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Indiana coronavirus updates: 14 more deaths, 2,159 total cases

ndiana Gov. Eric Holcomb addressed abortions and the extension of the state's ban on dining in at restaurants and bars during his press briefing on Tuesday. ISDH commissioner Kristina Box discussed Tuesday's increase in reported cases and deaths, cautioning that "we have a very long way to go before the peak."

Salvation Army of Indiana receives $5 million from Lilly Endowment
The Salvation Army of Indiana received $5 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support COVID-19 response. 

"The Salvation Army is deeply commitment to alleviating Indiana News human suffering - it's in their DNA," said Ronni Kloth, Lilly Endowment's vice president for community development, in a release. "Through outreach to low-income individuals and families in need of food and shelter as well as counseling, mentoring and spiritual support, they care for communities every day. In times of crisis the Salvation Army is able to spring into action to help even more people through difficult times. We're grateful for how the Salvation Army is helping our nation during this pandemic."

The Salvation Army in Indiana has set up drive-through pantries and take-out feeding programs. It says the grant will help sustain programming once the coronavirus crisis ends, including emergency assistance, youth programs, summer camps and rehabilitation services.

“We are all impacted by the coronavirus, but our brothers and sisters living in poverty are feeling it more significantly, which is causing a strain on our resources,” said Major Robert Webster, divisional commander for The Salvation Army’s Indiana Division. “As our staff and volunteers are called to go above and beyond in service, we have been praying faithfully for a miracle to make it possible for us to continue ministering now and into the future, here in Indiana. May God bless those who will be served today, tomorrow and in the future because of this amazing gift of love.”

Indy Parks closing basketball and tennis courts
To encourage Hoosiers to maintain social distancing guidelines, Indy Parks is closing all of its basketball and tennis courts.

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IMPD and Indy Parks announced the closures in a Tuesday afternoon news release. Playgrounds had already been closed at city parks to limit spread of the virus.

“Our team wholeheartedly supports fitness and recreational activities,” Indy Parks director Linda Broadfoot said in the news release, “but at this time we need the public’s help to practice social distancing, take health precautions, and avoid gathering in groups.”

Parks programming and rental registrations are suspended, while parks facilities like family centers are closed.

Last week, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation closed a section of the Monon Greenway because users were not following social distancing guidelines.

Holcomb extends restaurant, bar dine-in ban through April 6 
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb issued an executive order Tuesday extending the dine-in ban on restaurants, bars and nightclubs through April 6. They are still allowed to provide take-out, drive-thru and delivery services.

Holcomb issued two executive orders Monday regarding food and dining, including one enforcing stiffer penalties for establishments that continue to allow dine-in patrons and one easing restrictions on alcohol permits that allowed carryout. 

Tide offers free laundry services for Indianapolis front-line responders
Tide is offering free laundry and dry-cleaning to medical Press Release Distribution Services In Indiana personnel, police officers and firefighters in Indianapolis, along with Houston and Phoenix, until April 30. Six locations around Indianapolis are available, including downtown, Zionsville, Noblesville and Fishers.

Responders are asked to bring their laundry in a bag (trash bags are fine). There is a limit of four 13-gallon bags per household per week. Typical turnaround time is two days.

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