Wuhan Coronavirus

ELLA ABBOTT / WBOI

Following closures throughout the state and Ohio’s decision on Wednesday to close all salons and barbershops, one Fort Wayne salon owner has decided to close her own shop. And she’s calling on other salons to do the same.

Cheryl Livingston is the owner of The Loft Hair Design in Fort Wayne. While schools and restaurants have been closed, salons have remained open. Livingston says the sanitation practices in salons are already strict, but coronavirus concerns have made them increase them even further.

GENER8TOR

A new initiative is in place to help support small businesses affected by the coronavirus. The platform gener8tor announced the Emergency Response Program as part of a partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation today.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs will have access to a week-long webinar series meant to identify and use critical resources during the public health crisis.

Gener8tor will also host daily office hours for small businesses to meet with business advisors digitally.

UNITED WAY

United Way of Allen County is working to build an Emergency Relief Fund in preparation for the spread of COVID-19.

 

United Way is investing 100,000 dollars into the fund and asking local funders and individuals to donate as well. On Thursday, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne gave them $50,000.

 

In a release Tuesday, the organization said its committed to providing support and service to the community under the unique circumstance of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

DIOCESE OF FORT WAYNE-SOUTH BEND

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has suspended all public Sunday and weekday Masses beginning tomorrow until further notice.

 

In an announcement today, the Diocese says the decision comes in light of information and recommendations from health officials concerning coronavirus and is in hopes of preventing the spread.

 

Bishop Kevin Rhoades wrote a letter to parishioners explaining the decision and encouraging acts of “spiritual communion” outside of Mass.

 

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Around noon Saturday, the Indiana Department of Health announced a positive test for the novel coronavirus in Wells County.

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

School districts across the state are announcing extended closures to prevent potential spread of the new coronavirus among students, and the state is now making moves to postpone or cancel state tests for this year. 

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IndyCar announced Friday it is canceling all races through April, including this weekend’s season opener in Florida. Organizers say they are still planning to run the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has confirmed that a worker at the Kokomo Transmission Plant tested positive for the coronavirus. The company says production will continue normally. 

ELLA ABBOTT / WBOI

In a week, life in northeast Indiana changed dramatically.

From no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, to the closure of all Allen County schools and a statewide-ban on gatherings of more than 250 people, the global pandemic disrupted local lives.

By Monday, March 9, northeast Indiana had its first case in a patient at Parkview Noble Hospital. And then by the middle of the week, a second case emerged in Adams County.

As Hoosiers flocked to stores to stock up on antibactieral wipes and toilet paper, the words “social distancing” entered our lexicon.

 

Rebecca Green / Northeast Indiana Public Radio/WBOI

Allen County government and health officials are offering recommendations -- not requirements -- in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in the Northeast Indiana community.

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