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May 1, 2020

As the saying goes, “Rumors of COVID-19’s demise are greatly exaggerated.”

While dozens of states have begun relaxing social distancing restrictions and started reopening businesses, positive cases of COVID-19 infection and deaths from the virus keep rising.  At the time of this writing, 18,630 Hoosiers have tested positive and a staggering 1,062 have died.  In Gary, there are currently 414 cases and 15 deaths.  Needless to say, COVID-19 is still a threat and keeping up your guard and doing everything possible to protect you and your family is highly advisable.

Although there is no definitive COVID-19 survival kit, there are many resources available to help you stay safe and healthy during the pandemic:

For Hoosiers the best source for current COVID-19 information and resources remains the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) 2019 Coronavirus website:

One of the newest and most informative resources is BE WELL INDIANA!  This website contains a wealth of valuable information and links to additional resources compiled by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) at:

The site includes:

  •  Tools for Daily Coping
  •  Best Ways to Prevent Getting Sick
  • What to Do if You Are Sick
  •  Coronavirus Crisis Counseling
  •  State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
  •  Indiana Unemployment Resource
  •  Child Care Resources
  •  SNAP, Cash Assistance, Health Coverage
  •  Federal Health Insurance Marketplace
  •  Covering Kids and Families of Indiana


  •  Mental Health & Wellness Resources
  •  Mental Health & Wellness for Youth & Families
  •  Substance Use Disorder & Recovery Resources
  •  Mental Health Self Assessment (Take a Mental Health Test!)

And these important telephone numbers:

  •  Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) COVID-19 Call Center open daily 8a-midnight (877) 826-0011
  •  Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255
  •  The Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 (800) 985-5990
  •  National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233
  •  National Addiction & Recovery Helpline (800) 662-HELP (4357)

If you’re one of the 34 million Americans living with diabetes visit the Diabetes Self-Management link at

And don’t forget…if you’re stuck at home, self-quarantining, isolated, or simply sheltering in place, you can still schedule a virtual visit with your doctor via telehealth by calling (219) 884-4900.