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Monday, October 05, 2020 1:00 am

Coronavirus roundup

1,096 new cases reported by state

Staff, news services

The Indiana Department of Health announced 1,096 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing Sunday. That brings to 125,146 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus.

A total of 3,447 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of five from the previous day. Another 227 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record.

To date, 1,418,063 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,408,475 on Saturday. A total of 2,166,366 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.

Another 52 Allen County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, with 42 confirmed PCR cases and 10 probable antigen cases, bringing the total to 6,638 cases and 207 deaths Sunday.

The Allen County case count includes a total of 449 probable cases from antigen tests reported since July 28.

700 Hoosier hotels may close: Survey

About two-thirds of Indiana's hotels could be forced to close permanently in the coming months if Congress doesn't provide more financial relief to the beleaguered hospitality industry that's been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a national lobbying group says.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association, estimates that nearly 700 of Indiana's 1,042 hotels will permanently close within the next six months if they don't obtain additional funding, based on numbers from a national survey of its members earlier this month.

Nearly half of the state's hotels could also face the risk of foreclosure, the survey found.

The conclusions highlight what the lobbying group says is a crucial need for more financial support from Congress to aid the nation's hospitality industry, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported.

Indiana had about 25,000 hotel workers before the pandemic but has lost nearly 9,500 through September, the survey estimates.

NYC mayor seeks to close schools

New York City's mayor said Sunday he has asked the state for permission to close schools and reinstate restrictions on nonessential businesses in several neighborhoods because of a resurgence of the coronavirus.

Shutdowns would happen starting Wednesday in nine ZIP codes in the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said about 300 public and private schools would have to close. Indoor dining, which resumed a few days ago, would be suspended, and gyms would close.

Conway daughter says she's infected

Claudia Conway, the daughter of former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, revealed on TikTok Sunday that she has coronavirus.

“Hey guys currently dying of COVID,” Conway captioned a video on the social media platform.

Kellyanne Conway announced she tested positive for coronavirus Friday night and was experiencing some symptoms including a “mild (light cough) and I'm feeling fine.” Before that, Claudia Conway posted several TikTok videos about her mom “coughing all around the house.”

Fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies

Kenzo Takada, the iconic French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died. He was 81.

The family said in a statement to French media Sunday that Takada died from complications from COVID-19 in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. A public relations officer for his brand confirmed that Takada died but didn't give a cause of death.

Saudis reopen Mecca mosque

A limited number of Muslims circled Islam's holiest site in Mecca after Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus restrictions that had been in place for months.

The Saudi government started allowing a maximum of 6,000 pilgrims a day to enter the sprawling Grand Mosque in Mecca.

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