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Indiana coronavirus updates for Aug. 30, 2021

The latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic from Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

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

Registrations for the vaccine are now open for Hoosiers 12 and older through the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated over the course of the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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5 states with mask bans facing federal civil rights investigations

The Education Department announced Monday that it’s investigating five Republican-led states with universal mask bans, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health conditions.

The department’s Office for Civil Rights sent letters to education chiefs in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. Those states have barred schools from requiring masks among students and staff, a move that the department says could prevent some students from safely attending school.

EU takes US off safe travel list; backs travel restrictions

The European Union recommended Monday that its 27 nations reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infections there.

The decision by the European Council to remove the U.S. from a safe list of countries for nonessential travel reverses advice that it gave in June, when the bloc recommended lifting restrictions on U.S. travelers before the summer tourism season. The guidance is nonbinding, however, and U.S. travelers should expect a mishmash of travel rules across the continent.

State reports 16K more full vaccinations, 44 deaths

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 16,715 more Hoosiers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Monday morning. As of today, a total of 6,210,555 vaccine doses have been administered in Indiana. This includes 3,115,791 first doses and 3,094,764 individuals who are considered fully vaccinated. 

ISDH also reported 44 additional deaths since Friday’s numbers were shared. Indiana has now lost 13,980 people to COVID-19.

New cases reported Monday number 2,916 Hoosiers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing to 855,031 the total number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus.

Newfields reinstates mask requirement

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 31, Newfields will reinstate its mask requirement.

All guests and staff will be required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while at Newsfields and inside any buildings. This requirement is regardless of vaccination status.

Outside, if you are able to social distance, you will not need to wear a mask.

The capacity in The Lume has been lowered to allow for social distancing.

The Cabaret requiring proof of vaccination

The cabaret announced Monday all audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination beginning Sept. 24.

“The national and international artists slated to perform at The Cabaret are coming from areas where these mandates are already in place and are making it clear that they expect this level of safety precaution to perform here,” said Shannon Forsell, the artistic director and CEO of The Cabaret.

Guests will also be required to wear masks during shows.

Audience members will be able to show their vaccination status in three ways:

  • Via the Bundle app and shown on a smartphone
  • A digital photo of your vaccination card, along with a photo ID
  • The physical vaccination card, along with a photo ID

Broadway star Megan Hilty is set to take the stage Sept. 24.

Latest US, world numbers

There have been more than 38.79 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 1 a.m. Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 637,500 deaths recorded in the U.S.

Worldwide, there have been more than 216.37 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 4.5 million deaths. More than 5.2 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness like pneumonia, or death.

EU set to recommend reinstating restrictions on US travelers

European Union diplomats say the bloc plans to recommend that its member states reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infection levels in the country. 

A decision to remove the U.S. from a safe list of countries for nonessential travel would reverse advice from June, when the European Council recommended lifting restrictions on U.S. travelers before the summer tourism season. 

The EU diplomats said Monday that the guidance could come as early as this week. But any decision would be nonbinding. The EU has no unified COVID-19 tourism policy and national governments have the authority to decide whether they keep their borders open to U.S. tourists.

ISDH hosting vaccine clinic in Cicero this week

The Indiana State Department of Health will be hosting a drive-thru clinic at Red Bridge Park in Cicero Monday through Wednesday this week.

The clinic is open between noon and 8 p.m. each day and will offer both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

You don’t need an appointment.

The Indiana Department of Health is deploying mobile clinics to the following counties this week to provide vaccinations: Benton, Henry, Jennings, Marion, Marshall, Wayne and Whitley. Additional clinics will be announced later this week.

IU Health postponing 50% of elective surgeries among COVID-19 surge

Indiana University Health will be performing fewer elective surgeries as COVID-19 numbers surge in the state.

The hospital network announced it is temporarily suspending half of all inpatient elective surgeries systemwide, starting Monday Aug. 30. IU Health said the move is necessary to take some of the pressure off of staff and also to reserve inpatient rooms for those in more urgent need of care.

Patients who are scheduled for non-emergent and non-urgent surgeries at IU Health are being contacted by the network to reschedule their appointments about three weeks from now.