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Indiana coronavirus updates for Saturday, August 1, 2020

Updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Saturday, August 1, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Saturday, August 1, 2020. 

Staff members at Elwood schools test positive

Elwood Community School Corporation confirmed Saturday night that staff members tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

The school corporation says all of the individuals were tested prior to the school year starting Thursday.

All students at Elwood Junior Senior High School will be doing e-learning the week of August 3. 

No coaches or student athletes were within close contact to the staff members, according to Brown. Athletic programming will continue as scheduled.

New Palestine football player tests positive

Ahead of the start of the 2020-2021 school year, school officials for New Palestine High School confirm that a football player tested positive for COVID-19. 

All football players and their families were notified of the positive case on Friday.

The school says the administrative team and athletic department worked quickly in conjunction with the Hancock County Health Department to identify the positive case and any close contacts. That group of individuals will be quarantined for 14 days. 

The team was scheduled to hold its final optional summer practice on Friday afternoon and that practice was canceled as a precaution.

School will begin as scheduled on Monday.

State reports 989 new cases, 6 additional deaths

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 989 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 6 additional deaths that occurred between Thursday and Friday.

A total of 2,771 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19. Another 200 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.  

Positive tests among Hoosiers came back at a rate of 7.1 percent for the week, and the overall rate of positive tests returned is 8.8 percent throughout the pandemic. More than 15,700 new tests were reported for Saturday's count. Those were performed between May 6 and Friday.

As of today, more than 35 percent of ICU beds and more than 84 percent of ventilators are available across the state.

To date, 758,606 tests for unique individuals have been reported to ISDH, up from 747,383 on Friday.

Trump, GOP soften on opposition to $600 jobless benefit

The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up both the economy and family budgets but expired Friday. 

The idea is a prominent feature of top-level Washington talks that are set to continue Saturday on a major election-season COVID-19 response measure. 

The two sides took their case to the media Friday. 

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows accused Democrats of refusing to negotiate, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a short-term extension only makes sense if agreement is near on the larger relief bill.

Masks required at all Target stores starting today

Target stores nationwide require guests to wear masks or face coverings starting today. Many were already following state and local guidelines, including stores in Indiana. Target's updated guidance for customers this week said team members will provide disposable masks free-of-charge. Young children and those with underlying medical conditions will not be required to wear a mask. 

Latest U.S., world numbers

There have been 4.56 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 6 a.m. ET Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 153,300 deaths and almost 1.44 million people recovered.

Worldwide, there have been 17.6 million confirmed cases with more than 679,600 deaths and 10.34 million recoveries.

RELATED: See where confirmed Indiana coronavirus cases are with this interactive map

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.

Tokyo reports 3rd day of record numbers with 472

Japan's capital recorded 472 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the third straight day of record numbers.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike issued a warning Saturday in an online video, urging people to wash their hands, wear masks and visit those businesses that display the special city-backed stickers with the image of a rainbow, which indicates good social distancing.

Most people getting sick were in their 20s and 30s, highlighting how they may be putting their guard down and going out partying, according to officials.

Nationwide, the daily count of coronavirus cases in Japan totaled a record 1,579 on Friday.