COVID-19 response

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  Indiana residents, and others across the country, are staying home because of a shelter-in-place order meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. What better time to pick up a new hobby? A music shop in South Bend is encouraging people to learn piano. 

Stephen Merriman is the owner of Merriman’s Complete Piano Service. His shop is closed to walk-ins but he’s still taking appointments and making home visits to tune pianos for customers, while following CDC guidelines of course.

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U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) says Surgeon General Jerome Adams’s warning about Indianapolis being an upcoming COVID-19 hotspot should “put the scare factor into everyone.”


The ACLU of Indiana wants the state to release some jail and prison inmates at risk from COVID-19.

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Personal shoppers for Instacart, a service that sends personal shoppers to pick up groceries for users, are on strike across the country.

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Eight people died from the novel coronavirus over the weekend, and a total of more than 1,500 Hoosiers have now tested positive. The Indiana State Department of Health reported 255 new cases of COVID-19 in Marion County. 

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The pressing need for adequate child care access is being amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for essential workers. Now, despite schools being ordered shut until May 1, the state is asking schools to open child care centers to bridge the gap.

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What happened this week in Indiana’s COVID-19 response? Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a “Stay-At-Home” order, the state’s primary got pushed back and manufacturers are pivoting to make health equipment.

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State Health Commissioner Kris Box says the peak of Indiana’s COVID-19 infections is still more than two weeks away.

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The Indiana Department of Correction is manufacturing personal protective equipment for first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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President Donald Trump ordered General Motors on Friday to accelerate ventilator production under the Defense Production Act.