|As the situation surrounding the coronavirus and COVID-19 develops, it’s important for all of us to stay informed in order to protect ourselves and loved ones by getting our information from credible sources.
COVID-19 FAQ and guidelines
The Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) COVID-19 information page offers updates on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our state, a link where you can sign up for a daily email update (scroll to the bottom of the page), and many other important FAQ and guidance documents. ISDH has also implemented a 24-hour toll-free call center at 877-826-0011 that includes options for the public (ext. 1) and health care providers (ext. 2). Call center staff are available to answer general questions, but will not offer medical advice or provide test results.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website on COVID-19 also provides updates on confirmed cases in the United States, resources for communities and health care professionals, and a variety of guidelines to protect yourself.
Resources for Hoosier schools and students
With Hoosier students now learning from home, the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) is providing teachers and students a variety of free educational resources for remote learning, including information about free or low-cost WiFi connectivity and subject area and grade level specific digital learning sites.
In addition, the DOE COVID-19 resource site offers planning and guidance documents for schools.
The Commission for Higher Education is also compiling information about COVID-19 response policies by Indiana’s public and private postsecondary institutions.
Resources for Hoosier employees and small businesses
In light of COVID-19, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is reminding Hoosiers that applying for unemployment insurance benefits is completed electronically at Unemployment.IN.gov. There, you can find a link to online filing and additional unemployment resources, including FAQ for COVID-19 work-related issues.
DWD is also working with WorkOne sites across the state to ensure unemployment insurance claimants who need access to a computer have that access. An interactive map to find your local site and its contact information can be found here.
Additionally, with COVID-19 impacting the operation of Hoosier businesses, Gov. Holcomb recently announced small businesses are eligible for financial assistance under a disaster designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration. To apply for loans or receive more information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, visit SBA.gov/disaster.
Hoosiers who are in need of the following services can also refer to these resources.
To stay up to date on the COVID-19 developments, regulations and resources, you can view Gov. Holcomb’s latest announcements here.