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  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 11:39 AM
    As government, businesses, and families further adjust to the pandemic, Indiana courts remain committed to essential operations through proper social distancing. In support of the State of Indiana’s efforts to slow COVID-19, the Indiana Supreme Court is providing further guidance to trial courts.
    Chief Justice Loretta Rush explained, “Indiana courts are ensuring essential operations continue by accepting filings and holding remote hearings. We’ve ordered rule changes to make it easier for lawyers to meet the needs of clients, and we’ve allowed courts to delay jury trials and other non-essential court matters. Today, we must commit to continue social distancing until May 4 for the good of our communities.”
    The Supreme Court is extending the effective date of trial court Administrative Rule 17 orders through an order in case 20S-CB-123. AR 17 provides the legal framework for courts to adjust operations. On March 16, the Indiana Supreme Court ordered courts to implement relevant portions of emergency operations to ensure essential services remain in place. All 92 counties and many city/town courts filed AR 17 emergency petitions. More than 110 emergency orders give courts the authority to adjust procedures in response to the pandemic. The orders have various effective dates; 20S-CB-123 brings effective dates in unison.
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 10:00 AM
    Hoosiers are facing challenging times to keep their families safe and avoid the spread of COVID-19, and unfortunately scammers are adding additional risk by taking advantage of the current health crisis. Newly-surfaced reports show scammers creating text messages, emails, websites and social media posts to pose as government entities and organizations to obtain financial information from individuals for personal gain.
    The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) team continues to find ways to assist Hoosiers, which includes helping individuals identify scams to avoid falling victim.
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 6:14 AM
    Witham Health Services is offering Telehealth and Virtual visits to its patients. You can now talk to you physician from your mobile device or computer in the convenience and comfort of your own home. Please call your Witham physician’s office or Witham’s Convenient Care for more information.
    Witham’s 24/7 Hotline continues to be available to provide a free phone screening for Coronavirus (COVID-19) along with providing guidance and reduce unnecessary trips to the ER, Convenient Care centers and doctor’s offices.
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 6:11 AM
    Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order requiring all K-12 schools in Indiana to provide instruction via remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and outlines options for districts to continue education during the fight against COVID-19.
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 6:09 AM
    Donate Life Indiana and its corporate partners Indiana Donor Network and VisionFirst are issuing a virtual call to action to mark National Donate Life Month in April. As donation and transplantation professionals continue their lifesaving work in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Hoosiers are invited to join the organizations online to help honor those who have given the gift of life and to consider their own donation decisions.
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 5:34 AM
    #INthistogether social distancing campaign aims to keep Hoosiers healthy and return Indiana to normal social interactions and business operations
    Partners supporting #INthistogether campaign include Eli Lilly, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana University, and Purdue University
    Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Mayor Joe Hogsett – and a coalition of statewide business and community partners including Eli Lilly and Company – announced a social distancing campaign to help flatten the curve for COVID-19 in Indiana.
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:10 PM
    Update on Medicaid policy changes re: COVID-19
    In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, some policy and program changes have been made to help ensure members in our managed care programs (Healthy Indiana Plan, Hoosier Care Connect, Hoosier Healthwise) as well as our Traditional Medicaid members are able to maintain continuous coverage in this critical time.
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:43 AM
    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently announced the deployment of Indiana National Guard members to food banks as part of the state's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The guard will assist in helping feed seniors, families, and displaced workers.
    Statewide, National Guard members will be deployed at nine of the 11 member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry located within Indiana, which along with food banks located in Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, provide food assistance to Hoosiers in all 92 counties. The National Guard members will assist Indiana’s food banks in sorting and packing food into bags and boxes; distributing that food through “no-touch” food distributions and deliveries; and supporting other logistical needs to protect public health and safety while maintaining food bank operations.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 5:29 PM
    Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed two executive orders to aid in the fight against COVID-19. Executive order 20-14 extends the requirements for bars, nightclubs and restaurants to stay closed to dine-in patrons until April 6 at 11:59 p.m. They may continue to provide take-out and delivery services.

    The Governor expects bars, nightclubs and restaurants to comply with the directive for the safety of Hoosiers in their communities without the need to call for enforcement measures.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 1:49 PM
    Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order and detailed Indiana’s plan for the anticipated spike in COVID-19 cases.
    “We see a surge coming and we’re calling in the reinforcements, bolstering Indiana’s capacity to provide additional health care services during this emergency,” said Gov. Eric J. Holcomb. “By eliminating licensing barriers and tapping in to the available talent pool of healthcare workers, Hoosiers are staffing up and stepping up to meet this challenge head-on.”
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:58 AM
    Many people have concerns about staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those with a chronic condition such as high blood pressure — a reading above 130/80 — may face an increased risk for severe complications if they get the virus[i].
    With nearly half of Americans dealing with high blood pressure, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is sharing information about the risks as the situation rapidly evolves.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 5:46 AM
    Hoosiers are already feeling the economic strain caused by COVID-19. In response, Indiana’s largest general farm organization, Indiana Farm Bureau, has donated $5,000 to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. to help provide food to those affected by this pandemic.
    Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is the largest food bank and hunger relief charity in the state, serving one-third of the one million Hoosiers vulnerable to food insecurity in Indiana.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 5:44 AM
    The Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture will be hosting a free Spring 2020 Crop Outlook webinar from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on April 1.
    The webinar will be led by Purdue agricultural economists Michael Langemeier and James Mintert, and review the crop outlook following the USDA’s March 31 release of the Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks reports.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 5:43 AM
    Indiana prison and jail conditions are ripe for widespread outbreak
    On behalf of people who are incarcerated and most at risk, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana submitted an emergency petition today, requesting the Indiana Supreme Court take immediate action designed to stem the progression of COVID-19 in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) and Indiana’s county jails.
  • By The Numbers
    Monday, March 30, 2020 3:07 AM
    By The Numbers, a look at what’s in the news . . . by the numbers. We all hear about fake news. Fox says one thing, CNN says another. Here’s some of the news that is impacting all our lives with no extraneous details, bias or slanted reporting. To borrow (and perhaps mangle a bit) a quote from legendary fictional detective Joe Friday, it’s just the numbers, ma’am!
  • Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:21 AM
    Due to federal and state efforts to responsibly and effectively mitigate the spread and the risks associated with COVID-19, the Lincoln Amphitheatre has rescheduled all of its May and June events. Events affected are the May 16 Captain Fantastic (Elton John tribute), the May 30 All My Rowdy Friends (Hank Williams, Jr., tribute), the June 6 Samantha Fish performance, the June 13 Wreking Crue (Motley Crue tribute), and the June 26-28 Lincoln production The Rivalry.
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:31 AM
    Since 1937, Hoosier Boys State has enjoyed great success as one of the premier Children and Youth programs sponsored by the American Legion, Department of Indiana. However, this year has brought about a pandemic event unlike anything we have seen in our lifetime. The Coronavirus is a very serious worldwide event that has forced us all to make tough, but responsible decisions.
    As the Program Director of Hoosier Boys State, I am speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors. After consulting with Jennifer LaRose, our contact person at Trine University, a mutual decision has been reached. With tears in my eyes, regarding this year’s program, I regret to inform you that, Hoosier Boys State is canceled for 2020.
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:32 AM
    Gov. Holcomb Announces Offenders Producing Face Masks, Gowns.
    Governor also provides INDOT, food assistance updates.
    Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced offenders at the Miami Correctional Facility are producing face masks, personal protection gowns, face shields and hand sanitizer to be used in the fight against COVID-19.
  • IPA

    Friday, March 27, 2020 5:19 AM
    CARES Act Allows for Reinstatement of Universal Charitable Deduction
    Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) launches resource to assist Hoosiers in making gifts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and encourages Hoosiers to donate using new federal incentives.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:31 PM
    Due to the public health emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic, IDOI is requesting that insurance companies comply to assist consumers, businesses and entities.
    Due to the declaration of a public health emergency throughout the State of Indiana as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) and the issuance of Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-05, on March 19, 2020, the Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) issued Bulletin 252 to assist consumers, businesses, and entities regulated by the IDOI.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 6:29 PM
    The mission of Indiana State School Music Association is to provide educationally evaluated music performance opportunities for students and teachers of school music ensembles from member schools in Indiana. While Indiana schools remain closed or are utilizing e-learning, the opportunity for students participating in high school music ensembles to rehearse together is either very limited, or does not exist.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:35 PM
    Members of Purdue University’s Class of 2020 will hear their names called, hold diplomas in their hands, wear a cap and gown, and take part, albeit away from Elliott Hall of Music, in all the personal hallmarks, pomp and circumstance of a traditional Purdue commencement — complete with music from Purdue Bands and Purdue Musical Organizations, an invocation, an address by Purdue President Mitch Daniels, student responders, and the conferral of degrees.
    “Purdue is known for the most personal and memorable commencement of any large university. If we can’t put on the nation’s best traditional ceremony, then we’ll produce the best remote one,” Daniels said.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:23 PM
    The Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced today. The 104th edition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will air live on NBC, with the official green flag time to be announced at a later date.
    The GMR Grand Prix will transition to Saturday, July 4 on the IMS road course as part of a historic double-header featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR. This first-of-its-kind racing event also will be televised by NBC on Independence Day.
    The Indianapolis 500 was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 24, in its traditional spot on the calendar during Memorial Day weekend. The GMR Grand Prix was scheduled to be run on Saturday, May 9.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:35 AM
    The Indiana State Medical Association and DrFirst are collaborating to make telehealth technology available to physician practices and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    ISMA is Indiana’s largest physician organization with 8,500 members. DrFirst is a pioneer in technology, support and services that connect people at touchpoints of patient care.
    DrFirst’s Backline care collaboration platform includes a telehealth feature that allows physicians to initiate telehealth visits with patients in a secure manner that protects patients’ private health information. Patients do not need to download an app, access a patient portal or complete a cumbersome registration process.
    The governor’s office and public health experts from the Indiana State Department of Health point to the critical role of telehealth for patient care during the coronavirus pandemic. Telemedicine allows clinicians to treat patients without exposing health care workers and other patients to the coronavirus.
    “Thanks to the leadership of our federal and state officials, Hoosier physicians have greater flexibility in using telehealth solutions that are simple to use and protect private health information while preventing COVID-19 from spreading further,” said Dr. Lisa Hatcher, MD, president of ISMA. “We are partnering with DrFirst so that physician practices in Indiana can quickly implement telehealth to help provide their patients with continuity of care and reduce the risk of exposure.”
    Backline can used to improve care collaboration in nearly every setting, including physician practices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical services, hospices and pharmacies. Physicians and allied health care professionals can use the platform’s HIPAA-compliant secure messaging and telehealth capability to confer with other clinicians.
    “DrFirst is committed to keeping patients and health care providers safe,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst. “Telehealth and other strategic uses of technology can be critical defenses against the COVID-19 pandemic. We stand ready to work with ISMA and physician practices to help protect their patients and staff from exposure.”
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:44 AM
    Red Cross to hold virtual ‘Zero to Hero’ training for volunteers interested in disaster response amid Coronavirus concerns.
    WHO
    American Red Cross–Indiana Region
    WHAT
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11:05 AM
    Indiana Sheriffs Youth Ranch leaders are closely monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic and following Gov. Eric Holcomb’s guidance – both at their local departments and at their not-for-profit academy now under development for future law enforcement and at-risk kids.
    “We value the health and wellbeing of our volunteer board of sheriffs statewide, as well as our adult and teenage supporters across Indiana,” said Executive Director Scott Minier. “It is vitally important we all follow the recommendations of Gov. Holcomb, so we can prevent spread of this deadly virus and return to work, school and church. For now, our Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch is postponing all of our spring and summer public events and fundraisers.”
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11:01 AM
    Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy company, continues to be committed to providing its customers throughout Indiana and Ohio with safe and reliable service during the current Coronavirus situation. During this challenging time, Vectren is committed to serving its customers and keeping them informed as the situation continues to evolve.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:39 AM
    Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, the Indiana State Department of Health and other state leaders will host a media briefing Wednesday to provide updates on COVID-19 and its impact on Indiana.
    The update will be broadcast live on The Paper's web site.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:35 AM

    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing $250 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults. Indiana received a grant for $4,672,826.
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provided the additional funding for the nutrition services programs authorized by the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965. These programs provide meals to more than 2.4 million older adults each year, both through home delivery and in places like community centers. The need for these services, particularly home-delivered and packaged meals, has increased as community measures to slow transmission of COVID-19 have closed meal sites and have left many family caregivers unable to assist their older loved ones.

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:59 AM
    The Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s business and industry hotline is receiving a high volume of inquiries. We are working to respond to these inquiries as soon as possible to provide insight or guidance on essential businesses based on Gov. Holcomb's Executive Order 20-08 issued March 23, 2020.
    This Executive Order mandates Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.
    We urge businesses, employees and the general public to please review the details and resources provided below:
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:44 AM
    Kroger associates are on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis, ensuring Americans have access to food, services and other products during this unprecedented pandemic. The company now plans additional steps designed to protect the health and safety of our associates and customers. As a result, Kroger shoppers may soon see associates wearing protective masks and gloves.
    Personal protective equipment is in short supply across the country, and we fully support America’s health care workers having first priority to obtain it. We are asking government officials at all levels for help securing a priority place for all grocery workers -- after health care workers -- to have access to protective masks and gloves.
    Soon, Kroger will begin installing plexiglass partitions at many cash registers, to further promote physical distancing
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:30 AM
    With the Stay at Home directives now implemented in Indiana, the Federal government has issued a guidance around COVID-19 related to blood donation. That guidance reminds the public that Versiti Blood Center of Indiana donor centers and community blood drives across the state remain open because of the critical nature of blood donation to our country. Healthy donors are still needed to ensure an adequate blood supply.
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:46 AM
    Because of the federal and state efforts to responsibly and effectively mitigate the spread and the risks associated with COVID-19, the Lincoln Amphitheatre has rescheduled all of its May and June events. Events affected are the May 16 Captain Fantastic (Elton John tribute), the May 30 All My Rowdy Friends (Hank Williams, Jr., tribute), the June 6 Samantha Fish performance, the June 13 Wreking Crue (Motley Crue tribute), and the June 26-28 Lincoln production The Rivalry.
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:32 AM
    Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The related press release is attached. Below are frequently asked questions and their answers.
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:31 AM
    Hoosier physicians applauded Gov. Eric Holcomb for the “Stay-at-Home” order issued today, effective March 25 to April 7, and other measures the governor announced to contain the spread of COVID-19.
    Dr. Lisa Hatcher, MD, president of the Indiana State Medical Association, issued the following statement:
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:26 AM
    The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered new operational measures in response to COVID-19. Today, Governor Eric Holcomb announced a statewide “Directive for Hoosiers to Stay at Home” and among other things closed the Indiana State House to the general public. Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush supports the Executive Branch orders.
  • Monday, March 23, 2020 6:08 PM
    Indiana will open a call center to field industry questions about Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions while the state observes a stay-at-home order from March 25-April 7.
    The Critical Industries Hotline will open Tuesday at 9 a.m. to help guide businesses and industries with the executive order.
    This center, reachable by calling (877) 820-0890 or by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov, is for business and industry questions only.
    Please read Gov. Holcomb’s executive order and this FAQ page to clarify restrictions and acceptable activities and services under Monday’s Executive Order.
  • Monday, March 23, 2020 3:18 PM
    The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced on Monday that it will close to the public its office at the Indiana Government Center downtown as well as all WorkOne centers statewide at the end of the day until further notice.
    DWD and WorkOne leadership made the decision in the interest of taking every possible measure to protect Hoosier health and safety, and to promote social distancing, to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • BMV

    Monday, March 23, 2020 3:14 PM
    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that beginning Tuesday, all state government offices will be closed to in-person public activity until at least April 7, 2020. This closure includes all Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) branches.
    On March 19, 2020, Governor Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-05 which in part waived Administrative Penalty Fees (late fees). He has now ordered an automatic extension of all state-issued licenses and stated he will advise law enforcement to refrain from issuing citations for a driver’s license or registration that expires during this emergency.
  • Monday, March 23, 2020 12:37 PM
    Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address today to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.
    “The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” said Gov. Holcomb.
  • Monday, March 23, 2020 10:23 AM
    CINCINNATI, March 21, 2020 – The Kroger Family of Companies (NYSE: KR) today announced that it will provide a one-time bonus to every hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing and customer service associate, amounting to $300 for every full-time associate and $150 for every part-time associate.
    “Grocery workers are on the frontlines, ensuring Americans have access to the food and products they need during this unprecedented pandemic,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Our associates are working around the clock to keep our stores open for our customers. I am incredibly grateful for all they are doing. The true heroes in this story are our associates, and we want to provide them with additional resources and support to help them continue their remarkable effort.”
  • Monday, March 23, 2020 8:53 AM
    Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb will address the state on the latest developments in slowing the spread of COVID-19 on Monday, March 23. The live address will begin at noon ET.
    Speech Scheduled: Noon - 12:30 ET.
    The address also will be available live online. It may be accessed at https://livestream.com/accounts/18256195/events/9053267/player?width=960&height=540&enableInfoAndActivity=true&defaultDrawer=feed&autoPlay=true&mute=false
  • Monday, March 23, 2020 8:52 AM
    The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration today called on Hoosiers to help keep the state’s network of food pantries open. FSSA is tracking the number of food pantries operating across the state as part of the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
    “Now is the time for us as Hoosiers to double down on our best quality -- serving each other,” said Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., FSSA Secretary. “Food pantries are critical harbors of hope in many local communities, and with them facing difficulties operating and possibly reducing the food supply to our neighbors in need, it’s time to sound a loud call for help across the state.”
  • Monday, March 23, 2020 2:11 AM
    Today the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.
  • Monday, March 23, 2020 2:10 AM
    The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that three more Hoosiers have died after testing positive for COVID-19, bringing to six the number of Indiana deaths related to the novel coronavirus.
    The fourth Indiana death from COVID-19 is a Delaware County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.
  • Sunday, March 22, 2020 4:06 AM
    The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is extending certain filing and payment deadlines to align with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 health crisis.
    “Last night, the IRS announced tax payment extensions for individual and corporate returns. We understand that Hoosiers need that same relief and our teams are swiftly taking steps to make that happen,” commented DOR Commissioner Bob Grennes.
  • Sunday, March 22, 2020 4:03 AM
    Hoosier confirmed cases are growing in number, counties
    According to the Indiana State Department of Health Saturday, there were 47 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported.
    That numbers brings to 126 the total number of Hoosiers diagnosed through State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories.
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020 10:28 PM
    The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today confirmed the fourth Indiana death from COVID-19. The patient is a Delaware County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020 11:09 AM
    The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 47 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 126 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Three Hoosiers have died.
    In total, 833 Hoosiers have been tested, including 279 who were tested in the last 24 hours.
    The new cases involve residents of Allen (3), Clark (3), Delaware (1), Elkhart (1), Greene (1), Hamilton (5), Hancock (1), Harrison (1), Hendricks (2), Howard (1), Johnson (2), Lake (1), LaPorte (1), Marion (22), Scott (1) and Vigo (1) counties. The list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.
    The dashboard also has been updated to reflect changes in residence for two Hoosiers who were confirmed positive earlier this week. One is a resident of Miami County, not Howard County, and the second is a resident of Johnson County, not Marion County.
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020 5:48 AM
    The COVID-19 coronavirus global outbreak is affecting hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers faced with reduced work hours, hungry children out of school, and unexpected financial and emotional strains on their households. The Salvation Army is addressing the needs in communities across Indiana through a variety of adjusted programs and services.
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020 5:47 AM
    Today, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana delivered more than 4,700 packages of Girl Scout Cookies (3 full pallets) to American Red Cross – Indiana Region to help encourage Hoosiers to donate blood. Blood donors across the state will have the chance to help save a life and enjoy free Girl Scout Cookies as soon as next week. Download the Blood Donor American Red Cross mobile app to find a blood drive and schedule an appointment in your area.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 5:02 PM
    The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that a third Hoosier has died of COVID-19. The patient is an adult resident of Marion County over age 60 who had been hospitalized.
    ISDH reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing to 79 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories. All but one are adults.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 11:36 AM
    Governor Eric Holcomb joined Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer and Democratic Party Chair John Zody today to announce an agreement to move the date of this year’s Indiana primary election from May 5 to June 2.
    All dates corresponding with the primary election will be moved by 28 days to reflect the new date of the primary. For example, military and overseas ballots are required to mailed 45 days prior to the primary election, so they’ll move 45 days prior to June 2.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 10:39 AM
    The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 23 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 79 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Two Hoosiers have died.
    The new cases involve residents of Allen (1), Boone (1), Floyd (1), Grant (1), Hamilton (3), Johnson (1), Lake (2), Marion (6), Shelby (1), St. Joseph (3), Tippecanoe (1), Vanderburgh (1) and Vigo (1) counties. The list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.
    Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 10:33 AM
    In the interest of taking every possible measure to protect Hoosier health and safety, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration will close its Division of Family Resources offices to the public at the end of business today until further notice. The decision was made as FSSA and state health leaders consider the best options for promoting social distancing to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 9:22 AM
    “I want you to hear directly from me how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay benefits. Be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your Social Security payments but that is not true. Don’t be fooled.
    To protect you and help stop the spread of this coronavirus, we cannot accept visitors in our offices at this time. There are several other ways you can get help. Many services are available online at www.socialsecurity.gov. If you have a critical need that you cannot address online, we can help you over the phone.
    Please visit our COVID-19 web page at www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ to find out what services we are continuing and which ones we are suspending, how to contact us, and important information about deadlines we are extending to ease the burden on you and medical providers during this pandemic.”
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 8:35 AM
    As an organization dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, one of our core values is well-being. We lead by example in practicing self-care and supporting healthy behaviors for ourselves and one another. In the spirit of this value, and in light of the recent State of Emergency in Indiana issued by Governor Holcomb related to the COVID-19 virus, we are hereby cancelling all public American Foundation for Suicide Prevention events in Indiana taking place at least through April 30, 2020. This includes all group meetings, safeTALK, ASIST, Talk Saves Lives, More Than Sad, It’s Real, other educational programs, and third-party fundraising events.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 8:32 AM
    In response to the recent COVID-19 crisis, American Senior Communities (ASC) understands that many people may be out of work due to the reduction of staff in the food service, hospitality and healthcare professions. As one of the largest senior care employers in the state of Indiana, we have a need for temporary, part-time and full-time team members at various communities throughout Indiana in Kentucky.
    Positions available include but are not limited to:
    Hospitality Aide ($12 per hour)
    Cooks and Servers
    Housekeeping and Laundry
    Student Nurses and CNAs
    The health and wellness of our employees are our highest priorities. ASC is taking an abundance of caution and following the CDC, State and local health authorities’ recommendations and mandates closely. Full-time employees are eligible for a wide variety of benefits and perks. To learn more and/or to apply visit https://www.asccare.com/careers/.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 8:22 AM
    The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is extending certain filing and payment deadlines to align with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 health crisis.
    Individual tax returns and payments, along with estimated payments originally due by April 15, 2020, are now due on or before July 15, 2020. Returns included are the IT-40, IT-40PNR, IT-40RNR, IT-40ES, ES-40 and SC-40.
    Corporate tax returns and payments, along with estimated payments originally due by April 15 or April 20 are now due on or before July 15, 2020. Those originally due on May 15, 2020, are now due on August 17, 2020. Returns included are the IT-20, IT-41, IT-65, IT-20S, FIT-20, URT-1, IT-6, FT-QP and URT-Q.
    All other tax return filings and payment due dates remain unchanged.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 8:05 AM
    The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) coronavirus emergency application is available now at in.gov/dva and will provide undisrupted assistance to veterans and their families during this National Emergency COVID-19 crisis. Questions can be answered by calling (317) 232-3910.
  • DNR

    Friday, March 20, 2020 7:58 AM
    In accordance with Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health’s recommendations, Indiana DNR closed field, hatchery and fish & wildlife area (FWA) offices to the public, effective this morning.
    Staff at those offices will continue to work during normal business hours. Updated information for each respective property, including the office phone number, will be posted at each public entrance. Office phone numbers can also be found at individual property pages at wildlife.IN.gov/3077.htm.
    The properties themselves remain open to the public. Campgrounds and shooting ranges, except for the range at Tri-County FWA that will remain closed through at least March 24, will also remain open until further notice.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 5:08 AM
    In response to the global COVID-19 outbreak and to prioritize the health and safety of the Purdue community, the university is postponing Purdue Day of Giving 2020, which had been scheduled for April 29. A future date will be shared as soon as it is determined.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 5:07 AM
    Policy intended to streamline access to health services, protect frontline health care workers and help ensure appropriate utilization of emergency services
    The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced today that, to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Indiana Medicaid will allow interactions between patients and doctors and other health care providers, as well as other Medicaid service deliveries, to occur either over the phone or through the use of telemedicine technologies whenever possible.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 5:02 AM
    The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will host two live webinars for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
    The 30-minute live programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, and at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.
    The program will cover unemployment eligibility requirements, the formula and amounts determined by Indiana State Statute for benefit amounts, frequently asked questions—and how to apply for benefits.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 5:01 AM
    KeyBank today announced additional steps it will take across its network to support clients and help protect our teammates and our communities from the spread of coronavirus. Starting March 19, 2020, all KeyBank branches will move to serving clients by drive-thru or in its lobbies by appointment only. This move will allow KeyBank to continue to offer full-service to its clients while also instituting appropriate social-distancing guidelines as recommended by local, state, and federal health authorities.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 4:44 AM
    Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced that Indiana small businesses are eligible for financial assistance under a disaster designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
    This declaration is in response to a formal request Gov. Holcomb submitted with the SBA on Tuesday, seeking assistance through the organization’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in Indiana.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 4:32 AM
    ‘All-hands-on-deck’ approach calls for telemedicine, testing and talent
    The Indiana State Medical Association is urging Gov. Eric Holcomb to direct several changes in policy that Hoosier physicians say will prevent the further spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 4:31 AM
    All 122 member banks of the Indiana Bankers Association are open for business and are able to fully serve the needs of their customers. While implementing public health measures in response to COVID-19, banks continue to provide essential services to customers and communities.
    Many banks have temporarily closed their lobbies to foot traffic, for example, but retain drive-through operations and lobby access by appointment. All banks continue to provide services through alternate delivery such as online banking, ATMs and telephone banking.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 4:28 AM
    Schools, Economy, Unemployment Insurance Changes Announced
    Governor Eric J. Holcomb took additional unprecedented actions today to protect and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak by signing executive orders that extend the closure of schools, provide economic relief and protections for individuals and businesses, and expand unemployment insurance benefits for those impacted by job loss.
  • BMV

    Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:33 PM
    Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Commissioner Peter L. Lacy announced the following service adjustments included in Executive Order 20-05 issued by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb today, March 19, 2020.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:00 PM
    Following today’s directive by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb that all Indiana schools will be closed until May 1, the Indiana High School Athletic Association announces that this year’s IHSAA boys basketball state tournament is officially canceled.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 2:29 PM
    Gov. Eric Holcomb extended the state of emergency order and also announced that public schools will remain closed until at least May 1.
    Here’s a quick summary of other actions taken by Holcomb:
    State of Emergency Extension
    • The Governor will extend the current state of emergency an additional 30 days when it expires on April 5.
    K-12 schools
    • All K-12 public schools will remain closed until May 1. Non-public schools are also ordered closed. This date may be revised to extend through the end of the 2019-2020 school year if circumstances warrant.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 12:00 PM
    INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 17 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 56 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Two Hoosiers have died.
    The new cases involve residents of Howard (3), Lake (1), Marion (8), Owen (1), St. Joseph (2), Tippecanoe (1) and Wayne (1) counties.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:58 AM
    For the protection of our customers, staff, their families, as well as the citizens of the communities we serve, The Farmers Bank is temporarily suspending lobby access except by appointment only at all Farmers Bank locations effective Thursday, March 19th at noon until further notice.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:57 AM
    Effective Thursday, March 19th the lobbies of all Horizon Bank locations throughout Indiana and Michigan will be open by appointment only. The bank’s drive up, ATM, and Live Video Banking facilities will remain open and hours of operation will remain unchanged at this time. In addition, all offices and departments will be staffed and available to assist you by telephone.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:57 AM
    Michael E. Schrage, CEO and Chairman of Centier Bank, announced Wednesday the bank has temporarily closed all branch lobbies and in-store branches, limiting service to drive-up banking, in an effort to minimize social exposure during the global coronavirus threat.
    The decision was made following guidance and information from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as local health and government officials. The temporary closure will last until further notice.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:56 AM
    The Milk Bank is closely monitoring developments related to the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and taking all necessary steps to protect both the milk supply and milk donors.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:28 AM
    First Financial Bank is announcing new steps to protect its associates and customers while continuing to support retail and commercial clients during the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the Coronavirus.
    Beginning March 18, 2020, First Financial will limit access to its banking center lobbies to ensure the safety of its associates and clients while continuing to provide full banking services.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:51 AM
    Last night, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a disaster declaration for the state of Indiana, offering financial assistance for Hoosier small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the state.
    The declaration is in response to a formal request Governor Eric J. Holcomb submitted with the SBA on March 17, seeking assistance through the organization’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb today announced that Indiana small businesses are eligible for financial assistance under a disaster designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:11 AM
    Indiana Donor Network announces a major step forward in organ donation and transplantation in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have been in contact with the Indiana State Department of Health, who will partner with us to provide timely COVID-19 testing on all potential organ donors. Because of this testing, organ donation can continue to save lives during this pandemic. We greatly appreciate the partnership of the Indiana State Department of Health.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:10 AM
    In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts.
    Here are additional directives from Governor Holcomb:
    Gov. Holcomb signed an executive order Monday memorializing that day’s announcements. A copy of the executive order is attached. Here is a link to Monday’s press release: https://calendar.in.gov/site/gov/event/gov-holcomb-announces-more-steps-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19/
    The governor’s executive order also actives the Indiana National Guard to be on duty to assist as needed.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:08 AM
    WHAT: The coronavirus pandemic is forcing people all over the world to practice social distancing and stay home – but some of their housemates might be making the transition easier: their pets.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:06 AM
    Nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in some 86,000 fewer blood donations.
    The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:04 AM
    The Administration has allocated $50 billion to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. For Hoosiers to gain access to this funding, we need to collect small business economic impact data from every county in Indiana so that Governor Holcomb can declare an economic injury disaster.??We are working diligently to gain access to this funding and would greatly appreciate your help.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 5:01 PM
    Simon Malls is closing all of its properties, including Tippecanoe Mall. It is closing tonight at 7 p.m. and will stay closed through March 29.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 2:42 PM
    Today, U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) released the following statement regarding his intention to vote in support of phase two of the coronavirus assistance package.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 12:18 PM
    The Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum at 201 W. Carr Street in Milan, Indiana will be closed for the next few weeks due to concerns over the Coronavirus. The basketball museum’s website remains active at www.milan54.org as well as the museum’s online store. Check the museum’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram pages for updates as to when the museum will reopen.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 10:25 AM
    The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported nine new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 39 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Two Hoosiers have died.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:32 PM
    The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Plainfield has, out of an abundance of caution, decided to suspend its operations in an attempt to keep its staff, students and visitors safe during this COVID-19 outbreak.
    At this time, there are no concerns of anyone affiliated with the ILEA being symptomatic for COVID-19. This measure is in response to recent guidelines regarding gatherings.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:31 PM
    In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts.
    Here are additional directives from Governor Holcomb:
    Gov. Holcomb signed an executive order Monday memorializing that day’s announcements. A copy of the executive order is attached. Here is a link to Monday’s press release: https://calendar.in.gov/site/gov/event/gov-holcomb-announces-more-steps-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19/
    The governor’s executive order also actives the Indiana National Guard to be on duty to assist as needed.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:27 PM
    In concert with Governor Eric Holcomb’s guidance and with the utmost concern for the health and safety of Hoosiers and DOR employees, all Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) in-person customer services will be temporarily suspended beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This includes:
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:32 PM
    All of us are in uncharted waters right now and we’re experiencing things we’ve only read about in books. Information about COVID-19 is changing by the hour and based on the announcements from Governor Holcomb and Mayor Hogsett regarding social distancing and other suggested measures, we have made the decision to close our bookstore to the public effective today at 3PM until further notice. The safety of our community, including our booksellers and customers are our top priorities.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:19 PM
    The National Weather Service Indiana offices in conjunction with Indiana Department of Homeland Security have decided to cancel the planned test tornado drill on Wednesday March 18th, 2020.
    This is due to numerous reasons related to the COVID-19 virus and sheltering actions being taken by the public. 
    While we feel it is important to test our communications and safety action plans, we feel it more prudent right now to focus on the active societal response to the virus.
    We apologize for this inconvenience but hope you understand. There are no plans for a makeup date at this time.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 11:35 AM
    The Administration has allocated $50 billion to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. For Hoosiers to gain access to this funding, we need to collect small business economic impact data from every county in Indiana so that Governor Holcomb can declare an economic injury disaster.

    We are working diligently to gain access to this funding and would greatly appreciate your help. If you know of an entrepreneur or small business that has been or anticipates being impacted by the coronavirus, please ask them to complete this form (https://isbdc.org/indianacovid19smallbusiness/). Information obtained from this form will only be used to assist in requesting an economic injury disaster declaration from SBA and identifying greatest areas of need. Once a disaster declaration is made for designated areas within Indiana, information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be updated at www.SBA.gov/disaster.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:34 AM
    To reduce possible spread of COVID-19, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art will temporarily close to visitors, starting Tuesday, March 17.
    Based on the recommendations of public health authorities and after conferring with other cultural institutions, Eiteljorg management decided to close the building to the general public until further notice.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:32 AM
    Indiana University Health continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    To ensure the safety of team members and conserve resources necessary to meet emerging health needs, the following guidance was given to all IU Health providers and team members:
    Effective immediately, IU Health is rescheduling elective, non-urgent surgeries and procedures at all hospitals and facilities.
    Primary care and specialty follow-up visits will be conducted virtually or rescheduled.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:31 AM
    The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that a second Hoosier has died from COVID-19. The patient is a Johnson County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.
    ISDH has received six new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 30 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. The new cases involve residents of Lake (2), Franklin (2) and Marion (2) counties and will be included on ISDH’s online dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/. The full list of counties with cases is included in the dashboard, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:52 AM
    Purdue President Mitch Daniels and Provost Jay Akridge have sent a message to the campus community announcing that remote learning will continue through the end of the semester.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:51 AM
    The Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) is taking concerns about Coronavirus and public health very seriously, and want to be a proactive part in reducing its ability to spread. Effective today, TAF is closing the Wells Community Cultural Center to the public and to its users. This closure will run through April 6 when TAF will re-evaluate with updated information from the CDC.
    The following scheduled events and activities have been suspended:
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:49 AM
    Following the direction of Governor Eric Holcomb and recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the White River State Park (WRSP) Frank Lloyd Visitors Center and the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum are temporarily closed beginning Mar. 17, in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. In addition, all scheduled programs, activities, and events, including those in Military Park have been postponed or suspended during this period.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:40 AM
    Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers, as well as amend store operating hours beginning tomorrow, March 17, 2020.
    Senior Hour Encouragement
    Beginning tomorrow, Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus. In keeping with the Company’s mission of Serving Others, Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 8:12 AM
    The Indiana Division of Family Resources operates at least one physical office in every Indiana county and, in order to serve Hoosiers in need, those offices remain open for business. However, in an effort to keep social contact to a minimum and prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), DFR strongly urges Hoosiers to consider submitting applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or health coverage (Medicaid) online. Applications can be submitted at www.fssabenefits.in.gov. Health coverage applications can also be completed by calling (800) 403-0864.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 4:10 AM
    Intervention approach is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning and coping.
    The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, in partnership with the American Red Cross Indiana, announced today a series of trainings in Psychological First Aid for Hoosier health care and social services professionals. Psychological First Aid is an approach to helping people who have been exposed to a disaster or traumatic event, in this case the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 4:09 AM
    According to our news gathering partners at WTHR Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced Indiana's first death due to the new coronavirus.
    Holcomb said while they hoped and prayed this day wouldn't come, it did, and it will not end.
    Dr. Ram Yeleti, Community Health Network's chief physician, identified the patient as over 60 years old with a history of health issues, falling into the high risk category.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 4:07 AM
    WHAT: Companies are taking unprecedented steps in the wake of COVID-19, with some telling employees to work from home and others preparing similar contingency plans. The result, however, could be a cybersecurity nightmare.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 12:28 PM
    INDIANAPOLIS — In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts.
    The governor and other state officials will conduct a COVID-19 briefing today at 2:30 p.m. in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse with the latest updates on testing and cases.
    Here are additional directives from Governor Holcomb.
    Indiana will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large events and mass gatherings. The guidance recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people. Here is a link to the guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 11:01 AM
    Because of new recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre has made the difficult decision to close for 8 weeks. The current production of Saturday Night Fever and the upcoming production of An American in Paris are canceled.
    We plan to reopen with the scheduled opening of The Sound of Music on May 14. Media Night will be May 16.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:50 AM
    Ivy Tech Community College announced that it will extend the delivery of courses virtually through the remainder of the current semester. Courses will restart March 23 and conclude May 16, all being offered virtually.
    Ivy Tech locations will remain open to allow students to access computer labs and to provide essential services such as advising, financial aid and access to faculty in a face-to-face format. Accommodations will be made for labs, clinicals and some technology courses to meet in groups of 10 or less if safety of all involved through social distancing can be assured. Information regarding such meetings will be provided to students from their faculty. Some faculty and staff will continue to be on location to provide assistance.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:24 AM
    A civilian employee of the Indiana State Police has a confirmed diagnosis of the COVID-19 virus.
    The employee, who is assigned to the State Police’s Laboratory Division in Indianapolis, was admitted to a local hospital for a medical issue. Today, the employee received notice they tested positive for COVID-19 and remains hospitalized at this time.
    A co-worker who was last known to have been working in close proximity has since self-quarantined at home out of an abundance of caution. State Police officials have been making notifications with additional co-workers throughout the day.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:24 AM
    Duke Energy has implemented additional steps to protect its customers and employees in the six states it serves during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Duke Energy power plants, and electricity and natural gas delivery facilities, are staffed, ensuring dependable service to customers.
    The company has taken the following steps to protect its customers and employees.
    Duke Energy will not disconnect any customer’s service for non-payment, in order to give customers experiencing financial hardship extra time to make payments. The company will continue to read meters and send bills. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off later.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:23 AM
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In light of the continued community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the U.S. and around the world, Indiana University is extending remote teaching through the end of the spring 2020 semester. To help accommodate the adjustment, spring break has been extended an additional week, with remote instruction beginning Monday, March 30. IU Fort Wayne, given its location on the Purdue Fort Wayne-managed campus, will remain on its current schedule, returning to remote teaching March 23.
    The decision was announced in a universitywide letter from IU President Michael A. McRobbie, along with additional guidance for protecting the health and safety of IU students, faculty and staff.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:22 AM
    The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, today offered additional guidance for parents of school-aged children and child care providers related to the 2019 novel (new) coronavirus or COVID-19:
    Families who need help finding or paying for care can contact Brighter Futures Indiana at 800-299-1627 to speak to a referral specialist.
    Every community has a child care resource and referral agency that can also connect parents with local child care options and provide referrals for support.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:21 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS – In an effort to reduce the potential to acquire and/or spread COVID-19, the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, with support from Overdose Lifeline, will supply opioid treatment programs with lockboxes and naloxone kits. The lockboxes will enable Hoosiers, who are stable in their treatment of opioid use disorder, the ability to reduce their number of trips and time spent at an OTP to receive their daily dose of methadone.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:21 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS -- In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Citizens Action Coalition and the Indiana Community Action Association are calling on Governor Holcomb to not only extend Indiana’s Winter Disconnect Moratorium,[1] which officially ended yesterday, but also to put in place a statewide moratorium on any and all utility disconnects until this crisis passes.
    In Indiana, about a third of Hoosiers struggle to meet their basic needs. Community Action Agencies across the state see this every day as they provide services to low-income families, such as Weatherization Assistance and LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program). Citizens Action Coalition hears from hundreds of Hoosiers every week who struggle to pay their utility bills.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:19 AM
    After serious consideration, it is with deep regret that Elton John will postpone a portion of upcoming North American dates on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour from March 26 through May 2, 2020. This includes the March 26 concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
    The May 22 thru July 8 performances remain as scheduled. This tough decision has been made with the safety and well-being of his fans put to the fore, at a time when health services are under increased pressure and with the concern that these gatherings risk accelerating the spread of the Coronavirus [COVID-19].
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 8:31 AM
    Families across the country are searching for creative ways to spend quality time with their kids at home during social distancing. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis closed temporarily as a precautionary measure from March 14 - March 28, 2020, based on Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s request to limit gatherings to 250 people or less. While the museum will reevaluate its options at that time, it will provide fun, engaging content for families forced to stay home during social distancing as a result of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 7:47 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, today offered additional guidance for parents of school-aged children and child care providers related to the 2019 novel (new) coronavirus or COVID-19:
    Families who need help finding or paying for care can contact Brighter Futures Indiana at 800-299-1627 to speak to a referral specialist.
    Every community has a child care resource and referral agency that can also connect parents with local child care options and provide referrals for support. 
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 4:51 AM
    The Indiana Department of Insurance is addressing concerns that facilities that provide services such as childcare and meals to the community will lose their liability insurance if they remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no reason to believe that any carrier would be or is denying coverage at this time.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 4:50 AM
    The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported three new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 15 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. All but one are adults.
  • Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:33 AM
    The NFIB Research Center’s new survey on the current impact of the coronavirus outbreak on small business found that while most small businesses are not currently impacted, owners are concerned about future disruptions if the outbreak continues to escalate.
    The vast majority of small businesses (74%) are not currently impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. However, the coronavirus outbreak is negatively impacting about 23% of small business owners. Three percent are positively impacted.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 11:03 AM
    In the interest of public health, Governor Holcomb has ordered that all non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people. Until further notice events scheduled at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center are suspended. We will work in the coming weeks to reschedule those events that we can.
    We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the safety and health of our guests, staff and community are our top priority. A ticket refund policy is being developed and will be communicated when finalized. Please check indianastatefair.com for updates.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:48 AM
    Due to a rise in the number of reported cases of COVID-19, influenza and other respiratory viruses, Indiana University Health is implementing updated visitor restrictions to protect patients and prevent further spreading.
    Beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020, no visitors will be permitted at IU Health hospitals.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:45 AM
    Due to the ongoing public health concerns and spread of COVID-19 in the State of Indiana, United States and across the world, the Indianapolis Indians today announced the cancellation of the Season Ticket Holder Pickup Party scheduled for Friday, March 20 at Victory Field. Season Ticket Packages will instead be mailed to Indianapolis Indians Season Ticket Holders in the coming days. The Indians will communicate potential changes and procedures to your Season Ticket Packages as we know and learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic from public health experts.
    For questions regarding your Season Ticket Package for the 2020 season, please contact your account rep, or the Victory Field Box Office at (317) 269-3545 or email Tickets@IndyIndians.com.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:41 AM
    Due to the number of schools closing after today for an extended period of time, it has become apparent the IHSAA boys basketball tournament series cannot be completed as scheduled. Subsequently, the boys basketball tournament is postponed immediately.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:34 AM
    Following the latest news regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s recommendations, the Long Center for the Performing Arts will postpone performances and events through the end of March.