COVID-19 response

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Monday was supposed to be the voter registration deadline for Indiana’s primary election. But COVID-19 changed all that.

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Over the past few days, northeast Indiana saw increases in both the number of coronavirus infections reported, as well as the number of lives it claimed.

 

As of Sunday evening, Allen County had 76 confirmed cases of the virus and four deaths. On Saturday, Allen County reported 67 cases, and three deaths. Allen County and Fort Wayne city buildings remain closed. The courthouse is open on a limited basis.

 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 25 additional deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 127. The state announced a total of 4,411 confirmed cases, with more than 22,500 Hoosiers tested.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday he will extend the state’s “Stay-At-Home” order through April 20. 

SNAP Recipients To Receive Maximum Benefits

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Many Hoosiers who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits will see a temporary increase in the amount they receive starting this month. The goal is to help families provide food during the coronavirus pandemic.

SNAP recipients will now receive the maximum amount of funds for their household size. Emily Weikert Bryant with the group Feeding Indiana’s Hungry says a second deposit will be made the same day regular funds are distributed.

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Hoosiers will remain under a “Stay-At-Home” order for the next couple of weeks after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday he will extend his directive.

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Federal officials are warning Hoosiers to watch out for scams related to COVID-19 – everything from fake charities to bogus stimulus checks.

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State leaders from all three branches of government say local criminal justice officials should decide how to handle inmates in county jails during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Indiana Attorney General’s office has received around 130 complaints about price gouging on consumer goods over the last several weeks.

Director of Consumer Protection Betsy DeNardi says the complaints include a variety of stores.

“We’ve had complaints about larger stores. We’ve had complaints come in about smaller stores, third party sellers on platforms like Amazon and eBay. It’s just all over the map," DeNardi says.

The complaints made amid the COVID-19 pandemic include items like toilet paper, food, cleaning products and other essential items.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 13 additional deaths Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 78. The state announced a total of more than 3,000 confirmed cases, with more than 16,000 Hoosiers tested. 

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