COVID-19 response

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Indiana K-12 schools will not reopen this academic year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The Indiana Department of Education ordered schools Thursday to develop plans to prepare for the long-term fallout from that decision.

Community Memorial Hospital

Dr. Vasavi Reddy is a family physician at Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville, Ohio. Defiance County has a total of six individuals confirmed infected with the coronavirus, and two remain hospitalized.

 

Dr. Reddy spoke with WBOI on Monday about how her little group of physicians prepared for the arrival of the pandemic in their community. This is the first part of their conversation. 

 

We will be checking in with Dr. Reddy periodically about their efforts to combat the virus in Defiance County.

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.

 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 16 additional deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 65. The state announced a total of 2,565 confirmed cases, with more than 14,000 Hoosiers tested. 

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The Lilly Endowment is giving Indiana organizations millions of dollars in grants in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Department of Labor

A federal law took effect Wednesday requiring some employers to give paid sick and family leave to workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoosier businesses covered by the law will have to comply or face penalties.

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Indiana officials say the state’s capacity to test people for COVID-19 is increasing, even as the growth in testing slowed over the last few days.

Food Banks See Increased Need Amid Coronavirus

Apr 1, 2020

Food banks and pantries across Indiana are seeing more people in need of assistance during the coronavirus crisis.

A lot of food pantries in Indiana are part of a network of food banks. The Food Bank of Northern Indiana, one of 11 regional banks, serves St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and Kosciusko counties.

Marijo Martinec, the Executive Director of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, said they've seen a 50 to 75 percent increase in need over the last three weeks. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health announced 14 new deaths from the novel coronavirus on Tuesday morning, bringing the state’s total to 49. As of Tuesday, 2,159 Hoosiers have been confirmed positive for the virus with more than 13,373 tests reported to the health department.

 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.

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