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

Two weeks before China disclosed it was investigating a cluster of mysterious pneumonia cases in Wuhan in late 2019 — what the world now knows as COVID-19 — South Korea’s top health officials gathered for a quarterly table-top exercise to plan their response to a theoretical health threat. The hazard? A never-before-seen pathogen emerging in China that was causing a spike in pneumonia cases. ...

LOS ANGELES — For the last two years, Thanksgiving served as a sobering reminder of the COVID-19 pandemic’s staying power. For each, the holiday essentially marked the turbocharged start of the severe fall-and-winter COVID-19 wave, which both resulted in the deadliest surges of the pandemic, killing thousands of Americans a day. But there’s some guarded optimism that this winter might be ...

LOS ANGELES — Amid a sustained rise in coronavirus transmission, Los Angeles County is once again strongly recommending wearing a mask in indoor public spaces. The daily number of newly reported cases has jumped almost 70% from a month ago, though case rates are still well shy of previous waves and officials continue to tout the benefits of available vaccines and therapeutics in warding off ...

David Quammen was right. That’ll be chiseled someday into his gravestone. For much of 2020, the great contemporary science writer — whose career started in Chicago more than 50 years ago, in a quite different space — watched as his 2012 bestseller, “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic,” went from science-driven prophesy to science reality. With eerily exacting details, he ...