Organization says case counts and deaths globally from the new coronavirus are expected to increase “considerably” when global figures are published later Tuesday.
Dr. Margaret Harris, a WHO spokeswoman, said overnight reporting showed 85% of the new cases were being reported in Europe and the United States.
March 24, 6:30 a.m.
The Vatican is under pressure to let more of its employees work from home after several offices remained open even after Italy shut down all nonessential industry in a bid to contain the coronavirus.
Vatican employees in three different offices expressed alarm that superiors had adopted different policies about working from home, with no uniformity among them.
March 24, 6 a.m.
Business activity in Europe has fallen at the sharpest pace on record, according to a survey that was started in 1998.
The purchasing managers’ index, a gauge of business executives’ outlook on the economy, fell to 31.4 points in March for the 19-country eurozone, from 51.6 in February, as governments put limits on business activity to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
March 23, 11:03 p.m.
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard announced Monday that Carmel City Hall will close to the public until further notice starting Tuesday at 8 a.m.
March 23, 8:20 p.m.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that it has adjusted services, events and operations to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
March 23, 5:45 p.m.
Eli Lilly and Company announced Monday they will expand drive-thru testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to Indianapolis first responders.
March 23, 5:00 p.m.
Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen announced Monday the declaration of a local disaster emergency to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 23, 4:00 p.m.
Carrier says a second case of COVID-19 was confirmed at their facility. Their full statement is below:
We learned on March 19 that an employee in our Indianapolis facility tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We immediately suspended operations for a week, during which time employees will continue to be paid as we deep clean and sanitize the facility. On March 20, we learned of a second confirmed case at the same facility. Our thoughts are with our team members and their families.
Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our employees, and we are working with local public health authorities to assess the risk to additional employees. We have implemented intensive and frequent sanitation of our operations, enhanced social distancing practices, and schedule changes to minimize employee gatherings. We have also provided extensive health and safety education content and trainings.
March 23, 2:00 p.m.
A member of the International Olympic Committee told USA TODAY that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games will be postponed until 2021 in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
March 23, 1:00 p.m.
Community Health Network announced its president and CEO Bryan Mills tested positive for COVID-19.
Mills is in quarantine but still actively involved in leading and planning Community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He continues to participate in meetings remotely, receive updates and lead key decision-making processes. If necessary, there are plans to delegate his responsibilities to other leaders within the organization.
March 23, 12:00 p.m.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a “stay at home” order starting March 25 in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more here.
March 23, 11:30 a.m.
Eight people from the Muncie Police Department, the Muncie Fire Department, and EMS workers are quarantined after possible exposure to the coronavirus. The people in quarantine are at Fire Station 4, so they do not want the public to go there for emergencies.
March 23, 11 a.m.
Ball State’s May commencement ceremonies are canceled, but they still want to celebrate the students’ achievements. They created a survey to ask students and parents how they would like to proceed.
March 23, 10:28 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 58 new cases of the coronavirus Monday morning, with the total climbing to 259 cases across Indiana.
March 23, 9:22 a.m.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams had a warning for Americans, telling NBC’s Today, “I want America to understand this week, it’s going to get bad.”
Adams said too many people aren’t taking the pandemic seriously enough.
March 23, 8:25 a.m.
Lowe’s has committed $10 million to help medical workers get much-needed protective gear during the coronavirus pandemic.
March 23, 7:32 a.m.
So far, the pandemic has infected 343,400 people and killed over 14,700. More than 98,800 people have recovered so far. COVID-19 can cause mild symptoms for most people, but older individuals and those with preexisting conditions are more likely to experience severe symptoms.
March 23, 7:25 a.m.
The World Health Organization warned that criminals are increasingly posing as WHO officials and trying to steal personal information or money from people during the coronavirus crisis.
The agency’s website has tips on how to avoid getting scammed.
March 23, 7:17 a.m.
Pope Francis canceled a trip to Malta scheduled for May 31 because of the pandemic.
The move was widely expected because Italy is on a nationwide lockdown and has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. Health officials report 60,000 infections and more than 5,400 deaths.
March 22, 10:05 p.m.
Allen County has announced their first COVID-19 death. More info here. This is Indiana’s seventh death to the coronavirus pandemic.
March 22, 7:40 p.m.
Top-level negotiations between Congress and White House teetered Sunday over a nearly $1.4 trillion economic rescue package, as the coronavirus crisis deepened, the nation shut down and the first U.S. senator tested positive for the disease.
March 22, 7:05 p.m.
Republican Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee of Utah both announced on Sunday that they will self-quarantine following news that GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky tested positive for coronavirus.
March 22, 6:22 p.m.
Eli Lilly and Company has announced it will offer drive-thru testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to Indianapolis area health care workers beginning Monday.
March 22, 3:36 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health on Sunday announced a Hoosier in Marion County has died after testing positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of Indiana deaths related to the novel coronavirus to six.
March 22, 3:17 p.m.
Officials announced the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hancock County Sunday after two residents tested positive for the virus.
March 22, 1:32 p.m.
The number of people to die from COVID-19 in Indiana has risen to five after the Scott County coroner confirmed a death in the county due to the virus on Sunday.
March 22, 12:45 p.m.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen have tested negative for COVID-19, per VP Press Secretary Katie Miller.
March 22, 11:31 a.m.
Indiana reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus with the total climbing to 201 cases across Indiana, public health officials announced Sunday.
March 21, 8:34 p.m.
Morgan County Health Department confirms the first case of COVID-19 in Morgan County.
March 21, 3:25 p.m.
ISDH announces fourth COVID-19 related death in Indiana.
March 21, 2:44 p.m.
Tipton County announces first presumptive positive COVID-19 case.
March 20, 10:03 p.m.
Humane Society for Hamilton County closes, ceases adoptions.
March 20, 4:39 p.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced Friday a third Hoosier died from COVID-19. The patient was a Marion County resident who was older than 60 and had been hospitalized.
March 20, 2:57 p.m.
The Monroe County Health Department announced an Indiana University Bloomington student living off campus has tested positive for COVID-19.
March 20, 2:32 p.m.
Washington D.C announces its first coronavirus death, and the Pentagon confirms two cases.
March 20, 1:07 p.m.
Indiana University Health said they now have the capability to test for COVID-19.
March 20, 12:55 p.m.
The state of New York moved to join California on Friday in confining nearly all residents to their homes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all workers at nonessential businesses to stay home. All gatherings of any size are banned.
The state has reported at least 7,000 cases of COVID-19 and the death toll there has reached at least 38.
March 20, 11:52 a.m.
President Trump says all standardized testing has been canceled. Federal student loan interest has been suspended for at least the next 60 days. Borrowers should contact their lenders.
Non-essential travel is severely restricted along the Canadian and Mexican borders. This does not affect legitimate commerce.
March 20, 11:36 a.m.
Gov. Holcomb and Secretary of State Connie Lawson announce that Indiana’s primary has been pushed back to June 2 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
March 20, 10:39 a.m.
The federal government has moved Tax Day from April 15 to July 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
March 20, 10:14 a.m.
Goodwill stores in central Indiana will close temporarily in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Stores will still accept donations for the time being.
March 20, 10:08 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health reports 79 total cases of COVID-19 in the state. Coronavirus has been confirmed in 27 of Indiana’s 92 counties.
March 20, 9:05 a.m.
Gov. Eric Holcomb plans an 11:30 a.m. news conference to discuss the state’s May primary. The governor said Thursday that discussions were underway about a possible delay.
March 20, 8:23 a.m.
More than a dozen Indiana counties are under travel advisories or watches as part of efforts to limit the scope of the coronavirus pandemic.
March 20, 7:36 a.m.
Spanish health authorities say that 1,002 people have died in the country since the coronavirus outbreak, while infections have reached 19,980.
March 20, 7:22 a.m.
According to John Hopkins University, the death toll from COVID-19 passed 10,000 and infections exceeded 244,000 worldwide. Italy, with 60 million citizens, has recorded 3,405 deaths, exceeding the 3,248 in China, a country with a population over 20 times larger, reported The Associated Press. More than 80,000 people have recovered from the virus.
March 20, 6:30 a.m.
Italy banned all foreign cruise ships from docking there, The Associated Press reported. The country is also requiring Italian cruise liners to disembark passengers at their ports of final destination, and not embark any more passengers.
March 20, 6 a.m.
Air Canada lays off 5,000 employees while cutting flights and parking planes during the pandemic. The layoffs take effect by April and affect roughly 60 percent of flight attendants.
The British government is asking 65,000 retired nurses and doctors to return to work to help fight the coronavirus. The government is sending letters to 50,000 former nurses and 15,000 retired doctors. Health Secretary Matt Hancock hoped “many, many thousands will respond” to the appeal.
March 19, 7:16 p.m.
The U.S. surgeon general on Thursday urged healthy Americans, especially younger ones, to donate blood as supplies dwindle amid the coronavirus outbreak.
March 19, 3:41 p.m.
The Trump administration upgraded its warning to a Level 4 Alert, urging Americans against all international travel as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. The State Department on Thursday issued a new alert urging Americans not to travel abroad. Until the upgrade, the department’s advice to U.S. citizens had been to “reconsider” all international travel.
March 19, 2:06 p.m.
The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus overtook China’s on Thursday. Italy, with a population of 60 million, recorded at least 3,405 deaths, or roughly 150 more than in China — a country with a population over 20 times larger.
A Chinese Red Cross team criticized Italians’ failure to properly quarantine themselves and take the national lockdown seriously.
March 19, 1:37 p.m.
Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Henry County travel status has been raised to the orange or watch level.
This permits only essential travel, such as to and from work, travel related to medical care, travel for food, groceries, medication, essential household goods, and hygiene products and other essential services.
March 19, 1:30 p.m.
Governor Holcomb outlined a number of new actions the State of Indiana is taking to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, including extending the closure of schools through at least May 1 and canceling state testing. Read more here.
March 19, 1:17 p.m.
President Trump said the FDA is working to fast track anti-viral treatments for patients with coronavirus. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said while a vaccine is in trial, it’s expected to take 12 months.
March 19, 10:55 a.m.
IMPD said if residents want to report a suspected violation of the COVID-19 Restrictions in Indianapolis, do not call the Mayors Action Center or the non-emergency line, but instead email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 19, 10:02 a.m.
Indiana now has 56 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. That’s up from 39 cases reported Wednesday.
March 19, 9:25 a.m.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged last week by 70,000, according to the Labor Department.
March 19, 9:24 a.m.
Small businesses in Indiana are now eligible to apply for low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help with financial coronavirus losses.
March 19, 8:33 a.m.
The National Parks Service waived entrance fees in an effort to get people outdoors and encourage social distancing. Many visitors centers and lodges are closed.
March 19, 7:48 a.m.
According to The Associated Press, Italy’s death roll rose to 2,978 on Wednesday. The country has been averaging more than 350 deaths a day since March 15; it’s likely to overtake China’s death toll of 3,249 when Thursday’s figures are released.
March 19, 6:19 a.m.
Expect changes at Walmart. The retailer will adjust hours, offer special shopping times for seniors and impose limits on certain items. Learn more here.
March 19, 6:07 a.m.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will provide an update on Indiana’s efforts to contain the coronavirus at 1 p.m. The state’s latest COVID-19 numbers are due out at 10 a.m.
March 19, 5:16 a.m.
Wuhan, surrounding province in China report no new domestic cases of coronavirus, offering a sign of hope as a global pandemic takes hold.
March 18, 10:48 p.m.
COVID-19 pandemic prompts Carmel mayor to declare local disaster emergency
March 18, 10:20 p.m.
Two members of Congress on Wednesday announced they had tested positive for coronavirus, prompting other lawmakers to self-quarantine at the direction of the House physician.
March 18, 9:44 p.m.
The first case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Shelby County, according to the Shelby County Health Department.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law a coronavirus relief package that includes provisions for free testing for COVID-19 and paid emergency leave.
March 18, 6:47 p.m.
All public schools across Indiana are closed to students and at least one district will not resume in-person classes this academic year in an attempt to slow the coronavirus spread.
Lilly laboratories will analyze samples taken in Indiana health care facilities, including nursing homes and emergency rooms, to expand testing access and speed up diagnosis of those who suspect they might be infected
March 18, 4 p.m.
Several new developments to report. Simon Malls decided to close all malls, premium outlets and mills across the country effective at 7 p.m. The move affects several Indiana locations.
500 Festival organizers suspended all in-person events and said this year’s Mini-Marathon will be run virtually.
Honda ordered a temporary closure of its plants, including the Greensburg facility.
March 18, 2:07 p.m.
Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler have agreed to shut down their factories to protect workers in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
March 18, 1:46 p.m.
The S&P 500 fell 7% at midday Wednesday, triggering a halt in trading for 15 minutes. The Dow has fallen below 19,732 points, which was the closing level on the day before President Trump took office.
March 18, 12:45 p.m.
The Senate is expected to vote on the house-passed coronavirus relief bill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’ll vote to pass it.
March 18, 10:53 a.m.
IKEA announced the closure of all 50 store locations across the United States. Customers will continue to have the option to shop online and utilize the store’s Click & Collect pick-up services at select stores, including IKEA Fishers.
March 18, 10:22 a.m.
The U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential travel, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday as the two nations work to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
March 18, 10:08 a.m.
Indiana now has 39 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. That’s up from 30 cases reported on Tuesday. The newest cases are in Clark, Fayette, Jennings, Madison, Hamilton, Hendricks, Lake, and Marion (2) Counties.
March 18, 9:48 a.m.
US stock futures swung back into the red overnight after Wall Street’s slight rebound. Dow futures fell more than 800 points, or 3.9%, accelerating earlier losses after hours. S&P 500 futures were down 3.7%, while Nasdaq futures declined 4.4%. Markets in Asia and Europe also fell again.
March 17, 5:04 p.m.
The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Plainfield suspended its operations in an attempt to keep its staff, students and visitors safe during this COVID-19 outbreak.
March 17, 4:10 p.m.
All Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) in-person customer services will be temporarily suspended beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. DOR team members are continuing to provide customer service by phone and email, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
March 17, 3:06 p.m.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is suspending all concerts and events until late May. Following the Centers for Disease Control’s guideline to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, ISO activity is on hiatus through May 27.
March 17, 2:33 p.m.
The NWS Indiana offices in conjunction with IDHS have decided to cancel the planned test tornado drill on Wednesday March 18th, 2020. This is due to numerous reasons related to the COVID-19 virus and sheltering actions being taken by the public. We apologize for this inconvenience but hope you understand. There are no plans for a makeup date at this time.
March 17, 2:20 p.m.
Indianapolis creates new parking spaces only for those picking up carryout food orders.
March 17, 12:52 p.m.
President Donald Trump announced he will instruct the Treasury Department to allow individuals and businesses negatively affected by the coronavirus to defer their tax payments beyond the April 15 filing deadline.
March 17, 12:02 p.m.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin planned to outline the roughly $850 billion package to Senate Republicans at a private lunch, with officials aiming to have Congress approve it this week.
During a briefing Tuesday, Mnuchin said the idea of direct payments to working Americans was among the plans. He hoped to have the plan in place within two weeks.
March 17, 11:34 a.m.
Southport officials say all city events will be postponed or canceled until May 31:
This includes, but not limited to, the postponing of the Chili Supper scheduled for March 28th and the cancellation of the Easter Egg Hunt April 4th, Southport Clean Up April 18th, and the Spring Festival May 9th. Also all rentals of the community room will be canceled through May 31, 2020. Any questions regarding rentals should be directed to the Office of the Clerk Treasurer at (317)-786-3585.
March 17, 11:17 a.m.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issues proclamation delaying the state’s primary election from April 28 to June 2.
March 17, 11 a.m.
Flanner Buchanan, Legacy and Lavenia are limiting services to immediate family and friends (invitation only).
“We will remain open and our experienced, caring staff will continue assisting families during this critical time,” said Bruce W. Buchanan, Fourth-Generation Owner. “We have served this community for nearly 150 years and, even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the safety and well-being of our community, their family and friends has always been of the utmost importance.”
March 17, 10:29 p.m.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were released from a Queensland hospital in Australia and are now self-quarantining at their home following their coronavirus diagnosis.
March 17, 10:21 a.m.
Indiana bishops are suspending weekday and Sunday Mass in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The suspension affects the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Dioceses of Gary, Evansville, Fort Wayne-South Bend and Lafayette. It goes into effect March 18.
March 17, 10 a.m.
The State Department of Health said a second person has died from COVID-19. The patient lived in Johnson County and was over the age of 60.
Indiana has 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus in 15 counties.
March 17, 6 a.m.
Marion County is under a Travel Watch, and Fishers, St. Joseph County, and Greene County are under a Travel Advisory. That means travel is only allowed for mandatory work activities, shopping for food, groceries, medicine, essential household goods, and hygiene products, travel for medical reasons, and travel to provide care for someone.
March 16, 5:18 p.m.
The Indianapolis Zoo will close to the public beginning on Tuesday, March 17.
March 16, 4:36 p.m.
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art will temporarily close to visitors, starting Tuesday, March 17.
March 16, 4 p.m.
White House says public should avoid groups of 10 or more, urges people to stay away from bars and restaurants.
March 16, 3:57 p.m.
Mitt Romney proposes giving $1,000 to every American adult as coronavirus response measure.
March 16, 3:47 p.m.
March 16, 2:32 p.m.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announces that the state has suffered its first death from the coronavirus pandemic.
March 16, 2:21 p.m.
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush issued the following statement about the Indiana Supreme Court:
“The Indiana Supreme Court will continue to hold oral arguments (subject to change), review cases, and accept filings—while taking proper measures to reduce exposure of COVID-19. We also know our trial court judges across the state are focused on ensuring essential court functions continue while being mindful of the safety of their communities. The Judicial Branch has avenues in place to ensure court operations at all levels continue.”
Attendance at oral arguments will be limited to attorneys and the parties in the case. The law library is closed to the public. Social distancing protocols for employees are in place.
March 16, 12:50 p.m.
Mayor Joe Hogsett directed Marion County businesses to follow state guidelines, with restrictions to go in place no later than 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17:
Following today’s announcement by Governor Eric Holcomb, Mayor Joe Hogsett and Dr. Virginia Caine of the Marion County Public Health Department issued a series of orders for Marion County prohibiting all public gatherings of 50 or more people; closing Indianapolis bars and nightclubs that do not serve food, as well as movie theaters, entertainment venues, gyms, and fitness facilities. In alignment with Governor Holcomb’s directives, restaurants, bars, and retail food facilities will not be allowed to serve food for dine-in consumption but may continue to offer food for delivery, carry-out, or drive-thru.
Hogsett said grocery stores will remain open while cafeterias within hospitals, nursing homes, and similar healthcare facilities will continue operations.
March 16, 12:03 p.m.
The NFL Draft will be held as scheduled. However, it will be closed to the public and all public events planned in Las Vegas have been canceled.
March 16, 11:20 a.m.
Gov. Holcomb says the state is taking additional steps to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the closure of bars and restaurants. Delivery and takeout orders will still be allowed. The governor will provide more information during a 2:30 p.m. briefing.
March 16, 11:10 a.m.
The Supreme Court announced it is postponing arguments for late March and early April because of the coronavirus.
March 16, 11 a.m.
The Indianapolis City-County Council will limit the number of public attendees at Monday night’s meeting. Due to the number of councilors, public officers and staffers expected to attend, no more than 10 public attendees will be admitted.
March 16, 10:20 a.m.
The Indiana State Department of Health announces 24 total cases of COVID-19 in the state, with cases in Bartholomew and Floyd counties, two counties that hadn’t previously reported cases.
March 16, 9:58 a.m.
The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana canceled more than 420 cookie booth sales in 45 Indiana counties on March 15. The council is buying back the remaining cookie inventory–nearly 30,000 packages–and asking for community support.
March 16, 9:53 a.m.
Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” show on March 26 has been rescheduled to 2021.
March 16, 9:48 a.m.
Wall Street halted trading for 15 minutes after stocks plunged when markets opened Monday.
March 16, 9:20 a.m.
Michigan’s governor says all bars and restaurants are to close by 3 p.m. Monday. Carryout and delivery orders will still be allowed.
March 16, 6:30 a.m.
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indianapolis Motor Speedway released a statement regarding the Month of May schedule.
“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks. Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials. We are planning for all contingencies and will be prepared to run the GMR Grand Prix and Indy 500 as the COVID-19 situation permits.”Alex Damron, senior communications director
March 15, 10:45 p.m.
Chick-fil-A is temporarily closing dining room seating to help limit person-to-person contact. Some of our restaurants may only offer service through our drive-thrus, while others may be able to offer takeout, delivery or mobile order options. Read more here.
March 15, 10:17 p.m.
United Airlines says it will cut flight capacity by half in April and May, expects the cuts to extend to summer travel.
March 15, 10:08 p.m.
Pennsylvania governor announces closure of restaurants and bars in certain counties.
March 15, 9 p.m.
Indiana University announces they are extending spring break along with moving to remote teaching for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Read more here.
March 15, 8:05 p.m.
Effective Tuesday, March 17, Ascension St. Vincent will be canceling all elective non-urgent surgeries at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis.
“As cases of COVID-19 increase, Ascension St. Vincent continues to diligently monitor the situation to ensure we are protecting our patients, employees and communities. The following guidance was provided to our clinicians to assist in helping to manage their existing patients, protect against potential COVID-19 exposure and ensure the availability of resources to meet emergent health needs,” they said in a statement.
March 15, 7:30 p.m.
The CDC now recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Read more here.
March 15, 7:21 p.m.
First dose to be delivered Monday in clinical trial for potential COVID-19 vaccine, government official tells Associated Press.
March 15, 6:55 p.m.
Starting today, Starbucks moves all stores to a “to go” model across U.S. and Canada for at least two weeks. Read more here.
March 15, 5:30 p.m.
Fed slashes its benchmark interest rate to near-zero. Read more here.
March 15, 4:17 p.m.
All bars and restaurants in Illinois will close due to COVID-19 concerns, WGN reports.
March 15, 4 p.m.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announces the state of Ohio will close all bars and restaurants starting at 9 p.m. Sunday.
March 15, 3:09 p.m.
Despite Italy’s lockdown, Pope Francis has visited two churches in Rome to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite Italy’s lockdown, Pope Francis has visited two churches in Rome to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
After that, the pope walked along a stretch of a central Rome street to visit another church. The second church has a crucifix that was carried in 1522 in a procession so that a plague then afflicting Rome would end.
Bruni says the pope prayed for an end to the pandemic and the healing of those who are sick.
Italians are cooped up at home by a government decree to combat the spread of the coronavirus. More than 24,700 people in the country have been diagnosed with the disease and more than 1,800 people have died.
According to the World Health Organization, the vast majority of people who get COVID-19 recover within weeks.
March 15, 1:45 p.m.
Ten firefighters from the White River Township Fire Department (WRTFD) have self-quarantined after a medical run Saturday that resulted in the death of a 60-year-old Johnson County man. He showed signs of respiratory distress and symptoms that could be similar to those common with COVID-19. Read more here.
March 15, 1:05 p.m.
President Trump says there will be an update at 5 p.m. from the Coronavirus Task Force.
March 15, 12:41 p.m.
Kroger announces it will change store hours in Indiana, operating from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Read more here.
March 15, 11:30 a.m.
Hamilton County confirms first COVID-19 case, which was included in numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health Sunday. Read more here.
March 15, 11:05 a.m.
Butler University announced just after midnight that residence halls for students are closed until at least April 4.
March 15, 11:02 a.m.
Health authorities in Spain say deaths from the coronavirus have more than doubled in 24 hours, while total infections approached 8,000.
The Health Ministry said Spain has recorded 288 deaths since the start of the pandemic, up from 136 on Saturday. The European Union nation has 7,753 infections, up from 5,700 on Saturday, with around half of them concentrated in the capital of Madrid.
The jump comes a day after Spain’s government declared a state of emergency and took extraordinary measures to limit movement to commuting to work and necessary errands. It has also closed restaurants, bars, most retail shops and reduced public transport.
March 15, 10:20 a.m.
Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported overnight, bringing the statewide total to 19. Read more here.
March 14, 10:11 p.m.
The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana are finishing their cookie season a day early, canceling more than 420 booth sales across 45 counties for Sunday, March 15.
March 14, 10:02 p.m.
Georgia’s March 24 presidential primaries have been postponed until May because of fears over the new coronavirus, state election officials announced Saturday, a day after Louisiana also pushed back its primaries.
March 14, 9:55 p.m.
The ECHL Board of Governors approved the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. This includes all Indy Fuel hockey games.
March 14, 9:50 p.m.
As earlier reported, President Donald Trump’s personal physician has said the president tested negative for the new coronavirus.
March 14, 8:17 p.m.
Walmart temporarily adjusts operating hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice in order to better stock products and perform cleaning and sanitizing in stores. Find more information here.
March 14, 4:03 p.m.
Indiana licensed gaming and racing operations to close for at least 14 days starting March 16.
March 14, 12:21 p.m.
United States expands travel ban to UK and Ireland.
March 14, 10 a.m.
Indiana State Department of Health announces 3 new COVID-19 cases, bringing state’s total to 15.
March 13, 8:02 p.m.
Several test centers for the SAT have canceled. Find a full list on the College Board‘s website.
March 13, 7:01 p.m.
Governor Holcomb signs executive order to lift regulations on commercial vehicles transporting goods to retailers.
March 13, 6:33 p.m.
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis issues suspensions, restrictions for visitors.
March 13, 5:39 p.m.
Center for the Performing Arts in Indianapolis suspends all performances and other events on its campus through April 12.
March 13, 5:21 p.m.
Bartholomew County Jail suspends all jail visitation beginning March 14 until further notice.
March 13, 4:58 p.m.
Conner Prairie is closed from March 14 through March 30.
March 13, 4:26 p.m.
The IMS Museum is closed beginning March 14 and hopes to reopen by March 30.
March 13, 3:37 p.m.
President Trump declares a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.
March 13, 3:16 p.m.
All Rhode Island public schools will close in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Friday.
March 13, 3:11 p.m.
Southport has postponed all city events until April 12.
March 13, 3:02 p.m.
Taylor University suspends in-person classes after March 17. The school will take an early spring break and virtual classroom instruction is expected to last through April 14.
Beech Grove is closing city buildings (Elton H. Geshwiler Senior Citizens Center and Hornet Park Community Center) effective March 14. Several other buildings (Department of Public Works, Beech Grove Police Department, Fire Station 56 and Fire Station 57) will close to the general public.
March 13, 2:46 p.m.
A coalition led by the United Way of Central Indiana announced a $16.5 million economic relief fund for those affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.
March 13, 2:32 p.m.
All schools in the state of Virginia will close for a minimum of two weeks starting March 16.
March 13, 2:11 p.m.
Marian University will move to primarily online instruction from March 16 through March 27. The campus will remain open during this time.
March 13, 1:56 p.m.
The Marion Circuit and Superior Courts have declared an emergency and changed operations. Only essential and emergency hearings will be held. Courts will operate with reduced staffing and reduce the number of hearing rooms available.
People who receive a jury summons for March 16 through April 3 shouldn’t report for service.
March 13, 1:23 p.m.
According to U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, all jury trials are continued until further notice. In its General Order, the court expressed concerns about COVID-19 and the availability of jurors.
Criminal proceedings currently underway will be excluded from the Speedy Trial Act. Naturalization ceremonies are canceled. Civil court proceedings will proceed as scheduled.
March 13, 1:19 p.m.
The Indianapolis Public Library says all branches and bookmobile services will close after 5 p.m. on March 14 until further notice. Online resources like ebooks, audiobooks and streaming content will continue to be available.
March 13, 1:11 p.m.
The 500 Festival announces the cancellation of all events scheduled through April 11:
- 500 Festival 10-Miler, presented by OrthoIndy, scheduled for April 4
- Family Fun Night, scheduled for March 25
- Education Program Mobile Trips, scheduled for March 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25,
- Education Program Study Trips, scheduled for March 31, April 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8
- 500 Festival Corporate Member event, scheduled for April 2
- The 500 Festival is also making changes to smaller private events that are scheduled during that time (committee meetings, board meetings, etc.)
- All 500 Festival Princess Program community outreach activities are suspended through April 11
March 13, 12:56 p.m.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 1,629 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with 41 deaths. 46 states and the District of Columbia are all reporting cases.
March 13, 12:42 p.m.
Louisiana announces plans to delay its presidential primary from April 4 through June 24. The May 9 municipal election has been moved to July 25.
March 13, 12:28 p.m.
The IHSAA boys basketball tournament is being postponed.
Due to the number of schools closing after today for an extended period of time, it has become apparent the IHSAA boys basketball tournament series cannot be completed as scheduled. Subsequently, the boys basketball tournament is postponed immediately.
The gymnastics state finals in Muncie will continue as scheduled with no spectators in attendance.
March 13, 12:21 p.m.
Lafayette School Corporation, Tippecanoe School Corporation and the West Lafayette Community School Corporation will be closed beginning Monday, March 16. The districts will observe an extended spring break and resume classes April 1 using online classes.
March 13, 11:50 a.m.
IndyCar races are canceled through April.
“2020 Census – Count Me INdy Days Kickoff” scheduled for Monday at Central Library is canceled.
NASCAR will postpone races the next two weekends.
IMS Museum will remain open, but staff is working to ensure the museum is cleaned on an ongoing basis and prepared for visitors.
In Greenwood, the following non-essential services will be suspended. -Gun Permits -Finger Printing -In Person Records Checks
March 13, 11:42 a.m.
President Donald Trump announces plans to hold a news conference on the federal coronavirus response at 3 p.m.
March 13, 11:39 a.m.
The Johnson County Jail is limiting access to visitors as a precautionary measure. Inmate video and remote visitation will continue and attorneys are allowed to see their clients. Volunteer visits and jail programs have been suspended.
March 13, 11:37 a.m.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announces that schools statewide are closed until further notice.
March 13, 11:29 a.m.
SAT testing at Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern High School scheduled for March 14 has been canceled.
Also, SAT testing scheduled for Ben Davis High School on March 14 has been canceled.
It will be up to the College Board to reschedule.
March 13, 11:21 a.m.
The Big Ten suspended all organized team activities until April 6 and will re-evaluate at that time.
March 13, 11:04 a.m.
Franklin College will discontinue in-classroom instruction at the end of the day. Campus activities are suspended. Students must leave residence halls by the end of March 15. Classes are canceled on March 16 and March 17. Online courses will begin on Wednesday, March 18. The college’s spring break is from March 28 through April 5.
March 13, 10:58 a.m.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis announces a two-week closure from March 14 to March 28 in response to the pandemic.
March 13, 10:55 a.m.
Alabama announces its first confirmed case of coronavirus.
March 13, 10:22 a.m.
The City of Franklin announced the following changes in response to the pandemic:
- We will suspend all activities at the Active Adult Center through April 6th and will consider extending the suspension of activities based on exposure risks.
- The Franklin Parks and Recreation Center will close beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13th – April 6th and will re-evaluate risk exposure concerns to determine extending the closure. All Parks and Recreation programming will be cancelled during the specified dates.
- City of Franklin will be restricting public access to all City offices March 13th – April 6th and then the City will re-evaluate risk exposure to determine extending the restriction. Each department will remain open and will be able to address questions or concerns. Please contact the department or Franklin.IN.Gov to get their temporary operating procedure during the dates of March 13th – April 6th .
March 13, 10:21 a.m.
The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed over concerns about the pandemic. The PGA had already canceled The Players Championship and all PGA Tour events through April 5, 2020.
March 13, 10:00 a.m.
Indiana State Department of Health reports 12 cases of COVID-19 in Indiana during its morning update. That’s the same number of cases reported Thursday. State numbers show, however, that 9 more people were tested for the virus. The state said 73 people have been tested overall.
Information from the Associated Press is used as part of this live blog