Indiana Coronavirus Cases
As of May 29, Indiana reported 34,211 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Of these, 1,958 have resulted in death. Marion County has the majority of cases with 9,761 reported. Lake County was second with 3,573.
Source: State of Indiana
The Impact of Coronavirus on Indiana Summer Vacation
Summer in Indiana is a time to get out and go.
But even under the best circumstances, the staples of a typical Hoosier summer — county fairs and local festivals, vacation getaways, campgrounds and water parks — will likely all be affected in some way by COVID-19.
Meanwhile, many events that draw thousands of visitors to Indiana and pump millions of dollars into the state economy are being postponed, rescheduled or reimagined. The venerable Indianapolis 500, synonymous with the month of May, has been moved to late August. And Gen Con 2020, the annual celebration of gaming that is one of the city's largest and most visible conventions, recently joined a growing list of events that have been cancelled.
Tourism spending added more than $13.2 billion to the state economy, and supported more than 152,000 jobs in 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, according to the Indiana office of Tourism Development.
Travel experts and event planners say it is too soon — and there are too many variables still in play — to predict how the summer of COVID-19 will play out in Indiana. But it's safe to expect hand sanitizer and washing stations, limited seating and smartphone apps to help you keep your distance.
"I think the challenge is we want to open up because these businesses have to survive," said Jan L. Jones, a professor in the hospitality and travel management program at the University of New Haven. "But in terms of traveling, it's not like something major has changed in the sense that we do still need to keep our social distance."
Jones said she expects to see people minimizing travel, particularly extended trips across states and internationally, until "well into June" — and possibly much longer.
"I think the challenge is we want to open up because these businesses have to survive. But in terms of traveling, it's not like something major has changed in the sense that we do still need to keep our social distance."
Jan L. Jones, a professor in the hospitality and travel management program at the University of New Haven
The Most Susceptible Hold Their Breath as Indiana Reopens
Katelynn Moore 's life was complicated before the coronavirus pandemic began.
She has been diagnosed with IBS, interstitial cystitis, GERD, and gastroparesis, all of which affect the digestive system. She has a fast heartbeat too.
Those conditions weaken her immune system, and that means she is more susceptible than most people to contract the coronavirus.
She takes one pill four times a day; she takes one pill three times a day. Often, she needs three more. Plus a multivitamin, a probiotic and an add-on.
On a good day, while she's awake she consumes 350 calories every two hours. She can't eat anything fried, anything greasy, pungent, salty or acidic. No onion or garlic.
These are the choices many with chronic illnesses have to make on a daily basis.
“Even when businesses were still open, I still didn't want to go,” she said. “There was a lot of anxiety about being around people who were just sick in general.” Like any college student, she has financial concerns to navigate. She works in research labs, but has seen her hours cut to just five per week. Pursuing a job in the fast-food industry isn’t an option. Too many people, too much risk. What about school in the fall? “College students aren't the best when it comes to illnesses,” she said. “I'm almost always getting sick every time I go back each year with something.”
As Indiana slowly starts to open, those, like Moore, at the highest risk for the coronavirus are holding their breath.
As at March 20, the total retail sales in the United States fell by half a percent
Total number of tests, as at April 2, reported to ISDH - 16,285
As at April 7 Continued unemployment claims: 24,634 Percentage change from same week last year: 55.5%
Total test results (Positive + Negative) : 26,191 Number of patients in ICU: 924
For the week ending March 28, new claims have skyrocketed to 139,174 and another 133,639 filed initial claims the next week: almost 5x greater than the filing week of January 10, 2009, when 28,616 new people filed for unemployment
In the first few days of April alone, benefit payments made by the department: 175,195. More than twice the 71,000 payments it made in the entire month of April last year.
As of April 20, The ISDH reported that about 50% of the over 2,800 intensive care unit beds in the state remain vacant, and more than 3/4 of its 3,117 ventilators are used to treat the most critically ill patients with Indiana coronavirus.
As of May 12, there are 325 contact tracers operating in 21 counties in Indiana.
FTC Sends a Letter to an Indiana Marketer to Cease Unauthorized Claims That His Products and Therapies Can Effectively Stop or Treat COVID-19
The Federal Trade Commission has announced that it has sent 45 more letters asking advertisers around the country to put an end to making unsubstantiated claims that COVID-19 can be stopped or cured by their products and treatments.
As part of its ongoing efforts to protect customers from COVID-19 related scams, this is the fourth set of warning letters to sellers of these goods that the FTC has released. The Commission has sent similar letters to almost 100 individuals and businesses in total.
The FTC previously sent Some warning letters were previously sent by the FCT to vendors of herbs, vitamins, teas, colloidal silver, essential oils and other items sold as scientifically proven coronavirus or preventatives.intravenous (IV) "therapies" with high doses of vitamin C, ozone therapy, and supposed stem cell therapy.
The FTC announced that some letters were sent to some companies on May 14. Indiana-based Sheldon Dobbs was one of the individuals that received a letter from the FCT because he promoted the availability of "Photon Genius Machine" treatments and amino acid supplementation, with claims that “There are hundreds of medical studies researching the effects sic of Nitric Oxide (NO), towards stopping the replication of CoronaVirus/SARS.”
Some other claims on his social media include “At our Therapy Rehabilitation clinic, we provide patients with access to the Photon Genius Machine (PGM). This machine stimulates your body’s cells to produce Nitric Oxide, and Killer ‘T’ cells thereby helping your immune system heal your bodies. Nitric Oxide has been shown to be beneficial towards stopping the replication of the Covid-19. This machine helped save my life, and it helped my immune system beat both bacterial and Virul sic infections (gangrene/sepsis).”
As a result, the FCT told Dobbs to stop making such claims because there is no existence of any study supported by efficient and reliable scientific evidence that shows these products being promoted can prevent or cure COVID-19. .
He was also told to send an email to Richard Cleland, Assistant Director, fully describing the specific actions they would have taken to address the agency’s concerns within 48hrs.
The letters note that if the false claims do not stop, the Commission may seek a federal court injunction and an order requiring money to be refunded to consumers.
The Commission also sent letters to many service providers of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) warning them to not assist or encourage the transmission of pre-recorded telemarketing robocalls selling supposed products or services related to coronavirus.