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Valerie Kellie, a fifth-grade teacher at Francis Vigo Elementary School, took to social media late on Thursday to express the heartache she felt at Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement that students would not return to the classroom this school year.

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HOME — Working from home has certain real advantages, such as my being able at this moment to write while wearing sweatpants, a much-abused Nature Conservancy hat, and a faded, old Friends of Goose Pond T-shirt without anyone raising an eyebrow in disapproval.

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Utilizing video conferencing technology, the Knox County Public Library Board of Directors met briefly on Friday morning, unanimously agreeing to keep library facilities closed for at least as long as Indiana schools are closed.

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For some, the current coronavirus pandemic evokes thoughts of an epidemic that caused fear in American households through the first half of the 20th century. It was the scourge of polio, short for poliomyelitis, that families dreaded in those years.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's stay-at-home order was extended Friday for two more weeks as the state's number of coronavirus-related deaths topped 100 with an anticipated peak of infections still weeks away.

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LAFAYETTE — It was Day 6 Monday of Hoosiers hunkering down to the confined to spaces of their homes, which is not unlike what Purdue professor Marshall Porterfield prepared astronauts for while he worked at NASA.

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A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:

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NEW YORK — Tiffany Pinckney remembers the fear when COVID-19 stole her breath. So when she recovered, the New York City mother became one of the country's first survivors to donate her blood to help treat other seriously ill patients.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year due to the coronavirus outbreak, officials announced Thursday as the state's death toll linked to the virus climbed to 78 and confirmed cases surged past 3,000.

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Originally scheduled to open on March 31, Hamilton Center Inc. has had to delay the opening of a local WIN Recovery Center because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Officials with the Samaritan Center have set up a special hotline for those suffering from mental health issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEW YORK — Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a carrier.

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NEW YORK — Chicken with salmonella can make you sick. So can romaine lettuce with E. coli and buffets with lurking norovirus. So why aren't health officials warning people about eating food contaminated with the new coronavirus?

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The COVID-19 pandemic is different from many crises in that it has affected all of us regardless of politics, economics, religion, age or nationality. This virus is a good reminder that humanity is vulnerable to what nature throws at us, and that we are all in this together.

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Background checks required to buy firearms have spiked to record numbers in the past month, fueled by a run on guns from Americans worried about their safety during the coronavirus crisis.

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The following information comes from reports provided by the Vincennes Police Department, the Vincennes Fire Department, the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, the Lawrence County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Department, the Washington City Police Department or the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department…

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Michelle Smith says potential risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 led to the decision to suspend all recycling services in the county.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has increased its ability to test people for the coronavirus but continues to target certain patients because of limited supplies, the state health commissioner said Wednesday.

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WASHINGTON — For the first time in years, we've put our suitcases away. Flights have been canceled. The shared Google calendar where we tracked each other's travel schedules is empty for the foreseeable future.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Census Day — the date used to reference where a person lives for the once-a-decade count — arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coronavirus. But census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb's directive calling for all Indiana health care facilities to cancel or postpone non-urgent surgical procedures amid the coronavirus pandemic should not restrict the ability of women to obtain abortions, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of I…

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Staff at Good Samaritan Hospital are used to supporting the community’s needs. And while they continue working to ensure the health and safety of local residents, the hospital is experiencing a bit of role reversal, with members of the community stepping up to support the needs of Good Samar…

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As confirmed cases of COVID-19 held steady at two on Tuesday, city officials opted to send all non-essential employees home.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's health commissioner urged Hoosiers on Tuesday to continue to adhere to the state's stay-at-home order, warning that while Indiana's coronavirus cases had surged past 2,000 and its deaths climbed to 49, the state remained far from reaching its peak in cases.

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SALT LAKE CITY — A few weeks ago, Debbie Cameron saw her grandsons most days, playing the piano, making after-school snacks or singing nursery rhymes with the baby in her Chandler, Arizona, home.

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As the world grapples with the coronavirus outbreak, "social distancing" has become a buzzword of these strange times.

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BOSTON — At school, Rose Hayes, 8, works with a team of teachers and therapists trained to help with her genetic condition. They set goals for her reading, give her physical therapy to improve her balance and make sure she stays on track. But for the last two weeks, her only connection to sc…

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BLOOMINGTON — While state health department statistics don’t reflect it, Monroe County residents likely have died from COVID-19 over the past few weeks.

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The following information comes from reports provided by the Vincennes Police Department, the Vincennes Fire Department, the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, the Lawrence County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Department, the Washington City Police Department or the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department…

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Balloon artists erect surprise displays of hope and gratitude

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Good Samaritan Hospital has taken steps in response to the coronavirus pandemic in the last two weeks that in normal times would have taken a year.

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