Updates on the coronavirus pandemic

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A new federal law gives states the ability to open up their unemployment insurance benefits to self-employed workers. But it could take weeks before Indiana receives guidance on how to actually implement that change. 

Hoosiers By The Numbers

More than 120,000 Hoosiers filed for unemployment insurance last week according to the Department of Workforce Development. The numbers released Tuesday represent the dramatic effect social distancing measures are having on the state’s workforce.

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Planned Parenthood says it will continue providing abortion services in Indiana under Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order banning elective surgical procedures.


Four more Allen County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county total to 30. All northeast Indiana counties have now reported positive tests.


Over the weekend, LaGrange County reported two cases, and Kosciusko County reported four cases, according to the Indiana Department of Health.


Huntington County is also reporting two cases. Steuben County reported its first case late last week. 


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The Indiana State Department of Health announced Monday three new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing Indiana’s total to 35. More than 11,500 have been tested, and as of Monday, 1,786 Hoosiers have tested positive for the virus. 

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Indiana is preparing for a surge in COVID-19 patients – which state officials believe is coming soon – by allowing unlicensed medical professionals to practice.

FBI Warns Of Direct Payment COVID-19 Scams

Mar 30, 2020

The FBI is warning people to watch for scams targeting federal stimulus payments tied to the coronavirus outbreak. Last week, the federal government passed legislation that would provide checks to most Americans for as much as $1,200.

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Ball State University trustees have approved a plan to give temporary paid leave to employees affected by the school’s closure during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ball State is calling the measure “Extraordinary Temporary Paid Leave.”  If an employee can’t work through the school’s closure because of COVID-19, this paid leave will be how they will receive their regular expected salary and benefits through the end of June.

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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.”