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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 250 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.

Sincerely, 
Bob Zaltsberg

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July 30, 2020

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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

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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

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Monroe County Mulling Mask Ordinance

Several jurisdictions around the state have mandated residents wear masks.

July 3, 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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June 12, 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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.

June 5, 2020

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Did IU, City, County Work Together On COVID Plans?

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton acknowledges that it may be difficult to get IU students to follow the same rules in the Bloomington community that they will be required to follow on campus.

June 4, 2020

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Legislature Considering Alternatives To Meeting At Capitol

The way people work is changing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that includes state lawmakers.

June 3, 2020

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Can You Still Be Wed During A Pandemic?

If you’re planning to be betrothed this summer and your guest list is large, delaying it to match the size of your guest list may be the best idea.

June 2, 2020

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How Are Furniture Stores Promoting Tourism?

The criteria for receiving funds is reserved for restaurants and businesses that promote tourism, but what types of businesses does that include?

June 1, 2020

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Bloomington Trash Collection Up More Than 80 Tons During Pandemic

With drastic changes to many people’s lifestyle, a couple of residents have asked our City Limits series if people spending time at home are generating more trash.

May 29, 2020

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Here's How To Check If You're Eligible For Unemployment Benefits

Applying for unemployment benefits can be stressful. Our City Limits: Coronavirus project has received many questions about unemployment issues and we have some information we hope will help.

May 28, 2020

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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. 

May 26, 2020

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Could Indiana Shut Down Again If COVID-19 Cases Spike?

As part of our City Limits: Coronavirus project, a listener asked what will happen if COVID-19 “spikes while we’re opening up. Will we go back to lockdown like in the beginning?”

May 25, 2020

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Can Businesses Require Their Customers To Wear Masks And Gloves?

A handful of states require residents to wear face coverings when going out in public. Indiana is not one of those states.

May 22, 2020

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How Are Outdoor Summer Activities Different Now Because Of COVID-19?

Holcomb’s executive order notes that boating is only allowed with social distancing measures in place; but Stage 3 guidelines allow for social gatherings of up to 100 people.

May 21, 2020

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How Did Monroe County Deal With The Spanish Flu Pandemic Of 1918?

Perry Township Trustee Dan Combs has compiled an extensive dataset of Monroe County deaths caused by the Spanish Flu.

May 20, 2020

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Can My Property Management Company Show My Home During The Pandemic?

Our City Limits series received multiple questions about rental companies and landlords sending maintenance employees for inspections and whether renters have to let them in.

May 19, 2020

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Bloomington OptumServe Location On Track To Start Testing Appointments This Week

The exact location of the site in downtown Bloomington has not been made known because it won’t be taking walk-in patients. You must schedule an appointment, and at that time, you will be told where to go for your test.

May 18, 2020

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Self-Employed And Out Of Work? You Can Get Unemployment Money, Too

Those who have already filed for pandemic unemployment assistance and have been denied will get an email with additional instructions from the department, if they haven't already.

May 15, 2020

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Do Freezing Temperatures Kill The Coronavirus?

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

May 14, 2020

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Indiana Is Paying $40 Million For COVID-19 Contract Tracing. Here's How It Works

This week, the state launched its contact tracing call center, taking over the task for 21 local health departments across Indiana, including here in Monroe County. 

May 13, 2020

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Co-Parenting During A Pandemic: Balancing Quarantine And Custody Agreements

For divorced parents, sharing custody of children can be trying. But shared custody during a pandemic presents a new set of challenges.

May 12, 2020

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If I Didn't File Taxes Am I Eligible For A Stimulus Check?

A questioner to City Limits who didn’t have to file a tax return wondered how they would get a stimulus payment.

May 11, 2020

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PPE Available Free For Small Businesses

The PPE Marketplace, which is initially free of charge, will consist of bundles of PPE, based on the size of your business.

May 8, 2020

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Here's Where To Find COVID-19 Data

State and local leaders and health officials are monitoring various data sets surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.