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  • 6/13/2020 As of Monday, June 15, 2020, Riverview Health inpatients who do not have COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 may have one designated visitor. Visiting hours are limited to 12 to 6 p.m. every day. To protect the health of all staff, patients and visitors, COVID-19 patients or those who are suspected to have COVID-19 may not have any visitors.
  • 6/12/2020 As health indicators remain positive, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced all 92 counties in the state can advance to Stage 4 of the Back On Track Indiana plan on Friday, June 12.
    Indiana Back On Track has five stages. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.
  • 6/5/2020 Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently appointed several people from Hamilton County to various state boards and commissions.
    Commission on Rehabilitation Services
    These reappointments will serve through June 30, 2023.
  • 6/5/2020 Today the Indiana State Fair Commission and the Indiana State Fair Board announced a modified State Fair 4-H Livestock Show with additional activities that will be held on the State Fairgrounds in August. This year’s traditional Indiana State Fair will not take place. Ultimately, the difficult decision was driven by the impact of COVID-19.
  • 5/29/2020 Martin University today announced it will reopen its campus, located at 2186 North Sherman Drive in Indianapolis, on Monday, June 1. To ensure the well-being of its employees, students, and visitors, a task force was implemented to develop a plan for the reopening. Referred to as a “soft opening,” the plan will implement changes in the areas of facilities, staff/faculty and students/visitors to ensure safety protocols are followed according to Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
  • Hoosier survives Pearl Harbor, COVID-19
    5/21/2020 Robert Bates is a survivor. The Hoosier native was a young man, serving as an air force mechanic in WWII when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Bates was one of only three men from his company to survive the attack on that fateful day.
    Returning home to Indiana after the war, Bates raised a family and devoted his career to serving others as a postal worker.
  • 5/9/2020 Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed Executive Order 20-27 to further extend Bureau of Motor Vehicles renewal deadlines. Driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registrations that expire prior to June 4 will now be valid through June 4.
  • 5/2/2020 Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced the Back On Track Indiana plan to safely open the economy and remain vigilant about protecting Hoosiers’ health and wellbeing.
    “Across Indiana, we have witnessed a spirit of cooperation and caring for others that has touched my heart. May this spirit of appreciation for one another carry on long after the scourge of COVID-19 is behind us,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Hoosiers have done this together and together we will come out a stronger Indiana.”
  • BMV

    5/2/2020 Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Commissioner Peter L. Lacy announced today a portion of the state’s 131 branches will re-open with an appointment only service format beginning Monday, May 4. Customers will be able to schedule an appointment for transactions which are not available online. BMV Connect kiosks located at branches opening by appointment only will also be available.
  • 4/25/2020 Carmel-based Round Room LLC, the largest Verizon Authorized Retailer in the U.S., today announces its Indiana TCC stores will begin serving seniors and other high risk customers during special service hours.
    Effective Tuesday, April 14, all 79 TCC stores in the company’s home state of Indiana will reserve 9-10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for customers ages 65 and older and for those who are at a higher risk to contract the coronavirus. The stores will operate on reduced hours of operation during all other times.
  • 4/25/2020 Beginning Monday, April 27, Riverview Health will reopen all physician offices with new safety measures in place.
    All staff will wear masks at all times, and patients are being asked to also bring their own mask to the appointment. Patients should call the office from their car upon arrival to be registered over the phone. Staff will then call the patient back when the provider is ready to see them.
  • 4/25/2020 Today President Trump signed into law legislation providing for $310 billion in new funding for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. PPP loans allow small businesses to continue to pay employees throughout the COVID-19 shutdown. Initial funding of $350 billion, made available earlier this month, was depleted within two weeks.
  • 4/18/2020 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.
  • 4/18/2020 In response to recommendations from Governor Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, and the leadership of Indiana’s major political parties, the Indiana Election Commission has issued an order implementing policy changes for the June 2nd Primary Election. This follows a previous order issued March 25, 2020.
  • 4/18/2020 With the approaching June 30 deadline, the initiative pivots to continue supporting Marion County students virtually
    Indy Achieves recruitment for the 21st Century Scholars program will occur exclusively online now that schools are closed for the remainder of the school year in adherence with Governor Eric Holcomb and Mayor Joe Hogsett’s COVID-19 executive orders.
  • 4/18/2020 The Indiana Bankers Association joins with the banking community nationwide in urging Congress to provide immediate new funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Due to high demand for PPP loan applications, funding of the loans has run out as of today. If this lapse in appropriations is not addressed, funding will not be able to be renewed.
  • 4/16/2020 Governor Eric Holcomb must act now to address the financial cliff that is coming once emergency orders are lifted, specifically the moratorium on utility disconnects. Action is needed to ensure that utility arrearages incurred during the crisis do not trigger mass disconnections by requiring all utility service providers, both regulated and unregulated, to adopt more flexible credit and collections practices than are currently required by state regulations, or in the case of unregulated utilities, their self-governed, internal policies related to credit and collection practices.
  • 4/16/2020 Individuals and businesses have been given an extra 90 days to file and pay their individual income and corporate taxes. On March 19, 2020, Governor Eric Holcomb announced the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) was extending certain filing and payment deadlines to align with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 4/16/2020 Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order to allow pharmacy students who have successfully completed all required course work to join the fight against COVID-19.
    The executive order 20-21 allows those pharmacy students to apply for a temporary license with the Professional Licensing Agency.
  • 4/15/2020 Aspire Indiana Health has instituted Hero Pay for its frontline responders to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in daily shift bonuses for staff who interact in person with clients.
    Hero Pay is now being implemented retroactive to April 6, according to Lise Ann Ebert, Vice President of People Operations for Aspire. The nonprofit fully integrated healthcare organization, which provides primary medical, behavioral health and support services, is also exploring other benefit enhancements to protect its workforce during the crisis.
  • 4/14/2020 The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross began its #DoingMyPart campaign today, which aims to raise awareness of how everyone has a role to play in flattening the curve of COVID-19, which has halted daily routines, upended the economy, and taken thousands of lives.
    The campaign has been translated into at least six languages, including Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Hakha Chin, and Spanish, based on the demographics across the Indiana Region.
  • 4/14/2020 The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released an additional resource as part of its ongoing effort to provide guidance to health care providers working to establish and maintain adequate fire and life safety levels during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 4/14/2020 USDA’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide Lists Federal Programs That Can Help Rural Communities, Organizations and Residents Impacted by COVID-19
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Gov. Holcomb
    4/14/2020 State secures 2.6M PPE items to be made by Hoosier manufacturers, donated by businesses for front-line medical workers
    Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced Indiana businesses across the state are answering the call to support the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response effort. The state’s manufacturers are leveraging their resources, supply chains and Hoosier workers to produce personal protection equipment (PPE) for health care providers, while business and community leaders have stepped up to source and donate additional materials.
  • 4/13/2020 Indiana University Health is seeking patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood plasma to aid critically ill patients battling the disease.
    For those who have recovered from COVID-19, their blood may contain antibodies that are able to fight and control the virus. These antibodies can be collected from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and be transfused to patients who are struggling with the disease. This process is called convalescent plasma infusion.
    “At this point there are no vaccinations or proven medications to treat COVID-19,” said Nicolas Barros, MD, transplant infectious diseases specialist at IU Health and assistant professor of clinical medicine at IU School of Medicine. “The use of convalescent plasma is an investigational new treatment that could prove successful in the management of the disease.”
  • 4/10/2020 Governor Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, today issued guidance for places of worship in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
    “During this time of uncertainty, faith is more important than ever, and I am deeply grateful to our religious leaders for their efforts to find safe and creative ways to serve their communities,” Gov. Holcomb said. “The purpose of this guidance is not to restrict religious liberty, but to save lives during these extraordinary times. I look forward to the day where we can once again worship side-by-side without the threat of spreading coronavirus.”
  • DNR

    4/9/2020 DNR properties remain open for day-use outdoor recreation, including hiking, biking on paved trails, boating, fishing, birding, and geocaching. Entrance-gate admission at properties that normally charge gate admission remains temporarily waived.
    New restrictions on camping and some trail uses were put in effect this week:
    Campgrounds on all DNR properties are closed through April 20.
  • 4/9/2020 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the CARES Act to provide direct payments to all citizens who meet certain income eligibility guidelines. Hoosiers can expect to receive $1,200 per adult and $500 per child if their 2019 or 2018 adjusted gross income falls below $75,000 (single adult) or $150,000 (married). Congress intended these payments to help families meet their basic needs at a time when the country is seeing unprecedented job loss and state unemployment systems are struggling to keep up with new filings.
  • 4/8/2020 Starting Thursday, April 9, Kroger Central Division will temporarily adjust pharmacy hours, encouraging customers to consolidate shopping trips or opt for Kroger prescription delivery services. Unless otherwise noted, the new schedule will be:
    9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Monday through Friday
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Saturday
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Sunday
    For customers who prefer not to enter a store at this time, many Kroger Pharmacy locations offer drive-thru or walk-up window service.
    Pharmacist Greg Fox, Health and Wellness Merchandiser, said, “Kroger pharmacists are living our vision of helping people live healthier lives. At the same time, we are living our pharmacist’s oath, devoting ourselves to a lifetime of service. It has never been more important to be here for our patients.”
    Kroger stores with The Little Clinic will also have new, temporary hours. Beginning April 9th, they will operate:
    8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Monday through Friday
    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Sunday
    Kroger will also adjust its store hours on Easter Sunday. Stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The adjustment will allow customers to purchase holiday essentials and associates to enjoy some time off.
    “Our heroic Kroger associates have been working tirelessly since this crisis began,” said Colleen Juergensen, president of Kroger Central Division. “They’ve been serving shoppers, keeping shelves stocked and stores clean. By adjusting our Easter hours, we remain available to our friends and neighbors while giving our associates more time to rest and be with their families.”
    Kroger pharmacies will be closed on Easter Sunday, as previously announced.
  • 4/7/2020 INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb today issued a new two-week Stay At Home order designed to limit interactions among Hoosiers to increase containment of COVID-19. As of today, 4,944 people have tested positive and 139 people have died from the disease. There are now positive tests in 89 of 92 counties. Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

    As a part of this action, Gov. Holcomb also extended for two weeks the orders that limit in-person public activity at state government offices and put restrictions on the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
  • 4/7/2020 Essential Businesses
    and Operations List

    Excerpt from Indiana Executive Order 20-18 (April 6, 2020)

    Businesses Covered by this Executive Order:
  • 4/6/2020 Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb today issued a new two-week Stay At Home order designed to limit interactions among Hoosiers to increase containment of COVID-19. As of today, 4,944 people have tested positive and 139 people have died from the disease. There are now positive tests in 89 of 92 counties. Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm
    As a part of this action, Gov. Holcomb also extended for two weeks the orders that limit in-person public activity at state government offices and put restrictions on the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
  • 4/4/2020 As government, businesses, and families further adjust to the pandemic, Indiana courts remain committed to essential operations through proper social distancing. In support of the State of Indiana’s efforts to slow COVID-19, the Indiana Supreme Court is providing further guidance to trial courts.
  • 4/3/2020 Hoosiers are facing challenging times to keep their families safe and avoid the spread of COVID-19, and unfortunately scammers are adding additional risk by taking advantage of the current health crisis. Newly-surfaced reports show scammers creating text messages, emails, websites and social media posts to pose as government entities and organizations to obtain financial information from individuals for personal gain.
    The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) team continues to find ways to assist Hoosiers, which includes helping individuals identify scams to avoid falling victim.
  • 4/3/2020 Donate Life Indiana and its corporate partners Indiana Donor Network and VisionFirst are issuing a virtual call to action to mark National Donate Life Month in April. As donation and transplantation professionals continue their lifesaving work in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Hoosiers are invited to join the organizations online to help honor those who have given the gift of life and to consider their own donation decisions.
  • 4/3/2020 Witham Health Services is offering Telehealth and Virtual visits to its patients. You can now talk to you physician from your mobile device or computer in the convenience and comfort of your own home. Please call your Witham physician’s office or Witham’s Convenient Care for more information.
    Witham’s 24/7 Hotline continues to be available to provide a free phone screening for Coronavirus (COVID-19) along with providing guidance and reduce unnecessary trips to the ER, Convenient Care centers and doctor’s offices.
  • 4/2/2020 The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is encouraging all students to file the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the approaching April 15, 2020 deadline. As part of the state’s annual Cash for College campaign, the Commission is joining with INvestED Indiana to host a virtual FAFSA Frenzy event on Saturday, April 4.
  • 4/2/2020 #INthistogether social distancing campaign aims to keep Hoosiers healthy and return Indiana to normal social interactions and business operations
    Partners supporting #INthistogether campaign include Eli Lilly, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana University, and Purdue University
    Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Mayor Joe Hogsett – and a coalition of statewide business and community partners including Eli Lilly and Company – announced a social distancing campaign to help flatten the curve for COVID-19 in Indiana.
  • 4/1/2020 Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently announced the deployment of Indiana National Guard members to food banks as part of the state's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The guard will assist in helping feed seniors, families, and displaced workers.
    Statewide, National Guard members will be deployed at nine of the 11 member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry located within Indiana, which along with food banks located in Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, provide food assistance to Hoosiers in all 92 counties. The National Guard members will assist Indiana’s food banks in sorting and packing food into bags and boxes; distributing that food through “no-touch” food distributions and deliveries; and supporting other logistical needs to protect public health and safety while maintaining food bank operations.
  • 4/1/2020 Horizon Bank announces that it is pledging $250,000 in aid for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be allocated across several not-for-profit groups who are working to assist affected individuals in the communities we serve in the States of Indiana and Michigan.
  • 3/31/2020 Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed two executive orders to aid in the fight against COVID-19. Executive order 20-14 extends the requirements for bars, nightclubs and restaurants to stay closed to dine-in patrons until April 6 at 11:59 p.m. They may continue to provide take-out and delivery services.
  • 3/31/2020 Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order and detailed Indiana’s plan for the anticipated spike in COVID-19 cases.
    “We see a surge coming and we’re calling in the reinforcements, bolstering Indiana’s capacity to provide additional health care services during this emergency,” said Gov. Eric J. Holcomb. “By eliminating licensing barriers and tapping in to the available talent pool of healthcare workers, Hoosiers are staffing up and stepping up to meet this challenge head-on.”
  • 3/31/2020 Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of the pandemic to trick people into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain Social Security benefit payments or receive economic impact payments from the Department of the Treasury.
  • 3/31/2020 New Campaign Provides COVID-19 Awareness for First Responders
    As Hamilton County responds to the spread of COVID-19, public health and safety officials strongly encourage the community to sign up for the Smart911 national safety profile registry.
  • 3/31/2020 Teens & School Teachers Encouraged to Apply for Paid Positions
    Many of the volunteers who work the polls on Election Day are unable to do so this year because they fall into the high-risk category for COVID-19. County Clerk Kathy Williams says the paid positions are ideal for teenagers and schoolteachers who will be out of school by the June 2nd Primary Election.
  • 3/31/2020 The Indiana State Department of Health has established a hotline for general public questions.  Please contact  the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at (877) 826-0011 24/7 or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov
  • 3/28/2020 Since 1937, Hoosier Boys State has enjoyed great success as one of the premier Children and Youth programs sponsored by the American Legion, Department of Indiana. However, this year has brought about a pandemic event unlike anything we have seen in our lifetime. The Coronavirus is a very serious worldwide event that has forced us all to make tough, but responsible decisions.
    As the Program Director of Hoosier Boys State, I am speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors. After consulting with Jennifer LaRose, our contact person at Trine University, a mutual decision has been reached. With tears in my eyes, regarding this year’s program, I regret to inform you that, Hoosier Boys State is canceled for 2020.
  • 3/27/2020 Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced offenders at the Miami Correctional Facility are producing face masks, personal protection gowns, face shields and hand sanitizer to be used in the fight against COVID-19.
    “I’m pleased to have the Department of Correction joining the ranks of Hoosier businesses, large and small, stepping forward in the fight against COVID-19. Production of these items will lessen the strain on the supply chain, leaving more of these products available for Hoosiers,” Gov. Holcomb said.
  • 3/27/2020 Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard today issued a clarification of orders from the Governor’s office as it pertains to places of amusement. Under the state’s order, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts and other similar areas of outdoor interaction have been closed.
  • 3/27/2020 The mission of Indiana State School Music Association is to provide educationally evaluated music performance opportunities for students and teachers of school music ensembles from member schools in Indiana. While Indiana schools remain closed or are utilizing e-learning, the opportunity for students participating in high school music ensembles to rehearse together is either very limited, or does not exist.
  • 3/27/2020 Due to the public health emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic, IDOI is requesting that insurance companies comply to assist consumers, businesses and entities.
  • By The Numbers
    3/27/2020 By The Numbers, a look at what’s in the news . . . by the numbers. We all hear about fake news. Fox says one thing, CNN says another. Here’s some of the news that is impacting all our lives with no extraneous details, bias or slanted reporting. To borrow (and perhaps mangle a bit) a quote from legendary fictional detective Joe Friday, it’s just the numbers, ma’am!
  • 3/26/2020 Members of Purdue University’s Class of 2020 will hear their names called, hold diplomas in their hands, wear a cap and gown, and take part, albeit away from Elliott Hall of Music, in all the personal hallmarks, pomp and circumstance of a traditional Purdue commencement — complete with music from Purdue Bands and Purdue Musical Organizations, an invocation, an address by Purdue President Mitch Daniels, student responders, and the conferral of degrees.
    “Purdue is known for the most personal and memorable commencement of any large university. If we can’t put on the nation’s best traditional ceremony, then we’ll produce the best remote one,” said Daniels.
  • 3/26/2020 The Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced today. The 104th edition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will air live on NBC, with the official green flag time to be announced at a later date.
  • 3/26/2020 The Indiana State Medical Association and DrFirst are collaborating to make telehealth technology available to physician practices and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    ISMA is Indiana’s largest physician organization with 8,500 members. DrFirst is a pioneer in technology, support and services that connect people at touchpoints of patient care.
  • 3/26/2020 Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed a new executive order yesterday in a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
    Gov. Holcomb outlined these new additional efforts in the executive order:
  • 3/26/2020 Red Cross to hold virtual ‘Zero to Hero’ training for volunteers interested in disaster response amid Coronavirus concerns.
    WHO
    American Red Cross–Indiana Region
  • 3/26/2020 KeyBank today is detailing several steps it has taken to help support its clients facing economic hardship due to the spread of COVID-19. In addition to financial programs already in place, KeyBank announced it will defer payment for at least 90 days for clients facing economic hardship due to the spread of COVID-19.
  • 3/26/2020 The Indiana National Guard was activated March 17, 2020, by Governor Eric J. Holcomb to aid the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Indiana National Guard received the second shipment of medical supplies. The Indiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police will assist in the distribution of the supplies March 26, 2020.
  • 3/25/2020 Indiana Sheriffs Youth Ranch leaders are closely monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic and following Gov. Eric Holcomb’s guidance – both at their local departments and at their not-for-profit academy now under development for future law enforcement and at-risk kids.
    “We value the health and wellbeing of our volunteer board of sheriffs statewide, as well as our adult and teenage supporters across Indiana,” said Executive Director Scott Minier. “It is vitally important we all follow the recommendations of Gov. Holcomb, so we can prevent spread of this deadly virus and return to work, school and church. For now, our Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch is postponing all of our spring and summer public events and fundraisers.”
  • 3/25/2020 Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy company, continues to be committed to providing its customers throughout Indiana and Ohio with safe and reliable service during the current Coronavirus situation. During this challenging time, Vectren is committed to serving its customers and keeping them informed as the situation continues to evolve.
  • 3/25/2020 Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, the Indiana State Department of Health and other state leaders will host a media briefing Wednesday to provide updates on COVID-19 and its impact on Indiana.
    The update will be broadcast live on The Times' web site.
  • 3/25/2020 Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing $250 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults. Indiana received a grant for $4,672,826.
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provided the additional funding for the nutrition services programs authorized by the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965. These programs provide meals to more than 2.4 million older adults each year, both through home delivery and in places like community centers.
  • 3/25/2020 The Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s business and industry hotline is receiving a high volume of inquiries. We are working to respond to these inquiries as soon as possible to provide insight or guidance on essential businesses based on Gov. Holcomb's Executive Order 20-08 issued March 23, 2020.
    This Executive Order mandates Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.
    We urge businesses, employees and the general public to please review the details and resources provided below:
  • 3/25/2020 Kroger associates are on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis, ensuring Americans have access to food, services and other products during this unprecedented pandemic. The company now plans additional steps designed to protect the health and safety of our associates and customers. As a result, Kroger shoppers may soon see associates wearing protective masks and gloves.
    Personal protective equipment is in short supply across the country, and we fully support America’s health care workers having first priority to obtain it. We are asking government officials at all levels for help securing a priority place for all grocery workers -- after health care workers -- to have access to protective masks and gloves.
    Soon, Kroger will begin installing plexiglass partitions at many cash registers, to further promote physical distancing.
  • 3/24/2020 

    With the Stay at Home directives now implemented in Indiana, the Federal government has issued a guidance around COVID-19 related to blood donation. That guidance reminds the public that Versiti Blood Center of Indiana donor centers and community blood drives across the state remain open because of the critical nature of blood donation to our country. Healthy donors are still needed to ensure an adequate blood supply.
    According to the governor’s executive order, individuals are allowed to leave their residence for Healthcare and Public Health Operations. This includes organizations collecting blood, platelets, plasma, and other necessary materials.

     

  • 3/24/2020 Due to federal and state efforts to responsibly and effectively mitigate the spread and the risks associated with COVID-19, the Lincoln Amphitheatre has rescheduled all of its May and June events. Events affected are the May 16 Captain Fantastic (Elton John tribute), the May 30 All My Rowdy Friends (Hank Williams, Jr., tribute), the June 6 Samantha Fish performance, the June 13 Wreking Crue (Motley Crue tribute), and the June 26-28 Lincoln production The Rivalry.
  • 3/24/2020 We are grateful for the Governor’s continued, strong leadership to address the spread of COVID-19, and we echo his comments honoring the health care heroes on the front lines in hospitals across the state. Now is also the time for bold action in Congress, and we call on Indiana’s delegation to provide no less than $100 billion in immediate relief for hospitals and providers so that they can continue to care for patients 24/7.
  • 3/24/2020 Hotline opens Tuesday to help business and industry with Stay-at-Home Order
    Indiana will open a call center to field industry questions about Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions while the state observes a stay-at-home order from March 25-April 7.
  • 3/24/2020 The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered new operational measures in response to COVID-19. Today, Governor Eric Holcomb announced a statewide “Directive for Hoosiers to Stay at Home” and among other things closed the Indiana State House to the general public. Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush supports the Executive Branch orders.
  • 3/23/2020 Indiana will open a call center to field industry questions about Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions while the state observes a stay-at-home order from March 25-April 7.
    The Critical Industries Hotline will open Tuesday at 9 a.m. to help guide businesses and industries with the executive order.
    This center, reachable by calling (877) 820-0890 or by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov, is for business and industry questions only.
    Please read Gov. Holcomb’s executive order and this FAQ page to clarify restrictions and acceptable activities and services under Monday’s Executive Order.
  • 3/23/2020 The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced on Monday that it will close to the public its office at the Indiana Government Center downtown as well as all WorkOne centers statewide at the end of the day until further notice.
    DWD and WorkOne leadership made the decision in the interest of taking every possible measure to protect Hoosier health and safety, and to promote social distancing, to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • BMV

    3/23/2020 Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that beginning Tuesday, all state government offices will be closed to in-person public activity until at least April 7, 2020. This closure includes all Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) branches.
    On March 19, 2020, Governor Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-05 which in part waived Administrative Penalty Fees (late fees). He has now ordered an automatic extension of all state-issued licenses and stated he will advise law enforcement to refrain from issuing citations for a driver’s license or registration that expires during this emergency.
  • 3/23/2020 Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address today to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.
    “The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” said Gov. Holcomb.
  • 3/23/2020 CINCINNATI, March 21, 2020 – The Kroger Family of Companies (NYSE: KR) today announced that it will provide a one-time bonus to every hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing and customer service associate, amounting to $300 for every full-time associate and $150 for every part-time associate.
    “Grocery workers are on the frontlines, ensuring Americans have access to the food and products they need during this unprecedented pandemic,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Our associates are working around the clock to keep our stores open for our customers. I am incredibly grateful for all they are doing. The true heroes in this story are our associates, and we want to provide them with additional resources and support to help them continue their remarkable effort.”
  • DNR

    3/23/2020 The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. The list below, and updates, can be found at https://on.IN.gov/DNRcovid19.
    What’s open
    All DNR properties including state parks, state forests, fish and wildlife areas, nature preserves and state recreation areas. Entrance fees at properties have been temporarily suspended.
  • 3/23/2020 Today the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.
  • 3/23/2020 The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that three more Hoosiers have died after testing positive for COVID-19, bringing to six the number of Indiana deaths related to the novel coronavirus.
    The fourth Indiana death from COVID-19 is a Delaware County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.
  • 3/22/2020 The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is extending certain filing and payment deadlines to align with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 health crisis.
    “Last night, the IRS announced tax payment extensions for individual and corporate returns. We understand that Hoosiers need that same relief and our teams are swiftly taking steps to make that happen,” commented DOR Commissioner Bob Grennes.
  • 3/22/2020 Hoosier confirmed cases are growing in number, counties
    According to the Indiana State Department of Health Saturday, there were 47 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported.
  • 3/21/2020 The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today confirmed the fourth Indiana death from COVID-19. The patient is a Delaware County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.
  • 3/21/2020 The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 47 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 126 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Three Hoosiers have died.
    In total, 833 Hoosiers have been tested, including 279 who were tested in the last 24 hours.
    The new cases involve residents of Allen (3), Clark (3), Delaware (1), Elkhart (1), Greene (1), Hamilton (5), Hancock (1), Harrison (1), Hendricks (2), Howard (1), Johnson (2), Lake (1), LaPorte (1), Marion (22), Scott (1) and Vigo (1) counties. The list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.
    The dashboard also has been updated to reflect changes in residence for two Hoosiers who were confirmed positive earlier this week. One is a resident of Miami County, not Howard County, and the second is a resident of Johnson County, not Marion County.
  • 3/21/2020 The COVID-19 coronavirus global outbreak is affecting hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers faced with reduced work hours, hungry children out of school, and unexpected financial and emotional strains on their households. The Salvation Army is addressing the needs in communities across Indiana through a variety of adjusted programs and services.
  • 3/21/2020 Today, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana delivered more than 4,700 packages of Girl Scout Cookies (3 full pallets) to American Red Cross – Indiana Region to help encourage Hoosiers to donate blood. Blood donors across the state will have the chance to help save a life and enjoy free Girl Scout Cookies as soon as next week. Download the Blood Donor American Red Cross mobile app to find a blood drive and schedule an appointment in your area.
  • 3/20/2020 The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that a third Hoosier has died of COVID-19. The patient is an adult resident of Marion County over age 60 who had been hospitalized.
    ISDH reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing to 79 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories. All but one are adults.
  • 3/20/2020 Governor Eric Holcomb joined Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer and Democratic Party Chair John Zody today to announce an agreement to move the date of this year’s Indiana primary election from May 5 to June 2.
    All dates corresponding with the primary election will be moved by 28 days to reflect the new date of the primary. For example, military and overseas ballots are required to mailed 45 days prior to the primary election, so they’ll move 45 days prior to June 2.
  • 3/20/2020 The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 23 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 79 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Two Hoosiers have died.
    The new cases involve residents of Allen (1), Boone (1), Floyd (1), Grant (1), Hamilton (3), Johnson (1), Lake (2), Marion (6), Shelby (1), St. Joseph (3), Tippecanoe (1), Vanderburgh (1) and Vigo (1) counties. The list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.
    Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.
  • 3/20/2020 In the interest of taking every possible measure to protect Hoosier health and safety, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration will close its Division of Family Resources offices to the public at the end of business today until further notice. The decision was made as FSSA and state health leaders consider the best options for promoting social distancing to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • 3/20/2020 “I want you to hear directly from me how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay benefits. Be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your Social Security payments but that is not true. Don’t be fooled.
    To protect you and help stop the spread of this coronavirus, we cannot accept visitors in our offices at this time. There are several other ways you can get help. Many services are available online at www.socialsecurity.gov. If you have a critical need that you cannot address online, we can help you over the phone.
    Please visit our COVID-19 web page at www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ to find out what services we are continuing and which ones we are suspending, how to contact us, and important information about deadlines we are extending to ease the burden on you and medical providers during this pandemic.”
  • 3/20/2020 As an organization dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, one of our core values is well-being. We lead by example in practicing self-care and supporting healthy behaviors for ourselves and one another. In the spirit of this value, and in light of the recent State of Emergency in Indiana issued by Governor Holcomb related to the COVID-19 virus, we are hereby cancelling all public American Foundation for Suicide Prevention events in Indiana taking place at least through April 30, 2020. This includes all group meetings, safeTALK, ASIST, Talk Saves Lives, More Than Sad, It’s Real, other educational programs, and third-party fundraising events.
  • 3/20/2020 In response to the recent COVID-19 crisis, American Senior Communities (ASC) understands that many people may be out of work due to the reduction of staff in the food service, hospitality and healthcare professions. As one of the largest senior care employers in the state of Indiana, we have a need for temporary, part-time and full-time team members at various communities throughout Indiana in Kentucky.
    Positions available include but are not limited to:
    Hospitality Aide ($12 per hour)
    Cooks and Servers
    Housekeeping and Laundry
    Student Nurses and CNAs
    The health and wellness of our employees are our highest priorities. ASC is taking an abundance of caution and following the CDC, State and local health authorities’ recommendations and mandates closely. Full-time employees are eligible for a wide variety of benefits and perks. To learn more and/or to apply visit https://www.asccare.com/careers/.
  • 3/20/2020 The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is extending certain filing and payment deadlines to align with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 health crisis.
    “Last night, the IRS announced tax payment extensions for individual and corporate returns. We understand that Hoosiers need that same relief and our teams are swiftly taking steps to make that happen,” commented DOR Commissioner Bob Grennes.
    “Since COVID-19 is impacting so many, in addition to the payment extensions announcement by the IRS, we are also extending the associated Indiana tax return filing deadlines.”
    Individual tax returns and payments, along with estimated payments originally due by April 15, 2020, are now due on or before July 15, 2020. Returns included are the IT-40, IT-40PNR, IT-40RNR, IT-40ES, ES-40 and SC-40.
    Corporate tax returns and payments, along with estimated payments originally due by April 15 or April 20 are now due on or before July 15, 2020. Those originally due on May 15, 2020, are now due on August 17, 2020. Returns included are the IT-20, IT-41, IT-65, IT-20S, FIT-20, URT-1, IT-6, FT-QP and URT-Q.
  • 3/20/2020 The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) coronavirus emergency application is available now at in.gov/dva and will provide undisrupted assistance to veterans and their families during this National Emergency COVID-19 crisis. Questions can be answered by calling (317) 232-3910.
  • DNR

    3/20/2020 In accordance with Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health’s recommendations, Indiana DNR closed field, hatchery and fish & wildlife area (FWA) offices to the public, effective this morning.
    Staff at those offices will continue to work during normal business hours. Updated information for each respective property, including the office phone number, will be posted at each public entrance. Office phone numbers can also be found at individual property pages at wildlife.IN.gov/3077.htm.
    The properties themselves remain open to the public. Campgrounds and shooting ranges, except for the range at Tri-County FWA that will remain closed through at least March 24, will also remain open until further notice
  • 3/20/2020 Policy intended to streamline access to health services, protect frontline health care workers and help ensure appropriate utilization of emergency services
    The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced today that, to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Indiana Medicaid will allow interactions between patients and doctors and other health care providers, as well as other Medicaid service deliveries, to occur either over the phone or through the use of telemedicine technologies whenever possible.
  • 3/20/2020 In response to the global COVID-19 outbreak and to prioritize the health and safety of the Purdue community, the university is postponing Purdue Day of Giving 2020, which had been scheduled for April 29. A future date will be shared as soon as it is determined.
  • 3/20/2020 All 122 member banks of the Indiana Bankers Association are open for business and are able to fully serve the needs of their customers. While implementing public health measures in response to COVID-19, banks continue to provide essential services to customers and communities.
    Many banks have temporarily closed their lobbies to foot traffic, for example, but retain drive-through operations and lobby access by appointment. All banks continue to provide services through alternate delivery such as online banking, ATMs and telephone banking.
  • 3/20/2020 ‘All-hands-on-deck’ approach calls for telemedicine, testing and talent
    The Indiana State Medical Association is urging Gov. Eric Holcomb to direct several changes in policy that Hoosier physicians say will prevent the further spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19.
  • 3/20/2020 Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced that Indiana small businesses are eligible for financial assistance under a disaster designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
    This declaration is in response to a formal request Gov. Holcomb submitted with the SBA on Tuesday, seeking assistance through the organization’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in Indiana.
  • 3/20/2020 KeyBank today announced additional steps it will take across its network to support clients and help protect our teammates and our communities from the spread of coronavirus. Starting March 19, 2020, all KeyBank branches will move to serving clients by drive-thru or in its lobbies by appointment only. This move will allow KeyBank to continue to offer full-service to its clients while also instituting appropriate social-distancing guidelines as recommended by local, state, and federal health authorities.
  • 3/20/2020 The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will host two live webinars for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
    The 30-minute live programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, and at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.
    The program will cover unemployment eligibility requirements, the formula and amounts determined by Indiana State Statute for benefit amounts, frequently asked questions—and how to apply for benefits.
  • 3/20/2020 In Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb extended the state of emergency order and also announced that public schools will remain closed until at least May 1.
    The state’s Department of Health today reported 17 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 56 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories.
  • By The Numbers
    3/20/2020 By The Numbers, a look at what’s in the news . . . by the numbers. We all hear about fake news. Fox says one thing, CNN says another. Here’s some of the news that is impacting all our lives with no extraneous details, bias or slanted reporting. To borrow (and perhaps mangle a bit) a quote from legendary fictional detective Joe Friday, it’s just the numbers, ma’am!
  • BMV

    3/19/2020 Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Commissioner Peter L. Lacy announced the following service adjustments included in Executive Order 20-05 issued by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb today, March 19, 2020.
  • 3/19/2020 Following today’s directive by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb that all Indiana schools will be closed until May 1, the Indiana High School Athletic Association announces that this year’s IHSAA boys basketball state tournament is officially canceled.
  • 3/19/2020 Gov. Eric Holcomb extended the state of emergency order and also announced that public schools will remain closed until at least May 1.
    Here’s a quick summary of other actions taken by Holcomb:
    State of Emergency Extension
    • The Governor will extend the current state of emergency an additional 30 days when it expires on April 5.
    K-12 schools
    • All K-12 public schools will remain closed until May 1. Non-public schools are also ordered closed. This date may be revised to extend through the end of the 2019-2020 school year if circumstances warrant.
  • 3/19/2020 INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 17 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 56 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Two Hoosiers have died.
    The new cases involve residents of Howard (3), Lake (1), Marion (8), Owen (1), St. Joseph (2), Tippecanoe (1) and Wayne (1) counties. The list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence.
    Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.
  • 3/19/2020 The Milk Bank is closely monitoring developments related to the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and taking all necessary steps to protect both the milk supply and milk donors.
    Increased donations are needed now to prepare for possible spikes in demand associated with COVID19.
  • 3/19/2020 Last night, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a disaster declaration for the state of Indiana, offering financial assistance for Hoosier small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the state.
    The declaration is in response to a formal request Governor Eric J. Holcomb submitted with the SBA on March 17, seeking assistance through the organization’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb today announced that Indiana small businesses are eligible for financial assistance under a disaster designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
  • 3/19/2020 The Administration has allocated $50 billion to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. For Hoosiers to gain access to this funding, we need to collect small business economic impact data from every county in Indiana so that Governor Holcomb can declare an economic injury disaster.??We are working diligently to gain access to this funding and would greatly appreciate your help.
  • 3/18/2020 Today, U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) released the following statement regarding his intention to vote in support of phase two of the coronavirus assistance package.
  • 3/18/2020 The Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum at 201 W. Carr Street in Milan, Indiana will be closed for the next few weeks due to concerns over the Coronavirus. The basketball museum’s website remains active at www.milan54.org as well as the museum’s online store. Check the museum’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram pages for updates as to when the museum will reopen.
  • 3/18/2020 The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported nine new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 39 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Two Hoosiers have died. 
  • 3/17/2020 The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Plainfield has, out of an abundance of caution, decided to suspend its operations in an attempt to keep its staff, students and visitors safe during this COVID-19 outbreak.
    At this time, there are no concerns of anyone affiliated with the ILEA being symptomatic for COVID-19. This measure is in response to recent guidelines regarding gatherings.
  • 3/17/2020 In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts.
    Here are additional directives from Governor Holcomb:
    Gov. Holcomb signed an executive order Monday memorializing that day’s announcements. A copy of the executive order is attached. Here is a link to Monday’s press release: https://calendar.in.gov/site/gov/event/gov-holcomb-announces-more-steps-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19/
    The governor’s executive order also actives the Indiana National Guard to be on duty to assist as needed.
  • 3/17/2020 In concert with Governor Eric Holcomb’s guidance and with the utmost concern for the health and safety of Hoosiers and DOR employees, 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. This includes:
  • 3/17/2020 All of us are in uncharted waters right now and we’re experiencing things we’ve only read about in books. Information about COVID-19 is changing by the hour and based on the announcements from Governor Holcomb and Mayor Hogsett regarding social distancing and other suggested measures, we have made the decision to close our bookstore to the public effective today at 3PM until further notice. The safety of our community, including our booksellers and customers are our top priorities.
  • 3/17/2020 The National Weather Service Indiana offices in conjunction with Indiana Department of Homeland Security 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.
    While we feel it is important to test our communications and safety action plans, we feel it more prudent right now to focus on the active societal response to the virus.
    We apologize for this inconvenience but hope you understand. There are no plans for a makeup date at this time.
  • 3/17/2020 The Administration has allocated $50 billion to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. For Hoosiers to gain access to this funding, we need to collect small business economic impact data from every county in Indiana so that Governor Holcomb can declare an economic injury disaster.

    We are working diligently to gain access to this funding and would greatly appreciate your help. If you know of an entrepreneur or small business that has been or anticipates being impacted by the coronavirus, please ask them to complete this form (https://isbdc.org/indianacovid19smallbusiness/). Information obtained from this form will only be used to assist in requesting an economic injury disaster declaration from SBA and identifying greatest areas of need. Once a disaster declaration is made for designated areas within Indiana, information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be updated at www.SBA.gov/disaster.
  • 3/17/2020 The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that a second Hoosier has died from COVID-19. The patient is a Johnson County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.
    ISDH has received six new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 30 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. The new cases involve residents of Lake (2), Franklin (2) and Marion (2) counties and will be included on ISDH’s online dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/. The full list of counties with cases is included in the dashboard, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence.
  • 3/17/2020 Indiana University Health continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    To ensure the safety of team members and conserve resources necessary to meet emerging health needs, the following guidance was given to all IU Health providers and team members:
    Effective immediately, IU Health is rescheduling elective, non-urgent surgeries and procedures at all hospitals and facilities.
    Primary care and specialty follow-up visits will be conducted virtually or rescheduled.
  • 3/17/2020 In observance of the Centers for Disease Control's guidance on COVID-19, and directives from the State of Indiana and City of Indianapolis, all non-essential gatherings and events must be limited to no more than 50 people. Based on this guidance, Buck Creek Players is suspending our operations until such time as it is deemed safe and appropriate to resume.
    Buck Creek Players is committed to ensuring the future of our all volunteer community based operations and will be delaying our productions of ROSIE THE RIVETER and A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER. We will also be postponing the BCP Playhouse Players Youth Production of 13: THE MUSICAL until the summer of 2021.
  • 3/17/2020 To reduce possible spread of COVID-19, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art will temporarily close to visitors, starting Tuesday, March 17.
    Based on the recommendations of public health authorities and after conferring with other cultural institutions, Eiteljorg management decided to close the building to the general public until further notice.
  • 3/17/2020 Purdue President Mitch Daniels and Provost Jay Akridge have sent a message to the campus community announcing that remote learning will continue through the end of the semester.
  • 3/17/2020 Following the direction of Governor Eric Holcomb and recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the White River State Park (WRSP) Frank Lloyd Visitors Center and the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum are temporarily closed beginning Mar. 17, in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. In addition, all scheduled programs, activities, and events, including those in Military Park have been postponed or suspended during this period.
  • 3/17/2020 Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers, as well as amend store operating hours beginning tomorrow, March 17, 2020.
    Senior Hour Encouragement
    Beginning tomorrow, Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus. In keeping with the Company’s mission of Serving Others, Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.
  • 3/17/2020 Indiana will adhere to the CDC’s guidance for large events and gatherings, which recommend no in-person events of more than 50 people.
    273 public schools in Indiana are currently closed, using e-learning days, or are on spring break with future closings planned under current state guidelines. The Indiana Department of Education is working with the remaining 16 school corporations on next steps.
  • 3/17/2020 Intervention approach is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning and coping.
    The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, in partnership with the American Red Cross Indiana, announced today a series of trainings in Psychological First Aid for Hoosier health care and social services professionals. Psychological First Aid is an approach to helping people who have been exposed to a disaster or traumatic event, in this case the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 3/17/2020 According to our news gathering partners at WTHR Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced Indiana's first death due to the new coronavirus.
    Holcomb said while they hoped and prayed this day wouldn't come, it did, and it will not end.
    Dr. Ram Yeleti, Community Health Network's chief physician, identified the patient as over 60 years old with a history of health issues, falling into the high risk category.
  • 3/17/2020 WHAT: Companies are taking unprecedented steps in the wake of COVID-19, with some telling employees to work from home and others preparing similar contingency plans. The result, however, could be a cybersecurity nightmare.
    EXPERT: Purdue University professor Marcus Rogers, an expert in cybersecurity and cyber forensics, is available to talk about the potential cybersecurity hazards from large numbers of the workforce operating out of their homes.