INDIANAPOLIS — Friday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 1,253 new cases of COVID-19. That number is a new daily record since the pandemic hit Indiana. There has now been 72,254 confirmed cases in the state. The seven-day average positivity rate also ticked up to 7.5 percent.
ISDH also reported 10 more deaths for a total of 2,821.
Butler football season canceled due to coronavirus concerns
The Pioneer Football League’s (PFL) Presidents Council has announced the league’s schools will not conduct conference competition in fall 2020.
Butler University is one of nine schoosl in the PFL. The other schools are Davidson College, University of Dayton, Drake University, Marist College, Morehead State University, University of San Diego, Stetson University and Valparaiso University.
“The Presidents and Athletic Directors of our respective universities made this very difficult decision after extensive deliberations and consideration of many factors," said James M. Danko, president of Butler University and chair of the PFL, in a press release. "We recognize that our student-athletes will be disappointed, but our highest priority is the health and safety of all those involved in our athletic programs. Ultimately, the risks of proceeding are simply too high especially to ensure the safety of our students.”
Cheerleader at Noblesville tests positive for COVID-19
Noblesville Schools has confirmed a case of COVID-19 at Noblesville High School. The individual has not attended school but is an NHS cheerleader and has attended practice.
The majority of staff and students were not directly exposed and do not have an increased risk of contracting the virus, and will not be impacted by the confirmed case.
The cheerleader who tested positive, as well as the cheerleaders that were in her shared training group, have been quarantined.
The district's health safety protocols were designed to address positive cases when they occur, and Noblesville is working with the Hamilton County Health Department.
All parents and staff members at NHS have been notified.
New procedures at the schools include health monitoring, social distancing, assigned seating and cohort groups are designed to support contact tracing and containment when a confirmed case of COVID occurs.
Unemployment falls to 10.2% as July jobs report points to hiring slowdown
The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is stalling hiring and slowing an economic rebound.
With confirmed viral cases still elevated in much of the nation and businesses under continued pressure, many employers appear reluctant or unable to hire. Even counting the hiring of the past three months, the economy has now recovered only about 42% of the 22 million jobs it lost to the pandemic-induced recession, according to the Labor Department’s jobs report released Friday.
The unemployment rate did decline in July from 11.1% to 10.2%, though that still exceeds the highest rate during the 2008-2009 Great Recession.
July’s job gain was much lower than June’s 4.8 million and May’s 2.7 million jobs, both of which were revised slightly.
Nonprofit calling for community 'Day of Action' Friday to keep Indiana's live music venues open
The Indiana Independent Venue Alliance (IIVA) is calling for a community "Day of Action" on Friday, August 7 in its continued effort to keep Indiana's live music venues open.
Indiana's Day of Action joins over 20 states in support of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) in a collective effort seeking federal relief.
According to the IIVA, it is estimated that 90% of live music venues across the U.S. will close in the next 60 days without a major intervention and significant local and federal financial support.
Here are a few ways to help:
- Visit SaveOurStages.com to write a letter to Congress in support of the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act, introduced in late July in Washington by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). This critical piece of dedicated Federal legislation provides the best chance of survival for live music venues.
- Contact your local business and government leaders in support of IIVA's grant request to the Indiana Economic Development Commission (IEDC).
- Make a donation to the IIVA.
- Buy Keep Indy Live merchandise.
- Support your local live music venue directly by donating, buying merchandise or buying a ticket to one of their outdoor shows.
The Mousetrap, HI-FI and Slippery Noodle Inn are among the IIVA member venues leading the charge on this front in Indiana.
Click here for more information.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been 4.88 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 3:30 a.m. ET Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 160,000 deaths and 1.59 million people recovered.
Worldwide, there have been 19.1 million confirmed cases with more than 715,000 deaths and 11.55 million recoveries.
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.
Walmart, Salvation Army team up for annual 'Stuff the Bus' event
Thousands of families in need will benefit from a nationwide Salvation Army effort to collect school supplies.
This year's "Stuff the Bus" event is scheduled for Aug. 7 through Aug. 9.
Donors are asked to drop off items at designated locations in front of local Walmart stores.
You can follow the event on social media by using the hashtag #StuffTheBus.
If you can't make it to a store, there's an online registry that lists all the items needed.
Donations made here will remain in the community and will help The Salvation Army provide support to local children with supplies to restock classrooms.
You can learn more at SalvationArmyIndiana.org.
IU to discuss move-in procedures Friday afternoon
Indiana University is hosting a virtual news conference Friday afternoon to discuss move-in procedures on the IU Bloomington campus.
Health officials and school leaders will answer questions in regards to the logistics of moving in, precautions being taken during the move-in process, arrival testing of students and housing questions for the Bloomington campus.
The Zoom call begins at 2 p.m.
Students begin arriving for on-campus housing Sunday afternoon.