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September 28, 2020
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IUPUI, Indiana Department of Health statewide COVID-19 study to start 3rd phase of testing

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Indiana Public Media

'A little bit shocked. A little dismayed': Holcomb draws ire from health officials for re-opening

While Indiana's overall statewide positivity rate has declined, much of that can be attributed to the influx of tests required by colleges and universities to incoming students, according to Indiana University's Assistant Director of Public and Environmental Health, Graham McKeen. "A lot of that has to do with large amounts of asymptomatic testing in universities like we're doing at IU," he said. "You want to be below five percent. We are, and that's great and all, but I still don't feel like we're at a true level of containment for the virus, and that's really no reason to stop." He and other health officials worry about how the public will perceive a lessening of restrictions. "It just might give some of that wrong mindset or behavior change," McKeen said. "We really don't want to let up right now. Now's not the time to let up off the gas."

Indianapolis Business Journal

Keeping employees engaged will be crucial in the 'ber' months

Written by Liz Malatestinic, a senior lecturer in human resource management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. I was reminded recently that we are entering the "ber" months of the year (September, October …). Given the seasonal changes of increasingly shorter days and colder weather that these months bring, the description is appropriate. Many people experience declining levels of energy and mood as winter sets in, and these seasonal changes can have an impact in the workplace, as well. While some who have been working from home might have enjoyed a bit of an emotional reprieve in the summer months by having small, socially distanced gatherings, venturing out to stores or occasionally eating at restaurants, things are about to change.

Governing

What happens to cities when the arts go dark?

After plummeting in the spring, crowdsourced funding for arts projects has recovered "robustly" and is now higher than it was a year ago at this time, according to Doug Noonan, research director at a cultural affairs center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. But the character of giving has changed, he said. "The crowd money is funding larger arts projects rather than smaller ones," he said. ... (Noonan) believes arts districts will rise from the ashes, in time. "There’s a lot of pent-up demand for live performances," he said. "People really do crave rubbing shoulders and shared experiences."

The Indianapolis Star

What public health experts say about Indiana's move to Stage 5: 'Not out of the woods'

The Stage 5 that Holcomb announced earlier this week is not necessarily the same as what life was like before coronavirus entered our vocabulary, said Dr. Gabriel Bosslet, a pulmonologist at the Indiana University School of Medicine who runs the Hoosier COVID-19 Update, a Facebook page on which he tracks the virus. Under the Stage 5 rules, people must social distance in bars and customers must be seated at tables or counters. Other establishments must also adhere to physical distancing regulations, raising the question whether that will impact their capacity. "People think Stage 5 means we're wide open. The fact is we're not," he said. While Bosslet said he would have preferred the state stay at Stage 4.5, he added that things have gone better since the state started reopening in late spring than he would have expected. Cases have gone up but the number of hospitalizations has remained manageable across the state.

Yahoo News

Amy Coney Barrett: 5 things to know about the potential Supreme Court nominee

In 2018, when (Amy Coney) Barrett was reportedly being considered to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, an appointment that later went to Justice Brett Kavanaugh, critics of her anti-abortion views feared she could play a role in overturning Roe. Those concerns may not be unfounded, a legal expert told Yahoo News. "She clerked for Justice (Antonin) Scalia -- and we know what he thought about Roe v Wade," Steven Sanders, a law professor at Indiana University, told Yahoo News. Barrett clerked for Scalia from 1998 to 1999. Sanders added that Barrett has been "quoted as saying when she was a law professor that she thought it was more important for judges to vote on the law as they saw it, even if it meant overturning precedent. It's definitely credible to argue that she is somebody who could vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade." But Sanders noted that Barrett has not written any opinions explicitly on the issue of abortion rights.

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