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July 26 - August 2 Review

Gary Mayor Jerome Prince closed the Marquette Park Beach for the next two weeks based on recommendations from Health Commissioner Roland Walker. Gary, like most Lake County cities and towns, is seeing increases in cases of Covid-19.

Mayor Prince said that walking and cycling in the park is still allowed. All other parks are open.

ArcelorMittal, The Luxembourg-based steelmaker, has laid off more than a thousand employees around the country as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the steel industry.

filed a Workers Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act, or WARN notice, with the state of Indiana announcing it's laying off 877 workers at the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor steel mill in East Chicago. That includes 774 union-represented employees being indefinitely laid off, and 103 professional salaried workers, not represented by the United Steelworkers union, whose termination is permanent.

The layoffs take effect Saturday.

Governor Eric Holcomb delayed the phasing up of Indiana to August 27th. Indiana has been seeing an uptick in cases over the last several weeks. Dr. Katrina Box, Indiana State Health Commissioner said that cases are rising however, the hospitalizations have not risen as much as the cases.

Northwest Indiana's COVID-19 positive case count continued steadily upward as the state topped 62,000 cases, according to updated statistics provided by the Indiana State Department of Health and local health departments on Sunday.

A new report from Ball State University indicates more than 84,000 Kindergarten through12th grade students in Indiana may lack internet access at home.

The study, conducted by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research, points out the interruption of school in March due to the pandemic resulted in wide variation in delivering online education because there are large gaps in internet access across the state.

The study found that among households with school-age children and without internet access, 57% are single-parent households, 35% are low-income families, and 49% are households living in rental property.

The town of Merrillville recently finalized a four-year lease agreement to reestablish the north police station in Broadway Plaza at 5400 Broadway.

Police Chief Wiley Luther Cuttino said Hopefully it should be up and running by September.

The decision to reopen the north station comes after the community requested it.

The department operated a substation for several years in Broadway Plaza, but it closed about a decade ago.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department has restored, and plans to expand, police bike patrols – including along bike trails and other recreational areas. The Department is also hoping that it will provide a greater opportunity to interact with the public.

The officers went through bike patrol training June 15 – 19.

The ten trained officers will ride in pairs and will have on Lake County Department uniforms that will be shirt, shorts and helmets. They will also carry side arms. Each bike is equipped with flashing red and blue lights. Sirens are being ordered for each bike.

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