With states such as Indiana and Michigan adding “stay-at-home” orders on Monday, millions of Americans are significantly restricting their lifestyles to slow the coronavirus. Nationwide, there are over 40,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including the head of a large Indiana hospital chain, and the spread doesn’t appear to be slowing. Experts caution that the current spread has not yet been impacted by social distancing and quarantining measures — they hope to see new cases drop next week.
More from the Midwest:
- Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a “stay-at-home” order — this was after similar measures were taken by Illinois and Ohio.
- The president of Community Health Network, a large hospital chain in Indiana that saw the state’s first confirmed case, is sick with the virus. Bryan Mills is still leading Community’s response to the coronavirus, and participates in meetings remotely.
- Indianapolis health care workers can get a drive-by test for free from Eli Lilly.
- WILL’s statewide talk show The 21st asked local organizations for ways to help during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Ohio reported its first coronavirus death.
- The state is currently under a stay-at-home order.
- Gov. Andy Beshear established a fund for residents that lost income because of the outbreak.
- State officials launched a short-term relief program for small businesses.
- The health department has told first-responders to keep working even if they test positive for the virus, as long as they are asymptomatic.
- There are over 180 confirmed cases of the virus statewide.
As the case count continues to rise, information on this story is moving quickly and may be out-of-date. We recommend checking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for ways to stay safe and this John Hopkins tool for the most recent data.
This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health.