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Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. is optimistic a competitive race this year for Northwest Indiana's U.S. House seat will boost his campaign to represent the state of Indiana in the U.S. Senate.
Lake County currently has the second highest death toll since the start of the pandemic in the entire state, behind Indianapolis.
The Indiana Department of Health has designated 81 of the state's 92 counties at its highest-possible "red" classification, signaling uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in each of those counties.
Currently 36.1% of ICU beds are in use by coronavirus patients with only 9.9% of ICU beds in the state available.
Four Democrats now are vying to win the Senate District 4 seat held for the previous 16 years by retired state Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes.
Data released Monday show 20,584 Hoosiers tested positive for COVID-19 between Friday and Sunday — despite limited testing opportunities due to the New Year's holiday and severe winter weather.
State Rep. Pat Boy, D-Michigan City, is eager to continue working "to move Indiana forward," and she hopes the residents of House District 9 agree she's the best person for the job.
Altogether, 170 additional Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, including 23 people on Christmas Eve and 34 people on both Christmas Day and Sunday, according to preliminary counts.
Altogether, 369 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Northwest Indiana Sunday, including both ICU and standard patients, according to the Indiana Department of Health.