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Indiana coronavirus updates for Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Coronavirus updates from Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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

IU Greek houses quarantine

Indiana University is now reporting 33 of the 40 Greek houses are under quarantine.

Last week IU recommended all Greek housing close. In some of the cases, the positivity rate in the homes is reaching 60, 70 even nearly 90 percent.

 IU reports 2,600 students live in Greek housing of the 40,000-plus students on campus. The university said it is not seeing the same surge of cases in the dorms.

The Indiana University Interfraternity Council released a statement to 13News calling the university's stance on Greek housing "irrational and dangerous."

Chapters directed to quarantine

  1. Acacia
  2. Alpha Chi Omega
  3. Alpha Delta Pi
  4. Alpha Epsilon Phi
  5. Alpha Epsilon Pi
  6. Alpha Gamma Delta
  7. Alpha Omicron Pi
  8. Alpha Phi
  9. Alpha Sigma Phi
  10. Alpha Xi Delta
  11. Beta Sigma Psi
  12. Beta Theta Pi
  13. Chi Omega
  14. Delta Gamma
  15. Delta Upsilon
  16. Delta Zeta
  17. Gamma Phi Beta
  18. Kappa Alpha Theta
  19. Kappa Delta
  20. Kappa Kappa Gamma
  21. Phi Delta Theta
  22. Phi Gamma Delta
  23. Phi Kappa Psi
  24. Phi Mu
  25. Pi Beta Phi
  26. Pi Kappa Phi
  27. Phi Sigma Kappa
  28. Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  29. Sigma Chi
  30. Sigma Phi Epsilon
  31. Theta Chi
  32. Zeta Beta Tau
  33. Zeta Tau Alpha

RELATED: IU recommends all Greek housing close after surge of cases

ISDH daily update

The state is reporting 394 more cases of COVID-19 and 12 additional deaths. Tuesday's report comes off of Labor day, when the number of individuals tested dropped, possibly due to the holiday.

In all, Indiana has seen 100,780 positive cases and 3,156 deaths due to the virus since the pandemic began.

From Aug. 21 through Sept. 1, the positive rate for all tests was 5.3 percent, compared to 6.6 percent since the pandemic began. For unique individuals, the positive rate was 7.3 percent between Aug. 21 and Sept. 1, compared to 8.8% throughout the entire pandemic.

Mayor Hogsett announces re-housing plan to curb homelessness

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and other city leaders announced a rapid re-housing program to help with homelessness during the pandemic.

With the pandemic creating challenges to help vulnerable populations, rapid re-housing will serve as a central, long-term solution to keep people healthy and safe by providing rental assistance and services.

Rapid re-housing provides up to 12 months of rental assistance and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The program is offered without preconditions (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services provided are tailored to the needs of the person. 

Rental assistance will make up 70 percent of the program with supportive services and administrative costs making up the rest.  

Colts announce health and safety plan for 2020 season

The Indianapolis Colts are laying out the health and safety plan as the 2020 season is fast approaching. Here are things to know before heading to Lucas Oil Stadium for game day:

  • Come healthy - Fans should not come to the stadium if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have experienced COVID-19 symptoms, or know they have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Stadium entrances and exits - Preferred entrance and exit areas will be marked on tickets. Fans should use the entrance specified on the ticket.
  • Screening and temperature checks - Each fan and gameday employee will participate in a COVID screening, including a questionnaire and a temperature check, prior to entering the stadium.
  • Face masks required - Each fan and gameday employee will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times, including during security screenings at stadium entrances and inside the stadium, except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Practice social distancing - Fans are required to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet inside and outside of Lucas Oil Stadium. Fans will not be allowed to gather in Lucas Oil Plaza or Bud Light Zone.
  • Pod seating required - Fan seating will be grouped in “pods” to maintain distance between groups who are not known to one another.  Fans must sit in the seats assigned to them.
  • First aid - If a fan or employee begins to feel ill after entering, he or she should visit the nearest First Aid Room, where an onsite medical team will be prepared to treat the person.
  • Tailgating - Tailgating will not be permitted in Colts-controlled parking lots, including the South Lot, the Northwest Lot, and Lot A.  All other tailgating policies will be set at the discretion of the lot operators throughout downtown.
  • American Family Insurance Touchdown Town - Until further notice, Touchdown Town will not be active on game day.

Marion County bars, nightclubs reopening Tuesday at limited capacity; street closures end for outdoor dining options

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, bars and nightclubs will be permitted to reopen at 25 percent capacity and 50 percent capacity for outdoor seating. The bars and nightclubs must close by midnight. 

Customers at bars and nightclubs must be seated at tables with no more than six people per table. Bar-top seating will continue to be closed. 

Outdoor dining at restaurants will be expanded to 75 percent capacity with social distancing measures.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett confirmed the road closures for the "Dine Out Indy" program, which includes Mass Ave and Broad Ripple Avenue, will end after Labor Day.

Public health officials continue to encourage businesses and restaurants to arrange for outdoor dining and seating, weather permitting. 

Hogsett said there is no financially feasible way to permanently close downtown streets that are in parking meter zones.

Latest US, world numbers

There have been more than 6.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 3:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 189,000 deaths and 2.33 million people recovered.

Worldwide, there have been 27.34 million confirmed cases with more than 892,000 deaths and 18.34 million recoveries.

RELATED: See where confirmed Indiana coronavirus cases are with this interactive map

RELATED: VERIFY: No, the CDC did not say the number of COVID-19 victims who actually died from the virus is much lower than originally reported

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, including pneumonia and death.

Hamilton Southeastern students beginning hybrid schedule Tuesday

Pre-K through fourth grade students in the Hamilton Southeastern school district are beginning a hybrid learning schedule Tuesday, Sept. 8. 

HSE began the school year in a fully virtual model — the only district in Hamilton County to do so.

Students in fifth grade or higher will begin a hybrid learning schedule Thursday, Sept. 17. 

Students will be divided alphabetically to attend school on-site at 50 percent capacity and virtually. 

A virtual-only option is still available to any student who wishes to remain learning at home.