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Sunday, March 14, 2021 1:00 am

Timeline March to April 2020

March 3: (US.The Federal Reserve slashes interest rates by half a percentage point in an attempt to give the U.S. economy a jolt in the face of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. March 4: (AC) Allen County Health Department convenes meeting of more than 200 community representatives at Memorial Coliseum to start preparing the region for the ripple effects if the novel coronavirus becomes widespread. Health Commissioner Deborah McMahan warns if the spread rises to pandemic levels, it would be a “game changer for a community.” March 4: (FW) The Pandemic Preparedness Advisory Committee meets with community leaders to start preparing the Fort Wayne region for the ripple effects of a more widespread presence of the virus.

March 5: (IN) Concerns about the new coronavirus prompt Purdue University and other colleges to cancel or postpone international trips. Purdue's decision to suspend all university-sponsored student travel to international places during the upcoming spring break is consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

March 5: (FW) Purdue University, Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana Tech cancel or discourage travel abroad. The University of Saint Francis reports it doesn't have any international trips scheduled.

March 6: (IN) Gov. Eric Holcomb declares a public health emergency for the state of Indiana to increase coordination across all levels of government in the state's response to coronavirus, as well as making the state eligible to receive federal dollars. The Indiana State Department of Health also confirmed the first case of coronavirus in a Marion County resident with a recent history of travel to a Boston event tied to several cases in other states.

March 7: (W) WHO marks the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassing 100,000 globally by issuing a statement calling for action to stop, contain, control, delay and reduce the impact of the virus.

March 9: (NI) Northeast Indiana has its first case of COVID-19, as officials announce a “presumptive positive” test, based on state lab results, for the coronavirus in a patient in Noble County. Meanwhile, two Paulding County, Ohio, residents are in quarantine after they recently traveled to Italy – the European epicenter of the disease with about 9,200 cases.

March 9: (FW) Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson says the district will remain open but thinks the nation isn't prepared if the new coronavirus causes widespread illness. Three students and one teacher are sent home because they live with someone who is quarantined due to possible exposure.

March 10: (IN) Indiana and Purdue universities announce they will suspend face-to-face instruction to limit spread of the new coronavirus.

March 11: (W) WHO declares the global COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic and urges governments to detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response.

March 11: (US) President Donald Trump announces he is restricting travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.

March 11: (FW) As one ECHL team, Toledo, was unable to play with fans because of a new edict in Ohio, the Komets played what would be their final game of the season, beating Wichita 7-2. The Mad Ants play what would be their final game of the season, winning 111-103 at Grand Rapids, Michigan, just hours before the league shuts down. They had seven games left in a 50-game season and were battling to make the playoffs.

March 11: (FW) The Allen County Health Department announces a person with COVID-19 was at the recent Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show at Memorial Coliseum. There still are no confirmed local cases, but the patient – a vendor who was diagnosed after leaving Fort Wayne – was at the show “for a limited amount of time Feb. 27,” the department said. Also, FAME, the Foundation for Art and Music in Education, says in a Twitter post that the weekend festival is canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Purdue University Fort Wayne announces it will extend spring break for another week. PFW also announced that beginning March 23 all ­classes will be taught online until further notice, “potentially through the end of the semester.” The University of Saint Francis also joins the list of colleges shifting to online lessons.

March 12: (US) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics cancels all of its winter championships, affecting local teams. The NCAA also cancels the men's and women's Division I basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships, including the Big Ten. The ECHL suspends its season because of the pandemic, affecting the Fort Wayne's local Komets hockey team, and will determine at a later date if the 2019-20 season can be resumed. The suspension affects the Komets, who had 10 of their 72 games remaining and looked as if they would qualify for the postseason.

March 12: (IN) Holcomb announces additional steps the state will take to reduce the spread of the coronavirus including limiting gatherings to 250 people, extending 20-day waivers of the required 180 instructional days for schools, visitor restrictions at nursing facilities, hospitals and Department of Correction facilities, encouraging businesses to allow employees to work from home, and suspension of nonessential travel. Twelve cases have been reported in the state.

March 12: (AC) Three hours of discussion does little to clarify efforts by Allen County health officials to blunt the effects of the new coronavirus on schools, businesses and sports and entertainment venues. The Board of Health meets to discuss recommendations including limiting crowd sizes at public gatherings and whether to order schools to close, but talks stall amid concerns more time was needed to consider the sweeping guidelines. The board decides to solicit input from school and business leaders and vote March 16 on rules designed to prevent the virus' spread. Face-to-face contact between Allen County Jail inmates and the public – including attorneys and law enforcement – is halted indefinitely as a precaution. The restrictions also affect chaplains and support staff such as kitchen workers, other than confinement officers.

March 12: (FW) FWCS and Northwest Allen County Schools districts cancel events and trips. Visitors to the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System's Fort Wayne campus are being pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Ivy Tech Community College, including its Fort Wayne and Warsaw locations, delays the continuation of current courses and the start of new eight-week courses until March 23, when the college will move to delivering all courses online. Indiana Tech also moves all traditional undergraduate and College of Professional Studies in-person classes online through March 30. Purdue University Fort Wayne cancels the remaining two events in the 2019-20 season of the Omnibus Speaker Series.

March 13: (W) WHO announces Europe had become the epicenter of the pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined apart from China. March 13: (US) Trump declares a national emergency to free up $50 billion in federal resources to combat coronavirus. March 13: (IN) Holcomb releases additional guidance to help Hoosiers impacted by the coronavirus, including Medicaid eligibility, SNAP benefits, child care services, senior citizen meal deliveries, school lunch programs and student assessments. Regulations on commercial vehicles are also waived to aid delivery of needed supplies to retailers.

March 13: (AC) Each of Allen County's four public school districts announce closures, marking the first major disruption of local services as part of the new coronavirus pandemic that has left more than 137,000 sickened worldwide. Several parochial schools and public school districts in surrounding counties follow suit, with the moves likely to create ripple effects for employers, child care operations and thousands of area families.

March 14: (FW) The ECHL cancels the rest of its season. The Komets, in their 68th year of play, have 10 games remaining in their 72-game regular season. “It's a sad day. In our 30 years (of owning the team), we've never not been playing on March 14,” Komets President Michael Franke said. “It is very, very strange and the entire circumstance of why we're not playing is obviously scary. You just see that going around town each day, going to the drugstore or the grocery store or whatever. It's just a very scary time. I think this was the only decision that we can make.”

March 14: (IN) Indiana Michigan Power announces it will temporarily suspend all disconnections for nonpayment. NIPSCO also emails customers similar correspondence.

March 14: (NI) Wells County reports its first COVID-19 case. Fifteen people have tested positive in Indiana.

March 14: (FW) The ECHL cancels the remainder of its season. March 16: (US) PresidentTrump estimates when life in the U.S. could be back to normal by saying, “We'll see what happens, but they think August, could be July, could be longer than that.”

March 16: (IN) In-person events are limited to 50 people or less; 273 public school districts are closed, using e-learning days or on spring break and have announced a future closure; bars, nightclubs and restaurants close to in-person patrons; elective and non-urgent surgical procedures are suspended. The state marks its first death from the coronavirus, a patient in a Marion County hospital. Testing remains limited, and only those with severe symptoms or who are in high-risk categories are currently being tested.

March 16: (FW) Turnstone leaders decide to close their facilities and cancel programming and services until at least March 31. Vera Bradley's popular annual outlet sale originally planned for April 15-19 is also canceled. The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne announces it will cancel all classes, events and programs but facilities will remain open with restrictions in place.

March 17: (US) The number of reported Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. reaches 100 just weeks after the first reported casualty.

March 17: (NI) Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades issues a directive that all weekday and Sunday celebrations of Mass be suspended in all parishes of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to control the spread of the coronavirus. A second patient in Johnson County has died from the coronavirus and the state's confirmed case total rises to 30.

March 17: (FW) By this date, many city and county governmental offices have closed and necessary services have moved online or late fees waived. Museums, historical societies and other attractions including the Foellinger-Freiman Botanical Conservatory and area cinemas have closed or canceled programming. Animal shelters and other necessary services are limiting visitation or restricting access. The annual Tapestry event, originally set for April 24 at Memorial Coliseum, is postponed.

March 18: (W) WHO and partners launch the Solidarity trial, an international clinical trial that aims to generate robust data from around the world to find the most effective treatments for COVID-19. While randomized clinical trials normally take years to design and conduct, the Solidarity trial was designed to accelerate this process. March 18: (US) Trump signs into law a coronavirus relief package that includes provisions for free testing for Covid-19 and paid emergency leave. March 18: (IN) The Indiana State Department of Health partners with Eli Lilly and Co. to accelerate COVID-19 testing in the state. The Indiana Department of Education announces all school districts are closed.

March 18: (AC) Allen County courts announce emergency measures designed to protect workers and the public from the new coronavirus. The unprecedented moves approved by the Indiana Supreme Court affect nearly all Superior and Circuit court operations and include postponing dozens of scheduled trials through April 13, canceling nonessential business and limiting criminal court proceedings to litigants, lawyers, court employees and reporters. Courts will remain open.

March 18: (FW) Fort Wayne City Council approves a COVID-19 employee and operations policy to pay city workers who may have to quarantine as part of the ongoing global epidemic. The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Classic, scheduled for May 28-June 1, is canceled.

March 19: (W) At a news conference, officials from China's National Health Commission report no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases for the first time since the pandemic began. March 19: (US) The first statewide stay-at-home restrictions are enacted in California by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The federal government postpones the tax payment deadline 90 days from April 15 to July 15.

March 19: (IN) Holcomb announces Indiana small businesses are eligible for financial assistance under a disaster designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The program provides targeted, low-interest loans up to $2 million. Holcomb signs executive orders that extend the closure of schools to May 1; expand unemployment insurance benefits; and provide economic relief and protections for individuals and businesses including waiving property tax late fees, prohibiting essential utility companies from shutting off services for non-payment and suspension of eviction proceedings. The current state of emergency is also extended an additional 30 days when it expires on April 5. In the past 24 hours, about 200 tests have been completed.

March 19: (NI) The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles announces that Hoosier drivers will not incur late fees if they cannot get to a BMV branch to renew their license during the pandemic. In-person branch visits, except when necessary, are discouraged. The changes will be in place for 60 days.

March 19: (AC) Two Allen County residents are in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, and health experts said the number of patients with confirmed cases of the new coronavirus could soon balloon. One female patient is “a young adult” who recently traveled abroad and began showing symptoms after returning to the U.S. The other patient - officials wouldn't reveal the gender - is “an older adult with underlying chronic health conditions.” The female patient is in isolation at home, and the other patient is being treated at a hospital.

March 20: (IN) Holcomb seeks to move the primary from May 5 to June 2, as well as recommend the suspension of eligibility rules for absentee ballots.

March 20: (AC) Two more Allen County residents test positive for the virus. Allen County commissioners approve a COVID-19 policy for county employees and governmental procedures in effect until April 16.

March 20: (FW) City golf courses close. Purdue Fort Wayne postpones commencement ceremonies.

March 21: (AC) The state health commissioner announces all church gatherings in Allen County are prohibited, including those held in non-church venues and effective until April 11.

March 21: (FW) Two Fort Wayne firefighters are in quarantine due to possible exposure to the coronavirus. as the Fort Wayne Fire Department adjusts its response to emergency calls.One Fort Wayne firefighter was placed under quarantine by the Allen County Board of Health after it was determined he was exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 patient. The second firefighter went into self-quarantine after returning from England.

March 22: (US) Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's administration enacts a stay-at-home order as the number of confirmed cases in the state spike to more than 350. March 22: (AC) Allen County's first COVID-19 death is reported. The patient was an older adult already hospitalized after testing positive for the virus and had chronic health issues, the local health department said.

March 23: (IN) Holcomb addresses the state and orders Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7. As of this morning, 1,960 tests have been completed, with 259 positive cases and 7 deaths reported.

March 23: (AC) Parkview Health announces it needs volunteers to create sheet masks, which can help contain the wearer's germs and mitigate virus spread to others. The masks could be used by Parkview patients, visitors or non-clinical workers. The health care provider otherwise has an adequate supply of personal protective equipment, such as face masks and face shields, for front-line caregivers.

March 24: (W) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach agree to postpone The Olympics in Tokyo are postponed until 2021 amid the outbreak.

March 24: (FW) Fort Wayne closes all city park playgrounds. Citi­link begins operating on a limited schedule but at no charge to riders.

March 25: (US) The White House and Senate leaders reach an agreement on a $2 trillion stimulus deal to offset the economic damage of coronavirus. March 25: (IN) The Indiana Election Commission officially approves moving the primary election to June 2 while Gov. Eric Holcomb and key staff address the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Indiana has 477 positive cases and 14 deaths.

March 26: (W) The WHO Director-General addresses the G20 Summit on COVID-19, chaired by King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and called on G20 leaders to fight, unite and ignite against COVID-19. March 26: (US) Labor Department data show a record 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits during the previous week, as a result of business shutdowns to stop the spread of the coronavirus. This is the highest number of initial jobless claims since the agency started tracking the data in 1967.

March 26: (FW) Fort Wayne FC, the Summit City's yet-to-take-the-field semi-pro soccer team, will have to wait for next season to make its National Premier Soccer League debut. The club, which was set to open play in the Great Lakes Conference of the NPSL on May 23, receives word that the league has canceled the remainder of the season for all of its conferences.

March 27: (US) Trump signs a record $2 trillion stimulus package into law. The death toll surpasses the number of people who died, directly or indirectly, from Hurricane Katrina. March 27: (NI) The LaGrange County Health Department reports the county's first two cases of the novel coronavirus, and the Noble County Health Department reports the second case in that county. Allen County has 22 confirmed cases.

March 27: (AC) To manage the jail population during the coronavirus crisis, Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull and the Allen County prosecutor's office order the release of 20 inmates with misdemeanor charges. The inmates, released March 25, are not those who pose a threat to the community and were within 30 days of their release date, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Michael McAlexander said.

March 29: (US) The United States COVID-19 death toll surpasses the number killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

March 30: (IN) Holcomb issues an executive order expanding the number of medical staff available to help with a spike in COVID-19 patients by allowing professionals who do not currently hold an active license to practice, including medical professionals who retired or became inactive in the last five years, hold licenses in other states, or certain medical students and graduates.

March 31: (IN) Closures of bars and restaurants to in-person dining is extended to April 6.

April 1: (IN) Holcomb and Indi­anapo­lis Mayor Joe Hogsett with a coalition of statewide business and community partners announce #INthistogether, a social distancing campaign to help flatten the COVID-19 curve in Indiana. The campaign will help Hoosiers understand the importance of social distancing, provide access to helpful tips and information and galvanize communitywide commitment to flattening the curve.

April 1: (NI) DeKalb County announces its first death, a woman in Huntington, while Allen County's COVID-19 case count s nearly doubles to 46. April 1:(NI) A woman in Huntington becomes that county's first death, while Allen County's COVID-19 caseload increases to 46.

April 2: (W) WHO reports evidence of transmission from symptomatic, pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people infected with COVID-19, noting that transmission from a pre-symptomatic case can occur before symptom onset. Globally, the total number of coronavirus cases surpasses 1 million, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.

April 2: (US) According to the Department of Labor, 6.6 million U.S. workers file for their first week of unemployment benefits in the week ending March 28, the highest number of initial claims in history.

April 2: (IN) Holcomb signs an executive order requiring all K-12 schools in Indiana provide instruction via remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year and outlines options for districts to continue education during the fight against COVID-19. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill reports that consumers have submitted dozens of price-gouging complaints to his office regarding high prices at superstores, home improvement stores, grocery stores, e-commerce websites and more on goods such as toilet paper, food, cleaning products and other items.

April 2: (AC) The Allen County Building Department expands a program to conduct inspections through online photo documentation in keeping with precautions to stem the spread of COVID-19. The department also suspends in-person inspections of health care facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes.

April 2: (FW) A Fort Wayne family physician begins offering a limited number of a newly approved type of test for the novel coronavirus called nasal lavage. The test is being made available to doctors through LabCorp.

April 3: (US) Trump says his administration is now recommending Americans wear “non-medical cloth” face coverings, a reversal of previous guidance that suggested masks were unnecessary for people who weren't sick.

April 3: (IN) Indiana is granted a federal major disaster declaration, which provides funds to help communities recover from COVID-19. The funding can be used to cover costs of emergency needs including crisis counseling, food programs, temporary shelters, protective equipment, safety resources and personnel. Holcomb also signs an executive order to extend the public health emergency by an additional 30 days to May 5, and the stay-at-home order is extended until April 20.

April 3: (AC) Courts in Allen County cancel jury trials through at least April 30 to help combat the spread of the new coronavirus.

April 4: (W) WHO reports over a million cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed worldwide, a more than tenfold increase in less than a month.

April 4: (AC) A third person dies of the coronavirus in Allen County, with a total known positive case count of 67.

April 5: (US) The U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpasses the number of people who died in the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. April 5: (AC) The Allen County Department of Health reports a fourth person has died. Wells County issues “isolation packets” that contain a color-coded paper system senior residents can hang on windows to communicate their needs in a socially distanced, no-contact manner.

April 6: (W) WHO issues updated guidance on masks, including a new section on advice to decision-makers on mask use by healthy people in communities.

April 6: (IN) Holcomb issues a new two-week stay-at-home order designed to limit interactions among Hoosiers to increase containment of COVID-19. As a part of this action, Holcomb also extended for two weeks the orders that limit in-person public activity at state government offices and put restrictions on the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. As of today, 4,944 people have tested positive and 139 people have died from the disease. There are now positive tests in 89 of 92 counties.

April 6: (US) Kroger announces it will begin limiting the number of people in its stores to half-capacity.

April 6: (AC) Two more Allen County residents die for a total of six, and Whitley County reports its first COVID-19 death.

April 6: (FW) Science Central cancels all programs, events and outreaches through April 21 and will be closed to the public until further notice.

April 7: (AC) Black patients constitute 25% of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Allen County, according to new statistics from the local health department. Demographic data was released during a video conference with reporters, hours after the country's top doctor said Black Americans are at higher risk. Among other statistics on local cases: More than half – 58% of cases – require hospitalization, and about 57% of infected patients are men. About a third, 31%, are between the ages of 0 and 49. The remaining 69% are older than 50.

April 8: (W) China reopens Wuhan after a 76-day lockdown.

April 9: (W) WHO marks 100 days since the first cases of “pneumonia with unknown cause” were reported. April 9: (IN) Holcomb issues guidance for religious institutions to stop the spread of the virus, including closing church buildings and other physical locations for worship, livestreaming services, using the minimum number of necessary personnel, use of masks, and conducting drive-in services as long as attendees remain in their vehicles at all times.

April 9: (FW) Fort Wayne Community Schools moves up plans to fully implement one-to-one technology a year early, from fall 2021 to the next academic year, Superintendent Wendy Robinson told families in a letter. The access makes remote learning easier; additional federal funding is making the earlier implementation possible. One-to-one technology means every student is assigned a device, such as a tablet or laptop computer. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic announces the cancellation of the remainder of its 2019-20 season, including all concerts and events through May 17. Summer 2020 concerts are scheduled to begin June 26.

April 10: (US) New York state records more than 162,000 total cases of Covid-19, more cases than any other country outside of the U.S. April 10: (IN) State officials announce a $70 million loss from projections for March, largely due to the shutdown of casinos, and expect revenue to continue to plummet for April.

April 11: (IN) Schools throughout the region have relaxed academic policies and practices after shifting courses from in-person instruction to remote learning. Universities including Purdue Fort Wayne, Indiana Tech, Saint Francis, Manchester and Trine are letting students forgo traditional letter grades for other options. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education says alternative grading policies are being adopted statewide. While these and other decisions about campus closures remain within the purview of the institutions, the commission is working with colleges to ensure grading modifications preserve standing policies on transfer of credit, the agency said.

April 11: (NI) LaGrange announces its first COVID-19 death, an Amish man, highlighting concerns on how to reach a segment of the population that shuns modern communication technology.

April 12: (IN) Concerns grow about which businesses should remain open, given Indiana's stay-at-home order and despite a lengthy list of “essential businesses.” As of April 9, the state had 214 complaints about nonessential businesses being open. Of those, 134 were deemed essential and 80 were issued warnings telling them to close or face further action.

April 14: (US) Trump announces he is halting funding to WHO while a review is conducted over WHO's role in mismanagement of the coronavirus response.

April 14: The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo announces it will delay its opening, the first time in the zoo's 56-year history. Officials don't know when the zoo will open, but will stay in contact with local health officials and open the zoo as soon as it is safe.

April 15: (W) The number of global confirmed COVID-19 cases hits 2 million, doubling from 1 million in less than two weeks.

April 15: (US) New Census Bureau numbers show that retail sales slumped 8.7% in March, the worst monthly decline since the Bureau started keeping records in 1992.

April 15: (NI) The federal government is funneling about $16.6 million to northeast Indiana colleges. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act also will provide the region's K-12 schools an estimated $20.8 million, including about $13.7 million to Allen County schools. The Indiana Department of Education expects to have final totals soon.

April 15: (AC) Public health officials say most Allen County residents killed by COVID-19 have been older and male. Among the reported 18 deaths to date, the average age is 78.9. Fifteen were men and three women; 15 were white and three were Black.

April 16: (US) The U.S. death toll surpasses the number of military personnel who died in the Korean War.

April 16: (IN) The governors of Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky promise to work in close coordination to reopen the Midwest economy safely. They agree to make decisions based on facts, science and recommendations from experts in health care, business, labor and education.

April 17: (IN) Holcomb extends the stay-at-home order for Hoosiers to May 1 while starting to make plans for a rolling return to a new normal.

April 18: (W) WHO and Global Citizen co-host the “One World: Together At Home” concert, a global on-air special to celebrate and support front-line health care workers. The concert raises a total of $127.9 million.

April 20: (FW) Middle Waves Music Festival is postponed until 2021.

April 21: (US) California's Santa Clara County announces autopsy results that show two Californians died of the coronavirus in early and mid-February, three weeks before the previously known first U.S. death from the virus.

April 24: (IN) Elective procedures are permitted again in the state, and reviews of unemployment insurance claim appeals during the fight against COVID-19 are expedited.

April 25: (US) The U.S. death toll surpasses the number who died from influenza and pneumonia in 2017. April 27: (US) The death toll surpasses the number of U.S. military personnel who died in the Vietnam War.

April 28: (US) The U.S. passes 1 million confirmed cases of the virus, according to Johns Hopkins.

April 28: (IN) Holcomb announces OptumServe Health Services, powered by Logistics Health Inc., will open sites across the state in the next seven days to begin large-scale testing of Hoosiers. In the first 30 days, 100,000 Hoosiers are expected to be tested. Testing is for any symptomatic Hoosier, close contacts of positive cases or residents of congregate living settings.

April 29: (US) The death toll surpasses 62,000, the high-end estimate for flu deaths during the entire 2019-20 flu season, in just three months.

April 30: (US) The death toll surpasses the number of U.S. military personnel who died in Vietnam, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan combined.

April 30: (IN) Hoosier COVID-19 deaths top 1,000 and claim the first life of someone under 19. 

 

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