Gov. Eric J. Holcomb ordered Hoosiers Monday to remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities.

The stay-at-home order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. today and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 6, though it could be extended if an outbreak warrants it, according to a news release from Holcomb’s office.

Indiana will open a call center to field industry questions about Holcomb’s executive order. The Critical Industries Hotline opened today at 9 a.m. to help guide businesses and industries with the executive order. This center, reachable by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing, is for business and industry questions only.

The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6. Since then, the number of positive cases has increased on a near daily basis, escalating as the capacity to test has grown, another news release states. As of Monday morning, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 1,960, the number of positive cases is 259 and seven deaths have been reported.

Here are the latest local announcements, cancellations and postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic:

• The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Kosciusko County is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak by collecting monies to help others who hours have been reduced, eliminated or who have children at home from school.

The elderly are also being greatly affected by this crisis. Lake City Bank is partnering with the Auxiliary to encourage people to donate funds at any Kosciusko County branch or donate online at These funds support the Choice Food Pantry and other services of The Salvation Army.

“The Women’s Auxiliary unfortunately had to cancel our Annual Soup & Pie Luncheon that would have been held on April 15,” said Teri Jarrette, president. “We appreciate Lake City Bank being willing to support us in or efforts for raising funds to help ‘others’ in Kosciusko County.”

For more information, call The Salvation Army at 574-267-5361.

• Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, blood donations have dwindled, while the need is rising. Upcoming Kosciusko County blood drives for the American Red Cross include: Coldwell Banker, April 2; YMCA Warsaw, April 11; and Center Lake Pavilion, April 14.

• Town of Winona Lake offices remain closed to the public until further notice due to the governor’s statewide stay-at-home order due to coronavirus.

The offices will operate with a limited staff for all structured essential services by telephone at 574-267-7581, the town website at and the streetside dropbox.

• To promote social distancing, Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department has created an online programming calendar. Check out its social media sites (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) every Monday through Saturday for “fun, creative projects, challenges and read-alongs,” according to a news release. For more information, email

• The Silver Lake Town Hall will be closed to the public effective immediately upon further notice. The town of Silver Lake will not be accepting in person utility payments. The clerk-treasurer’s office will be available by phone and will be operating Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The town is encouraging all utility customers to pay in the following manner:

1. Utility drop box for payments by check or money order.

2. Online at and select Indiana and town of Silver Lake.

3. Debit/credit card by phone.

Customers are discouraged from using the dropbox for cash payments. If customers choose to do so, any overage will be credited to their account.

Contact the clerk-treasurer’s office at 260-352-2120 for questions and assistance during the above hours.

• The Mentone High School Alumni Association Board has cancelled the organization’s 2020 annual banquet scheduled for May 17. The decision was made recently to ensure the health and welfare of the school’s alumni during this coronavirus crisis.

Alumni may stay connected using the Association’s Facebook page: Mentone Indiana High School Alumni Association or by contacting board members at

• Bell Memorial Public Library in Mentone is closed until further notice.

• The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration called on Hoosiers to help keep the state’s network of food pantries open. FSSA is tracking the number of food pantries operating across the state as part of the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Hoosiers can call 2-1-1 and ask for a list of nearby food pantries.

Anyone having troubling obtaining enough food for themselves or their families should call 2-1-1 for help.

• Effective 5 p.m. yesterday, March 23, the Hoosier Lottery prize payment offices located in Indianapolis, Mishawaka and Evansville are closed to the public until further notice.

Players can mail in any prize claims up to $99,999. Information on how to mail in a prize claim can be found at Prize claims of $100,000 and above will be processed by appointment only. Players can call 800-955-6886 to schedule an appointment. Should players choose, tickets may be presented in-person when the prize claim offices reopen. The Hoosier Lottery has extended the deadline for redeeming winning Hoosier Lottery tickets an additional 60 days beyond the 180 days allowed by statute.

All Hoosier Lottery game drawings will continue to occur as scheduled. Any changes to second chance drawings will be posted to the lottery’s website. Players may purchase tickets and redeem prizes of less than $600 at most Hoosier Lottery retailers.

Check, the Hoosier Lottery’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms or call 800-955-6886 for updates on when Hoosier Lottery prize payment offices will reopen.