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Indiana coronavirus updates for Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic from Friday, Jan. 15.

INDIANAPOLIS — Friday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.

MCPHD testing, vaccine sites closed for MLK Day

The Marion County Public Health Department will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. That includes the COVID-19 vaccine clinic and drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites.

The sites will return to regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 19.

State reports 4,744 new cases, 42 additional deaths

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 4,744 new cases of COVID-19 among Indiana residents Friday.

The state has recorded 42 additional deaths from the virus. Those occurred between Jan. 12 and Thursday.

Latest US, world numbers

There have been more than 23.31 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 3:30 a.m. ET Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 388,000 deaths in the U.S. 

Worldwide, there have been more than 93.15 million confirmed cases with more than 1.99 million deaths and 51.42 million recoveries.

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The real 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.

Biden pandemic rescue plan has $1,400 checks, $15 minimum wage

President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to expand coronavirus vaccinations, help individuals and jump-start the economy. The plan, which would require congressional approval, is packed with proposals on health care, education, labor and cybersecurity. Here's a look at what's in it:


— A $20 billion national program would establish community vaccination centers across the U.S. and send mobile units to remote communities. Medicaid patients would have their costs covered by the federal government, and the administration says it will take steps to ensure all people in the U.S. can receive the vaccine for free, regardless of their immigration status.

— An additional $50 billion would expand testing efforts and help schools and governments implement routine testing. Other efforts would focus on developing better treatments for COVID-19 and improving efforts to identify and track new strains of the virus.


— Stimulus checks of $1,400 per person in addition to the $600 checks Congress approved in December. By bringing payments to $2,000 — an amount Democrats previously called for — the administration says it will help families meet basic needs and support local businesses.

— A temporary boost in unemployment benefits and a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures would be extended through September.

— The federal minimum wage would be raised to $15 per hour from the current rate of $7.25 per hour.

— An emergency measure requiring employers to provide paid sick leave would be reinstated. The administration is urging Congress to keep the requirement through Sept. 30 and expand it to federal employees.

— The child care tax credit would be expanded for a year, to cover half the cost of child care up to $4,000 for one child and $8,000 for two or more for families making less than $125,000 a year. Families making between $125,000 and $400,000 would get a partial credit.

— $15 billion in federal grants to help states subsidize child care for low-income families, along with a $25 billion fund to help child care centers in danger of closing.


— $130 billion for K-12 schools to help them reopen safely. The money is meant to help reach Biden's goal of having a majority of the nation's K-8 schools open within his first 100 days in the White House. Schools could use the funding to cover a variety of costs, including the purchase of masks and other protective equipment, upgrades to ventilation systems and staffing for school nurses. Schools would be expected to use the funding to help students who fell behind on academics during the pandemic, and on efforts to meet students' mental health needs. A portion of the funding would go to education equity grants to help with challenges caused by the pandemic.

— Public colleges and universities would get $35 billion to cover pandemic-related expenses and to steer funding to students as emergency grants. An additional $5 billion would go to governors to support programs helping students who were hit hardest by the pandemic.


— $15 billion in grants to more than 1 million small businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic, as well as other assistance.


— $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local and territorial governments to help front-line workers.

— $20 billion in aid to public transit agencies.


— $9 billion to modernize information technology systems at federal agencies, motivated by recent cybersecurity attacks that penetrated multiple agencies.

— $690 million to boost federal cybersecurity monitoring efforts and $200 million to hire hundreds of new cybersecurity experts.

Pacers-Suns game postponed

The Pacers vs. Suns game scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16 in Phoenix has been postponed. The Pacers said the postponement was due to ongoing contact tracing within the Suns' program.

According the the Pacers, the Suns do not have eight available players — required by the NBA — for the game.

IU-Michigan State men's game postponed

The Indiana University and Michigan State men's basketball game for Sunday, Jan. 17 has been postponed. 

A release from IU said it was due to COVID-19 issues with the MSU team.

The schools will work with the Big Ten Conference to reschedule the game.

IU-Rutgers women's game postponed

The Indiana University and Rutgers women's basketball game for Monday, Jan. 18 has been postponed due to coronavirus concerns within the Rutgers program.

Rutgers had already postponed previously scheduled games against Purdue, Ohio State and Northwestern.

The schools will work with the Big Ten Conference to reschedule the game.