Coroner Prepares For Worst Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Apr 22, 2020

This story is part of Essential Voices, a series of interviews with people confronting COVID-19.

Alfarena McGinty is the chief deputy coroner for Marion County, which oversees metropolitan Indianapolis -- which has had the largest outbreak of the new coronavirus in the state. She spoke with Side Effects reporter Carter Barrett about what it’s been like on the front lines of the county’s morgue, tough choices during this crisis, and how the pandemic reached personal life too. 

Sarah Kuper

Health officials, economists and political leaders are promoting antibody testing as one of the major components of getting COVID-19 under control. The tests are in high demand, but one Spencer County health clinic has acquired some. With patients testing positive, WNIN’s Sarah Kuper tells us, the question is what will officials do with the data?

Indiana May Soon Allow Elective Surgeries Again

Apr 20, 2020

The latest extension of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s “Stay-At-Home” order may allow health care facilities to begin doing elective surgeries.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 41 additional deaths on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 477. The state announced more than 9,500 total confirmed cases, with more than 51,000 Hoosiers tested.

During Monday’s coronavirus news conference, Gov. Eric Holcomb was optimistic about the situation statewide. He emphasized Indiana’s COVID-19 data. 

“I believe that Indiana is, quite frankly, faring better than some other locales around the world,” he said. “We’ll continue to be very transparent about those numbers.”