Local COVID-19 Updates

WHEATFIELD — After Gov. Holcomb’s announcement Wednesday regarding the continuation of the state’s reopening status, the Kankakee Valley School Corporation sent out a letter to parents and guardians regarding new guidance received from the Indiana Dept. of Health.

LAKE VILLAGE — The North Newton School Corporation sent out a letter to all parents Friday, Aug. 21 announcing they had received notification that a Lake Village first grader had tested positive for COVID-19.

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KANKAKEE VALLEY — KV schools opened their doors to students for the first time in five months on Wednesday, Aug. 12, with some new procedures in place to safeguard the students and staff as the novel coronavirus continues to flow through the community. On Friday, DeMotte Elementary School wa…

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NEWTON COUNTY — For the first time in 5 months, students will be headed back to schools for in-person instruction. Both South Newton and North Newton school corporations have developed re-entry plans that are flexible enough to change at a moment’s notice.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) wants to remind Hoosiers that the deadline to apply for energy assistance in Program Year 2020 is on July 31st. In addition to the standard Energy Assistance Program (EAP) benefit, a one-time payment of $350 is al…

National COVID-19 Updates

The U.S. will top 200,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus in coming days, a devastating milestone that comes eight months after the pathogen was first confirmed on American soil. The U.S., with 4% of the world's population, accounts for about 21% of global coronavirus deaths. The disparity underscores America's failure to contain a virus that blazed through populous states like Texas, ...

If you were wiping down every single Amazon package, can of chickpeas, and takeout container at the start of the pandemic, you certainly weren't alone. Clorox, the world's biggest maker of disinfectant cleaning materials, says it's still recovering from high demand of its popular disinfectant wipes, not expected to return to shelves until 2021. In the beginning, we were all encouraged to take ...

ATLANTA - Hours after Gov. Brian Kemp appeared at a campaign rally full of hundreds of unmasked Georgians crammed in close quarters outside a Forsyth County barn, he renewed a coronavirus order that bans gatherings larger than 50 people. It's not the first time Kemp didn't abide by his own restrictions at a political stop. He also recently headlined an event for U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler inside ...

PHILADELPHIA - President Donald Trump attempted to rewrite the history of his early response to the coronavirus during a town hall in Philadelphia on Tuesday, saying he "up-played" the pandemic rather than downplaying it - an assertion directly at odds with his own comments in public and on tape. "I didn't downplay it; I actually, in many ways, I up-played it in terms of action, my action was ...

ST. LOUIS — La Facultad de Medicina de la Washington University está ayudando a dirigir un ambicioso estudio mundial para ver si la administración a los adultos de la vacuna contra el sarampión, las paperas y la rubéola (SPR, una vacuna común que se administra a los niños) pudiera ayudar a proteger contra la infección del coronavirus. El estudio tiene como objetivo inscribir a hasta 30 mil ...

For six weeks this summer, it appeared that an idyllic Turks and Caicos was beating back the coronavirus. As cases continued to rise elsewhere in the Caribbean, the sun-splashed island chain just 575 miles southeast of Miami was holding its number of infections steady at 12. Then came June 25. The island's premier, Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, standing at the podium in a Facebook Live news ...

WASHINGTON - A scaled-back GOP coronavirus rescue package appears certain to fail in a Senate test vote Thursday as the bipartisan spirit that powered earlier relief bills has given way to election-season political combat and name-calling. The vote is likely to end hopes for coronavirus relief before the November election. Instead, it's looking increasingly likely that all Congress will do ...

Trainwreck. Demented. A dumpster fire of a year. We've all seen the social media memes, and most of us are ready to be done with 2020. But it isn't over yet. We still have a rancorous election season ahead of us as the country continues to reel from the novel coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic crisis and the summer's racial reckoning following the death of George Floyd. We asked our ...