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Indiana coronavirus updates: 523 more cases and 9 more deaths in the state

Indiana's coronavirus cases jumped by 523 over the last day, now totaling 43,655. ISDH also reported nine additional deaths. There have been a total of 2,394 coronavirus deaths reported.

Thursday's jump in positive cases is nearly double the 275 new cases reported Wednesday. Indiana Cryptocurrency News Thursday's newly reported cases date back to June 22, while the newly reported deaths date back to June 18.

More than 444,000 Hoosiers have been tested for the virus so far, with 9.8 percent testing positive.

See where confirmed Indiana coronavirus cases are with this interactive map

Lebanon schools reopening plans
LCSC will start the 2020-21 school year as scheduled with in-person instruction, five days per week.

Students and staff will be strongly encouraged to wear face masks.

Parents who aren't comfortable sending their children back for medical or other reasons will have a remote-learning option.

You can learn more about the reopening plan by clicking here.

City of Indianapolis launches #MaskUpIndy campaign Indiana Press Release The City of Indianapolis has partnered with local artists to launch the #MaskUpIndy initiative, encouraging residents to wear masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Six local artists created public artwork around the city to illustrate the importance of wearing a mask and promote taking advantage of the city's program offering free face coverings to Marion County residents.

#MaskUpIndy: See the artwork

 City of Indianapolis providing free face coverings to Marion County residents

Businesses, organizations and residents will also be able to display the art in poster form. Businesses and organizations should contact their Mayor's Neighborhood advocate — found online here — to request a poster. Residents can get a poster during business hours at these locations:

Indianapolis Artsgarden
City-County Building
Indianapolis City Market
Original Farmers Market
Indiana Stock Market
Adults looking to get a free face covering should request one here.

Kentucky Derby will run with spectators in September
Spectators will be allowed at the Kentucky Oaks and Derby, Churchill Downs announced.

Under new guidelines, there will be reduced capacity to limit crowd density on Derby weekend. Churchill Downs said general admission tickets that only grant access to the infield will be limited to a specific number of people.

The track will also limit access throughout the facility, specifically to the barn area. Indiana Local News Credentials for employees, media and guests will be reduced.

Guests are encouraged to wear masks at all times, including when going to the restroom, placing a bet, buying food or walking throughout the track.

Hamilton County Schools reopening
Hamilton County schools will be starting on schedule for the next school year.

Changes being made to keep students safe include:

Providing flexible options to meet individual student needs, including both online and face-to-face learning.
Implementing daily screening/self-screening procedures for COVID-19 symptoms.
Asking students and staff to wear masks, at times.
Maximizing facility space with respect to social distancing, including lunch tables spaced out to the greatest extent possible.
Closing water fountains and maintaining water bottle fill stations.
Requiring students and staff to stay home when ill and creating separate spaces in school health clinics to address COVID-19 symptoms.
Transporting students with precautionary safety measures in place.
Enhancing student hygiene practices and building cleaning procedures.
Restricting visitors.
Training staff and students on COVID-19 safety measures.

Specific reopening information for each district will be shared with parents in the coming weeks.

Applications for jobless aid fall to still-high 1.48 million
The number of laid-off workers who applied for unemployment benefits declined slightly to 1.48 million last week, Indiana Political News the 12th straight drop and a sign that layoffs are slowing but are still at a painfully high level.

The steady decline in claims suggests that the job market has begun to slowly heal from the pandemic, which shuttered businesses and sent the unemployment rate up to 14.7% in April, its highest level since the Great Depression.

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