UPDATES: Latest developments on coronavirus from Indiana and around the country

Coronavirus

FILE – This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Health officials hope to avoid stigma and error in naming the virus causing an international outbreak of respiratory illnesses. But some researchers say the current moniker, 2019 nCoV, which stands for 2019 novel coronavirus, probably won’t stick in the public’s mind. (CDC via AP, File)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — As concerns rise about the coronavirus pandemic, keep up-to-date with our live blog:

April 5, 7:17 p.m.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to a hospital Sunday for tests, his office said, because he is still suffering symptoms, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

April 5, 5:40 p.m.
 
General Motors says they are training employees at the company’s Kokomo plant to ensure CDC-recommended procedures will be in place when they start producing critical care ventilators
 
The plant will start production on Ventec Life Systems’ critical care ventilator in less than two weeks, according to GM. 
 
April 5, 5:10 p.m.
 
A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday.
 
The finding raises new questions about transmission of the virus in animals.
 
April 5, 4:51 p.m.
 
A former emergency room nurse in Michigan decided to create a video demonstrating just how quick and easy it is to spread germs at a grocery store.

April 5, 3:55 p.m.

Two workers at a Chicago-area Walmart store have died from the novel coronavirus, the company confirmed Sunday.

April 5, 3:48 p.m.

As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.

April 5, 2:34 p.m.

Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey, who played in the NFL despite being born without toes on his kicking foot and made a record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 73 years old.

April 5, 2:23 p.m.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says there a very good chance the new coronavirus “will assume a seasonal nature” because it is unlikely to be under control globally.

April 5, 2:15 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted Sunday that he is donating over 10,000 N95 masks to help aid in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

April 5, 1:52 p.m.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams says it is easy to make a cloth mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and posted a video showing you how it’s done.

April 5, 12:40 p.m.

Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, which he said should focus people’s attention on what’s most important, despite heavy hearts — using one’s life to serve others.

Normally, tens of thousands of Romans, tourists and pilgrims, clutching olive tree branches or palm fronds would have flocked to an outdoor Mass led by the pontiff.

April 5, 11:53 a.m.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams offered some of the starkest warnings yet Sunday as he braced Americans for the worsening fallout from the new coronavirus, warning “this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly.”

April 5, 10:45 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 11 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state’s total to 127 deaths.

There are 464 new cases of the coronavirus in Indiana, which brings the state’s total to 4,411.

April 3, 4:41 p.m.

Walmart will start limiting the number of customers in its stores starting April 4. Read more here.

April 3, 4:03 p.m.

A statement from the United States Postal Service:

The U.S. Postal Service has learned that an employee at the Castleton Post Office, the Indianapolis Processing & Distribution Center, and the Indianapolis Mail Process Annex has tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

We have reached out to the local public health office, and will follow the guidance they provide.  We believe the risk is low for employees who work at the three locations, but we will keep our employees apprised as new information and guidance becomes available.

April 3, 3:40 p.m.

Thursday, one medical staff member working at Marion County Jail 2 received positive test results for COVID-19. The staff member is currently in self-isolation, and last worked at Jail 2 on Sunday, March 29th. Jail 2 is operated by CoreCivic, a company privately contracted to house approximately half of Marion County’s inmate population.

One Jail 2 inmate, who had been placed in isolation on April 1st after developing signs and symptoms, has received positive test results for COVID-19.

Today, the Marion County Public Health Department administered testing for COVID-19 to 75 individuals at Marion County Jail 2. This testing includes 37 Jail 2 inmates, who are showing signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19. Testing also included 38 CoreCivic staff members, including 14 corrections officers, 22 medical staff, and 2 service providers. 

All of those who received testing are being quarantined as the Marion County Public Health Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office await testing results.

April 3, 2:40 p.m.

Governor Holcomb has extended Indiana’s public health emergency order for 30 days, which takes Indiana to May 3. He also extended the stay-at-home order for another two weeks. President Trump has approved Indiana’s state disaster declaration.

April 3, 2:14 p.m.

CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin has tested positive for coronavirus.

April 3, 1:55 p.m.

Indiana courts extended their emergency order through May 4, according to the Indiana Supreme Court.

April 3, 12:31 p.m.

A letter from state officials acknowledges the public health emergency in Indiana and gives local jurisdictions leeway in releasing certain offenders.

April 3, 12:10 p.m.

The WNBA is postponing its training camps and start of the season. The WNBA draft will be a virtual event on April 17.

April 3, 11:14 a.m.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is donating $100 million to Feeding America, a Chicago-based nonprofit with more than 200 food banks across the United States.

April 3, 11 a.m.

The Marion County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) provided an update on the coronavirus pandemic. IMPD, IFD and IEMS are taking measures to protect personnel, including social distancing.

More than three dozen officers, firefighters and IEMS providers have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • IMPD: In total, 17 officers have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • IFD: In total, 14 firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19. 2 have subsequently recovered from the virus, been cleared by a medical professional, and returned to work.
  • IEMS: In total, 6 providers have tested positive for COVID-19. 2 have subsequently recovered from the virus, been cleared by a medical professional, and returned to work.

April 3, 10 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 24 new COVID-19 deaths Friday, bringing the state total to 102. Indiana now has 3,437 positive cases. So far, 17,835 people have been tested.

April 3, 9:33 a.m.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Whitestown has announced that town facilities will remain closed until at least May 1, 2020. 

This includes the following: 

  • The Municipal Complex (located at 6210 Veterans Drive) 
  • All facility rentals and public meetings in the gymnasium and Town Hall 
  • All Whitestown public parks (including playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, corn hole lanes, shelters and restrooms)

April 3, 9 a.m.

The U.S. shed 701,000 jobs in March as unemployment rose to 4.4% during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month’s actual job loss was likely even larger because the government surveyed employers before the heaviest layoffs hit in the past two week. Nearly 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in the last two weeks of March, far exceeding the figure for any corresponding period on record.

April 3, 8:40 a.m.

More than 152,000 Indiana households will receive additional SNAP benefits beginning next week.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration said the additional funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are intended to provide support for Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Households will receive the maximum allotment allowed.

April 3, 7:45 a.m.

Prince Charles has formally opened the new Nightingale Hospital at London’s main exhibition and conference center.

Charles launched the temporary facility at the ExCel center in east London via video link from his Scottish home of Birkhall and paid tribute to everyone involved in its construction, which took just nine days.

Charles earlier this week emerged from self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 said he was lucky to only mild symptoms.

April 3, 7 a.m.

Google has started releasing location data to help public health officials track how people are responding to lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. tech giant said Friday that it’s publishing aggregated, anonymized data for 131 countries and regions to highlight movement trends over time.

April 3, 6 a.m.

French students won’t take the national end-of-high-school exam known as the Baccalaureat this year, a first in the country’s history due to school closures amid the coronavirus crisis.

French Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer announced Friday that the final exam is cancelled. Instead, students in their last year of high school will be able to get the so-called “Bac” based on school grades before and possibly after the confinement period.

April 3, 5 a.m.

The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump is invoking the Defense Production Act to clear up supply-chain issues encountered in the manufacturing of ventilators.

Thursday’s order comes amid increased fears of ventilator shortages around the country. The use of these lifesaving medical devices has skyrocketed among critical coronavirus patients.

April 3, 4:30 a.m.

Spain is closing Friday a black week with its death toll for the new coronavirus nearing 11,000, more than half of those during the past seven days, and more infections than any other country in Europe.

The bottleneck in Spanish labs conducting the tests has led to relatively low levels of testing in Spain compared to other European countries, authorities have acknowledged.

But even with statistics that are believed to be conservative in showing the extent of the epidemic, Spain on Friday neared 118,000 cases, second only to the United States. Official Health Ministry data showed that 7,472 of those infections had been in the past 24 hours.

April 2, 10:52 p.m.

Disney announced on Thursday the company will be instituting a short-term furlough for executive, salaried, and non-union hourly employees based in the U.S. effective April 19.

The furloughs will impact employees that work in the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division of the company. Some employees whose roles are deemed crucial to maintaining operations at the company will not be impacted.

April 2, 10:22 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee extended orders to keep non-essential businesses closed and most of the state’s more than 7 million residents home through May 4, saying that social distancing measures must remain in place an additional month in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

In recent days, Inslee had been signaling that his initial stay-at-home orders from March 23 — which were set to expire next week — would be extended. The new proclamation extends the original order from two weeks to six.

April 2, 9:20 p.m.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed the 1 million threshold Thursday in the latest indication of the pandemic’s growing foothold around the globe, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The count represents confirmed cases, but the true numbers are believed to be much higher. White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said incoming infection data suggests not enough Americans are abiding by guidelines in the national “call to action” to stem the spread of the virus.

April 2, 8:36 p.m.

Target will limit the number of people allowed inside its stores beginning April 4. The retailer will also begin providing employees with masks and gloves.

April 2, 7:36 p.m.

Kentucky’s governor says the state fairgrounds will be turned into a field hospital to handle the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases.

April 2, 7:22 p.m.

Healthcare workers are sharing their concerns about the supply of personal protective equipment.

April 2, 7:05 p.m.

The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings when leaving home, in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

The recommendations, still being finalized Thursday, would apply to those who live in areas hard-hit by community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.

A person familiar with the White House coronavirus task force’s discussion said officials would suggest that non-medical masks, T-shirts or bandannas be used to cover the nose and mouth when outside the home — for instance, at the grocery store or pharmacy.

Medical-grade masks, particularly short-in-supply N95 masks, would be reserved for those dealing directly with the sick.

April 2, 5:58 p.m.

President Trump says he took another COVID-19 test. The results came back negative. It’s the second time he’s been tested but said the latest test didn’t take nearly as long as the first.

April 2, 4:55 p.m.

The IHSAA has canceled spring sports for the remainder of the school year. The announcement followed Gov. Holcomb’s order to close schools for the rest of the academic year.

April 2, 4:40 p.m.

A statistical model projects that a COVID-19 surge will peak in Indiana on April 19. The same model predicts that 1,160 Hoosiers will die during the pandemic.

April 2, 2:30 p.m.

Indiana K-12 schools will remain closed and focused on remote learning through the end of the school year.

April 2, 2:02 p.m.

The Indianapolis Art Center announced the postponement the 50th Annual OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair until 2021.

April 2, 1:30 p.m.

Indiana State Democrats are reportedly working to hold the Party’s convention on June 13, 2020. In statement, Party officials said they are looking at all possibilities, including exploring a digital convention, delegate voting by mail, and even online voting.

April 2, 1:01 p.m.

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners held a public meeting and approved the continued closure of County government buildings until 8:00 a.m. on April 14, 2020.

April 2, 12:40 p.m.

Actress Reese Witherspoon’s clothing company is giving teachers a free dress as a way to say thank you.

April 2, 12:31 p.m.

The Democratic National Convention is being pushed back to the week of Aug. 17.

April 2, 11:46 a.m.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft used the team’s plane to get over 1 million N95 masks from China. The supplies will be landing in Boston Thursday afternoon.

April 2, 11:37 a.m.

The Justice Department says it is distributing about 192,000 N-95 masks to frontline medical workers in New York and New Jersey that were found during an investigation by the new coronavirus hoarding and price gouging task force.

April 2, 10 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 13 new COVID-19 deaths since Wednesday. That brings the state’s total to 78 deaths. There are now more than 3,000 cases out of 16,285 tested.

April 2, 9:37 a.m.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic and a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, is facing threats to his personal safety and now requires personal security from law enforcement at all times, including at his home, a source confirms to CNN.

April 2, 8:50 a.m.

More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, far exceeding a record high set just a week before.

April 2, 7:25 a.m.

An Oregon veteran is celebrating both his 104th birthday and his recovery from the novel coronavirus.

April 2, 7:20 a.m.

We’re expecting more executive orders from Gov. Holcomb today, and the U.S. death toll is now over 5,000, according to data from John Hopkins University. Here’s more of what you may have missed overnight.

April 1, 9:23 p.m.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office says they are investigating 82 claims of price gauging in central Indiana filed just within the last week.

April 1, 8:42 p.m.

Several Indianapolis and Marion County agencies have partnered to offer COVID-19 testing to essential workers that continue to provide critical services to residents through the pandemic.

April 1, 7:08 p.m.

Some of Indiana’s most vulnerable are desperate for help and asking if there is anyone to deliver groceries. Several groups are stepping up to bring supplies to those who need it.

April 1, 6:48 p.m.

Three Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service employees tested positive for COVID-19.

April 1, 5:10 p.m.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett extended the stay-at-home order for Marion County through May 1 and ordered all golf courses closed beginning April 3.

April 1, 4:39 p.m.

Skepticism about China’s COVID-19 numbers has swirled throughout the crisis, fueled by official efforts to quash bad news in the early days and a general distrust of the government.

April 1, 4:35 p.m.

New York authorities rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis.

Apri 1, 2:35 p.m.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announces #INthistogether, a statewide campaign encouraging Hoosiers to stay at home during the pandemic, during his Wednesday coronavirus pandemic briefing.

April 1, 11:30 a.m.

The Wimbledon tennis championships are canceled this year for the first time since WWII.

April 1, 11 a.m.

Eli Lilly and Company is expanding its drive-thru coronavirus testing to two new groups of higher-risk individuals: workers in businesses deemed essential by the State of Indiana who have regular public contact as part of their job and people in the community showing symptoms who are vulnerable to severe complications of the virus. Read more here.

April 1, 10 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 16 new COVID-19 deaths since Tuesday, bringing the total to 65. There are now 2,565 cases statewide and 14,374 Hoosiers have been tested.

April 1, 9:50 a.m.

Indianapolis Colts cheerleader auditions are going virtual this year due to the coronavirus.

April 1, 8:39 a.m.

Costco and Home Depot are starting to limit the amount of customers inside their stores.

April 1, 8:09 am.

Dialect coach and “Star Wars” actor Andrew Jack has died aged 76 after contracting COVID-19, his agent said.

April 1, 7:48 a.m.

Inmates in federal prison will be confined to their cells for two weeks with certain exemptions due to COVID-19.

April 1, 7 a.m.

Today is Census Day. It’s the date used to reference where a person lives for the once-a-decade count. But just like everything else, the coronavirus has forced changes to the census.

Today is also April, which many people call April Fools’ Day. But some companies are opting out of pranks this year. That’s because they fear it could do more harm and spread misinformation.

March 31, 10:59 p.m.

Mexico has started taking tougher measures against the coronavirus after weeks of its president hugging followers and saying religious medals would protect him.

Some experts warn the sprawling country of 129 million is acting too late and testing too little to prevent the type of crisis unfolding across the border in the United States.

March 31, 9:54 p.m.

The Kroger Family of Companies announced Tuesday that it will provide all hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates with what they call a hero bonus.

March 31, 9:38 p.m.

The oil industry is worried that the coronavirus could cost more than half a million oil and gas industry jobs. Oil prices have hit an 18-year low – there’s too much supply and free-falling demand.

Industry leaders are now turning to the federal government for help.

March 31, 8:45 p.m.

Decatur County issued a Travel Warning that will go into effect Thursday at 8 a.m., the Decatur County sheriff confirmed Tuesday.

March 31, 7:10 p.m.

It has become a grim ritual outside New York City’s hospitals: workers in protective gear loading the bodies of coronavirus victims into refrigerated trailers.

A surge in deaths in the epicenter of the crisis in the U.S. has overwhelmed the city’s permanent morgues and filled storage spaces in many hospitals to capacity. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending 85 refrigerated trucks to serve as temporary morgues, the city said.

March 31, 6:51 p.m.

The White House on Tuesday projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. President Donald Trump called American efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus “a matter of life and death” and urged the public to heed his administration’s social distancing guidelines.

March 31, 6:16 p.m.

One of the executive orders Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced Tuesday opened the door for electronic notary.

This will allow families to safely prepare living wills during this time.

Health providers say having this conversation now will help save resources during the COVID-19 surge.

March 31, 2:53 p.m.

Gov. Holcomb announced during his daily press briefing he is extending the ban on dining in at restaurants through April 6.

March 31, 1:00 p.m.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has five confirmed COVID-19 cases among MCSO employees including two Judicial Enforcement Division/Courthouse Deputies, one jail deputy, one jail civilian, and now one civilian in the Administration Division. One of these employees had already been out on an unrelated extended leave. No inmates have tested positive.

March 31, 12:47 p.m.

The Indianapolis Fire Department now says it has 12 firefighters who have tested positive for COVID-19.

March 31, 12:20 p.m.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and will continue to anchor his show from home.

March 31, 11:23 a.m.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says a State Department official has died from the coronavirus, the first American fatality among the U.S. diplomatic corps from the pandemic.

March 31, 10 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 14 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 49 deaths. There are now 2,159 cases in the state and 13,372 Hoosiers have been tested.

March 31, 9:50 a.m.

Walmart will begin doing temperature checks on employees before they start their shift.

March 31, 9:15 a.m.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said 12 officers have tested positive for COVID-19. The department said 26 have tested negative.

March 31, 9 a.m.

An engineer at Chrysler’s Kokomo Transmission Plant is the first person in Howard County to die from COVID-19. He is being remembered as a devoted family man and friend.

March 31, 8:40 a.m.

The world total of COVID-19 cases has climbed to more than 800,000.

March 31, 7:30 a.m.

Spain’s coronavirus deaths jumped by a record number Tuesday as the country’s medical system strained to care for its tens of thousands of infected patients.

Spain recorded 849 new deaths, the highest daily toll since the pandemic hit there. It has now killed 8,189 people in Spain, forcing Madrid to open a second temporary morgue this week after an ice rink pressed into service last week became overwhelmed.

March 31, 6 a.m.

Italy observed a minute of silence and flew its flags at half-staff in a collective, nationwide gesture to honor the victims of the coronavirus and their families.

The Vatican also lowered its flags Tuesday to honor the dead in the country with the greatest toll from the virus, which stands at more than 11,500.

March 31, 5:30 a.m.

The  daily U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic exceeded 500 for the first time, making it the deadliest day yet. Almost one out of every five US deaths reported during the coronavirus crisis was reported Monday.

Over 3,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S. At least 160,698 cases of the coronavirus have been detected and tested. 

March 30, 10:17 p.m.

A group made up of 16 local churches and technology entrepreneurs have purchased 200,000 N95-type masks to donate to hospitals, first responders and longterm care facilities in Indianapolis for the fight against COVID-19.

March 30, 9:22 p.m.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said during the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Monday that he anticipates the coronavirus will be cyclical and we’ll see a second outbreak in the fall because of its degree of transmissibility.

March 30, 8:57 p.m.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Thus far, there is little scientific evidence that they are effective in treating COVID-19, but the FDA said the drugs’ known and potential benefits outweigh the risks.

March 30, 8:32 p.m.

The first US service member has died from the novel coronavirus, the US military announced on Monday.

March 30, 7:33 p.m.

The NCAA will permit spring sport athletes who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility.

March 30, 6:18 p.m.

The Indianapolis Fire Department says nine of their firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19.

March 30, 5:17 p.m.

For millions of seasonal allergy sufferers, the annual onset of watery eyes and scratchy throats is bumping up against the global spread of a new virus that produces its own constellation of respiratory symptoms.

Now Americans are asking: Are these my allergies? Or something more sinister?

March 30, 2:32 p.m.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he’s signed another executive order intended to remove regulatory barriers as Indiana prepares for surge in patients. Medical professionals who are retired can practice again.

Bars and restaurants to remain to-go only for an extended period of time. More details are coming tomorrow. Holcomb has requested emergency response from President Trump.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said 86% of patients who’ve died from COVID-19 in Indiana are over the age of 60.

March 30, 2 p.m.

Nearly 10,000 Indianapolis hotel workers are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Officials said Indy hotels, which are typically at 70% occupancy, are at just 3% occupancy.

March 30, 1:11 p.m.

Italy is seeing a continued slowdown in the rate of its new confirmed coronavirus cases while registering a record number of people cured as it enters its third week into a nationwide lockdown.

Another 812 people died in the last day, bringing Italy’s toll to 11,591 and maintaining its position as the country with the most dead.

March 30, 12:35 p.m.

Data pix.

A filmmaker's haunting video shows the sights of downtown Indianapolis with the city virtually shut down because of the pandemic.

March 30, 11:18 a.m.

Some organizations are expanding child care options for essential workers.

March 30, 10:30 a.m.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and the Indy Chamber outlined a $3 million investment for small business support loans, including $1.5 million from City of Indianapolis sources.

March 30, 10:04 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported a total of 35 deaths and 1,786 cases of COVID-19 during its update on Monday. Marion County reported 804 cases.

March 30, 8:56 a.m.

Dollar General is offering a 10% discount to medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guard members until April 30.

March 30, 8:12 a.m.

The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in July, the same slot scheduled for this year's games.

Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place July 23, 2021. That is almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year. The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The rescheduled Olympics will start July 23, with the closing ceremony on Aug. 8. The Paralympics were rescheduled to Aug. 24-Sept. 5.

March 30, 8:07 a.m.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says Americans can expect to get their stimulus checks within the next three weeks.

The government hopes to distribute the money via direct deposit, Mnuchin said Sunday. Mnuchin said there would be a web-based application for anyone who doesn’t receive direct deposits, according to CNN.

“We’re going to try to get as much money into direct deposit as we can,” Mnuchin told reporters. “That’s the fastest way of getting hard-working Americans their money.”

March 30, 7:32 a.m.

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Alan Merrill, died Sunday due to complications from COVID-19, ET reported. The 69-year-old was best known for writing the hit song, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

March 30, 7:30 a.m.

Spain on Monday became the third country to surpass China in infections after the United States and Italy. With a population of only 47 million to China's 1.4 billion, Spain’s tally of infections reached 85,195, an 8% rise from the previous day. Spain also reported 812 new deaths, raising its overall virus death toll to 7,300.

The health systems in Italy and Spain have been crumbling under the weight of caring for so many desperately ill patients at once. The two nations have more than half the world's 34,600 deaths from the virus that has upended the lives of billions of people and devastated world economies.

March 30, 7:20 a.m.

An executive member of Japan’s main medical association urged government officials to consider issuing a state of emergency, saying it will be too late once the coronavirus infection reaches an explosive state.

Satoshi Kamayachi, an executive director of Japan Medical Association and a member of the government-commissioned panel of experts, told a news conference Monday that the situation warrants a declaration of a state of emergency.

March 30, 6 a.m.

Spain’s main spokesman in the coronavirus crisis has tested positive for the COVID-19 disease but the results need to be confirmed, authorities have announced as the country of 47 million became the third to surpass China in number of infections.

Dr. Fernando Simón, who had become the Spanish government’s face and voice during the crisis, was replaced on Monday’s daily press conference by his deputy, Dr. María José Sierra.

March 30, 5 a.m.

One of the scientists advising the British government on the coronavirus pandemic says there are signs that the effective lockdown of much of the country is working.

Professor Neil Ferguson thinks the epidemic is “just about slowing” as a result of the social distancing measures the government has imposed over the past couple of weeks.

March 29, 6:55 p.m.

President Donald Trump says two health insurers are waiving patient payments for coronavirus treatment.

March 29, 6:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S.

March 29, 5:10 p.m.

Country music legend Joe Diffie passed away on Sunday from complications of coronavirus, according to the singer's publicist.

March 29, 3:45 p.m.

The Indiana University Police Department for Bloomington says they are having to shut down parties amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 29, 11:45 a.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued travel advisories for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The CDC and President Donald Trump are asking people there to stop non-essential domestic travel for the next two weeks.

March 29, 11:15 a.m.

The U.S. government's foremost infection disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the U.S. will certainly have “millions of cases” of COVID-19 and more than 100,000 deaths.

March 29, 10:30 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 290 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Indiana since Saturday. That brings the state’s total to 1,514.

So far, 32 people have died from COVID-19, according to the ISDH.

March 28, 7:16 p.m.

The Bloomington Fire Department announced that one of three firefighters recently quarantined after potential or confirmed exposure to the coronavirus has tested positive for COVID-19. 

March 27, 4:06 p.m.

The Tippecanoe County Health Department announced the first death in the county related to the coronavirus.

March 27, 2:27 p.m.

Mayor Joe Hogsett announced that the City of Indianapolis has offered a two-month rent deferral for all tenants in the main hall of City Market.

The City Market is home to more than two dozen small businesses and, due to COVID-19 restrictions, market merchants are experiencing a significant loss in revenue. Hogsett hopes the announcement will ease their burden and serve as a model for other landlords.

March 27, 2:15 p.m.

Ventec Life Systems announced today General Motors will build VOCSN critical care ventilators at GM’s Kokomo, Indiana manufacturing facility. The FDA-cleared ventilators are scheduled to ship as soon as next month.

There is a global backorder of critical care ventilators capable of supporting patients fighting COVID-19. Companies are adding thousands of units of new capacity with a significantly expanded supply chain capable of supporting high volume production. GM is donating its resources at cost.

March 27, 2:00 p.m.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb along with state officials delivered a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in Indiana

March 27, 1:40 p.m.

The House passed the sweeping coronavirus relief package in a voice vote Friday afternoon, paving the way for the president's signature. The bill provides relief to residents, businesses and the healthcare system as the U.S. grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

March 27, 12:46 p.m.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said it is joining law enforcement partners from around the country in issuing a warning to our community about these frauds.

March 27, 12:27 p.m.

The Indianapolis Public Library has announced the postponement of all public programs and the continued closure of all Library facilities until further notice.

March 27, 12:07 p.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Donald Trump that China "understands the United States' current predicament over the COVID-19 outbreak and stands ready to provide support, the official Xinhua News Agency said Friday.

The White House said only that the two leaders spoke on the phone Thursday and “agreed to work together to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and restore global health and prosperity.”

March 27, 10:49 a.m.

The IMS Museum will stay closed "until further notice" as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold in Indiana and across the U.S.

March 27, 10:06 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health reports 336 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Indiana, along with 7 new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 981 and number of deaths to 24. ISDH also released related demographic data for the first time.

March 27, 9:57 a.m.

As the House opened debate on the massive coronavirus relief package, the bill hit a last-minute snag, with one lawmaker threatening to delay passage until most lawmakers return to Washington for a vote.

March 27, 9:11 a.m.

Carmel made changes to trash and recycling collection. They go into effect Friday March 27 and will last until at least April 7.  

While basic trash and recyclables pick up will continue, the City of Carmel Utilities and Republic Services have temporarily suspended bulk item and bulky landscape waste pick up beginning March 27. Any previously arranged and paid for service will take place as scheduled.

March 27, 8:28 a.m.

Spain's Health Ministry reported another 7,800 infections overnight for a total of 64,059. Deaths climbed by 769 to 4,858 — the world's second highest total after Italy's 8,214 fatalities.

March 27, 7:46 a.m.

An official in Russia’s presidential administration has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov says the official didn't have contact with President Vladimir Putin. He told reporters that all precautions were being taken to protect Putin.

March 27, 7:30 a.m.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19. He's in self-isolation and continues to lead the country's coronavirus response.

March 27, 5:17 a.m.

The House is poised to vote on the $2.2 trillion stimulus package passed by the Senate earlier this week. The vote is scheduled for Friday morning.

March 27, 4:30 a.m.

A man in Monroe County has been charged after being accused of violating the state's stay-at-home order.

March 26, 8:30 p.m.

IndyGo announced Thursday the implementation of new safety measures and changes to its service schedules to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

March 26, 7:37 p.m.

The United States now leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

March 26, 7:23 p.m.

Businesses in Indiana are helping to distribute much needed personal protective equipment, or PPE, across the country.

March 26, 4:36 p.m.

Governor Holcomb signed an executive order helping Hoosiers get assistance from organizations providing it easier.

March 26, 4:28 p.m.

Hamilton Southeastern Schools officials are reporting that two people who work in the buildings, including a teacher, have tested positive for COVID-19.

March 26, 3:05 p.m.

Seven residents of a long-term care facility in Franklin have tested positive for COVID-19. They showed mild symptoms or none at all.

March 26, 2:49 p.m.

President Trump said federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

March 26, 1:15 p.m.

The Indianapolis 500 is postponed to Aug. 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The GMR Grand Prix will transition to Saturday, July 4 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS)road course. The IMS concerts scheduled for May are canceled.

March 26, 12:31 p.m.

A portion of the Monon Trail closed down Thursday in Carmel because police say people aren't following social distancing requirements.

March 26, 12:08 p.m.

As of close of business Wednesday, there have been 280 non-formal complaints made to the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration from employees who say they shouldn’t be forced to go to work.

March 26, 11:54 a.m.

Purdue University says it will have a remote commencement ceremony for graduating seniors which promises to deliver all of the pomp and circumstance of a traditional ceremony.

March 26, 11:11 a.m.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will hold a press conference about Indiana's response to COVID-19 at 2:30 p.m.

March 26, 10:20 a.m.

The state of Indiana reports a total of 645 cases of coronavirus in addition to 17 deaths during the pandemic. Marion County has the most in the state with 293 reported cases.

March 26, 8:37 a.m.

Unemployment claims soared to nearly 3.3 million last week. It's the highest number of initial claims in history since the Department of Labor began keeping track in 1967.

March 26, 8:30 a.m.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive extended its shutdown through Monday, April 6. Only limited personnel will be working on-site during the shutdown, the company said.

March 26, 8:25 a.m.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the coronavirus pandemic won't peak until May 1 and believes social distancing measures are the only way to slow the spread.

March 26, 7:15 a.m.

Wheeler Mission learned late Wednesday that one of its guests had tested positive for COVID-19, according to Steve Kerr, executive vice president of advancement.

Wheeler has been working with the health department on how to handle. The patient is not in the facility; Wheeler is working on a plan to reduce the number of people accessing its dayroom.

March 26, 6:30 a.m.

With a critical need for masks, a worker at the National Cathedral remembered they'd stashed thousands away for a decade. The masks were donated to Children’s National Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital.

March 26, 5:30 a.m.

France started evacuating its citizens infected with the coronavirus from the Alsace epicenter onboard a special medicalized high-speed train.

France’s health minister said that the TGV train-cum-hospital is a “first in Europe.”

Around 20 patients are being evacuated from Strasbourg to hospitals in the Pays-de-la-Loire and other regions Thursday morning, thanks to the medical locomotive.

March 26, 4:40 a.m.

Moscow officials on Thursday ordered the closing of restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping malls and some parks in the city for nine days starting from Saturday.

The move, aimed at keeping people at home amid the coronavirus outbreak, comes a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared next week a holiday, during which only essential businesses — such as pharmacies, grocery stores and banks — will continue to operate.

March 26, 4 a.m.

The global death toll from the new coronavirus, which causes an illness called COVID-19, has climbed past 21,000 and the number of infections has surpassed 472,000, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. 

The number of dead in the U.S. rose to 1,041 as of late Wednesday, with nearly 70,000 infections. Spain’s death toll has risen past 3,400, eclipsing that of China, where the virus was first detected in December.

March 25, 11:52 p.m.

The U.S. Senate, in a 96-0 vote, approves the sweeping $2.2 trillion stimulus and recovery bill aimed at helping businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The House is set to vote on the bill Friday.

March 25, 11:10 p.m.

Johns Hopkins University tally shows US death toll from coronavirus surpasses 1,000.

March 25, 10:28 p.m.

A Transportation Security Administration screening officer who works at the Indianapolis International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19, the administration announced.

March 25, 7:38 p.m.

President Trump implores Congress to move on virus rescue package.

March 25, 6:40 p.m.

Community Health ER Dr. Chris Ross joined us to clear up some differences in symptoms between COVID-19, the flu and allergies.

March 25, 6:38 p.m.

Governor Eric Holcomb vetoed the tenant-landlord bill, saying now is "not the right time for such language to become law.

March 25, 5:57 p.m.

Employees in various industries tell us that they're being told to keep reporting to work, despite their concerns for safety as positive COVID-19 cases increase across Indiana.

Governor Eric Holcomb says workers should discuss the issue with their employer, but if that doesn't help, employees can file complaints with Indiana's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

March 25, 5:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services personnel are spotting an uptick in the number of people calling for ambulance service who are experiencing respiratory or influenza-like symptoms.

March 25, 5:27 p.m.

Senate leaders are grappling with last-minute snags in emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid totaling some $2 trillion to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

March 25, 3:15 p.m.

Gov. Holcomb says the state is waiting on the federal response before deploying its $2 billion surplus.

March 25, 12:59 p.m.

Starbucks is now offering free coffee for first responders and front-line healthcare workers.

March 25, 12:35 p.m.

Meijer is asking its customers to stop using reusable bags in stores for now during the pandemic.

March 25, 10:00 a.m.

New numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health show 112 new cases of coronavirus in Indiana, bringing the state total to 477. Two more deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 14.

March 25, 9:06 a.m.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) shared information about resources for members of the public to report child abuse and neglect during the state's stay-at=home order.

March 25, 8:43 a.m.

Patients who contract COVID-19 are reportedly showing new symptoms previously not associated with the virus, such as gastrointestinal upset and more fatigue.

March 25, 8:23 a.m.

Waffle House is closing hundreds of restaurants across the country, but carry-out will be available.

March 25, 7:09 a.m.

Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating in Scotland.

March 25, 1:44 a.m.

The White House and Senate agreed on a $2 trillion stimulus deal.

March 24, 11:40 p.m.

In response to the the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Indianapolis announced changes to some of its agencies' services following state and local "stay-at-home" orders.

March 24, 11:22 p.m.

The United Automobiles Workers union announced Tuesday that a worker at a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plant in Kokomo has died after contracting COVID-19.

March 24, 9:25 p.m.

Indianapolis Parks and Recreation announced Tuesday that one of their employees has tested positive for COVID-19.

March 24, 8:33 p.m.

Local offices, departments and organizations joined together Tuesday to announce the availability of pop-up distribution sites aimed at providing healthy produce and dairy items to Indianapolis families in need.

March 24, 7:28 p.m.

Inspirational signs in downtown Indianapolis:

March 24, 7:22 p.m.

A firefighter with the Speedway Fire Department has tested positive for COVID-19, the fire department announced Tuesday.

March 24, 6:18 p.m.

Public health officials in Los Angeles report that a minor has died from the coronavirus in the US. The minor is believed to be the first person under 18 to die from the coronavirus pandemic in the US.

March 24, 4:56 p.m.

A 31-year-old from Mexico has become the first person in immigration detention in the U.S. to test positive for COVID-19.

March 24, 3:26 p.m.

Starting March 25, Indianapolis is offering discounted childcare to its first responders. Read more here.

March 24, 3:20 p.m.

Franklin College announced that it will extend its transition to distance learning through the remainder of the spring semester, including the week of final exams.

March 24, 3:05 p.m.

During a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials discussed the coronavirus pandemic and how it affects the state.

He and others stressed the importance of "flattening the curve," especially given the surge in cases seen in Marion County, which reported a total of 161 cases in Tuesday's update.

March 24, 2:15 p.m.

Three weeks into a national lockdown, Italy’s daily bulletin about its COVID-19 outbreak added thousands more cases, pushing the nation’s overall total to more than 69,000.

Civil Protection authorities say there were 743 more deaths in a 24-hour period, adding to Italy’s overall death toll. After two straight days of day-to-day increases in new cases that had seen lower numbers, authorities on Tuesday said there were 5,249 new cases. A day earlier, new cases in a 24-hour period had totaled some 460 fewer. 

The country now has at least 6,820 deaths.

March 24, 2:10 p.m.

Here's a look at the graph charting Indiana's number of COVID-19 cases:



March 24, 2:04 p.m.

President Donald Trump is weighing how to refine nationwide social-distancing guidelines to put some workers back on the job amid the coronavirus outbreak. At a virtual town hall hosted by Fox News on Tuesday, Trump said he is hoping the country will be reopened by Easter.

March 24, 1:17 p.m.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi decreed a 21-day lockdown across the nation of 1.3 billion people to save it from the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement set off panic in many neighborhoods as people rushed to markets to stock up on supplies.

March 24, 12:47 p.m.

The Delaware County Health Department reports 3 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the county's total to 7. The additional cases will be included in the state's Wednesday morning update.

March 24, 12:02 p.m.

NBC Sports released a statement about the postponement of the Olympics:

Given the unprecedented obligation we all face to contain COVID-19 globally, we fully understand the decision made by the IOC, Japanese government, and the health organizations they are working with to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics until 2021. We have no doubt that the IOC and Tokyo Organizing Committee will put on an exceptional Games next year, and that the Olympic flame will once again unite the world and provide a light at the end of this tunnel.

March 24, 11:42 a.m.

The state said its hotline for business questions about the stay-at-home order is back open. State officials report a "high volume" of calls.

March 24, 11:23 a.m.

Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box will provide an update on the coronavirus pandemic at 2:30 p.m.

March 24, 10:42 a.m.

The state of Indiana reports that the hotline set up to answer questions from Hoosier businesses about the stay-at-home order is temporarily down. Businesses can still email covidresponse@iedc.in.gov with their questions.

March 24, 10 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health reports a total of 365 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indiana, along with 12 deaths related to the pandemic. There were 6 deaths in Marion County, 3 in Johnson County, and 1 each in Allen, Delaware and Scott counties.

March 24, 8:59 a.m.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach agreed Tuesday to postpone the Olympics by about one year.

Abe put the suggestion to Bach, who agreed that the latest date the Olympics will be held is summer 2021.

March 24, 8:17 a.m.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach, Japan's NHK public television reports.

Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.

March 24, 7:40 a.m.

The World Health Organization says case counts and deaths globally from the new coronavirus are expected to increase “considerably” when global figures are published later Tuesday.

Dr. Margaret Harris, a WHO spokeswoman, said overnight reporting showed 85% of the new cases were being reported in Europe and the United States.

March 24, 6:30 a.m.

The Vatican is under pressure to let more of its employees work from home after several offices remained open even after Italy shut down all nonessential industry in a bid to contain the coronavirus.

Vatican employees in three different offices expressed alarm that superiors had adopted different policies about working from home, with no uniformity among them. 

March 24, 6 a.m.

Business activity in Europe has fallen at the sharpest pace on record, according to a survey that was started in 1998.

The purchasing managers' index, a gauge of business executives' outlook on the economy, fell to 31.4 points in March for the 19-country eurozone, from 51.6 in February, as governments put limits on business activity to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

March 23, 11:03 p.m.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard announced Monday that Carmel City Hall will close to the public until further notice starting Tuesday at 8 a.m.

March 23, 8:20 p.m.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that it has adjusted services, events and operations to prevent further spread of COVID-19. 

March 23, 5:45 p.m.

Eli Lilly and Company announced Monday they will expand drive-thru testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to Indianapolis first responders.

March 23, 5:00 p.m.

Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen announced Monday the declaration of a local disaster emergency to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 23, 4 p.m.

Carrier says a second case of COVID-19 was confirmed at their facility. Their full statement is below:

We learned on March 19 that an employee in our Indianapolis facility tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We immediately suspended operations for a week, during which time employees will continue to be paid as we deep clean and sanitize the facility. On March 20, we learned of a second confirmed case at the same facility. Our thoughts are with our team members and their families.

Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our employees, and we are working with local public health authorities to assess the risk to additional employees. We have implemented intensive and frequent sanitation of our operations, enhanced social distancing practices, and schedule changes to minimize employee gatherings. We have also provided extensive health and safety education content and trainings.

March 23, 2:00 p.m.

A member of the International Olympic Committee told USA TODAY that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games will be postponed until 2021 in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

March 23, 1:00 p.m.

Community Health Network announced its president and CEO Bryan Mills tested positive for COVID-19.

Mills is in quarantine but still actively involved in leading and planning Community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He continues to participate in meetings remotely, receive updates and lead key decision-making processes. If necessary, there are plans to delegate his responsibilities to other leaders within the organization.

March 23, 12:00 p.m.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a "stay at home" order starting March 25 in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more here.

March 23, 11:30 a.m.

Eight people from the Muncie Police Department, the Muncie Fire Department, and EMS workers are quarantined after possible exposure to the coronavirus. The people in quarantine are at Fire Station 4, so they do not want the public to go there for emergencies. 

March 23, 11 a.m.

Ball State’s May commencement ceremonies are canceled, but they still want to celebrate the students’ achievements. They created a survey to ask students and parents how they would like to proceed. 

March 23, 10:28 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 58 new cases of the coronavirus Monday morning, with the total climbing to 259 cases across Indiana.

March 23, 9:22 a.m.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams had a warning for Americans, telling NBC's Today, "I want America to understand this week, it’s going to get bad."

Adams said too many people aren't taking the pandemic seriously enough.

March 23, 8:25 a.m.

Lowe's has committed $10 million to help medical workers get much-needed protective gear during the coronavirus pandemic.

March 23, 7:32 a.m.

So far, the pandemic has infected 343,400 people and killed over 14,700. More than 98,800 people have recovered so far. COVID-19 can cause mild symptoms for most people, but older individuals and those with preexisting conditions are more likely to experience severe symptoms.

March 23, 7:25 a.m.

The World Health Organization warned that criminals are increasingly posing as WHO officials and trying to steal personal information or money from people during the coronavirus crisis.

The agency's website has tips on how to avoid getting scammed.

March 23, 7:17 a.m.

Pope Francis canceled a trip to Malta scheduled for May 31 because of the pandemic.

The move was widely expected because Italy is on a nationwide lockdown and has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. Health officials report 60,000 infections and more than 5,400 deaths.

March 22, 10:07 p.m.

Allen County has announced their first COVID-19 death. More info here. This is Indiana's seventh death to the coronavirus pandemic.

March 22, 7:40 p.m.

Top-level negotiations between Congress and White House teetered Sunday over a nearly $1.4 trillion economic rescue package, as the coronavirus crisis deepened, the nation shut down and the first U.S. senator tested positive for the disease.

March 22, 7:05 p.m.

Republican Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee of Utah both announced on Sunday that they will self-quarantine following news that GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky tested positive for coronavirus.

March 22, 6:22 p.m.

Eli Lilly and Company has announced it will offer drive-thru testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to Indianapolis area health care workers beginning Monday.

March 22, 3:36 p.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health on Sunday announced a Hoosier in Marion County has died after testing positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of Indiana deaths related to the novel coronavirus to six.

March 22, 3:17 p.m.

Officials announced the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hancock County Sunday after two residents tested positive for the virus.

March 22, 1:32 p.m.

The number of people to die from COVID-19 in Indiana has risen to five after the Scott County coroner confirmed a death in the county due to the virus on Sunday.

March 22, 12:45 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen have tested negative for COVID-19, per VP Press Secretary Katie Miller.

March 22, 11:31 a.m.

Indiana reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus with the total climbing to 201 cases across Indiana, public health officials announced Sunday.

March 21, 11:01 p.m.

Morgan County Health Department confirms the first case of COVID-19 in Morgan County.

March 21, 3:25 p.m.

ISDH announces fourth COVID-19 related death in Indiana.

March 21, 2:44 p.m.

Tipton County announces first presumptive positive COVID-19 case.

March 20, 10:03 p.m.

Humane Society for Hamilton County closes, ceases adoptions.

March 20, 4:39 p.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced Friday a third Hoosier died from COVID-19. The patient was a Marion County resident who was older than 60 and had been hospitalized.

March 20, 2:57 p.m.

The Monroe County Health Department announced an Indiana University Bloomington student living off campus has tested positive for COVID-19.

March 20, 2:32 p.m.

Washington D.C announces its first coronavirus death, and the Pentagon confirms two cases.

March 20, 1:07 p.m.

Indiana University Health said they now have the capability to test for COVID-19.

March 20, 12:55 p.m.

The state of New York moved to join California on Friday in confining nearly all residents to their homes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all workers at nonessential businesses to stay home. All gatherings of any size are banned.

The state has reported at least 7,000 cases of COVID-19 and the death toll there has reached at least 38.

March 20, 11:52 a.m.

President Trump says all standardized testing has been canceled. Federal student loan interest has been suspended for at least the next 60 days. Borrowers should contact their lenders.

Non-essential travel is severely restricted along the Canadian and Mexican borders. This does not affect legitimate commerce.

March 20, 11:36 a.m.

Gov. Holcomb and Secretary of State Connie Lawson announce that Indiana's primary has been pushed back to June 2 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

March 20, 10:39 a.m.

The federal government has moved Tax Day from April 15 to July 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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March 20, 10:14 a.m.

Goodwill stores in central Indiana will close temporarily in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Stores will still accept donations for the time being.

March 20, 10:08 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health reports 79 total cases of COVID-19 in the state. Coronavirus has been confirmed in 27 of Indiana's 92 counties.

March 20, 9:05 a.m.

Gov. Eric Holcomb plans an 11:30 a.m. news conference to discuss the state's May primary. The governor said Thursday that discussions were underway about a possible delay.

March 20, 8:23 a.m.

More than a dozen Indiana counties are under travel advisories or watches as part of efforts to limit the scope of the coronavirus pandemic.

March 20, 7:36 a.m.

Spanish health authorities say that 1,002 people have died in the country since the coronavirus outbreak, while infections have reached 19,980.

March 20, 7:22 a.m.

According to John Hopkins University, the death toll from COVID-19 passed 10,000 and infections exceeded 244,000 worldwide. Italy, with 60 million citizens, has recorded 3,405 deaths, exceeding the 3,248 in China, a country with a population over 20 times larger, reported The Associated Press. More than 80,000 people have recovered from the virus.

March 20, 6:30 a.m.

Italy banned all foreign cruise ships from docking there, The Associated Press reported. The country is also requiring Italian cruise liners to disembark passengers at their ports of final destination, and not embark any more passengers.

March 20, 6 a.m.

Air Canada lays off 5,000 employees while cutting flights and parking planes during the pandemic. The layoffs take effect by April and affect roughly 60 percent of flight attendants.

The British government is asking 65,000 retired nurses and doctors to return to work to help fight the coronavirus. The government is sending letters to 50,000 former nurses and 15,000 retired doctors. Health Secretary Matt Hancock hoped “many, many thousands will respond” to the appeal. 

March 19, 7:16 p.m.

The U.S. surgeon general on Thursday urged healthy Americans, especially younger ones, to donate blood as supplies dwindle amid the coronavirus outbreak.

March 19, 3:41 p.m.

The Trump administration upgraded its warning to a Level 4 Alert, urging Americans against all international travel as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. The State Department on Thursday issued a new alert urging Americans not to travel abroad. Until the upgrade, the department's advice to U.S. citizens had been to “reconsider” all international travel.

March 19, 2:06 p.m.

The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus overtook China’s on Thursday. Italy, with a population of 60 million, recorded at least 3,405 deaths, or roughly 150 more than in China — a country with a population over 20 times larger.

A Chinese Red Cross team criticized Italians' failure to properly quarantine themselves and take the national lockdown seriously.

March 19, 1:37 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Henry County travel status has been raised to the orange or watch level.

This permits only essential travel, such as to and from work, travel related to medical care, travel for food, groceries, medication, essential household goods, and hygiene products and other essential services.

March 19, 1:30 p.m.

Governor Holcomb outlined a number of new actions the State of Indiana is taking to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, including extending the closure of schools through at least May 1 and canceling state testing. Read more here.

March 19, 1:17 p.m.

President Trump said the FDA is working to fast track anti-viral treatments for patients with coronavirus. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said while a vaccine is in trial, it's expected to take 12 months.

March 19, 10:55 a.m.

IMPD said if residents want to report a suspected violation of the COVID-19 Restrictions in Indianapolis, do not call the Mayors Action Center or the non-emergency line, but instead email eocmanager@indy.gov 

March 19, 10:02 a.m.

Indiana now has 56 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. That’s up from 39 cases reported Wednesday.

March 19, 9:25 a.m.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged last week by 70,000, according to the Labor Department.

March 19, 9:24 a.m.

Small businesses in Indiana are now eligible to apply for low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help with financial coronavirus losses.

March 19, 8:33 a.m.

The National Parks Service waived entrance fees in an effort to get people outdoors and encourage social distancing. Many visitors centers and lodges are closed.

March 19, 7:48 a.m.

According to The Associated Press, Italy's death roll rose to 2,978 on Wednesday. The country has been averaging more than 350 deaths a day since March 15; it's likely to overtake China’s death toll of 3,249 when Thursday’s figures are released.

March 19, 6:19 a.m.

Expect changes at Walmart. The retailer will adjust hours, offer special shopping times for seniors and impose limits on certain items. Learn more here.

March 19, 6:07 a.m.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will provide an update on Indiana's efforts to contain the coronavirus at 1 p.m. The state's latest COVID-19 numbers are due out at 10 a.m.

March 19, 5:16 a.m.

Wuhan, surrounding province in China report no new domestic cases of coronavirus, offering a sign of hope as a global pandemic takes hold.

March 18, 10:48 p.m.

COVID-19 pandemic prompts Carmel mayor to declare local disaster emergency

March 18, 6:47 p.m.

All public schools across Indiana are closed to students and at least one district will not resume in-person classes this academic year in an attempt to slow the coronavirus spread.

Lilly laboratories will analyze samples taken in Indiana health care facilities, including nursing homes and emergency rooms, to expand testing access and speed up diagnosis of those who suspect they might be infected

March 18, 4 p.m.

Several new developments to report. Simon Malls decided to close all malls, premium outlets and mills across the country effective at 7 p.m. The move affects several Indiana locations.

500 Festival organizers suspended all in-person events and said this year's Mini-Marathon will be run virtually.

Honda ordered a temporary closure of its plants, including the Greensburg facility.

March 18, 2:07 p.m.

Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler have agreed to shut down their factories to protect workers in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

March 18, 1:46 p.m.

The S&P 500 fell 7% at midday Wednesday, triggering a halt in trading for 15 minutes. The Dow has fallen below 19,732 points, which was the closing level on the day before President Trump took office.

March 18, 12:45 p.m.

The Senate is expected to vote on the house-passed coronavirus relief bill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  said he'll vote to pass it.

March 18, 10:53 a.m.

IKEA announced the closure of all 50 store locations across the United States. Customers will continue to have the option to shop online and utilize the store’s Click & Collect pick-up services at select stores, including IKEA Fishers.

March 18, 10:22 a.m.

The U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential travel, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday as the two nations work to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

March 18, 10:08 a.m.

Indiana now has 39 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. That’s up from 30 cases reported on Tuesday. The newest cases are in Clark, Fayette, Jennings, Madison, Hamilton, Hendricks, Lake, and Marion (2) Counties.

March 18, 9:48 a.m.

US stock futures swung back into the red overnight after Wall Street's slight rebound. Dow futures fell more than 800 points, or 3.9%, accelerating earlier losses after hours. S&P 500 futures were down 3.7%, while Nasdaq futures declined 4.4%. Markets in Asia and Europe also fell again.

March 17, 5:04 p.m.

The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Plainfield suspended its operations in an attempt to keep its staff, students and visitors safe during this COVID-19 outbreak.

March 17, 4:10 p.m.

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. DOR team members are continuing to provide customer service by phone and email, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

March 17, 3:06 p.m.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is suspending all concerts and events until late May. Following the Centers for Disease Control’s guideline to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, ISO activity is on hiatus through May 27.

March 17, 2:33 p.m.

The NWS Indiana offices in conjunction with IDHS 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. We apologize for this inconvenience but hope you understand. There are no plans for a makeup date at this time.

March 17, 2:20 p.m.

Indianapolis creates new parking spaces only for those picking up carryout food orders.

March 17, 12:52 p.m.

President Donald Trump announced he will instruct the Treasury Department to allow individuals and businesses negatively affected by the coronavirus to defer their tax payments beyond the April 15 filing deadline.

March 17, 12:02 p.m.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin planned to outline the roughly $850 billion package to Senate Republicans at a private lunch, with officials aiming to have Congress approve it this week.

During a briefing Tuesday, Mnuchin said the idea of direct payments to working Americans was among the plans. He hoped to have the plan in place within two weeks.

March 17, 11:34 a.m.

Southport officials say all city events will be postponed or canceled until May 31:

This includes, but not limited to, the postponing of the Chili Supper scheduled for March 28th and the cancellation of the Easter Egg Hunt April 4th, Southport Clean Up April 18th, and the Spring Festival May 9th. Also all rentals of the community room will be canceled through May 31, 2020. Any questions regarding rentals should be directed to the Office of the Clerk Treasurer at (317)-786-3585.

March 17, 11:17 a.m.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issues proclamation delaying the state's primary election from April 28 to June 2.

March 17, 11 a.m.

Flanner Buchanan, Legacy and Lavenia are limiting services to immediate family and friends (invitation only).

“We will remain open and our experienced, caring staff will continue assisting families during this critical time,” said Bruce W. Buchanan, Fourth-Generation Owner.  “We have served this community for nearly 150 years and, even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the safety and well-being of our community, their family and friends has always been of the utmost importance.” 

March 17, 10:29 a.m.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were released from a Queensland hospital in Australia and are now self-quarantining at their home following their coronavirus diagnosis.

March 17, 10:21 a.m.

Indiana bishops are suspending weekday and Sunday Mass in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The suspension affects the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Dioceses of Gary, Evansville, Fort Wayne-South Bend and Lafayette. It goes into effect March 18.

March 17, 10 a.m.

The State Department of Health said a second person has died from COVID-19. The patient lived in Johnson County and was over the age of 60.

Indiana has 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus in 15 counties.

March 17, 6 a.m.

Marion County is under a Travel Watch, and Fishers, St. Joseph County, and Greene County are under a Travel Advisory. That means travel is only allowed for mandatory work activities, shopping for food, groceries, medicine, essential household goods, and hygiene products, travel for medical reasons, and travel to provide care for someone.

March 16, 5:18 p.m.

The Indianapolis Zoo will close to the public beginning on Tuesday, March 17.

March 16, 4:36 p.m.

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art will temporarily close to visitors, starting Tuesday, March 17.

March 16, 4 p.m.

White House says public should avoid groups of 10 or more, urges people to stay away from bars and restaurants.

March 16, 3:57 p.m.

Mitt Romney proposes giving $1,000 to every American adult as coronavirus response measure.

March 16, 3:47 p.m.

Actor Idris Elba tests positive for COVID-19, but has no symptoms.

March 16: 2:32 p.m.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announces state's first death from coronavirus.

March 16, 2:21 p.m.

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush issued the following statement about the Indiana Supreme Court:

“The Indiana Supreme Court will continue to hold oral arguments (subject to change), review cases, and accept filings—while taking proper measures to reduce exposure of COVID-19. We also know our trial court judges across the state are focused on ensuring essential court functions continue while being mindful of the safety of their communities. The Judicial Branch has avenues in place to ensure court operations at all levels continue.”

Attendance at oral arguments will be limited to attorneys and the parties in the case. The law library is closed to the public. Social distancing protocols for employees are in place.

March 16, 12:50 p.m.

Mayor Joe Hogsett directed Marion County businesses to follow state guidelines, with restrictions to go in place no later than 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17:

Following today’s announcement by Governor Eric Holcomb, Mayor Joe Hogsett and Dr. Virginia Caine of the Marion County Public Health Department issued a series of orders for Marion County prohibiting all public gatherings of 50 or more people; closing Indianapolis bars and nightclubs that do not serve food, as well as movie theaters, entertainment venues, gyms, and fitness facilities. In alignment with Governor Holcomb’s directives, restaurants, bars, and retail food facilities will not be allowed to serve food for dine-in consumption but may continue to offer food for delivery, carry-out, or drive-thru.

Hogsett said grocery stores will remain open while cafeterias within hospitals, nursing homes, and similar healthcare facilities will continue operations.

March 16, 12:03 p.m.

The NFL Draft will be held as scheduled. However, it will be closed to the public and all public events planned in Las Vegas have been canceled.

March 16, 11:20 a.m.

Gov. Holcomb says the state is taking additional steps to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the closure of bars and restaurants. Delivery and takeout orders will still be allowed. The governor will provide more information during a 2:30 p.m. briefing.

March 16, 11:10 a.m.

The Supreme Court announced it is postponing arguments for late March and early April because of the coronavirus.

March 16, 11 a.m.

The Indianapolis City-County Council will limit the number of public attendees at Monday night's meeting. Due to the number of councilors, public officers and staffers expected to attend, no more than 10 public attendees will be admitted.

March 16, 10:20 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health announces 24 total cases of COVID-19 in the state, with cases in Bartholomew and Floyd counties, two counties that hadn't previously reported cases.

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March 16, 9:58 a.m.

The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana canceled more than 420 cookie booth sales in 45 Indiana counties on March 15. The council is buying back the remaining cookie inventory--nearly 30,000 packages--and asking for community support.

March 16, 9:53 a.m.

Elton John's "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" show on March 26 has been rescheduled to 2021.

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March 16, 9:48 a.m.

Wall Street halted trading for 15 minutes after stocks plunged when markets opened Monday.

March 16, 9:20 a.m.

Michigan's governor says all bars and restaurants are to close by 3 p.m. Monday. Carryout and delivery orders will still be allowed.

March 16, 6:30 a.m.

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indianapolis Motor Speedway released a statement regarding the Month of May schedule.

“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks. Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials. We are planning for all contingencies and will be prepared to run the GMR Grand Prix and Indy 500 as the COVID-19 situation permits.”

Alex Damron, senior communications director

Information from the Associated Press is used as part of this live blog

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