INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR/TEGNA/AP) — Monday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. provides update on reopening
Governor Eric Holcomb and state leaders provided an update on the response to COVID-19 and plan to reopen.
State announces first case of inflammatory syndrome in kids
ISDH announced the first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in a child. It has some features similar to those of Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.
The syndrome can lead to multiorgan failure and shock, requiring hospitalization and could lead to death.
The CDC lists symptoms including hypotension, multiorgan (e.g., cardiac, gastrointestinal, renal, hematologic, dermatologic and neurologic) involvement, and elevated inflammatory markers.
Symptoms parents can be on the lookout for include:
- a fever lasting more than 24 hours
- abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
- rash or changes in skin color
- trouble breathing
- your child seems confused or overly sleepy
If your child is displaying those symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
Marion County announces changes to testing sites
The Marion County Public Health department and the City of Indianapolis announced changes to testing sites. There will be two new testing sites opening up to replace existing sites in the county.
The testing site at the Indiana State Fairgrounds will close May 27. Testing at Eastern Star Church’s main campus ended May 15. The health department said it would continue to work with Eastern Star to identify facilities in the 46218 zip code — a hot spot for coronavirus infection — where they could provide testing.
Drive-thru and walk-up testing will be available at Warren Central High School beginning May 20. Testing hours will be 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with the exception of Memorial Day.
The second new testing site will be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Testing at IMS will begin May 26. Hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
In order to be tested at these sites, you must have COVID-19 symptoms, be an essential worker, or fall into a high-risk category.
Register to be tested at MarionHealth.org/indycovid.
ISDH daily update
The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 492 more cases and 14 more deaths from COVID-19. Indiana has now confirmed 28,255 cases and 1,621 deaths across the state.
So far, 183,912 Hoosier have been tested. That’s a positive rate of 15.4 percent of those tested.
Seven Indiana counties have reported more than 1,000 positive cases: Allen, Cass, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Lake, and Marion.
In addition to the reported deaths, ISDH is reporting 144 probable deaths due to the virus, meaning doctors suspect COVID-19 to be the cause, but did not have a positive test on file for the patient.
Moderna Inc. says COVID-19 vaccine results ‘positive’
Moderna Inc., a Cambridge, Massachusetts drug maker saw their stock value rise Monday by 13.795 to 80.485 on Wall Street after they announced Monday morning that phase 1 data on an experimental coronavirus vaccine was “positive.”
The company said that healthy volunteers who were vaccinated in a clinical trial for the experimental vaccine saw a response in their immune systems. The drug maker said the shots were well tolerated and generally safe.
The encouraging results came during very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced.
The vaccine generated antibodies similar to those seen in people who have recovered from COVID-19 in study volunteers who were given either a low or medium dose.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been 1.48 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of midnight ET Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 89,500 deaths and 272,000 people recovered.
Worldwide, there have been 4.71 million confirmed cases with 315,000 deaths and 1.73 million recovered.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
Indianapolis Public Library begins reopening branches Monday
Several Indianapolis Public Library branches, as well as Central Library, will begin providing curbside delivery of books and other materials on Monday, May 18.
All library buildings will remain closed to the public due to coronavirus concerns, but curbside delivery will represent the first phase of resuming in-person library service after Marion County’s stay-at-home order was lifted.
Curbside delivery will be available Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the following locations:
- Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St.
- The East 38th Street Branch, 5420 E. 38th St.
- The Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Ave.
- The Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road
- The Southport Branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road
Library materials can be requested online or over the phone to staff at any of the five designated locations to be picked up at any of those sites. They would then need to contact the selected branch to inform staff of their arrival time. Patrons who arrive on foot or by bicycle will be served as long as safe social distancing practices are observed.
For future hold requests, patrons can adjust their preferred pickup location within the My Account section on the Indianapolis Public Library’s website.
The return of library materials will only happen at outside book drops, which will be open at all locations. All returned items will be quarantined and cleaned in accordance with established health guidelines before being recirculated into the library’s collection.
In addition, all new physical item checkouts will have a 21-day checkout time, and all fines and late fees will continue to be waived until further notice.
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Individuals can continue to take advantage of the many free online offerings, such as eBooks, streaming videos, resources for research and remote learning, video read-alongs, and the “Ask-a-Librarian” reference service.
Residents can also get or renew a library card online at indypl.org.
Florida Keys to reopen June 1
Closed to visitors since March 22, the Florida Keys will reopen to tourists on June 1.
The Monroe County Emergency Management said Sunday that checkpoints that barred visitors from coming into the Florida Keys will be removed next month.
The statement says hotels and other lodging establishments will also be allowed to reopen at 50% occupancy.
Greece opens some travel, Acropolis to tourists
Greek archeological sites including the Acropolis re-opened Monday after two months of lockdown from the coronavirus pandemic.
Tourism is a key income earner for Greece, where there is currently a flight ban for countries such as Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Borders are closed to non-EU residents until the end of May.
Workers wearing face masks and plastic face shields were on site at the Acropolis to inform the few foreign tourists who arrived of the new social distancing regulations, which requires visitors to remain five feet apart.
A sign reminding visitors to keep their distance from others is now placed above the ticket turnstiles.
Greece began a gradual easing of lockdown measures on May 4.
Shopping malls and high schools were also opened Monday, and travel across the mainland and to Crete and nearby islands is now allowed.
Uber requiring photo verification that drivers are wearing masks
Beginning May 18, Uber is requiring that drivers and passengers wear masks to help to lessen the spread of the coronavirus. They’ll also be requiring drivers to take a photo of themselves wearing a mask before they can begin accepting trips for the day.
Riders also will have to wear a mask, but they won’t have to provide proof.
Either the rider or driver can cancel a ride if the other doesn’t wear a mask, and repeat violators can be kicked off the platform.