INDIANAPOLIS — Monday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID cluster connected to Lafayette restaurant
The Tippecanoe County Health Department is putting out an alert after a cluster of COVID-19 cases connected to a Five Guys location.
The restaurant at 210 South Creasy Lane in Lafayette is closed for cleaning.
Customers could have been exposed to COVID-19, if they dined there between June 29 and July 2.
Customers should monitor themselves over the next two weeks for fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, recent change in smell or taste, headache, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
Free testing for COVID-19 in Lafayette is available by appointment only. Just call 888-634-1116 or register here.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 5 new COVID-19 deaths between July 3 and July 5. That brings the state total for deaths to more than 2,500.
There were also 330 new cases of the virus reported for a total of 48,331.
Delta Faucet makes flexible face mask straps free to public
Delta Faucet has designed and is producing two million flexible clips called "ear savers" that connect the straps of face masks behind the head. They Carmel company is shipping them free to consumers across the country.
Delta recognized an opportunity to encourage and improve face mask use for more comfortable, long-term wear. The ear savers are even designed with a curve to allow for ponytails, according to a company press release Monday.
You can get a pack of four – one to keep and three to share - free at deltafaucet.com/pulltogether.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been 2.88 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 12:30 a.m. ET Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 129,000 deaths and 906,000 people recovered.
Worldwide, there have been 11.41 million confirmed cases with more than 533,000 deaths and 6.16 million recovered.
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.
Indiana students can return to sports, school activities
Despite extended restrictions for some Indiana venues, ongoing concerns over the coronavirus won’t hamper students’ return to school sports and activities.
In the guidance provided by the Indiana Department of Education, the return to student activities is expected to happen in three stages starting Monday, July 6.
Offseason fall workouts will begin, and marching bands across the state are also getting back to the practice field. But student participation won't look like it did a year ago.
State athletic and music associations are still monitoring the toll of the virus and warn that even after activities start back up, they could still be put on hold once the academic year begins.
IMA Galleries tickets become available to reserve Monday
Newfields is continuing its reopening plan with the announcement of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's latest exhibition.
IMA Galleries will be open to members July 17 and 18 before opening to the public July 19. This coincides with the summer debut of the "Edward Hopper and the American Hotel," presented by Schahet Hotels.
All of Newfields’ open spaces will be included in general admission and free for members. General admission is $18 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-17, and free for children five and under, while Fairbanks Park remains free to all.
Both member and public tickets will be available to reserve starting July 6 at 11 a.m. All guests and members will be required to reserve a timed ticket at discovernewfields.org before they arrive, which will allow Newfields to safely control crowd size and facilitate a contactless check-in process.
Click here to read about Newfields' safety measures in place upon reopening.