INDIANAPOLIS — Monday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
UIndy pauses men's basketball team over COVID-19 concerns
The UIndy men's basketball team has paused all activities due to COVID-19 concerns. The program will stop for 14 days, postponing two conference games slated for later this week. It also means the cancellation of a Dec. 8 exhibition contest at Indiana State University.
The pause comes after an initial positive COVID-19 test with a member of the team. The university did not say if that was a student-athlete or a coach or staff member.
The university will work to reschedule the conference games versus Lewis University and McKendree University.
Indianapolis announces rental assistance deadline
Indianapolis announced the tenant deadline to apply for the Rental Assistance Program will be Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. Landlords will have until 5 p.m. the following Wednesday, Dec. 9, to complete the landlord portion of the application.
After Dec. 2, residents can submit their name and contact information to be notified in the event future federal funding is made available for rental assistance. Access to applications and additional info is available at indyrent.org.
“The Rental Assistance Program has made a tangible difference for thousands of Indianapolis families,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “But we know the need is greater than what we can offer with the existing CARES Act funds. We continue to implore Congress to step up and make sure homeowners, renters, business owners, and workers are protected from financial ruin.”
Individuals who have already applied can check the status of their application by calling 317-912-1260 or by emailing email@example.com.
So far, over $26 million in rental assistance has been approved serving 12,202 households, and the City anticipates distributing the full $30 million allocated for the program by the end of the year. The City is required to spend the entirety of its $168 million federal CARES Act allocation by December 30, at which point any unspent funding will return to the federal government.
Indianapolis residents impacted by COVID-19 should visit the City of Indianapolis resource guide, which can be viewed at www.indy.gov/covid. Spanish speaking residents can view the Resource Guide here. People can also call 317-327-4MAC.
The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 5,713 new cases for a total of 338,977 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.
The state also recorded 38 more deaths from COVID-19 for a total of 5,456.
A record number of Indiana hospital beds are filled with COVID-19 patients. As of 11:59 p.m. Nov. 29, 3,401 patients were hospitalized, and 968 of those patients were in the intensive care unit. That is 17 more ICU patients than the day before and more ICU patients than any other time in the pandemic.
Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots
Moderna Inc. says it will ask U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection.
Multiple vaccine candidates must succeed for the world to stamp out the coronavirus pandemic. Moderna is just behind Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in seeking to begin vaccinations in the U.S. in December.
The Massachusetts company revealed the new results Monday.
It says of 196 COVID-19 cases so far in its huge U.S. study, only 11 were trial participants who received the real vaccine. Thirty people got severely ill, and all of those received the placebo.
All Marion County schools must be virtual learning as of Monday
Earlier this month, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett ordered all Marion County schools from grades K-12 to return to virtual instruction no later than Monday, Nov. 30.
IPS, the county's largest school district, returned to virtual learning Monday, Nov. 23.
Perry Township schools are beginning remote learning Nov. 30.
Extra-curricular and sporting events can only include participants, parents, guardians and support personnel.
The order ends Jan. 15, 2021.
Greenfield-Central Junior High School moves to hybrid schedule Monday
Greenfield-Central Junior High School students are moving to a hybrid schedule beginning Monday, Nov. 30 and will follow it for at least three weeks, though Friday, Dec. 18. The two-week winter break starts the following Monday.
Students with last names starting with A through K will have in-person classes on Mondays and Thursdays, while students with last names L through Z will attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All students will have virtual learning on Wednesdays.
The school corporation said the adjusted schedule was required due to "an increase in COVID-related absences among our students and staff."
Southern Hancock County schools move to virtual learning Monday
CSC Southern Hancock School District announced that all six schools will switch to virtual learning for the week of Nov. 30 due to a lack of available staff in the schools and transportation department.
New Palestine High School currently has five positive COVID-19 cases.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been more than 13.38 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 266,000 deaths and 5.06 million people recovered.
Worldwide, there have been more than 62.73 million confirmed cases with more than 1.45 million deaths and 40.12 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.
Boone County office modifications begin Monday
Boone County Health Department officials announced that starting Monday, Nov. 30, many Boone County offices will be modified due to the spread of COVID-19 within the community.
The Assessor's Office and the Treasurer's Office will be closed to the public.
The following will be in-person by appointment only:
- Adult Probation
- Area Plan
- Auditor's Office
- Clerk's Office
- Commissioners' Office
- Community Corrections
- Guardian Ad-Litem
- Health Department
- Highway Department
- Juvenile Probation
- Prosecutor's Office
- Recorder's Office
- Soil & Water District
- Solid Waste District
- Surveyor's Office
The Courts and Sheriff's Office will be operating as normal.
These changes will remain until further notice.