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The new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have interrupted our lives in countless ways. Our coverage details the medical issues surrounding coronavirus -- and the way it's changing the Midwest.

Latest Coronavirus News, Thursday, March 19

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Washing hands with soap and water remains the most effective way to protect yourself against coronavirus.

Coronavirus cases continue to climb throughout the Midwest, and American’s routines have been significantly disrupted amid the pandemic. President Trump invoked a war-time era law to ramp up production of essential supplies, and some experts and government officials are warning this could be the new normal foras long as 18 months.

Here’s the latest from the region: 




  • There are 35 confirmed cases of the virus statewide. 
  • Like most other Midwest states, restaurants are closed. 




  • Public health officials are asking for donations of personal protective equipment, including gloves, masks and gowns. 
  • There are 38 confirmed casesof the virus.

This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health.

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