Indiana coronavirus updates for March 14, 2022

The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Monday, March 14, 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Monday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Vaccine registrations are now open for Hoosiers 5 and up via the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Latest US and Global Numbers

There had been more than 79.51 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 2:45 a.m. Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 967,550 recorded deaths in the United States

Worldwide, there have been over 456.90 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 6.04 million deaths and over 10.68 billion doses of vaccine administered.


For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older people and people with existing health conditions, it can cause more serious illnesses like pneumonia or death.

Barack Obama says he tested positive for COVID-19

Former President Barack Obama announced on Sunday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“I’ve had a scratchy throat for a few days, but otherwise feel fine,” Obama said in a tweet. “Michelle and I are grateful to have been vaccinated and boosted, and she tested negative.”

The former president said his COVID diagnosis is a reminder for people to get vaccinated, if they haven’t already, even as coronavirus cases decline.

In March 2021, Barack and Michelle Obama joined three other former presidents and former first ladies for a public service announcement urging Americans to get vaccinated.

According to CNN, the former president had recently returned to Washington, DC after spending time in Hawaii for most of the winter. A source told CNN that Obama tested positive in Washington.

Virus cases in China rise

The number of new daily coronavirus cases during an outbreak in northeast China has more than tripled. Meanwhile, the government has tightened disease controls by suspending bus service to Shanghai and ordering residents of another city to stay at home.

The government reported 1,938 new cases in mainland China, more than three times the previous day’s total. About three-quarters of those, or 1,412 cases, were in northeast Jilin province.

The number of cases in the latest outbreak of infections in China is low compared to some countries. But authorities are applying a “zero tolerance” strategy of trying to isolate each infected person.

Some residents of Cangzhou, south of Beijing, have been told to stay at home after cases were reported there.

IPS is hosting a vaccination clinic in Crispus Attucks on Wednesday March 16

Indianapolis Public Schools is hosting a Back on Track Clinic at Crispus Attucks High School on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, to allow children to update routine childhood immunizations that have been delayed or canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Measles, mumps, rubella, polio and HPV vaccines will be available, as well as flu shots and, for those ages 5 and up, COVID-19 shots and boosters.

The event is open to everyone and will include free school supplies and raffles every 30 minutes for $50 gift cards from MDwise, which is partnering with IPS for the clinic.

Parents and guardians must register online at: patients.vaxcare.com/registration (enter registration code IN65942, then select “Crispus Attucks 3/16”).

Registration is encouraged but not required.

Clinic hours are 2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Attucks High School, located at 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Street, west Indianapolis.

Those who need to be driven to the clinic can contact MDwise Customer Service at 800-356-1204.

Purdue and Notre Dame to relax mask protocols on Monday

Purdue University has announced that it will drop its mask mandate and move to mask-optional starting Monday, March 14. This means masks will not be needed in classrooms or research spaces.

However, the university said masks will still be needed in health care settings and where contractually required. Masks also continue to be required as part of the quarantine process for those infected or exposed to COVID-19.

The university’s decision was made based on data showing a decline in COVID-19 cases, current CDC guidelines and the high rate of vaccinations among the campus community. According to Purdue, the campus is now 90% vaccinated.

Vaccines and free boosters will continue to be available free of charge on Purdue Campus Vaccination Clinic. The university will also continue to provide free N95 and KN95 masks across campus.

The University of Notre Dame is also relaxing its mask mandate starting Monday, leaving them optional indoors for fully vaccinated staff, students and visitors.

Masks will always be needed in classrooms, labs, or studios whenever a faculty member or instructor needs them.

Regardless of vaccination status, masks continue to be mandatory for everyone visiting the University Testing Center, Health Services and Wellness Center.

All people who test positive for COVID will be required to wear a mask for five days after their period of isolation. Students, staff, faculty, and visitors who are not fully immunized must wear masks inside campus buildings.

Our Lady says people should wear a mask with them at all times.

How to order more free COVID-19 test kits from the US government

The US government is allowing Americans to order another round of free home COVID-19 tests.

The second set of commands allows two separate commands for four additional tests, for a total of eight tests.

President Joe Biden announced the second round of orders would begin during his State of the Union address.

During the first batch of orders in January, 500,000 tests were available, but nearly half of those tests remain unclaimed.

To order the home tests, you can visit this USPS website starting next week and fill in the required information. All orders will be shipped completely free.

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Marion County COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinics continue

The Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) continues to provide free COVID-19 vaccination and testing to anyone interested in receiving these services.

MCPHD operates a COVID-19 testing site, which is a drive-thru clinic located at 3838 N. Rural St. in Indianapolis.

The clinic’s current hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This clinic only offers PCR tests and no rapid tests. A list of additional testing sites registered with the Indiana Department of Health is available at coronavirus.in.gov.

Appointments for COVID-19 testing at the MCPHD site are not required but are available by visiting marionhealth.org/indycovid or by calling 317-221-5515.

MCPHD also offers COVID-19 vaccines at its district health offices, ACTION Health Center and four other Marion County locations. Vaccination appointments are not mandatory but recommended.

Please visit ourshot.in.gov or call 2-1-1 to find an immunization clinic.

Marion County Clinic Schedule in March

  • Northeast District Health Unit, 6042 E. 21st St.
    Monday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Tuesday: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Saturday March 26 only, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Eagledale Plaza Health Unit, 2802 Lafayette Road
    Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Northwest District Health Unit, 6940 N. Michigan Road
    Thursday: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Saturday March 19 only: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Southern District Health Unit, 7551 S. Shelby St.
    Monday: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Saturday March 12 only: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • ACTION Health Center, 2868 N. Pennsylvania St.
    Wednesday: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Martindale-Brightwood Public Library Branch, 2435 N. Sherman Drive (from 12 years old only)
    Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • College Avenue Public Library Branch, 4180 N. College Ave. (from 12 years old only)
    Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • East 38th Street Public Library Branch, 5420 E. 38th St. (from 12 years old only)
    Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • IndyGo Carson Transit Center, 201 E. Washington St. (from 12 years old only)
    Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Thursday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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