Coronavirus is spreading across the Midwest, and health officials are scrambling to stem the disease -- or prepare for a potential epidemic. Side Effects will keep you updated on this evolving story and share reports from partner stations across the Midwest -- including news of a school closing in Indiana and the first case in Missouri.
Here's the latest from the region:
- There are four reported cases of COVID-19 in Indiana.
- A student has tested positive for the virus, prompting an elementary school to close for two weeks.
- Two Hoosiers infected with coronavirus attended a BioGen conference in Boston, Mass.
- Ohio now has the ability to conduct tests for COVID-19, but due to limited resources the state has created a protocol to determine who to prioritize for testing.
- Ohio does not have a confirmed case yet, but local hospitals are preparing for the virus.
- A St. Louis County woman who was studying in Italy is now presumed to be the state’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.
- This woman’s family violated quarantine by attending a school dance.
- Iowa has seen three presumptive cases of COVID-19.
- Iowans who have recently traveled to certain countries where the novel coronavirus is spreading are being asked to self-isolate for two weeks.
- There have been seven reported cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including the first person-to-person transmission of the disease.
Check back to Side Effects for frequent round-ups of coronavirus news from the Midwest.
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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.