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October 1st, 2020 by
‘WARP SPEED’ OFFICIALS DEBUT PLAN FOR DISTRIBUTING FREE VACCINES
Sept. 16, 2020
Katie Thomas, The New York Times

Federal officials came out with preparations to administer a future vaccine for the novel coronavirus. Officials said they will commence distribution within 24 hours of approval. Their hope is no American has to pay a penny out of pocket for the vaccine.

C.D.C TELLS STATES HOW TO PREPARE FOR COVID-19 VACCINE BY EARLY NOVEMBER
Sept. 2, 2020
Sheila Kaplan, Katherine J. Wu, Katie Thomas, The New York Times

CDC laid out scenarios for officials to prepare to distribute a vaccine by November. Chief health experts Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and Dr. Stephen Hahn have said a vaccine could be available for select groups prior to clinical trials being completed.

BETTER TESTING CAN FIGHT MORE THAN THE PANDEMIC
Aug 22, 2020
Bryan Walsh, Axios

New technology could allow near-constant testing. This is crucial to distinguish the difference between a common cold, the flu, or COVID-19 when winter comes. An innovative range of tests to detect all sorts of different viruses is crucial.

JOHN HAMILTON: MAYOR CARRIES ON AS FAMILY IS HIT BY COVID-19
Aug 22,2020
Carmen Siering, Bloom

As COVID-19 hit Bloomington, the City made major changes. Students were sent home to finish the semester, some became ill, a work-from-home order was declared, including city official and the mayor. The mayor’s wife became ill with the virus on April 9.

REMOTE COVID TESTERS WORKING OUTDOORS COME RAIN OR 90°F
Aug 8, 2020
Susan M. Brackney, Bloom

Rain or shine, COVID doesn’t stop, and neither do frontline occupations. An all-girl group of healthcare workers facilitate the IU Health Remote COVID Testing Site. They conduct the testing in the Southern Indiana Radiological Associates Imaging lot.

HOW ENTERNTAINMENT VENUES ARE IMPACTED BY COVID-19
July 1, 2020
Katrine Bruner, WFHB

Jonah Crismore, director at the Buskirk Chumley Theater, said the dynamic of the theater was on a complete halt with COVID and social isolation. Owner Jared Thompson of the Comedy Attic faulted others for their failure to take proper precautions.

CHEAP STEROID REDUCES COVID-19 DEATHS IN LARGE STUDY
June 16, 2020
Sarah Owermohle, Politico

Dexamethasone, an inexpensive steroid, could be the first known drug to reduce risk of death in severely ill patients suffering from COVID-19. The drug has cut deaths by 1/3 in ventilated patients and 1/5 to those on oxygen, per an Oxford University study.

BLOOMINGTON BUSINESS GETS CREATIVE TO EASE ECONOMIC STRUGGLES FROM COVID-19
April 28, 2020
Ann Lewandowski, Bloomington Beat

Cardinal Spirits in Bloomington was transparent with customers by posting the number of sales they needed each day to stay in business as COVID hit Bloomington. With each transaction, customers were given a free bottle of homemade hand sanitizer.

LOCAL FARMERS WORRY ABOUT THEIR BUSINESSES UNDER EFFECTS OF COVID-19
April 28, 2020
Anna Brown, Bloomington Beat

With the spread of COVID-19 the Farmers Market would shift to online. Lee Jones of Stranger’s Hill Organics said, “I miss the interaction with the customers.” Vendors would face challenges such as packaging and fulfilling hundreds of orders on time.

ETHOS OF NEW PEOPLE’S MARKET FOCUSES ON FOOD JUSTICE, MUTUAL AID
April 16, 2020
Ellen Wu, Limestone Post

Coronavirus worries did not put a stop to the People’s Market launch on March 21. The day shifted to a drive-thru format, and volunteers were masked up and ready for customers. The People’s Market is a co-op of people that support diversity and inclusion.