Registrations for the vaccine are now open for Hoosiers 12 and older through the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated over the course of the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Carnival, Norwegian announce plans for summer cruises
Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on Monday announced plans to set sail from two Florida ports requiring passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 despite state legislation banning businesses from asking for proof.
Norwegian announced sailings from New York, Los Angeles, Port Canaveral and Miami.
Carnival Cruise Line, also based in Miami, announced July sailings from the Port of Galveston, Texas, with vaccinated guests and was working with Florida officials for a ship to leave from PortMiami.
The cruise lines' plans appear to be at odds with the new state law. The sailings are contingent on obtaining a certificate from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it remains unclear how the plans can be reconciled with Florida law. Norwegian said in a statement that it is contact with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' office on the requirements.
State reports 15K more full vaccinations, 2 additional deaths
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 15,663 more Hoosiers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Monday morning. The state has registered 5,297,899 total doses of vaccine, with 2,589,796 people fully vaccinated.
ISDH also reported 275 new positive tests for the virus, along with two additional deaths that occurred Friday and Saturday. Indiana has lost 13,269 people to COVID-19, with another 418 probable deaths of people who died with symptoms of the virus but who had not tested positive before they died.
The new cases bring Indiana's total to 747,083 residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus.
More mobile vaccination clinics planned this week
Mobile vaccination clinics are planned on the following schedule this week:
June 9-12 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.);
La Porte County:
Pentecostal Temple Church of God and Christ
2722 Wabash St., Michigan City, IN 46360
Second Missionary Baptist Church
819 N. Apperson Way, Kokomo, IN 46901
717 W. 21st St., Connersville, IN 47331
June 9, 11 and 12 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.):
815 E. 60th St., Anderson, IN 46013
June 10-11 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.):
Center Lake Pavilion
119 E. Canal St., Warsaw, IN 46580
June 10-11 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.):
Goshen High School
401 Lincolnway East, Goshen, IN 46526
June 11-12 (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.):
Harrison County Fair
341 S. Capitol Ave., Corydon, IN 47112
City-County Council to vote Monday on lifting mask mandate, easing capacity restrictions in Marion County
The City-County Council will vote Monday, June 7 on Mayor Joe Hogsett's latest recommendations for Marion County.
If approved, all Hoosiers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear masks in Marion County unless a business or venue requires it.
Masks must still be worn for everyone while at hospitals and on public transportation, which includes the Indianapolis International Airport.
Capacity restrictions in Marion County that would also go into effect include
- Religious services and funerals will be able to operate at 100 percent capacity (currently at 75 percent).
- Indoor service in bars, restaurants and other businesses will move to 75 percent capacity (currently at 50 percent in bars and 75 percent in restaurants).
- Personal service businesses will no longer have to be by appointment only. Capacity should still allow for six feet of social distancing.
- Indoor sporting venues and other large events will move to 50 percent capacity (currently at 25 percent).
- Entertainment and cultural venues will be able to hold up to 75 percent capacity (currently at 50 percent).
- Large gatherings will be able to have 500 people (currently at 50 people).
- Public pools will be open at 100 percent capacity.
- Golf courses will be open at 75 percent capacity.
- Dance studios and summer camps should take the following steps:
- Strongly encourage all eligible people to get vaccinated, including staff
- Continue using masks
- Continue social distancing
- Keep campers in assigned groups
- Meals and snacks should be eaten outdoors, if possible
UK urges commitment to vaccinate the world by end of 2022
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the Group of Seven wealthy democracies’ summit this week to urge world leaders to commit to vaccinating the global population by the end of 2022.
Johnson is expected to stress the importance of a global vaccination drive when he meets with fellow world leaders on Friday in Cornwall, southwestern England, for the first face-to-face G-7 summit since the pandemic hit. The three days of talks will focus on the global recovery from the pandemic.
Britain’s government pledged in February to give most of the country’s surplus vaccine supply to COVAX, the United Nations-backed program aiming to supply poorer countries with jabs. But the U.K. has not yet put a figure on how many doses it will donate.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been more than 33.36 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 3:30 a.m. ET Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 597,600 deaths in the U.S.
Worldwide, there have been more than 173.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 3.72 million deaths. More than 2.1 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.
The actual number of people infected by the virus around the world is believed to be much higher — perhaps 10 times higher in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — given testing limitations and the many mild cases that have gone unreported or unrecognized.
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 like pneumonia, or death.