COVID-19 response

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With stay-at-home orders still in effect in northeast Indiana and the rest of the Hoosier State, local and state parks are trying to find the best ways to maintain social distancing as the weather gets warmer.

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The state has extended the filing deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The change comes as the state reports a drop in the percent of Hoosiers filing and K-12 school buildings remain closed.

There is not a new official filing deadline; instead, financial awards will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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During Wednesday’s Allen County Health Department coronavirus update, officials urged not only protection from the virus itself, but also to pay attention to your own mental health and condition of those you love.

Richard Ruhold with the Bowen Center says that we have all experienced a significant loss of control, and what we are feeling, collectively, is grief in the middle of an ongoing trauma.

"Our routines, our relationships, our work, our lives have just been turned upside down," he said. "We've all experienced a major loss of control."

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The federal government recently issued a memo to states, including Indiana, on how to extend unemployment benefits beyond the state’s current time limit. However, it will still be several weeks before those changes are implemented.

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Indiana state officials say they’re seeing encouraging signs in COVID-19 data across the state.

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Update at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 15: An additional 25 Allen County residents have tested positive for the virus and one more individual has died. The totals are now 196 positive cases and 18 deaths.

On Tuesday, Noble County reported its second COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care facility. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported seven additional deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 350. The state announced more than 8,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 44,000 Hoosiers tested.

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A survey including Indiana small businesses showed optimism tanked in March. Many owners are waiting for promised coronavirus financial relief from the federal government.

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Indiana officials say the COVID-19 surge they’re expecting is still to come – though it shouldn’t be as bad as initially projected.

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Nine more individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Allen County, bringing the total for April 13 to 165. Two more individuals have died.