Allen County coronavirus

Rebecca Green / WBOI

As uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to affect businesses and city projects, Fort Wayne city officials are attempting to project what the short- and long-term future may look like financially.

Screenshot of Allen County Health Department

 Allen County has seen another increase in the number of patients testing positive for the coronavirus. That number, as of Thursday afternoon, is at 51. Two deaths have been reported.

 

According to the Indiana Department of Health, just over 16,000 Hoosiers have been tested for the disease. Three-thousand and 39 residents have tested positive, and 78 have died.

 

 Mayor Tom Henry and officials from the City of Fort Wayne provided an update on utility services, fees and shut-offs as the coronavirus situation continues. Fort Wayne City Utilities director Kumar Menon reminded residents that service disconnections and meter readings have been suspended until further notice, but insisted residents stay up to date on their balances if they can. “If you do not have water at home, call us. 427-1234. Call us. If you have trouble paying your bills, call us. Again, 427-1234. We can work with you," Menon said.

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

Indiana will receive millions of dollars in education funding under the federal CARES Act – the stimulus package to help mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. And while state officials and finance experts in the state say it's appreciated, it will likely have to be just the start.

Allen County Sheriff's Department

The Allen County Superior Court’s criminal division ordered the early release of a number of inmates serving misdemeanor sentences in the Allen County Jail.

According to Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux, the Allen Superior Court’s criminal division ordered about 20 to 25 individuals to be released prior to the end of their sentences.

Photo provided by Purdue University

 In an effort to help those who depend on work to cover their living and education expenses while at Purdue Fort Wayne, the university has started a relief fund to help its students impacted by COVID-19.

On Tuesday, Purdue Fort Wayne officials announced a Student Relief Fund and donations can be made of any amount to help students at this time.

Rebecca Green / Northeast Indiana Public Radio/WBOI

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees met Monday night to vote on measures to help the district during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Allen County Health

 Allen County Health Department officials reported the first death from the novel coronavirus Sunday evening.

CDC

Update at 11 a.m. Monday
Allen County has had six individuals test positive for the virus. 

Update at 3:45 p.m. Indiana has reported two additional deaths from the virus, in Scott and Marion counties. The Allen County Health Department updated the county’s coronavirus count to five Sunday morning, as the state’s numbers climbed as well, now totalling 201.