On Jan. 30, 2020, Ball State undertook its first measures in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak by suspending all work-related travel to China.
Following Indiana's first-ever confirmed illness linked to the virus outbreak, The Daily News has been covering the global pandemic as changes unfold in the Ball State and Muncie communities while also sharing international, national and statewide stories related to the pandemic.
The following is a compilation of all stories posted on the The Daily News website relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Delaware County
As of late Sunday, the Delaware County Health Department (DCHD) has reported a total of three individuals within the county testing positive for SAR-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection.
Some facts about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic
The following is a list of facts about the COVID-19 pandemic based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Muncie Central High School staff reflects on experiences with COVID-19 learning
Drew Shermeta, a social studies teacher at Muncie Central High School (MCHS), said he is impressed the seniors have found time to balance work and school.
Indiana governor's executive order allows pharmacy students to apply for temporary license
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order Wednesday to allow pharmacy students who have completed their course work to apply for temporary licenses to fight the spread of COVID-19, according to a press release.
Biden, liberal court candidate win chaotic Wisconsin vote
A liberal challenger on Monday ousted a conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice endorsed by President Donald Trump, overcoming a successful push by Republicans to forge ahead with last week’s election even as numerous other states postponed theirs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Amid pandemic, Christians celebrate an Easter like no other
Christians around the world celebrated Easter Sunday isolated in their homes by the coronavirus while pastors preached the faith’s joyous news of Christ’s resurrection to empty pews. One Florida church drew a large turnout for a drive-in service in a parking lot.
Pope urges solidarity on an Easter of both joy, virus sorrow
Pope Francis called for solidarity the world over to confront the “epochal challenge” posed by the coronavirus pandemic, as Christians celebrated a solitary Easter Sunday, blending the joyful feast day with sorrow over the toll the virus has already taken.
IU Health seeks COVID-19 survivors to donate plasma for potential cure
Indiana University (IU) Health sent out a press release April 11 asking for patients that have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma to research a potential cure.
In a test of faith, Christians mark Good Friday in isolation
Christians commemorated Jesus’ crucifixion without the solemn church services or emotional processions of past years, marking Good Friday in a world locked down by the coronavirus pandemic.
Ball State provost provides updates on credit/no credit option
In a campus-wide email Friday, Susana Rivera-Mills, Ball State's provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, provided updates on the university's extension of the availability of the credit/no credit option.
Ball State University Bookstore cancels cap and gown orders
Graduating students who placed orders for their caps and gowns to be collected at Ball State University Bookstore for the spring 2020 commencement will not receiving them amid COVID-19 concerns.
Ball State athletic training senior reflects on switching to telemedicine
For Spencer Tonner, the value of athletic trainers and athletic training shouldn’t be understated during times like these.
All Ball State summer classes moved online
In a campus wide email sent Wednesday, Susana Rivera-Mills, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Ball State, announced all in-person classes for the summer 2020 semester will transition to virtual teaching and learning.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened Monday, just a day after he was admitted for what were said to be routine tests.
Ball State, Muncie libraries to document everyday life during COVID-19 pandemic
In a collaborative effort, Ball State's Libraries Archives and Special Collections, Everyday Life in Middletown project, and Muncie Public Library are asking community members to document life during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Ball State press release.
U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic
As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.
IU Health Ball Memorial, Red Cross host community blood drive to address supply needs
Steady supplies of blood donations to hospitals through blood drives is one of the critical needs disrupted due to stricter guidelines imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
One Ball State Day to emphasize critical needs of students
Ball State is shifting emphasis of One Ball State Day, scheduled to take place April 7, to address the critical needs of its students, particularly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a university press release.
Indiana governor extends virus stay-home order 2 weeks
Indiana’s stay-at-home order was extended Friday for two more weeks as the state’s number of coronavirus-related deaths topped 100 with an anticipated peak of infections still weeks away.
Ball State employee says he tested positive for COVID-19
According to a university press statement Thursday, a Ball State public safety employee has let the university know he as tested positive for COVID-19.
All Indiana K-12 schools to provide remote learning for remaining school year
Gov. Eric Holcomb today signed an executive order requiring all K-12 schools in Indiana to provide instruction via remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, according to a press release from the governor's office.
Village restaurants try to sustain business amid statewide COVID-19 restriction
When people ask Ball State students like Maddie Carmel how she's doing, she replies, “Happy to have a job.”
White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus
President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a “rough two-week period” ahead as the White House released new projections that there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.
MCS distributes free meals for students during COVID-19 pandemic
While she doesn’t mind having her kids at home, Angelica Lucio said having to feed them extra meals because they’re not in school due to the statewide K-12 school closure “is a lot.”
Ball State extends deadlines, availability of credit/no credit option for students
In a campus-wide email Monday, Susana Rivera-Mills, provost and executive vice president for student affairs, said Ball State will provide grading alternatives for the spring 2020 semester by extending the deadlines and availability of the credit/no credit option.
Trump adds 30 days to distancing guidelines as virus spreads
President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S.
Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes
President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.
Piatt: Sports world now has brand new meaning for 'normal'
During The Daily News’ editorial board meeting March 12, I got a call back from Ball State Athletic Director Beth Goetz. I excused myself from the room and asked her a few questions, just trying to figure out what in the world was happening.
House passes $2.2T rescue package, rushes it to Trump
Acting swiftly in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic.
Board of Trustees approves paid leave plan for Ball State employees impacted by COVID-19
Ball State’s Board of Trustees approved the Extraordinary Temporary Paid Leave Plan at its virtual meeting Friday to prevent university employees from being adversely affected economically by the impact of COVID-19.
Ball State School of Music to host virtual concert series
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several Ball State organizations have had to cancel their in-person events for the rest of the semester, including the Ball State School of Music’s public performances.
Indiana governor signs new executive order to help fight COVID-19
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a new executive order Thursday that adds to the state's additional efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high
Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — almost five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.
6 tips to work, study from home more efficiently
With online learning being a part of Ball State students’ daily routines, some students may have trouble concentrating, which can be incredibly time consuming. While adjusting to the new online schooling environment, consider these six tips to go about your school work efficiently and effectively by staying focused on the task at hand.
Senate unanimously passes massive coronavirus aid plan
The Senate passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Second Harvest hosts food tailgate at Muncie Mall
Being the manager of a cafe that is now closed, Sophia Hopkins, general manager for Riverside Cafe, said that she “likes to play it safe.”
Ball State seniors reflect on cancellation of May commencement and abrupt end to school
Anxious, nervous and frustrated — that’s how Gabriel Kinder described his feelings on the numerous changes implemented at the university and elsewhere.
Ball State provides information on resources for students during COVID-19 pandemic
While Ball State closes residence halls and some facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, resources in Muncie and the university are still available for students.
Second Harvest Food Bank helps feed community during COVID-19 pandemic
Ralph Whysong said he has been a truck driver for Second Harvest Food Bank for nearly 10 years, and he’s never seen a turnout for free food distribution like he did March 21 at Delta High School.
Tokyo Olympics postponed, U.S. closes in on relief package
The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday postponed this summer’s Tokyo Games for a year as coronavirus deaths mounted around the world and U.S. lawmakers closed in on a nearly $2 trillion deal to help cushion the economic damage from the crisis.
Ball State to close residence halls by March 24
Following Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's stay-at-home order and communication from Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns, Ball State will be closing all residence halls earlier — by Tuesday, March 24.
Muncie City Council holds virtual special meeting
Muncie City Council’s special meeting Monday started with the invocation of the Pledge of Allegiance, except for one change — it was done over a teleconference meeting.
Indiana Gov. Holcomb announces 'stay-at-home' order
Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday to order Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies and for health and safety.
Ball State cancels May commencement ceremonies
In an email sent Monday morning, Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns announced the cancelation of the spring 2020 commencement ceremonies.
Virus outbreak means (mis)information overload: How to cope
The coronavirus pandemic is leading to information overload for many people, often making it difficult to separate fact from fiction and rumor from deliberate efforts to mislead.
Ball State updates COVID-19 action plan in response to disaster emergency declaration
Following Delaware County's emergency disaster declaration Friday, Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns sent a campus-wide email updating the university's action plan in accordance with the declaration.
Delaware County has first death due to COVID-19
In a press release, the Delaware County Health Department (DCHD) confirmed the first death due to SAR-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 infection.
Delaware County commissioners update emergency disaster declaration
The Delaware County Board of Commissioners signed an emergency disaster declaration Friday listing additional closures of businesses in the county, effective immediately.
IU Health begins COVID-19 testing through its pathology laboratory
Indiana University (IU) Health now has the capability to test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, using its pathology laboratory, according to a press release from the hospital.
Delaware County Health Department reports county's first case of COVID-19
The Delaware County Health Department (DCHD) reported late Friday that an individual within the county has tested positive through lab testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection, according to a (DCHD) press release.
Here's where Muncie Community Schools is distributing meals
All schools in Indiana, including Muncie Community Schools (MCS), will remain closed until May 1, following the announcement by Gov. Eric Holcomb Thursday.
Indiana’s May 5 primary postponed due to coronavirus threat
Indiana political leaders said Friday that they decided to postpone the state’s May 5 primary because of concern about the coronavirus pandemic.
Income tax filing deadline moved to July 15 from April 15
The income tax filing date has been pushed back from April 15, to July 15, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
6 feet apart: How to stay entertained while social distancing
For the remainder of the semester, most Ball State events students turn to for entertainment have been canceled due to COVID-19, including University Program Board’s Late Nites, Ball State’s Theatre and Dance performances and more.
Ball State closes recreational facilities after disaster emergency declaration
In light of Thursday's joint disaster emergency declaration by Delaware County and the City of Muncie, Ball State announced it will be closing all its recreational and sports facilities effective immediately until further notice.
Indiana National Guard to support emergency operations amid COVID-19 pandemic
In an executive order signed Monday, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the activation of the Indiana National Guard to support efforts and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Muncie, Delaware County declare disaster emergency in response to COVID-19 pandemic
Delaware County's board of commissioners and the mayor of Muncie signed and enacted a disaster emergency declaration Thursday, stating that certain measures must be put into place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Indiana governor announces all K-12 schools closed, extends emergency policies
Indiana Gov. Eric. J Holcomb signed new executive orders to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to a press release sent out Thursday. The current state of emergency has extended an additional 30 days.
Ball State UPD shares advice for students moving out of residence halls
Ball State’s University Police (UPD) tweeted out advice for people coming to the university to pick up their students before Ball State residence halls close 5 p.m. March 29.
Ball State students reflect on university’s changes in response to COVID-19 pandemic
Pushing down a cart with boxes and suitcases of her belongings on a windy Tuesday morning, freshman visual communications major Madison Clark made her way to her mother’s car.
Ball State SGA hosts first virtual meeting
Ball State’s Student Government Association (SGA) hosted its first virtual meeting Wednesday through Cisco’s Webex online video conference platform.
Delaware County HSEMA director updates community on COVID-19 response
Delaware County’s Emergency Operations Center has been closed to the public and has been activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Jason Rogers, Delaware County emergency management director, in his Tuesday briefing.
IU Health to reschedule elective surgeries, begins to move to virtual care
In a press release sent out March 16, an Indiana University Health (IU Health) spokesperson said in the release that to ensure the safety of their team members and preserve resources, new guidance has been given to IU Health providers and team members.
White House seeks $850B economic stimulus for virus response
The White House was asking Congress on Tuesday to approve a sweeping emergency stimulus package to help businesses and taxpayers cope with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the most far-reaching economic rescue package since the Great Recession of 2008.
2nd death reported in Indiana due to COVID-19
In a press release, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced Tuesday morning that a second death due to COVID-19 was reported in Johnson County.
Ball State president updates university response to COVID-19 pandemic
In a campus-wide email Monday, Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns updated the university's response to the coronavirus outbreak with new changes including closing the residence halls, canceling and postponing events, dining services and faculty and staff operations.
Ball State's Counseling Center updates campus on changes amid COVID-19 concerns
Following Ball State beginning to move to online classes, its Counseling Center will begin to make its own changes, according to an email sent out Monday by the center.
US tells older people to stay home, all ages to avoid crowds
The White House on Monday urged all older Americans to stay home and everyone to avoid crowds and eating out at restaurants as part of sweeping guidelines meant to combat an expected surge of coronavirus cases.
Indiana confirms 1st death from COVID-19
At a press conference Monday, Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced the first Indiana death from COVID-19.
Indiana governor ordering restaurants, bars to close
Indiana’s governor is ordering restaurants and bars closed to in-person customers in another step toward stemming the spread of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus vaccine test opens as US volunteer gets 1st shot
U.S. researchers gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday -- leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges.
Government official: Coronavirus vaccine trial starts Monday
A clinical trial evaluating a vaccine designed to protect against the new coronavirus will begin Monday, according to a government official.
Trump calls on Americans to cease hoarding food, supplies
President Donald Trump on Sunday called on Americans to cease hoarding groceries and other supplies, while one of the nation’s most senior public health officials called on the nation to act with more urgency to safeguard their health as the coronavirus outbreak continued to spread across the United States. Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would like to see aggressive measures such as a 14-day national shutdown.
Takeaways from Ball State’s new guidelines for student organizations
Following guidelines for hosting events issued by Ball State’s president and the governor of Indiana, Ball State’s Office of Student Life has issued new guidelines for student organizations effective immediately.
Ball State professor: cleaning devices could help slow the spread of COVID-19
Cleaning phones and other electronic devices could “go a long way” in slowing the spread of COVID-19, according to a Ball State health science professor.
Letter From the Editor: The news doesn’t stop, and neither does The Daily News
Our paid staff will continue to work diligently in a sanitized and safe workspace as long as we are able, while other staff members work just as hard remotely to continue providing thorough, quality coverage of Ball State and Muncie.
Delaware Community School Corporation closes amid COVID-19 concerns
Delaware Community School Corporation (DCSC) schools will be closed beginning March 16 through at least April 3, said DCSC Superintendent Reece Mann in his letter.
Trump declares virus pandemic a national emergency
President Donald Trump announced Friday that he is declaring the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, as Washington struggles with providing Americans with relief and officials race to slow the spread of the outbreak.
Muncie Community Schools moves to e-learning amid COVID-19 concerns
Starting March 16, all schools in the Muncie Community Schools district will observe e-learning instruction, said CEO of MCS, Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, in a letter addressed to families of MCS students, fa