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INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, issued guidance Thursday for places of worship in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Charles Tucker Magumba and his wife, Destiny Lukia Namukuve Magumba, of Uganda came to Paxton to participate in a prayer conference March 13-15 at the invitation of the First United Methodist Church. They are unable to return home at this time due to travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

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LOGANSORT — The Cass County Health Department reported its first COVID-19-related death Wednesday.

DEMOTTE — Students in Ella Lapota’s second grade class at DeMotte Elementary School were asked to write a brief story about their spring break. Since the schools are closed, they typed and submitted their work electronically through Google Classroom. The stories show how children can always …

WHEATFIELD — On Thursday, April 2, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer McCormick announced schools would not be open for the remainder of the school year, and that schools would have to meet the 160 instructional day requirement through e-learning. KV Superintendent Don Street said …

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JASPER COUNTY — School’s out is not really correct. As Kankakee Valley School Corporation Superintendent Don Street was quick to point out, school isn’t really out; the buildings are just closed for the rest of the school year.

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A female in her 40s is the eighth person who has tested positive for novel coronavirus in Iroquois County.

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During his daily briefing, Gov. Eric Holcomb issued guidelines for services for the upcoming Easter weekend. He advised churches to continue holding services online rather than in the church buildings for the health of the congregations. He noted that the Bible says "Whenever two or more are…

The week of April 12-18 is week to acknowledge the first first responders, those who are behind the phone.

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There are ways to claim victory over COVID-19 and the isolation it has caused. Raising a home garden is one way to fight the battle.

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CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - On Juarez Avenue, leading into the international bridge connecting to El Paso, businesses recently closed their doors, leaving streets largely empty. Edgar Arpeo, 40, who specializes in burritos, looked down the street and pointed to a few shady characters sitting around, cell phones in hand. He described them as street-level drug dealers who usually spend their time ...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - California's coronavirus cases doubled this week to surpass 20,000 Thursday as the state announced a new effort to help overburdened healthcare workers. Statewide, 20,126 people are confirmed to have the deadly respiratory illness with 545 dead, according to data compiled by this news organization, seven days after California reached 10,000 cases on April 2. The bulk of the ...

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WASHINGTON - The White House required that journalists on Thursday take a rapid coronavirus test before participating in the news briefing frequently attended by President Donald Trump. The White House Medical Unit decided to order the tests after one correspondent who was at a news briefing earlier this week reported symptoms. That reporter's coronavirus test result came back negative, the ...

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NEW YORK - "Fox and Friends" weekend co-host Jedediah Bila is the latest TV news personality to test positive for COVID-19. Bila, 41, told her Instagram and Twitter followers Thursday that she is home recovering from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. She said she and her husband have both tested positive but their infant son, born in November, is not sick. "I'm very much on the ...

Florida coronavirus death toll nears 400 MIAMI - Forty eight more people died in Florida from COVID-19, the single biggest jump in deaths since the outbreak began, state health officials announced Thursday night. The new deaths brought the state's death toll to 371, a 15% jump since Wednesday evening, while the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida rose to nearly 17,000. All told, ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday offered assurances that the state will have enough ventilators to "meet the needs" of Californians stricken by the novel coronavirus based on the state's projections of the outbreak. The governor said California hospitals reported that they are currently using only 31% of the ventilators they have, meaning 8,000 of the breathing machines are ...

Census forms arrived in America's mailboxes just as states began ordering most citizens to stay home to control coronavirus. The situation provides an excellent opportunity for socially distanced Americans to fill out the civic paperwork, but officials must overcome several challenges coronavirus presents to the population count. The Census Bureau should take all reasonable steps to give the ...

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If you're self-isolating amid the coronavirus pandemic, you ought to help your cat do the same, according to veterinarians. In a statement Wednesday, the British Veterinary Association said homes where people are self-isolating or those where someone is infected with the coronavirus should keep felines inside, if possible. "We are not advising that all cats are kept indoors," BVA president ...

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First, some good news. Flu season is effectively over, according to Nate Wardle, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Cases had dropped enough that the department stopped producing its weekly flu reports at the end of March. That doesn't mean the flu is gone. But it does mean that doctors can focus more resources on that other threat, the coronavirus. The coronavirus has ...

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Rarely has accurate information been more vital than at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet a global disinformation war is being waged at full force. China and Russia push conspiracy theories worldwide about the origin of the virus. Autocrats from Cambodia to Saudi Arabia to Turkey censor reporting on the virus. Meantime, President Donald Trump blasts journalists who question his ...

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It has become a bleak morning ritual that gets worse each day: New York reached yet another peak in coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. This time it was 799. That brought the state's COVID-19 death toll to 7,067, by far America's highest. "That is so shocking and painful and breathtaking, I don't even have the words for it," Cuomo said, describing the outbreak ...

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LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has left intensive care for COVID-19 but remains in hospital, a government spokeswoman told dpa on Thursday. Johnson will be closely monitored in the St Thomas' Hospital ward in central London, during what the spokeswoman called "the early phase of his recovery." "He is in extremely good spirits," she added. Johnson, the first head of a European ...

WASHINGTON - The White House is considering whether to create a working group focused on reviving the U.S. economy after the coronavirus pandemic eases, and whether the panel should include representatives from the private sector. The discussions are in their early stages, according to three people familiar with the matter. Administration officials including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, ...

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If Americans continue to aggressively abide by stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines, summer vacations could be back on the table, the nation's leading infectious disease expert said Thursday.

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Chicago - Antes de que se implementara la orden de quedarse en casa y medidas de distanciamiento social en Illinois, para reducir la propagacion del coronavirus, un hombre con una enfermedad respiratoria leve compartio una comida para llevar con un par de amigos cercanos que lloraban la muerte de un familiar en Chicago. Al dia siguiente, el hombre asistio al funeral. Unos dias despues, se unio ...

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Researchers racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 face an even more urgent task in light of recent reports that the coronavirus has rebounded in Asia despite efforts to tamp it down. New cases of the disease have emerged in Wuhan, Singapore and Hong Kong in the past week, after governments lifted some of their social distancing controls. That raises the stakes for scientists participating ...

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As he drove home from the grocery store Sunday, Ruben Macareno, a city councilman in Farmersville, Calif., noticed a few groups of people socializing in their frontyards. Macareno, while staying in his car, encouraged the groups to disperse, emphasizing the danger of the spreading coronavirus in California. Farmersville is in Tulare County, which had just reported its first coronavirus-related ...

U.S. fatalities from Covid-19 may be as low as 60,000 - far fewer than earlier projections - because of safety measures such as social distancing, the nation's top infectious disease expert said Thursday. "The real data are telling us it is highly likely we are having a definite positive effect by the mitigation things that we're doing, this physical separation," Anthony Fauci, director of the ...

Dr. Colleen Kraft's teenage son had a question for his mom. "How bad is it for 40-year-olds to get the coronavirus?" he asked one night after she returned home from another long day at work. Kraft smiled, touched. This was her kid's way of asking if she was going to die on him. "I said, 'It affects different people differently, but your mom is going to be OK because I know how to protect ...

FORT WORTH, Texas - A Dallas-Fort Worth taqueria has announced a lifetime ban for any customers making rude or racial comments as tensions grow over the coronavirus pandemic. Richardson-based OMG Tacos, a Southern California-style fusion taqueria, posted a warning on social media last week after two different customers asked a Latino and an Asian American employee whether they had the ...

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According to a study published this week, most pregnant women with the coronavirus do not suffer worse illness than the general population who have the novel virus. Published Monday in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the study, which took place over the course of two weeks, looked at 43 pregnant women who were diagnosed with the coronavirus in New York. During the study, which ...

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PHILADELPHIA - Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health now recommend we all wear face masks when going about essential tasks in public, as part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Those types of masks have become a hot topic online during the ongoing outbreak, and are often constructed simply of cotton fabric, elastic, and some ...

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Even as Congress was debating its third coronavirus rescue plan - the $2-trillion CARES Act eventually signed by President Donald Trump on March 27 - it was assumed that a follow-up measure would be necessary to forestall an extended economic downturn. The moment to assemble that measure is now upon us, with the House reconvening Thursday in a continued atmosphere of national crisis. That ...

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As Covid-19 spreads like wildfire in Brazil, those who live in densely populated hilltop slums, known as favelas, are left to fend for themselves. CNN's Michael Holmes reports.

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NEW YORK - The explosion of COVID-19 cases in the New York City area resulted largely from infected patients who flew in from Europe, genome scientists say. Researchers at NYU Langone Health said they've analyzed 75 samples from patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, at New York-area hospitals last month. About two-thirds of the samples appear ...