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These are the biggest COVID-19 headlines this week in Indiana

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Posted at 7:52 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 20:02:34-04

INDIANAPOLIS — This week in Indiana, the president of a major university announced he tested positive for COVID-19, the state reported the largest single-day number of new positive cases, more than a dozen university students have been suspended after they had a party in a residence hall, and more.

Here's a recap of some of the biggest COVID-19-related headlines this week in Indiana.

Monday, Sept. 28:
14 Purdue University students suspended
At least 14 students at Purdue University were suspended after they had a party inside a residence hall, the university announced Monday.

At least 13 of the students suspended were student-athletes, according to the university.

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1 million worldwide cases
On Monday evening, more than 1 million people worldwide have died of COVID, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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Wednesday, Sept. 30
State officials announce 1% of long-term care employees tested positive for COVID-19
In August and September, 47,641 nursing home workers in Indiana were tested for COVID-19. Of those, 573 had positive test results.

The outcome is similar to what happened in June when 466 of the 46,201 employees who were tested had positive results.

Since the pandemic began, 12 nursing home employees and 1,995 residents have died of COVID-19, according to the state's data dashboard.

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More than 1,600 K-12 students tested positive for COVID-19
The Indiana State Department of Health announced at least 1,676 K-12 students in Indiana have tested positive for COVID-19.

335 teachers and 343 school staff members in Indiana have also tested positive for COVID-19.

The state health department also launched a data tab for schools on its website.

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Three Greek organizations suspended at IU Bloomington
Three Greek organizations at Indiana University's Bloomington campus were given cease and desist orders Wednesday, according to information on the university's website.

The organizations, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity Inc., and Omega Phi Beta, are being investigated and the orders were given for violating public health regulations and restrictions, IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said an email.

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Cases at some universities top 1,000
As of Wednesday, COVID-19 cases at Indiana University's Bloomington campus and Ball State University have topped more than 1,000.

After a sharp increase of new cases the beginning of the school year, the recent number of new cases is decreasing at most universities.

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Thursday, Oct. 1:
New unemployment numbers released
More than 10,000 Hoosiers filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending on Sept. 26.

The lowest number since the beginning of the pandemic in March was 10,624, which happened in the week ending Aug. 8. The number of claims in Indiana remained above 20,000 for 17 straight weeks from early March to mid-July.

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Friday, Oct. 2:
ISDH reports single-day record of COVID-19 cases Friday
On Friday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 1,495 new positive COVID-19 cases.

This is the largest number of positive cases reported in a single-day since the start of the pandemic.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 3,400 Hoosiers have died with COVID-19 and more than 122,000 have tested positive for COVID-19.

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University of Notre Dame president tests positive for COVID-19
University of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins has tested positive for COVID-19, the university announced in a statement Friday.

The news comes after he was seen without a mask Saturday at the White House while attending the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

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Guidance released on Halloween in Marion County
The city of Indianapolis and Marion County Public Health Department released guidance for Halloween celebrations this year.

The guidance bans in-person social gatherings of more than 50 people and released more information on the risks of some activities.

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