Indiana coronavirus: Gov. Holcomb, health officials provide updates on COVID-19

IndyStar staff

Published 4:33 PM EDT Apr 9, 2020

The number of Hoosiers filing for unemployment continues to rise.

According to U.S. Department of Labor numbers, 133,639 Indiana residents filed initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending April 4. The state numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

Nationally, 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. The initial number reported last week — a record-breaking 6.6 million — was revised upward to 6.86 million for a new all-time high.

The four-week moving average was 4,265,500, an increase of 1,598,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 54,750 from 2,612,000 to 2,666,750. 

The national seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 5.1 percent for the week ending March 28.

Governor addresses continued importance of social distancing in daily news conference

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials updated the public on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic during a news conference Thursday afternoon. Among the topics discussed: Social distancing protocol for Easter services and celebrations on Sunday, an update on coronavirus data in the state and unemployment numbers for Indiana.

Read our full takeaways here.

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Health officials report 42 more deaths

Indiana reported this morning that 245 residents have now died from the coronavirus, including more than 20 additional deaths in Marion County.

Indiana has 6,351 positive cases. Marion County has 2,415, including 81 deaths. In Hamilton County, which has Central Indiana’s second most cases at 395, one more death was reported, bringing the total to 16.

More than 32,000 tests have been conducted statewide.

This story will be updated throughout the day. See newest updates at the top.

More headlines from across Indiana:

  • Study: Domestic violence worsens amid coronavirus: Domestic violence is one of two categories of crime that appears to be affected by coronavirus policies in Indianapolis. Home burglaries are down.
  • Drop in Indianapolis homicides may be temporary: There have been 45 criminal homicides in Indianapolis as of April 6 — higher than the same time last year.
  • Restaurants want insurers to cover coronavirus losses: Business interruption insurance replaces income lost when a business must close. But insurers say policies don’t cover coronavirus-related closures.
  • Coronavirus prompts closure of state park trails: Indiana campgrounds and trails are closing to prevent spread of the coronavirus. Some in Brown County think restrictions aren’t enough.
  • How churches are adapting for Easter services: Pastors and priests are trying new technology and approaches to worship on Easter Sunday with parishioners.
  • These TV news anchors are reporting from home: Some anchors and reporters in Indianapolis are broadcasting from home — or “homecasting,” as it’s become known.
  • How a veterinarian is responding to coronavirus: Indy Paws Veterinary Hospital is taking precautions to protect furry friends and their families from the coronavirus pandemic.

Headlines from across the country:

  • Almost all of federal protective equipment stockpile depleted: Only 11.7 million N95 respirator masks and 7,920 ventilators have been distributed — both small fractions of the estimated amount needed.
  • Most COVID-19 patients on ventilators will not survive: Despite the rush to secure more ventilators amid the coronavirus crisis, the fact is that they won’t fix the problem. But they do buy patients time.
  • Navy secretary’s trip to stricken ship cost $243,000 and his job: Acting Navy chief Thomas Modly’s Guam trip to see sailors on the stricken USS Roosevelt cost $243,000. His profanity-laced speech to the sailors, during which he branded the fired captain of the ship as “naive” and “stupid” for seeking aid, prompted Modly to offer his resignation Tuesday.
  • Americans ‘craving comfort food’ during crisis: Americans are indulging in comfort food as the coronavirus keeps them cooped up, eating sugary cereal, junk food and other maybe-not-so-healthy items.

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