This is the third column I’ve written this week. The first two were overcome by fast-changing events. So, I will surrender to the deadline and pen a few words about how to think about COVID-19 over the longer term. This should help us formulate and accept the challenges of the coming months.

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As the medical community cries out for more protective gear for workers, several groups in Boone County have taken to their sewing machines, scissors and fabric stashes to help out.

Richard Townsend lives in the country outside of Lebanon and runs a mobile power washing company called AquaPro Solutions. He has two large machines on a trailer supplied by specially purified water (reverse osmosis method) and a capability to 300 degrees. Right now, he isn’t doing much business washing siding, RVs, decks and mobile homes. And he’s feeling like he needs to be doing something to help his community during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Restauranteurs rushed to their suppliers for clamshell take-out boxes and plastic cutlery Tuesday after Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered the closure of dining facilities throughout the state in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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Witham Hospital is now testing for coronavirus for people who meet the specific criteria. Director of Infection Control at Witham Gene Davis, R.N., said the criteria is hospitalized patients, nursing home patients and health care workers. Also, if you have traveled to Europe or Asia or if you know you’ve been in contact with someone who had the coronavirus, you can be tested.

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While there are several changes to county buildings and office hours during the COVID-10 pandemic, Boone County Community Corrections and Probation remains open and seeing clients that are obligated.

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GOSHEN — For an industry built around bringing large groups of people together to grieve and mourn, funeral homes in the age of COVID-19 are having to completely rethink the way they do business.

The coronavirus is a world tragedy. Millions will get sick and too many will die. All of us will worry about family and friends. All of us will miss important events in our lives.

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Dollar General and some other stores have established special hours for senior citizens only or changed hours to recover from the demand the threat of COVID-19 has put on inventory. 

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The Walmart Supercenter on 86th Street closed for a time Thursday after running out of just about everything due to a rush for supplies to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Kroger at Fishers had no bread, milk or disinfectant cleaning supplies.

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Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, as the number of confirmed cases in Indiana jumps 30% from 19 to 25 in a 24-hour period. Governor Eric Holcomb has announced the state's first death due to the virus. The only information about the patient was he was over 60 with an underlying health problem. However, he would not have died without contracting COVID-19, officials stressed.

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The novel coronavirus is responsible for completely changing everyday life. One of the fears is of the highly-transmittable virus quickly spreading in a jail population.

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Church’s approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic are as varied as the congregations, and congregants may want to check their church’s website before packing up the children and heading out Sunday.

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Norma Smith, 82, of Indianapolis, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Norma was born November 16, 1937, a daughter of the late William and Bessie Harrison. She graduated from Newport High School in 1955. She was club manager of Zionsville American Legion, retiring after 37 years of servic…

Luanne Renée McGhee, age 83, died February 29, 2020 in Carmel, Indiana. Born July 1, 1936 in New York City to her late parents, Fred & Lucille Cooper, Luanne grew up in New Jersey and Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She met an…