INDIANAPOLIS — The latest headlines in the coronavirus pandemic for Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.
State reports 1,104 new cases, 9 more deaths
The Indiana State Department of Health today announced 1,104 more Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Those cases bring the total number of Indiana residents to 110,759 known to have contracted the virus.
A total of 3,278 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19 — an increase of nine from Friday.
As of Saturday, 1,292,615 people have been tested in Indiana, with 1,844,301 tests performed, including repeat tests for the same patients.
Indiana Sports Corp. proposes basketball bubble for Convention Center
Indianapolis leaders are offering to turn the city convention center into a college basketball “bubble.” The Indiana Sports Corp. released a 16-page proposal that details the conversion of exhibition halls and meeting rooms into basketball courts and locker rooms, complete with daily COVID-19 testing and other safety measures.
The all-inclusive price starts at $90,000 per team. Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn said the pitch is not directed at any specific league or team.
Indianapolis is also scheduled to host the 2021 NCAA Final Four.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been more than 6.725 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 5:30 a.m. ET Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been nearly 198,600 deaths and 2.55 million people recovered.
Worldwide, there have been 30.52 million confirmed cases with more than 952,200 deaths and 20.78 million recoveries.
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.
Kroger offering drive-thru flu shot center Saturday to help combat COVID-19 concerns
Kroger is expanding its flu shot program during the global pandemic to combat COVID-19 concerns.
The program includes touchless in-store appointments and drive-thru vaccinations at community flu shot centers. All flu shot appointments can be booked online. Pre-visit paperwork can be completed online to reduce contact and promote physical distancing, and many insurance companies cover the flu shot with no co-pay.
Kroger will have two drive-thru flu shot centers at the Indianapolis Zoo today and Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash
U.S. health officials are dropping a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and telling all those who have been in close contact with infected people to get tested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially returned to its previous guidance about such tests.
In doing so, it got rid of language posted last month that said people who didn’t feel sick didn’t need to get tested. That August change set off a rash of criticism from health experts who couldn’t fathom why the nation’s top public health agency would say such a thing amid a pandemic that has been difficult to control.