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Get the latest on the global Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic as it impacts Northwest Indiana, the state, country, and globe. Bookmark this page as there will be several updates each day from Lakeshore Public Radio, IPB News, NPR, and the Associated Press.

Coronavirus: First Case Of Children’s Inflammatory Syndrome, How Service Providers Adapt

Lauren Chapman
IPB News

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 14 additional confirmed deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 1,621. The state announced more than 28,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 184,000 Hoosiers tested.

Indiana Has First Case Of Children's Inflammatory Syndrome Linked To COVID-19

Indiana has its first confirmed case of a new condition known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says the syndrome is linked to COVID-19.

“Patients under the age of 21 present with fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation and evidence of clinically severe illness involving multiple organ systems that requires hospitalizations,” Box says.

Monroe County OptumServe COVID-19 Testing Site Delayed Until Next Week

The new OptumServe COVID-19 testing site scheduled to open in Bloomington this week will be pushed back until late next week.

“We did expect it to be up and running by now, however we ran into some challenges,” Monroe County Health Administrator Penny Caudill says.

Caudill says the site ran into some issues that prevented them from having a completely safe and smooth-running operation.

The state isscheduling appointments through its website for those who want to be tested.

Recovered COVID-19 Patients Donate Plasma

Patients who have fully recovered from COVID-19 may be able to help other people currently fighting it by donating their plasma.

Community Health Network Dr. Christian Ross says it’s believed the plasma from a past infected person contains COVID-19 antibodies.

"And that plasma with those antibodies given to coronavirus patients actually knocks out most of the virus in the patient’s body," Ross says.

Blood donations are also needed. Ross says there is a critical level of all blood types across the state.

All IN: How Service Providers Are Adapting

For groups that fight poverty and serve those with mental health issues, work didn’t stop when the pandemic hit. But it did get more complicated. All IN talks with service providers about how they’ve dealt with the pandemic and all its consequences.

They also talk with leaders from local groups, including one that supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, about the challenges they’ve faced and what support has been available to them.

Indiana ASL Interpreter Busy During Pandemic

In nearly every state and in some municipalities, interpreters are getting lots of air time during the COVID-19 pandemic, interpreting information from medical professionals and political leaders to the public.

Featured in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s daily press conferences is a sign language interpreter on the upper right hand side of the screen.

“I’ve done the State of the State address, legislative hearings and things like that, but also, but also state agencies that have to have a staff meeting,” says Andy Rork, an American Sign Language interpreter.

Rork has interpreted vital information from the governor and his cabinet for those withhearing impairments from every news conference since the pandemic began in March.

New Program To Cover Marion County Business PPE Costs

New details have been released about a program to help Indianapolis businesses pay for personal protective equipment, PPE.

The RESTART grants provide up to $5 million in reimbursements for private Marion County businesses with 150 employees or less. 

Qualifying businesses may receive grants of up to $5,000 to buy equipment -- including masks, gloves, disinfection services, and improvements to ensure customer and employee safety.

Purdue Cancels Some July On-Campus Programming, Releases Fall Semester Calendar

Purdue University Friday released the fall semester calendar for the upcoming school year — with classes kicking off on Aug. 24 — and officially canceled July on-campus events such as conferences and camps. 

The school also moved coursework for that month online, including for the Summer College for High School Students program, but the school’s Summer Start and Early Start programs will proceed in person under health guidelines from the Safe Campus Task Force

In a statement, Purdue Provost Jay Akridge also said “some on-campus student activities and programs will restart in July, and additional information on these will be shared when available.” Those activities and programs were not specified. “Small-scale experiential learning,” already permitted by Purdue with specific approval, can continue.

Contact Lauren at lchapman@wfyi.org or follow her on Twitter at @laurenechapman_.

This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Indiana State Department of Health for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.

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