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Indiana Coronavirus Updates: Lawmakers negotiate rescue package

TJ Maxx, Home Goods closing for 2 weeks
TJX Companies, Inc. CEO and President Ernie Herrman released a statement saying all stores — T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Sierra, Winners and Homsense — will be closing globally for two weeks to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Herrman also said online shopping, distribution and fulfillment centers and offices will be closed during this time for T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Sierra.

Associates will still be paid for two weeks during the closures.

No new cases in Wuhan for 2nd day in a row; 10,000 dead worldwide
The death surpassed 10,000 people worldwide on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began, offered a ray of hope with no new infections reported for a second day in a row and only 39 cases reported nationwide.

UK asking doctors, nurses to come out of retirement
Britain is asking 65,000 retired nurses and doctors to return to work to help fight the coronavirus.

The government is sending letters to 50,000 former nurses and 15,000 retired doctors, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he hoped “many, many thousands will respond” to the appeal. He said volunteers would be given training over the next few weeks before being allocated to hospitals.

Final-year nursing and medical students could also be drafted to bolster health care staff.

Trump's team, senators to negotiate $1 trillion economic rescue deal
Members of President Donald Trump's economic team will convene on Capitol Hill to launch negotiations with Senate Republicans and Democrats racing to draft a $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has unveiled a sweeping economic rescue plan to pump $1,200 checks directly to taxpayers, $300 billion for small businesses to keep idled workers on payroll and $208 billion in loans to industries.

The negotiations are certain to encounter difficulties ahead, as some Republicans object and Democrats say it doesn't go far enough.

40 million Californians ordered to stay home
California's 40 million residents should stay home indefinitely and venture outside only for essential jobs, errands and some exercise, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, warning that the coronavirus threatens to overwhelm the state's medical system. It's the most sweeping move by any state so far to curb the spread of the virus.

He assured residents that they “can still take your kids outside, practicing common sense and social distancing. You can still walk your dog.” Restaurant meals can still be delivered to homes.

The governor said he doesn't expect police will be needed to enforce his stay-at-home order, saying “social pressure" already has led to social distancing throughout the state.


Indiana governor orders schools closed until May 1
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb ordered all public and private schools across the state to remain closed to students through at least the end of April among steps aimed at slowing the coronavirus spread.

All Indiana Latest News public school districts had already decided to close or shift to online classwork, but Holcomb said Thursday he was ordering that closure and extending it to private K-12 schools.

Holcomb has also signed orders aimed at easing applications for unemployment benefits.


Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Holcomb ordered all Indiana public and private schools closed to students until at least May 1 to slow the COVID-19 spread. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Business and factory closings are causing surge in Indiana unemployment claims.

Indiana had about 22,500 people file for jobless benefits during the first three days this week. That's more than seven times the number for the full week a year ago.

Reports: 4 US senators dumped stocks before market crash
Four U.S. senators reportedly sold off millions of dollars in stock combined prior to the market crash from the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple independent reports. They are Sens. Richard Burr, R-NC; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga.; and James Inhofe, R-Okla.

Burr, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, dumped more than $1 million of stock after reassuring the public about officials' response to what's now the coronavirus pandemic.

The selloff by the Republican senator from North Carolina Press Release Distribution Service came around the time he and the committee were getting daily briefs on the threat of the new virus, news outlets reported.

Rosie O'Donnell to revive talk show for one time only
Rosie O’Donnell is reviving her old daytime talk show for one time only and her guest list is impressive.

A whos-who of Broadway, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Neil Patrick Harris, Morgan Freeman, Gloria Estefan and Barry Manilow, plan to join O’Donnell on Sunday for a live streaming fundraiser for The Actors Fund.

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