Holcomb State Response Update
Governor Eric Holcomb and heads of state provided an update on the response to COVID-19.
Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has published a resource guide to help Hoosiers work with lenders and homeowners as they face economic hardship.
He reopened Indiana’s hardest hit fund, making up to $ 30 million available for mortgage payment assistance. This can mean up to 6 months of payment assistance.
You can call 877-get-hope or go to 877gethope.org.
Broadband top-level connections
Next Level Connections is investing $ 100 million to connect the Hoosiers. It has already allocated more than $ 28 million to connect some 11,000 households in 18 counties.
Applications for the second round are due by May 26 and some $ 70 million in funding will be available.
Community and Rural Affairs Office
The Office of Community and Rural Affairs launched the “COVID-19 intervention program” on April 1.
It is reallocating $ 4.5 million in block grants for community development to help small rural communities respond to the crisis.
To date, 13 communities have received close to $ 2 million in grants for testing and diagnostic services, delivery of meals and supplies, and to provide capital for small businesses to maintain employment.
- City of Lacrosse
- Cass County
- Tippecanoe County
- City of Bargersville
- City of North Manchester
- Noble County
- Fulton County
- City of Delphi
- City of Knox
- City of Hebron
- Pike County
- City of Greensburg
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Bill would cancel rent and mortgages
A bill introduced by Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) seeks to cancel rent and mortgage payments nationwide for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act would establish full remission of rent payments, with no accumulation of debt for tenants or landlords, regardless of income. The legislation would also create a relief fund for owners and holders of mortgages to cover losses from canceled payments.
“The coronavirus crisis is more than just a public health crisis – it is an economic crisis,” said representative Omar in a statement. “We must take important steps to protect the health and economic security of the most vulnerable, including millions of Americans currently at risk of housing instability and homelessness. “
If approved, the bill would be retroactive to March 13, 2020 and would last up to a year.
ISDH updated COVID numbers in the report
Indiana State Department of Health reports 394 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 12,438. Thirty-one more people died of the virus between 2 and 21 April, bringing the total number of deaths in Indiana to 661.
According to the ISDH, new confirmed cases and new tests reported are below expectations due to a technological problem and “should not be interpreted as a drop in new infections”. Therefore, the number of cases in these two categories will be added to updates in the coming days.
Marion County recorded the most new cases with 97.
Other counties with more than 10 new cases were:
- Cass (31)
- Hamilton (12)
- Lake (72)
- Forwarder (10)
- Saint Joseph (21)
To date, more than 69,000 Hoosiers have been tested for coronavirus.
United States, latest global figures
There were more than 825,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States at 4:00 am ET Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 45,000 deaths in the United States, with more than 75,000 total recoveries. Over 4 million tests have been performed nationwide.
Worldwide, there have been 2.5 million cases and nearly 177,000 deaths. Over 687,000 people have recovered worldwide.
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, which go away within two to three weeks. For some, especially the elderly and people with health problems, this can cause more serious illness or death.
2 people died of the virus weeks before the first death in the United States
Health officials say two people died of the coronavirus in California weeks before the first reported death in the United States from the disease.
Santa Clara County officials said on Tuesday that the people died at home on February 6 and February 17. The first reported death in the country from the virus occurred on February 29 in Kirkland, Washington.
The coroner-medical coroner received confirmation on Tuesday that the tissue samples sent to US centers for disease control and prevention were positive for the virus, officials said.
The announcement came after California governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday promised an “in-depth” update to the state’s ability to test for coronavirus and track and isolate people with it. It is one of six indicators he says are critical to lifting a “stay at home” order that has slowed the spread of the disease while forcing millions of people to apply for unemployment benefits.
“This will go to the obvious questions and requests that we all ask: When? … When do you see a little loosening in the valve so that we can relieve that pressure a little bit, ”Newsom said Tuesday.
China has reported no new deaths
On Wednesday, China again reported no new deaths from the coronavirus, but recorded another 30 cases, including 23 from abroad.
Among the domestic cases, the seven were reported in Heilongjiang province, near the Russian border, where a field hospital was created to deal with a new outbreak linked to returnees from abroad. Just over 1,000 people are hospitalized for treatment, while about the same number are under isolation and monitoring as suspected cases or after a positive test but showing no symptoms.
China has reported a total of 4,632 deaths among 82,788 cases, most of them in Wuhan where authorities have recently increased the death toll by 50% after a file review.