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Sunday, March 14, 2021 1:00 am

Covid Timeline Feb. 2021 - present

March 11: (W) Globally, the World Health Organization says there have been 117,799,584 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 2,615,018 deaths, reported. As of March 10, a total of 300,002,228 vaccine doses have been administered.

March 11: (US) President Joe Biden signs into law a $1.9 trillion relief package that includes up to $1,400 in direct payments and extending weekly emergency unemployment benefits into early September. The president also pledges to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1 and suggested “independence from this virus” by the Fourth of July with more ease for at least small-group gatherings.

March 11: (IN) Preliminary estimates show about $5.8 billion is headed Indiana's way from the latest federal COVID-19 relief bill. About $3 billion would go to state government and about $2.6 billion to local cities and counties. The rest, according to Gov. Eric Holcomb's spokeswoman, would be in a state capital projects fund.

March 8: (US) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume. They include the ability to visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart. Vaccinated individuals may also refrain from quarantine and testing if they have no COVID-19 symptoms after contact with someone who has the virus.

March 5-8: (IN) More than 16,000 people receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the state's first mass vaccination clinic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All appointments were taken for the mass vaccination sites at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg and at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. Another mass clinic is being planned at an undetermined site in Gary.

March 3: (IN) Indiana drops its vaccine eligibility to age 50 and Gov. Eric Holcomb also encourages teachers younger than that to use the federal pharmacy program. The federal program will prioritize teachers nationwide and its Indiana partners are Meijer, Kroger and Walmart.

Feb. 28: (US) CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky signs the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendation that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine and its use in people age 18 and older.

Feb. 26: (US) Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, considered another milestone toward an end to the pandemic.

Feb. 24: (IN) State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box announces that some Indiana clinics that were found giving vaccine doses to ineligible Hoosiers have been prohibited from getting new first doses, state.

Feb. 22: (US) The nation's death toll from COVID-19 surpasses the 500,000 mark. In a White House ceremony commemorating the deaths, President Joe Biden notes this means more have died from the coronavirus than the number of U.S. servicemen on the battlefields of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined.

Feb. 15: (IN) State health officials announce Monday that 817 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing. The daily case count was the lowest since Sept. 21, when 641 were reported. Allen County reported 45 new cases, the lowest since Oct. 6, when 47 were reported. No new deaths were reported.

Feb. 14: (IN) Indiana State Department of Health reports 1,233 news coronavirus cases; says 810,046 Hoosiers have received their first dose of a vaccine and 332,805 residents ages 65 and older are fully vaccinated.

Feb. 9: (IN) Statewide, 1,225 new cases and 67 new deaths were reported, bringing totals to 641,874 and 11,526 respectively. Indiana also has had 416 probable deaths based on diagnosis by symptoms but without a positive test result. But the new statewide cases are the lowest seen since Oct. 6, when 1,261 new cases were reported. The 1,265 patients reported hospitalized statewide on Feb. 8 was the smallest number since Oct. 11, when 1,238 were reported hospitalized.

Feb. 8: (NI) Northeast Indiana school districts are slated to get a combined $80 million through the second round of federal coronavirus relief funding, the Indiana Department of Education announced. Statewide, public and nonpublic schools are getting more than $881 million, the agency said.

Feb. 3: (IN) State health officials announce they are adding about 1,500 COVID-19 deaths to the tally after an audit of all death certificates during the pandemic. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said 1,205 deaths were added to 2020 and 302 to 2021. That brings the state's total death toll to 11,220. The audit was needed because deaths are being reported in real time, which is atypical, and the state transitioned to a new vital records registry system.

Feb. 3: (FW) For the second straight year, Memorial Coliseum's plans to host the NCAA Division III men's basketball Final Four get canceled. The NCAA announced it canceled all Division III winter sports championships because of a lack of participation from its member schools amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Feb. 3: (FW) The 2021 Fort Wayne Farm Show at Memorial Coliseum is canceled due to the pandemic. The show traditionally is in January and attracts tens of thousands of people and vendors from around the Midwest. This year's event was postponed from January to March 9-11, but promoters still had to rethink those plans.

Feb. 2: (IN) Total confirmed and probable deaths of Indiana residents from COVID-19 hit 10,000, state health department statistics show with, 9,677 Hoosiers confirmed through testing to have died from COVID-19. An additional 377 probable deaths have been reported.

Feb. 1: (AC) Three Allen County teachers unions call on state and local leaders to prioritize educators for the coronavirus vaccine. More than 24,200 students and 10,700 teachers and staff statewide have tested positive for COVID-19 - state dashboard statistics the union presidents cited in their letter urging Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box to consider educators when planning the next distribution stage.

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