WINCHESTER, Ind. — The Randolph County Health Department is reporting Randolph County’s first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. One resident is currently hospitalized, and the other is recovering at home.

The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday morning reported updated figures of 981 confirmed cases statewide — including eight in Delaware County, one in Henry and one in Randolph County — and 24 coronavirus-related deaths total for Indiana.

“The Randolph County Health Department has been working with the individuals and health care systems to identify close contacts that may have been exposed,”  a release from the Randolph Health Department stated. “These contacts will be contacted and assessed for symptoms, advised and monitored accordingly.”

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The City of Winchester posted on its Facebook page on Thursday that the city had been notified that the clerk, the mayor, both of their staffs and the city council might have been exposed to coronavirus at the March 16 city council meeting, so they were all self-quarantining until Tuesday, March 31, as a precaution on the advice of the county health department.

BSU offers free community wi-fi hotspot

MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State University is using the parking lot at the northwest corner of Tillotson and Bethel avenues as a free wi-fi hotspot.

“We’re offering it to all community members that need to get online – K-12 students or higher education students, even from other areas that are just residing in this area,”  Fawn Gary, Ball State’s associate vice president for information technology, told Indiana Public Radio.

The university is asking those who work in the parking lot to stay in their cars with the windows rolled up. Police will patrol the area.

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