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Coronavirus

Indiana tracks coronavirus cases weeks before 1st confirmed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s first coronavirus infections occurred at least a couple weeks before the first illness for a resident was confirmed in early March, the state health commissioner said Wednesday. That would indicate the virus could have been spreading around Indiana for perhaps ...

Indiana meat plant closing after workers contract virus

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. announced Wednesday that it will temporarily close its meatpacking plant in north-central Indiana after 146 employees tested positive for cornavirus. The Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Logansport produced 3 million pounds of pork daily. Tyson suspended ...

Boys & Girls Clubs to distribute health-care packets

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne has formed the Healthy Habits Care Packets program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs, Fort Wayne UNITED and Save A Lot stores, will distribute 1,000 care packets with health care ...

Indiana tops 700 virus deaths, 500,000 job losses

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s coronavirus death toll has topped 700 people in about five weeks with 45 additional fatalities announced Thursday by state health officials. More than half of the newly recorded COVID-19 deaths occurred Tuesday or Wednesday, but they dated as far back as April ...

Latest COVID-19 death is county’s 32nd, with 350 total cases

Another Allen County resident has died from COVID-19 and 11 have tested positive, bringing the total to 350 cases and 32 deaths as of Wednesday. Updates to positive cases and deaths in Allen County are found at the top of the department’s COVID-19 webpage at ...

Hurshtown Reservoir opening delayed to May 22

The 2020 season opening of Hurshtown Reservoir has been delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak response, according to the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Hurshtown is now scheduled to open on May 22. For complete information about cancelled/postponed events and activities, go ...

Indiana officials won’t detail nursing home virus outbreaks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials refused Tuesday to identify nursing homes around the state where coronavirus outbreaks have occurred, even as they disclosed that at least 43 more deaths linked to those facilities have happened in the past week. The 162 deaths from 74 facilities that ...

Indiana coronavirus deaths top 660 in just over 5 weeks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s coronavirus death toll has grown by 31 as state health officials said Wednesday that the statewide total has reached 661 in just over five weeks. Most of the newly recorded COVID-19 deaths occurred between Friday and Tuesday, but they dated as far back as ...

Election Board member: For safety, send mail-in applications to all voters

When the Allen County Election Board will meet Tuesday to discuss how best to conduct the June 2 primary in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, its Democratic member will have a suggestion. Tim Pape, an attorney and former Fort Wayne City Council member, plans to propose a resolution that, if ...

Four more county COVID-19 deaths; total cases now at 339

Another four Allen County residents have died from COVID-19 and 12 have tested positive, bringing the total to 339 cases and 31 deaths as of Monday. department’s COVID-19 webpage at www.allencountyhealth.com/covid-19 and will be time-stamped to keep the public informed with the latest local ...

Four more county COVID-19 deaths; total cases now at 327

Another four Allen County residents have died from COVID-19 and 13 have tested positive, bringing the total to 327 cases and 27 deaths Monday. Updates to positive cases and deaths in Allen County are found at the top of the department’s COVID-19 webpage at www.allencountyhealth.com/covid-19 ...

Indiana sees 7 more coronavirus deaths, 505 additional cases

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tests have confirmed that another 505 Indiana residents are infected with the coronavirus, bringing the state’s total number of cases to nearly 11,700, state health officials said Monday. Seven new COVID-19 deaths occurred between Wednesday and Sunday, boosting the ...

Jorgensen Foundation grants $10,000 to YMCA for food relief

The Ove E. Jorgensen Foundation has granted $10,000 to the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne to help continue to help feed those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. “The government-ordered closures due to the pandemic have created many urgent needs for people in our area. Caring for our neighbors ...

Holcomb revises stay-at-home order; some restrictions clarified

Gov. Eric Holcomb Minday issued a revised stay at home order that lasts through May 1 and is designed to limit interactions among Hoosiers to increase containment of COVID-19. But while the order chiefly continues as is, Holcomb's new order brings clarity to some essential businesses: ...

Two more COVID-19 deaths bring county total to 23, with 314 cases

Another two Allen County residents have died from COVID-19 and 19 have tested positive, bringing the total to 314 cases and 23 deaths. Updates to positive cases and deaths in Allen County are found at the top of the department’s COVID-19 webpage at www.allencountyhealth.com/covid-19 and will ...

NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: The right plan to get Indiana back on track

The announcement at the end of last week that President Trump has given the country’s governors a three-phase plan to reopen the economy is a good, while cautious, first step in U.S. recovery from the COVID-19 coronavirus. And that could mean, as Gov. Eric Holcomb predicted, that the ...