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Right now on Indiana Newsdesk:

Coronavirus cases in Indiana are soaring and state health officials warn the worst is still to come. The state is preparing for a surge in patients by allowing unlicensed health care workers to practice.

Indiana’s rural counties have very limited resources to respond to the coronavirus. At least 16 counties don’t have a hospital or ICU beds.

And the coronavirus is disrupting the justice system. Ahead – the juggling act to preserve people’s rights while protecting public health and maintaining order. 

Those stories plus the latest news headlines from across the state right now on Indiana Newsdesk!

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Coronavirus cases in Indiana are soaring and state health officials warn the worst is still to come. How Indiana’s rural counties are responding to the coronavirus. And how the coronavirus is disrupting the justice system.

April 3, 2020

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Coronavirus Causing Courts To Suspend Jury Trials

Under the “Speedy Trial Act” federal law allows the court system to suspend jury trials if public supersedes the defendant’s right to a speedy trial.

April 3, 2020

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Rural Hospitals Face Additional Challenges In Fight Against Coronavirus

"I think the challenges are that our resources don’t run very deep," Brenda Reetz says. Reetz is the CEO at the Greene County General Hospital--a critical acceess facility that is the only hospital in the county.

April 2, 2020

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K-12 School Buildings Closed For Academic Year, Graduation Requirements Adjusted

The state Department of Education ordered schools Thursday to develop plans to prepare for the long-term fallout from the decision.

April 2, 2020

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Local Labs Using 3D Printers To Help Alleviate Medical Device Shortages

Many 3D printing labs and private owners of 3D printers in Bloomington are trying to help fill shortages of medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 27, 2020

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As deaths from COVID-19 hit double digits, Hoosiers are staying in to try to slow the spread of the virus. Learn how to ask for extended prescriptions. And meet a group of quilters making protective face masks for healthcare workers.

March 27, 2020

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Bloomington Homeless Advocates Set To Open COVID-19 Isolation Shelter

The owner of a Bloomington gymnastics club housed in the same building as a future isolation shelter for homeless COVID-19 patients is concerned about how the shelter might affect her club's ability to reopen.

March 27, 2020

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Indy Mini Marathon, Other Indy 500 Festival Events Canceled

The One America Indy Mini Marathon and 5K, scheduled for May 2, won't go on as planned due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

March 27, 2020

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Local Volunteers Are Answering The Call For Masks. Here's How You Can Help, Too

Hospitals and medical facilities throughout the country are turning to the public for help, saying do-it-yourself face masks are better than nothing, and Bloomington volunteers are stepping up.

March 26, 2020

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Cook Medical & IU Health Testing Viability Of Re-Sterilizing Medical Masks

As COVID-19 spreads and hospitals around the world request more life-saving equipment, medical device companies such as Bloomington-based Cook Medical are hurrying to meet demand.

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March 25, 2020

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How To Extend Your Prescriptions As You Shelter In Place

Health officials are encouraging Americans to get extended supplies of their prescription medications. But with Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement on Monday for Hoosiers to shelter in place, how are they supposed to get them?

March 20, 2020

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The virus has, in large part, shut down communities across the state, immediately causing the economy to start contracting. Plus an explanation of the latest restrictions and what local officials are doing to avoid a healthcare crisis.

March 20, 2020

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IU Health Bloomington Hospital Ups Negative Pressure Rooms 300 Percent

IU Health Bloomington Hospital officials say they’re enacting plans to deal with an influx of patients as the confirmed number of coronavirus cases rises.

March 20, 2020

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Difficult Choices For Students As IU Closes Dorms, Ends In-Person Classes

As the deadly coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, universities are making hard decisions that impact the lives of thousands of students.

March 20, 2020

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Bloomington Bars And Restaurants Respond To Coronavirus Shutdown

Nick’s English Hut, a downtown Bloomington staple, closed it doors indefinitely Monday.

March 19, 2020

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High Demand And Extra Precautions Put Added Stress On Food Pantries

In response to the spread of the coronavirus, bars and restaurants are limited to carry-out service only. But this leaves nonprofit food providers such as Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard unsure of their next steps.

March 18, 2020

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Bloomington's Mayor: Coronavirus Testing Has Been 'Huge Failure'

More from Bloomington's John Hamilton on coronavirus city response, medical contingencies, small business worries, state and federal assistance, and more.

March 18, 2020

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Indianapolis Coffee Shop Owner To Pay Employees During Shut Down

Governor Eric Holcomb ordered every bar and restaurant in the state to close until at least the end of March in an effort to slow the transmission of the corona virus.

March 17, 2020

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Local Distillery Making Hand Sanitizer Amid National Shortage

Cardinal Spirits on the city’s southwest side is making hand sanitizer for people free of charge.

March 16, 2020

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Free Coronavirus Screening Available With IU Health App

Think you might have the new coronavirus? IU Health's new app might help you get screened.

March 13, 2020

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Coronavirus COVID-19 Special

It’s been a week since the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Indiana. What’s the state’s capacity to respond to the outbreak? We’re devoting the program to covering the pandemic. Coming up, more on the symptoms, testing, and cure rates.

March 13, 2020

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'Somebody Dropped The Ball': Hoosiers Frustrated With Coronavirus Testing Waiting Game

Indianapolis resident Amy Metheny is a former Indiana University basketball player who loves the Hoosiers. She’s also a physician.

March 12, 2020

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Amid Growing COVID-19 Fears, Rural School Districts Faced With Difficult Decision

While many school districts have the ability to hold classes remotely, not all do. Among those searching for a potential solution is Monroe-Gregg School District in Monrovia.

March 12, 2020

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Local Health Departments' Coronavirus Plans Differ From County To County

Local health departments are taking dramatically different approaches in preparing for a coronavirus outbreak. 

March 11, 2020

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Coronavirus Featured Friday: 'Noon Edition' And ‘Indiana Newsdesk’

It’s been a week since the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Indiana. What’s the state’s capacity to respond to the outbreak? We’re devoting the program to covering the pandemic. Coming up, more on the symptoms, testing, and cure rates.

March 11, 2020

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Financial Consultant Says Coronavirus-Induced Market Panic Will Wane

“Don’t panic based on short-term market events. This is what markets do. This is not unusual. This is how they operate. It’s always a good time to reevaluate whether your plan still makes sense to you."

March 9, 2020

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Bloomington Hardware Seeing Mass Purchases Of Dust Masks, Respirators

Even with trucks delivering the products three times a week, dust masks as well as N-95 and N-100 respirator masks typically sell out before they hit the shelves at Bloomington Hardware.

March 9, 2020

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Total of Four Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Avon Schools To Close

Avon Community School Corp. schools are closing for two weeks after two students tested positive for COVID-19.

March 6, 2020

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Statehouse Update, Buttigieg Out

The legislative session is winding down and we have team coverage. What’s next for former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg? We ask your questions about the coronavirus. And local artist Adam Long is making his mark in Bloomington.

March 6, 2020

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Increased Obesity Rates In Rural Indiana Communities Tied To Numerous Factors

Access to healthier food, healthcare, and travel times all contribute to rural obesity: “These will always be challenges."

March 6, 2020

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Despite Suspending His Presidential Run, Experts Say Buttigieg’s Political Future Is Bright

Political experts, friends and allies of the former South Bend mayor praised his campaign.

March 6, 2020

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Here's What Lawmakers Are Doing About The Multi-Million Dollar Virtual School Scandal

An official report reveals just how much two virtual charter schools falsified student enrollment data to receive millions in state funding. Now lawmakers are responding.

March 5, 2020

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How Prepared Is Bloomington For COVID-19? An IU Official Answers Your Questions

What can you do to keep from getting sick? How long is the virus' incubation period? We asked IU's Director of Public Health to answer your inquiries about the new coronavirus in Indiana.

March 2, 2020

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House Passes Amendment To Answer What Happens If Curtis Hill's License Is Suspended

The amendment alters the qualifications and says if the officeholder’s license is suspended for 30 or more days, they forfeit their position, with a replacement named by the governor.

March 2, 2020

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Task Force To Examine Future Of Deaf & Blind Schools

Even after the legislature adjourns, a special task force will continue to examine the future of the Indiana School for the Deaf and the Indiana School for the Blind.

February 28, 2020

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Watch 'Indiana Newsdesk:' Market Rules, Coal Industry

Bloomington’s Farmers’ Market has new rules of behavior. Why activists say the rules favor Schooner Creek Farm. We look at communities whose livelihoods rely on coal. And a legal perspective on 2nd Amendment sanctuaries.

February 28, 2020

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'This Is My Home' Miners Hold On As Communities Grapple With Changing Energy Economics

As the economics of energy changes, many small, rural communities are set to suffer as energy providers work to modernize their energy portfolios away from coal. Legislators are hoping to interfere, but that will come at a cost.

February 27, 2020

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Brown Co. Music Center And Nashville Squabble Over Unpaid Water Bill

The Brown County Music Center’s Board of Directors and the Nashville Town Council are trying to negotiate an unpaid water and sewer charge.

February 27, 2020

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Faulty Collars Blamed For Deer Deaths In Bloomington

A DNR-funded study that was supposed to track urban deer roaming around Bloomington is drawing attention for other reasons.

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