As people spend more time outside because of social distancing, tick season is underway. Ticks can spread diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. An Indiana University professor says people need to take extra care — even in their yards. 

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Child care is an essential service for many families, and some providers have been forced to close by the pandemic while others worry about what future demand will look like as businesses begin reopening their doors.

Indiana is moving forward early to the next stage of its plan to relax COVID-19 restrictions. Stage 3 of the governor’s “Back On Track” timeline will now begin Friday for all but three counties statewide.

That next stage – originally set to begin May 24 – allows gyms, fitness centers, community pools, campgrounds and tennis and basketball courts to open within social distancing restrictions and sanitation guidelines.

Thursday is the last day for Hoosiers to request a vote-by-mail ballot for this year's primary.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 38 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,716. The state announced more than 29,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 195,000 Hoosiers tested.