Coronavirus

  As much of U.S. dials back July 4 plans, Trump goes big

While public health officials are urging Americans to hold more muted Independence Day celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation’s capital.

Trump signs extension of COVID-relief fund for businesses

  Governors stress ‘personal responsibility’ over virus orders

  Owensboro celebrates Independence Day with Friday fireworks

  Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump campaign official and Donald Trump Jr.‘s girlfriend, tests positive for coronavirus

  Newburgh restaurant taking precautions after employee tests positive with COVID-19

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  KY confirms 299 new COVID-19 cases, 4 additional deaths

  Owensboro reopens city spray parks with COVID-19 guidelines

  EVSC graduation ceremonies canceled due to COVID-19

  Pandemic negatively impacting local restaurant’s catering sales over 4th of July weekend

  RV sales skyrocket during pandemic

  White County reports 6th confirmed COVID-19 case

  23 new COVID-19 cases in Vanderburgh County, 13 in Gibson County

The Indiana State Department of Heath’s coronavirus map has been updated.

Jimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virus

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,

  July Fourth weekend will test Americans’ discipline

With confirmed cases climbing in 40 states, governors have ordered the wearing of masks in public, and families were urged to celebrate their independence at home.

  New outbreaks push inmate coronavirus cases past 50,000

At the end of June, the total number of coronavirus cases among prisoners had reached at least 52,649, an increase of 8% from the week before.

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

  Elected leaders, health professionals address COVID-19 uptick in Vanderburgh Co.

  EVPL reopening 4 locations next week

  Brittlebank Pool ready to reopen on Fri.

  OCTC student tests positive for COVID-19

  Henderson Co. announces requirements for student-athletes to return to practice

  Ellis Park hosts 1st opening day in COVID-19 era

This is the 98th live race meet in Ellis Park's history, and it got underway with plenty of COVID-19 protocols in place.

  How California went from success story to virus hot spot

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California's mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened.

KY surpasses 16k total COVID-19 cases

Kentucky is currently reporting that 16,079 people have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Cheetah Chase set to debut at Holiday World on July 4

Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari is gearing up for the reopening of the water park on July 4, and this includes a brand new water coaster.

  Vanderburgh Co. Council approves $50k transfer for additional COVID-19 testing

The vote came after a request from the Vanderburgh County Health Department, which said local residents need more available COVID-19 testing.

  Local small businesses receive COVID-19 relief grants

This came from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through a Community Development Block Grant agreement with Evansville’s Department of Metropolitan Development.

  YMCA temporarily closing part of downtown location after COVID-19 exposure

YMCA officials say an individual at their Ascension St. Vincent branch tested positive for COVID-19 after contact exposure offsite.

  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

Walmart is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters starting in August.

  Coronavirus cases rise in 40 states; Texas issues mask mandate

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 per day on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

The 1990s rapper with the hit single "Ice Ice Baby" had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, but on Thursday he announced it was being postponed.

  US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

U.S. employers added a substantial 4.8 million jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%, as the job market improved for a second straight month yet still remained far short of regaining the colossal losses it suffered this spring.

State coronavirus map shows 27 new cases in Vanderburgh Co.

State coronavirus map shows 27 new COVID-19 cases in Vanderburgh County.

  Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

In areas where COVID-19 is spreading, health experts agree that wearing masks or other face coverings in public helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus when people can't socially distance by staying 6 feet apart.

  Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

  Newburgh childcare facility temporarily closed due to possible COVID-19 exposure

A person who either attends or works at Newburgh Child Development has tested positive for COVID-19, according to childcare officials.

  Splashin’ Safari set to open this weekend

Spashlin’ Safari will open for the first time this season on Saturday, which includes the launch of the Cheetah Chase Water Coaster.

  Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

The Trump administration is promising one of the largest fireworks displays in recent memory in Washington on July Fourth.

  Senior Send-Off: Madisonville Boys Tennis Team

The six seniors were poised to have a big year on the tennis court.

  Stage 5 of Indiana’s reopening plan postponed two weeks due to recent spike in COVID-19 cases

The fifth and final stage of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s “Back on Track Indiana” plan was originally set to start on Saturday, July 4.

  OZ Tyler Distillery reopens to the public

The bourbon hot spot says they’re making changes to accommodate for social distancing.

  Hopkins Co. daycare under quarantine after child tests positive with COVID-19

Hopkins County Public Health Director Denise Beach says a child at a local daycare has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently quarantined, along with some staff and other children from the facility.

  Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

The run-up in cases — blamed in part on "knucklehead behavior" by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules — has raised fears that many states could see the same phenomenon if they reopen too, or that people from the South and West could spread the virus to other regions.

  Petition started to delay EVSC planned start date

A petition has been started online that aims to push back EVSC schools planned start date.

  Gov. Holcomb announces stage ‘4.5‘ reopening, pauses stage 5

The Indiana State Department of Health has updated the coronavirus map.

  Assisted living facility provides hug stations for families

Now that some visitor restrictions are being lifted at assisted living homes in Kentucky, an employee at the Paragon of Madisonville came up with a creative way for families to feel the touch of their loved ones again.

  New exhibit showcases pandemic inspired art

The Arts council of Southwestern Indiana is back open with a new display showcasing local artists.

  Owensboro moving fireworks display away from humane society

The City of Owensboro is relocating one of its “Healthy at Home” Fireworks display locations due to its proximity to The Owensboro Humane Society.

  Health officials provide insight behind COVID-19 uptick in Gibson Co.

An uptick of COVID-19 cases have occurred in Gibson County, and health officials are informing the public of why this is happening.

  Posey County offers COVID-19 antibody testing site

It’s the only place in the county offering the testing right now and the rural community is taking advantage of it.

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

  Tropicana Evansville implements face mask requirement for casino guests

All guests will be required to wear a mask at the Tropicana Casino starting on Thursday.

KY confirms 220 new COVID-19 cases, 7 additional deaths

Kentucky is currently reporting that 15,842 people have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Out of these cases, 4,052 residents have fully recovered from the virus.

5 things to watch for in Thursday’s jobs report for June

Economists have forecast that employers added 3 million jobs in June and that the unemployment rate dropped to 12.3% from 13.3% in May.

  Dems: Government’s ‘deadly delay’ devastated nursing homes

Wednesday's report finds a lack of coordination among government agencies hindered access to coronavirus testing and protective equipment, among other problems.

  Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US

If the protests had driven an explosion in cases, experts say, the jumps would have started to become apparent within two weeks.

  Study: Children can transmit COVID-19 like adults

A new study suggests children may be able to transmit coronavirus similar to infected adults.

  ‘Friday the 13th’-like villain stars in PSA for mask wearing

A New York public service announcement to get people to wear masks during the pandemic stars a character who looks like Jason from ‘Friday the 13th.’

  Health officials look to pool testing as new approach to trace coronavirus

Experts are now considering a new approach: pool testing. Many say it's the necessary next step in testing and tracing COVID-19.

  Bandana is least effective form of face mask, study says

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University are experimenting with different non-medical masks to find the most effective face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Health experts slam US hoarding of only licensed virus drug

Health experts on Wednesday slammed the U.S. decision to hog nearly the entire global supply of remdesivir, the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19, warning that type of selfish behavior sets a dangerous precedent for attempts to share scarce treatments amid the pandemic.

  Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.

  Senate extends small business coronavirus relief program

About $130 billion remains of $660 billion approved so far for the subsidy program, which provides direct subsidies to businesses harmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections.

  Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

In Republican circles -- with the notable exception of the man who leads the party -- the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on.

COVID-19 survivor barely recognizes himself after 25 days in a coma

Ahmad Ayyad went from peak physical condition and competing in obstacle races to losing 60 pounds after being hospitalized due to the coronavirus.

  Sunbelt states rush to line up hospital beds, not barstools, amid virus surge

States such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and California have reversed course, closing or otherwise clamping down on bars, shutting beaches and rolling back restaurant capacity.

  FDA approves an at-home breast cancer treatment

The Food and Drug Administration has approved an at-home breast cancer treatment called Phesgo.

  Fauci: US ‘going in wrong direction’ in coronavirus outbreak

States such as Texas, Florida and California are backtracking, closing beaches and bars or rolling back restaurant restrictions in some cases.

  Paycheck Protection Program coming to an end

The program is credited by government officials for saving millions of jobs, with more than 4.8 million small business owners tapping into the funds, for more than $519 billion in loans.

  Gov. Beshear: 282 new positive cases

The Green River District Health Department is reporting four additional COVID-19 cases Tuesday.

  Pediatrics group strongly encourages return of in-person school

The American Academy of Pediatrics encouraged schools to have the goal of “having students physically present in school” despite the rising tide of COVID-19 infections nationwide.

  Vanderburgh Co. Health Dept. investigates increase in local COVID-19 cases

There have been three days in the last week where Vanderburgh County had more than 10 new cases in a single day.

  Trader Joe’s shopper rants on camera after being told to wear a mask

Video from a Trader Joe’s in California shows a shopper throwing a tantrum after she was told to wear a face covering inside the store.

How risky is flying during the coronavirus pandemic?

Flying can increase your risk of exposure to infection, but airlines are taking some precautions and you can too.

  Serious coronavirus-linked condition hit 285 US children, studies say

The studies show most children recovered after intensive-care treatment, but many had heart complications. The potential for long-term or permanent damage is unknown.

  Nellie’s Restaurant scales back to 50% capacity due to recent COVID-19 spike

The restaurant recently took to social media to say they will be going back to 50 percent capacity due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

  Family of Fla. deputy who died of COVID-19 denied line-of-duty insurance claim

While Florida statutes do classify certain health conditions as “accidental and caused by employment,” the AIG insurance company says that doesn’t technically include COVID-19.

Evansville’s Night on Main series canceled for 2020

Evansville’s Night on Main series for 2020 has been canceled.