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Coronavirus News Roundup: Tuesday, March 10th


Cases of the novel coronavirus –– or the disease caused by the virus, COVID-19 -- continue to mount throughout the Midwest. Some states have turned to closing K-12 schools or colleges.

Here’s the latest from the region: 


  • As of Tuesday afternoon, there are 19 people infected with coronavirus. The state has identified a few of these cases as "community spread" which means the disease is spreading in the community, as opposed to someone traveling in from a country with numerous cases. 
  • Officials are encouraging residents to prepare for disruption of daily activities. 
  • Governor J. B. Pritzker announced a disaster proclamation to help the state tackle a growing number of cases. 


  • There are now eight cases of the coronavirus in Iowa -- a sharp increase from last week.
  • Reader Question: What counties in Iowa has the coronavirus been identified in?
  • Answer from Iowa Public Radio reporter Natalie Krebs: “So far, seven in Johnson County and one in Pottawattamie County. The Johnson County people were all on a cruise in Egypt, and the Pottawattamie County person was recently in California.” 


  • Tuesday afternoon, Indiana University canceled classes at all campuses until two weeks after spring break. Then, classes will continue online until April 5.
  • Since Friday, there have been six reported cases of the virus in Indiana
  • A school district southwest of Indianapolis closed its doors after a student tested positive for coronavirus. 


  • Late yesterday, Ohio health officialsannounced three people are sick with COVID-19, and the Ohio governor declared a state of emergency. 
  • As a measure to contain the virus, Ohio State University has suspended all in-classes through the end of March. Instead, the university is pivoting classroom instruction to online.


  • There remains one active case in St. Louis, Missouri. 


Check back to Side Effects for frequent round-ups of coronavirus news from the Midwest. We also want to help you sort fact from fiction when it comes to coronavirus. Email or text “health” to 73224 with your questions, and we will search for the answers.
This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.  

Carter is a reporter for Side Effects Public Media and WFYI in Indianapolis. She can be reached at