It has been seven years since the central air conditioning system worked at the New York City middle school where Lisa Fitzgerald O’Connor teaches. As a new school year approaches amid the coronavirus pandemic, she and her colleagues are threatening not to return unless it's repaired.
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Helena Miller listened to teachers, terrified to reenter classrooms, and parents, exhausted from trying to make virtual learning work at home. She heard from school officials who spent hundreds of hours on thousands of details — buses, classrooms, football, arts, speci…
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans counting on emergency coronavirus aid from Washington may have to wait until fall.
WASHINGTON — The nation's leading business group on Wednesday raised serious concerns about President Donald Trump's move to defer Social Security payroll taxes for American workers, warning that the plan for a shot of economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic could prove unworkable.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s public schools would be assured of full state funding for the rest of this year under a plan announced by the governor Wednesday to sidestep a warning from a top fellow Republican that schools could face a 15% cut if they didn’t hold in-person classes.
Fifteen COVID-19-related deaths were reported Wednesday afternoon on the Indiana State Department of Health’s website. One of those deaths was in Elkhart County.
With a coronavirus vaccine still months off, companies are rushing to test what may be the next best thing: drugs that deliver antibodies to fight the virus right away, without having to train the immune system to make them.
WASHINGTON — Hopes that talks on a huge COVID-19 relief deal would generate an agreement soon are fizzling, with both the Trump administration negotiating team and top congressional Democrats adopting hard lines and testy attitudes.
Elkhart and St. Joseph counties each reported a COVID-19-related death since noon Sunday, accounting for two of the three deaths in Indiana in Monday’s update by the Indiana State Department of Health.
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers advertised more jobs in June compared with the previous month, but overall hiring fell, painting a mixed picture of the job market.
For the fourth day in a row, Indiana health officials reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in the state.
ELKHART — A surprise announcement by several Elkhart County schools superintendents Thursday night that, on the recommendation of Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Lydia Mertz, in-person school would not take place until Sept. 28 for all Elkhart County schools set off a parent and educator m…
An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her second child, is struggling to afford diapers and formula.
Teacher Kelly Rumfelt was working in her classroom Thursday when she learned that all Elkhart County schools will begin the school year with online learning for all students.
GOSHEN — With Goshen Community Schools set to kick off the new school year on Monday, GCS leadership held two back-to-school town hall sessions Wednesday at Goshen High School to address any lingering questions parents had about their students’ return to school.
CHICAGO — Chicago’s mayor on Wednesday announced that the nation’s third-largest school district will not welcome students back to the classroom to start the school year, and will instead rely on remote instruction.
GOSHEN — Details from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s research on COVID-19 rates in Elkhart County could be available within approximately two weeks.
INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, the Indiana State Department of Health and other state leaders will host a virtual media briefing to provide updates on COVID-19 and its impact on Indiana.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stark evidence of the damage the resurgent viral outbreak has caused the U.S. economy could come Friday when the government is expected to report that the pace of hiring has slowed significantly after a brief rebound in the spring.
U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test and days or weeks to find out the results.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge — getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place.
WASHINGTON — In the early days of the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump was flanked in the White House briefing room by a team of public health experts in a seeming portrait of unity to confront the disease that was ravaging the globe.
RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas — When labor pains signaled that Clarissa Muñoz was at last going to be a mom, she jumped in a car and headed two hours down the Texas border into one of the nation's most dire coronavirus hot spots.
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MIAMI (AP) — On the 4-acre farm at the edge of the Everglades where Timea Hunter runs a horse academy, she has hosted plenty of parties, picnics and workshops. So with her children's school building closed, she figured why not use it also a classroom?
Nearly two dozen Indiana skilled nursing facilities will receive COVID-19 testing devices in the upcoming days as part of the latest allocation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of the 22 sites, the highest concentration of devices appears to be northern Indiana, with four devices earmarked for Elkhart County facilities.
GOSHEN — New positive cases of COVID-19 dwindled to 15 in Elkhart County Monday, according to data from the Indiana State Department of Health.
Over the last several months as the COVID-19 virus has spread, many people have experienced fear, stress and worry.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cameron Settles was swabbed for COVID-19 in mid-June at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and it took him eight days to get the results.
GOSHEN — Local school leaders seem to have done their homework and studied hard on creating plans to reopen for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, from the Elkhart County Health Department’s perspective. Though some private schools have not sent plans into the department.
Five local residents were listed among the 13 deaths reported by the Indiana State Department of Health during Thursday afternoon’s website update.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will keep its current coronavirus restrictions in place for at least most of August, with Gov. Eric Holcomb choosing Wednesday to encourage compliance with safety measures amid continued concerns about recent growth in the state’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
GOSHEN — While the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Elkhart County were down Tuesday as compared to a week ago, a local health official is not convinced the situation is improving in the county.
INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, the Indiana State Department of Health and other state leaders will host a virtual media briefing to provide updates on COVID-19 and its impact on Indiana at 2:30 this afternoon.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — One hundred and 14 days. That’s how long Mary Daniel went without seeing her husband after the coronavirus banned visitors from his nursing home, separating the couple for the first time since he was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's seven years ago.
A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The baseball season descended deeper into crisis Tuesday, states like Mississippi and South Carolina cast about for more hospital beds, and governors in some of the hardest-hit places staunchly resisted calls to require masks, despite confirmed cases of the coronavirus …
Restaurants, bars and other merchants struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic are desperately reaching out for a lifeline from insurers that in turn contend they are being miscast as potential saviors.
WASHINGTON — Unemployment assistance, eviction protections and other relief for millions of Americans are at stake as White House officials launch negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a new coronavirus aid package that's teetering in Congress ahead of looming deadlines.
GOSHEN — Goshen school board members approved their back-to-school plan Monday evening.
Update: The online version of this story was edited to include details from guidelines laid out in the Stage 4.5 document as part of Indiana’s Back on Track plan. Also, clarifications were added to include a quote from Chris May, who said he was misquoted and to also show the death rate perc…
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GOSHEN [mdash] Dean A. Baker, 102, Goshen, formerly of Elkhart, died Thursday, Aug. 13, at Courtyard Healthcare Center in Goshen. Arrangements are pending with Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home.
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