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Indiana coronavirus updates for Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Coronavirus updates from Wednesday, July 8.

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

Gov. Holcomb and state leaders provide weekly update

Dr. Box says the state's COVID-19 positivity rate has been steadily increasing, meaning more people are testing positive. Dr. Box also noted an uptick in hospitalizations due to COVID-19. 

The positivity rate has been a key deciding factor with the state's reopening plan. 

Dr. Box announced that the Fairgrounds Fun Park at the Indiana State Fairgrounds has been canceled as a result of the increase in positive cases. The Fun Park was originally scheduled for July 31 through Sept. 7. 

Zoo reminds visitors they must wear masks starting July 9

The Indianapolis Zoo is reminding its guests that beginning July 9, guests and members must have a mask to visit the zoo. 

Visitors are required to wear a face covering to enter all buildings including restrooms, according to the Zoo. 

In addition, the Zoo will require masks to enter the aviaries, participate in interactions at Tembo Camp, Giraffe Feeds, Flamingo Feeds and Flamingo Mingle as social distancing is not possible at these activities. 

Masks are required to be worn in outdoor areas where social distancing of six feet is not possible. Masks are for sale at the front gate for $1.

ISDH gives update on COVID-19 in the state 

The Indiana State Department of Health has reported 455 new, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and 15 more deaths. In total, there have been more than 49,000 confirmed cases in Indiana and 2,539 Hoosiers have died from the virus. 

More than half a million Hoosiers have been tested for coronavirus in the state and about 9.2 percent of those tests have resulted in a positive. 

Purdue students must provide negative COVID-19 test to return this fall

As Purdue students return to campus this fall, the university is requiring they take proper precautions including getting tested for COVID-19.

On Wednesday, the university announced that it would require Purdue students to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to officially return to campus. 

Students already on campus will be tested as well. 

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be required to quarantine for 14 days. And any student who fails to comply with testing will be prohibited from campus and it will affect their ability to start classes on Aug. 24. 

The university plans to pay for testing. 

Mayor Hogsett to discuss city's rental assistance program

Mayor Hogsett and city leaders are holding a news conference to discuss the city's rental assistance program. That briefing begins at 10:30 a.m.

IndyGo will require riders to wear face masks beginning July 9

IndyGo is reminding riders that beginning Thursday, July 9 they must wear masks onboard all IndyGo vehicles and at all IndyGo facilities, including the Carson Transit Center, to comply with the Marion County Health Department’s order that masks are required in public spaces. 

Since the start of the pandemic, IndyGo said it has strongly encouraged the use of masks and face coverings onboard. 

“We’re glad to see riders returning to our buses, but we need to work together to keep one another safe,” said Inez Evans, President and CEO of IndyGo. “We’ve ramped up our cleaning efforts and protective measures for Operators and riders; do your part by wearing a face covering onboard.”  

Free masks are available to anyone who may need one at the Julia Carson Transit Center while supplies last during retail center hours as well as online through the City of Indianapolis #MaskUpIndy initiative at indy.gov/masks. Learn more about IndyGo’s response to the coronavirus at indygo.net/health.  

Latest US, world numbers

There have been 2.99 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 3:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 131,000 deaths and 936,000 people recovered.

Worldwide, there have been 11.83 million confirmed cases with more than 544,000 deaths and 6.44 million recovered.

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

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.

Next coronavirus stimulus may have $40,000 income cap

With Congress bracing for the next coronavirus aid package, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is outlining Republican priorities as earlier programs designed to ease Americans through the pandemic and economic fallout begin to expire. He is eyeing $1 trillion in new aid. 

“This is not over,” McConnell said during a visit to a food pantry Monday in Louisville, Kentucky.

The GOP leader's next virus aid package is centered on liability protections, a top priority for Republicans seeking to shield doctors, schools, businesses and others from coronavirus-related lawsuits brought by patrons claiming injuries during reopenings.

McConnell is also considering a fresh round of direct payments targeted at those earning $40,000 a year or less. He wants the liability shield to run for five years, retroactive to December 2019. 

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Democrats have proposed a far more ambitious aid approach in the $3 trillion House-passed coronavirus rescue package, setting the outlines of a robust debate over how best to help Americans as COVID-19 cases surge in hot spots nationwide, threatening public health and economic livelihoods.

Congress is away for a two-week recess, but the contours of the debate are taking shape before lawmakers resume session July 20. Deadlines for many programs expire by the end of the month.