1 year since first documented case of COVID-19 in Indiana: Hoosiers reflect on impact on their lives

INDIANAPOLIS – Saturday marks a year since Indiana saw its first case of COVID-19 and the governor declared a public emergency.

Here is a timeline of the evolution of the pandemic in Hoosier State.

March 6, 2020: A Marion County man has been diagnosed with the state’s first documented case of coronavirus. He went to Community North Hospital and was put in isolation.

On the same day, Governor Eric Holcomb also declared a public health emergency for Indiana.

March 11, 2020: The World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic.

March 16, 2020: Hoosier’s first death has been announced. He was a Marion County resident over 60 years old with underlying conditions. It was later discovered that five people had died from COVID. The first recorded deaths were of two people on March 10.

Also on March 16, the governor announced that bars, nightclubs and restaurants would close for indoor dining.

July 27, 2020: Governor Holcomb has issued a mask warrant for the state.

September 7, 2020: Indiana has passed 100,000 cases of COVID-19.

November 22, 2020: Indiana passes 5,000 COVID-19 deaths.

December 14, 2020: Indiana gave its first COVID-19 vaccine to six healthcare workers in Fort Wayne.

February 2, 2020: Indiana passes 10,000 COVID-19 deaths

The virus has changed so many lives: family members must have missed the funeral of a loved one; couples have had to cancel or postpone weddings.

Wedding photographer Dauss Miller says he saw it firsthand.

“I had a weekend where three of the four separate wives texted or emailed me worried about what to do for their wedding,” Dauss said.

But he feels that all the restrictions were the right decision.

“No one really knew what to do to prevent the spread. And I think if more people made more solid, concrete decisions about what to do and what not to do sooner, maybe we still wouldn’t be in the situation we find ourselves in. .

While weddings still go on with masks, Miller says he lost around $ 70,000 due to rescheduled and canceled events in 2020.

“It was a huge and unexpected change in almost every way of doing business.” But he says couples are now planning shorter events with fewer people.

“It’s not like the big, lavish, fun party scene like it used to be * So things happen, they’re just more low-key.”

He says those who don’t want to reduce their visions are still waiting to say “yes”.

People have also had to interrupt their travel, and offices have closed to send employees to work from home. Like Chris Bush, who has been completely removed from the entire pandemic. He says working from home took some getting used to.

“It was definitely a change and it was a little stressful. I look back and think about it, I remember it was really tiring. Where after a while I found myself a little tired, ”said Bush.

Bush works for a global software company and used to travel for work all the time.

“Sometimes I would get on a plane, go to a meeting for two hours, then leave that night and come back,” Bush said.

But now, working from home, he spends more time with those he loves.

“With that setup, sometimes it’s like you’re so back to back, that honestly it gets a bit tiring,” Bush said. “I don’t necessarily miss traveling. I obviously like being at home with my kids and my wife and it’s a bit more convenient for a lot of the things we do as a family.

Although he did not return to work in person, some schools returned to in-person learning. Like Lizton’s Tri-West High School, where seniors Morgan Hiland and Isabella Joanou go.

“We’re supposed to be enjoying the last year and we just feel like we’re on autopilot all the time,” Hiland said.

The pair were juniors when the pandemic hit.

“It all kind of felt super-fast but not in a good way. They always say that high school is going to go by really fast and that it will be the time of your life, but after March 13 and at the start of this school year, it was quite stressful, ”Joanou said.

They say they have always been able to have fun. As with football matches, the sports school spirit and masks. But there are still many unknowns.

“As someone who likes to plan things, it’s really stressful not knowing when it’s going to hit,” Joanou said.

Hiland added, “So I missed the Junior Prom and then we go into the final year not knowing if we’re going to have a prom. So I might miss the prom altogether, which is no fun.

Indiana is now seeing hospitalizations decline.

Currently, over one million Hoosiers have received their first dose of vaccine. Over 600,000 have been fully vaccinated.

Other vaccines are on the way, including nearly 54,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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