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

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NEW YORK — Coronavirus infection rates fell again Saturday to new all-time lows in New York state.“ New Yorkers are getting a new lease on life as we defeat this pandemic and reopen our state’s economy for the future,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The seven-day average test rate dropped to 0.39%, a figure that has decreased every day for more than two months now. A relatively paltry 418 New Yorkers ...

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WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci is waiting for COVID-19 to be “essentially crushed” before returning to his longtime work studying infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, he said in an interview with McClatchy on Friday. “It ain’t over till it’s over,” Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said. “I’m not going to be taking my attention off COVID-19 until we have ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — New University of Minnesota research is assessing whether COVID-19 vaccines protect people with compromised immune systems — a key group excluded from vaccine clinical trials. While evidence shows COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness in the general population, there is little known about how the shots work in people with HIV or taking immune-suppressing drugs as part of their cancer ...

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The first pandemic surge flooded Boston Medical Center with coronavirus patients: 229 at last spring’s peak, filling nearly two-thirds of its beds. This week, the COVID-19 count hit zero. There were precisely no patients with the virus in the entire sprawling urban hospital, which had borne a heavy load through the pandemic. “Hurray!” said epidemiologist Cassandra Pierre, adding that she was ...

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SAN DIEGO — A team of San Diego scientists is harnessing artificial intelligence to understand why COVID-19 symptoms can vary dramatically from one person to the next — information that could prove useful in the continued fight against the coronavirus and future pandemics. Researchers pored through publicly available data to see how other viruses alter which genes our cells turn on or off. ...

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Six months after the Ravens endured one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in sports, over half of the team is vaccinated, coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday, raising hopes that virus-related protocols can be eased by the start of the season. In a virtual news conference after the first of two days of mandatory minicamp, Harbaugh declined to specify what share of the Ravens on the team’s 90-man ...

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LOS ANGELES — Tuesday is not the first time California has tried to reopen its economy during the pandemic. But officials are hopeful it will be the last. In the past, efforts to lift or ease restrictions on businesses and activities have triggered new surges of COVID-19. That deadly domino effect played out last spring, and again in the fall. Those previous attempts pale in comparison to the ...

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NEW YORK — Cheers and chants filled the Ed Sullivan Theater on Monday as “The Late Show” brought back its audience. Stephen Colbert hosted the CBS late-night program in front of a full, live crowd at the New York City venue for the first time since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic caused the broadcast to transition to a remote format. Chants of “Stephen! Stephen!” filled the theater as ...

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The Russian capital Moscow is imposing new restrictions out of concern about a further increase in the number of coronavirus cases. On Saturday, the authorities reported 6,700 new infections, the highest number recorded this year within one day. Mayor Sergey Sobyanin expects the peak to occur in July at the latest. Such a situation must be reacted to in the metropolis of 12 million ...

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NEW YORK — New York state’s average coronavirus test rate dropped again Saturday to the lowest mark in the entire nation as it crossed the 20 million vaccine mark. The state’s weekly average dipped to just 0.44%, which Johns Hopkins University’s tracker put as the lowest of the 50 states. The daily positive test rate was even lower, suggesting the average will likely keep going down. “New York ...