Indiana helps small companies hurt by virus; 40 more deaths

Indiana is making $30 million available to small businesses to help them recover from losses caused by the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Friday.

Posted: May 31, 2020 9:56 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is making $30 million available to small businesses to help them recover from losses caused by the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Friday.

Forty more Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, while another 521 have been diagnosed with the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, state health officials said.

SMALL BUSINESS AID

The Small Business Restart Fund uses federal relief funds for businesses with fewer than 50 employees and $5 million in annual revenue that have experienced a 40% drop in revenues, Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger said.

Businesses can be reimbursed for up to 80% of qualified expenses, such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, property lease payments and safety investments including personal protective equipment, Schellinger said. They can receive up to $2,500 in grants for each month, and those that demonstrate a revenue loss of at least 80% will be awarded up to $5,000 for each month, up to a maximum of $10,000.

“To restart Indiana’s economic engine, it’s critical that we provide Hoosier businesses and entrepreneurs with the support they need to grow and get back on track,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a news release.

Indiana is home to more than 100,000 small businesses that employ more than 941,000 people.

More than 70,000 Indiana companies have received a total of nearly $9.5 billion in Paycheck Protection Program loans from the Small Business Administration, Schellinger said.

VIRUS NUMBERS

The 40 additional deaths increased Indiana’s confirmed COVID-19 deaths to 1,946, the Indiana State Department of Health said. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box noted the numbers were trending in the right direction.

“Our deaths and our cases are actually on the decline, our hospitalized admissions are on the decline,” she said during a state news briefing on the virus with Holcomb and Schellinger.

Another 164 people have died from probable infections of COVID-19 and those deaths increase Indiana’s confirmed or presumed COVID-19 deaths to 2,110 since the state’s first deaths was recorded on March 15.

The additional 521 Hoosiers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 bring Indiana’s total number of confirmed cases to 33,558, the state agency said.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 45952

Reported Deaths: 2650
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Lake4872240
Elkhart308543
Allen2677114
St. Joseph184965
Cass16369
Hamilton1484100
Hendricks136699
Johnson1235118
Porter68537
Madison64363
Tippecanoe6408
Clark62244
Bartholomew57844
Howard54356
LaPorte53925
Kosciusko4952
LaGrange4596
Jackson4553
Noble44728
Vanderburgh4306
Hancock42935
Delaware42648
Boone42242
Shelby41625
Marshall4123
Floyd36344
Morgan32031
Montgomery28720
Grant28526
Clinton2792
Dubois2606
White25810
Monroe25628
Decatur24632
Henry23515
Lawrence23124
Vigo2248
Harrison20822
Dearborn20422
Warrick20129
Greene18431
Miami1802
Jennings16911
Putnam1658
DeKalb1594
Scott1547
Daviess13916
Orange13323
Wayne1286
Franklin1248
Steuben1232
Perry1209
Ripley1127
Carroll1092
Jasper1092
Wabash1072
Fayette967
Newton9510
Whitley814
Randolph764
Starke733
Huntington702
Wells681
Jay670
Fulton661
Jefferson651
Washington641
Pulaski631
Knox620
Clay594
Rush573
Benton480
Adams451
Owen451
Gibson442
Sullivan441
Brown381
Blackford372
Posey350
Spencer311
Tipton301
Crawford290
Fountain292
Switzerland250
Martin220
Parke220
Ohio140
Warren141
Union130
Vermillion130
Pike80
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