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Your Local Coronavirus Questions, Answered

We asked for your questions about how the coronavirus is affecting your life in Bloomington, and you answered: we at City Limits have received more than 1,500 questions about the coronavirus.

We started answering them in the March 26 installment of City Limits and answered more in the March 27 Noon Edition program. And our coverage continues here, at our coronavirus live blog.

Every day as this crisis continues, we will be deliberate in letting you know these answers to your questions, no matter the platform.

Every weekday we'll publish a new City Limits: Coronavirus story, so bookmark this webpage. Our team of reporters is committed to answering as many of these questions as possible on our website, in our social media channels and when possible on radio and television reports. 

But please know – we don’t have the medical expertise for you to describe your symptoms and get a reasonable answer about whether you have the virus or should go to get tested. We'll turn to the experts to find answers, and we will provide general information we hope will be helpful, but please don’t consider our information as a substitute for working with your health care professional.

Thank you for your questions - and your patience, as we do our best to find out answers.

Stay safe and healthy.

Bob Zaltsberg


Questions We've Answered

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March 4, 2021


The Extent Of The Pandemic's Effect On Vulnerable Children Not Yet Fully Known

One listener asks about how children in foster care or awaiting adoption have been affected by the pandemic.

February 11, 2021


Sample Gates at Indiana University Bloomington campus in the winter/snow, Feb 2021.

You Asked: What Is IU's Plan To Combat COVID Variants?

IU will test up to 50,000 people a week for mitigation testing and does not expect to move online because of variants.

February 4, 2021


An IU Health worker puts a bandaid on the recipient of a covid-19 vaccine.

What Happens After I Get The Vaccine? Experts Say, More Of The Same

In the last year, more than 450,000 Americans have died from the disease and nearly 27 million have contracted it. World-wide, the numbers top 2 million dead and more than 103 million cases.

January 28, 2021


Switchyard Apartments

City Limits: How To Get Rental Assistance

When Jacqueline Vega wrote to City Limits looking for emergency rental assistance, she was in a panic. 

January 21, 2021


This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Amid Spread Of New Virus Variation, Officials Advise Doubling Down On Pandemic Protocols

“I think it’s time to consider using more protective masks. Surgical masks, isolation masks, N-95s and things like that that are more protective. Maybe those are more important than they were before.”

January 14, 2021


United Way in Kokomo

What Could Local Non-Profits Do With A $600 Stimulus Check?

Many Monroe County residents have had to take advantage of non-profit services for the first time during the pandemic, leaving many organizations in need of additional community generosity.

January 7, 2021


Zaira Hernandez

When Can I Get A Vaccine In Indiana? Here's What We Know.

Last month, Indiana began distributing its first doses of COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare workers. The state has focused on vaccinating frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facilities so far.

December 29, 2020


Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are seen at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020.

Why Do The Coronavirus Vaccines Have To Be Kept So Cold?

”Why does this vaccine need such sub-zero storage?" one WFIU News listener asked. "Is there something live in it and it’s being kept frozen to stop replication?"

December 28, 2020


A stock image of ice cubes.

Do Freezing Temperatures Kill The Coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is simply not known whether weather and temperature affect the spread of COVID-19.

December 17, 2020


Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020.

Complete Immunity To COVID-19 Could Take Up To 6 Weeks Post-Vaccination

All the vaccines take two shots. If you were to get one today, you would need another one in three weeks. After the second shot, it will take another 21 to 28 days to be fully protected.

December 10, 2020


testing site signs in Bedford

Experts: COVID-19 Deaths Will Increase Over The Next Several Weeks

A listener suggests while there are more cases, there are relatively fewer deaths – and asks our City Limits Series, “Have doctors found more effective ways of treating patients?”

November 19, 2020


testing for covid

Growing COVID Concerns: 'We Should Have Listened To The Science People'

Curtis Carr is 73 years old. He wrote to City Limits because he says he’s worried about the growing number of COVID cases.

October 22, 2020


Jimmy Davis.

Inmate At Terre Haute Prison Says He Nearly Died From COVID-19

Sharon Harmon, whose brother is incarcerated at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, started showing symptoms of COVID-19 in late August.

October 15, 2020


Outside St. Paul Catholic Center

How Have Religious Services Changed During The Pandemic?

Two questioners in recent weeks asked our City Limits project about how faith communities are adjusting to life during the time of COVID-19.

October 8, 2020


Kirkwood Dining 3

How Does The Kirkwood Ave. Closure Affect Access For Those With Disabilities?

The weekend street closure stretches from Indiana Avenue all the way to Walnut Street and eliminates multiple parallel parking spots outside businesses.


September 24, 2020


Staff At IU's Biddle Hotel Adhering To Strict Guidelines Amid Pandemic

Housekeepers are changing gloves each time they switch to a different room, and there are more items in their hotel carts such as hand sanitizer.

September 17, 2020


Quarantined Greek Student: The University Hasn't Kept Its Promise To Keep Us Safe

Members of the university's Restart Committee say there's no safe way for students to live in Greek houses during the pandemic.

September 10, 2020


Do People Have To Wear Masks While Exercising On The B-Line Trail?

We had more than one question to our City Limits: Coronavirus project about what the rules are on the B-Line Trail in light of tightened rules during the pandemic.

September 3, 2020


Singing And The Increased Risk Of Coronavirus

Researchers say singing in a room for an extended period of time, in close contact with lots of people and no ventilation is "a recipe for disaster."

August 27, 2020


IU Students Arrive To A Campus Transformed By Coronavirus Restrictions

Classes at Indiana University began Monday, as thousands of students arrived to a college experience transformed by procedures and regulations intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.

August 20, 2020


Why Doesn't Indiana Punish Violators Of Its Coronavirus Mask Mandate?

Indiana is one of many states that has a mandatory mask order in place, but legal experts disagree on whether or not the governor has the authority to enforce it with criminal penalties.

July 30, 2020


Woman Still Fighting For $1600 Hotel Refund After IU Spring Graduation Canceled

When the Coronavirus forced the cancellation of Indiana University’s spring graduation, it also canceled plans for families who planned on visiting Bloomington that weekend.

July 16, 2020


Monroe County Jail Receiving Equipment To Deter The Spread Of COVID-19

The Monroe County Jail has new equipment on the way which may help in deterring the spread of COVID-19.

July 9, 2020


Monroe County Mulling Mask Ordinance

Several jurisdictions around the state have mandated residents wear masks.

July 3, 2020


Do You Need To Get Tested Immediately After Being In Contact With Someone Who Has COVID-19?

The virus can be transmitted before the carrier exhibits symptoms, so even if you feel fine you should stay home for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms.

July 2, 2020


Monroe's OptumServe Testing Site Open, Using Non-Intrusive Test

At this location, you will not be undergoing the nasopharyngeal test, which one of our readers referred to as “disturbingly intrusive” and another called “the reviled nasal swab.”

July 1, 2020


Traveling? If You Visit A COVID Hotspot Do You Have To Self-Quarantine?

Monroe County's Health Department Administrator says anytime people are traveling they need to be aware of where they are and what is going on in that community.

June 29, 2020


Why Not Close A Portion Fourth Street For Outdoor Seating?

The area is home to many international restaurants and is informally called Restaurant Row by locals.

June 26, 2020


Can I Still Get Assistance With My Utility Bills?

Listeners continue to ask City Limits: Coronavirus whether they can get help with utility bills and shutoffs. Here’s the latest.

June 24, 2020


Driving Uber Or Lyft During COVID? Here Are Some Tips

From the beginning of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order in March, transportation has been considered an essential business

June 23, 2020


How Many Monroe County Residents Have Died From COVID-19?

Statistics gathered from county health departments by the Indiana State Department of Health say as of Monday, 26 deaths were attributed to the virus in Monroe County.

June 22, 2020


Recess, Gym Class And Coronavirus: How Will Recreation At Schools Be Different This Fall?

School officials are committed to working with their local health departments and school boards to create a safe and healthy learning environment.

June 19, 2020


When Is The Indiana BMV Going To Open Back Up?

There’s good news for people trying to renew a license — BMV offices are reopening. But for those requiring a driving test to get their first one, more delays are ahead.

June 18, 2020


After Months Of Lockdown, Indiana Long-Term Care Facilities Starting To Allow Some Visitors

As the state slowly opened in stages the last several weeks, nothing changed for nursing homes and similar facilities – until last week.

June 17, 2020


How Are IU Researchers Helping With COVID?

A listener wanted to know what role IU researchers were playing during the coronavirus pandemic.

June 16, 2020


How To Overcome The Challenges Of Children Wearing Face Masks

Medical experts say if you are using a cloth mask or face covering while out in public, you should be washing them between each use.

June 15, 2020


How Does COVID-19 Spread To Nursing Homes During Lock Down?

Since early March, long term care facilities have barred visitors from coming in to prevent spread of COVID-19 to residents. A City Limits reader wanted to know how COVID-19 can spread so quickly in nursing homes when many of the residents don’t get out much. 

June 12, 2020


Will University RAs Be Expected To Conduct Contact Tracing?

This fall, all rooms in IU’s residence halls will be single occupancy, but with a rigorous exemption process available for students who may wish to choose their own roommate.

June 10, 2020


Joint Information Center Says All 500 Contact Tracing Positions Filled

Since the state took over COVID-19 contact tracing for county health departments last month, multiple questions have been sent into our City Limits: Coronavirus series asking how to get recruited or help with the effort.

June 9, 2020


Can I Opt Out Of Receiving Junk Mail If I'm Worried About COVID-19?

If that daily trek to the mailbox is continuing to make you anxious maybe you should consider taking action that might reduce the number of trips you make.

June 8, 2020


Higher Cases, Deaths Will Be Seen In Hospital Beds, Ventilators

Monroe County Health Department educator Kathy Hewitt expects to see increases in cases because there will continue to be an increase in testing.

May 28, 2020


Freedom, Safety & Home Improvement Stores: Bloomington Customers Grapple With Mask Policies

As summer nears and the COVID-19 case numbers in Indiana continue to rise, the idea of a packed home improvement store poses new and somewhat unknown health risks.