Local COVID-19 Updates

INDIANAPOLIS —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.

JASPER COUNTY — The pandemic is hitting hard in Jasper County, with the county’s status for community spread in the orange range, one level below the red designation that could take the county back to stricter quarantine levels. On Halloween, a sixth death due to the fast spreading virus was…

JASPER COUNTY — In response to the rising spread of COVID-19, Jasper Circuit Court Judge John D. Potter has announced changes to court procedures to maximize safety for lawyers and litigants coming to court.

MUNCIE, Indiana – Practicing social distancing to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic may sound scary or impossible to do, but there are ways to appropriately handle the process, says Jagdish Khubchandani, a health science professor at Ball State University.

ROSELAWN — The next Music Jam and Fish Fry at the Roselawn American Legion Post 238, located 2 miles west of I-65 on State Road 10, will be Friday April 3. Meals include choices of fish, combo plate, shrimp, or chicken strips. All meals served with baked potato or fries, cole slaw and bread.

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JASPER COUNTY — The monthly round table Zoom meeting hosted by the Jasper County Economic Development Organization and the Jasper Newton Foundation focused on COVID in the county. Speakers were Commissioner Kendell Culp, Franciscan Health Rensselaer COO Carlos Vasquez and Dr. Stevan Vukovich…

National COVID-19 Updates

Enlightened self-interest means doing something that benefits others but is also good for you. Amid concerns about the emerging omicron variant of the coronavirus, we need more of it right now both among individual Americans and the nations of the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that everyone 18 and older should get a booster shot. No one is being forced to get one, ...

The Brazilian Supreme Court has ordered an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro’s false comments linking COVID-19 vaccines with the development of AIDS. The far-right leader made the allegations speaking during his weekly address to the nation on Oct. 21, according to the Brazilian news portal G1. “Official reports from the U.K. government suggest that fully vaccinated people ... are ...

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The number of coronavirus infections in South Africa continues to rise and the country is officially in its fourth wave of the pandemic, according to the nation's health ministry. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases, or NICD, reported 16,366 new infections after 68,703 COVID-19 tests were carried out on Saturday. This represents a positivity rate of ...

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The rate of Kentuckians testing positive surpassed 9% on Thursday as Gov. Andy Beshear warned that the state is again in a COVID-19 escalation. “Overall, our cases are going up,” Beshear said earlier in the day in a news conference. “We are in an escalation at the moment.” Although most metrics that measure coronavirus prevalence have been plateaued or increasing for at least ...

SAN FRANCISCO — A UC San Francisco lab that analyzes positive coronavirus test results is a big reason behind the quick identification of the omicron variant in California, the first documented case in the United States. The lab run by Dr. Charles Chiu, an infectious disease specialist at UC San Francisco, routinely analyzes positive coronavirus cases in San Francisco for their genomic ...

The omicron variant, now present in at least 23 countries around the world, was probably incubated in the body of a person with an immune system battered by HIV or another immune-compromising condition that can cause a prolonged coronavirus infection, according to the South African scientist who detected the fast-spreading genetic mutant. Tulio De Oliveira said the emergence of omicron in a ...

Nearly two years after the coronavirus first surfaced, kids continue to wrestle with what the pandemic means for them. Their questions range in tone and urgency, with some seeking more clarity about the vaccines and others wondering why such precautions as mask wearing and social distancing are still necessary even with the proliferation of COVID-19 immunizations. Here are some of the ...

SAN FRANCISCO — A person in San Francisco has been identified as having the first recorded case of the omicron variant in the United States, health officials said Wednesday. Both California and federal officials suspect the coronavirus variant is likely in other parts of the country by now. They say its presence is a cause for concern but not panic. THE PATIENT The infected individual returned ...

PARIS — Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic nearly two years ago, Europe has notched up plenty of unhappy distinctions. The continent saw the world’s first massive wave of COVID-19 fatalities in the early months of the outbreak. The European Union, although made up of some of the world’s most advanced democracies, got off to a slow start on vaccine rollouts earlier this year. And a ...