Countdown to Election Day: 32 days

Important Indiana Election Dates:

October 5 - 2020 Voter Registration Ends

October 22 - Deadline to Request Mail-In Ballot

November 3 -  General Election Day

November 14 - Military/Overseas Ballots Must be Received (must be postmarked by November 3)

Have a great weekend! Local, state, and federal highlights in today’s memo include:

  • Trump Says He and First Lady have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus

  • Trump Administration Announces $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding

  • Execs Think They’re Handling the Future of Work. Workers Disagree

  • Important Dates

  • Daily Numbers

    Let’s dive in.

 
 

Trump Says He and First Lady have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus


BREAKING NEWS: President Trump and his wife, Melania, have contracted the coronavirus, he announced early Friday, after months in which he has often played down a pandemic that has killed more than 205,000 Americans and sickened millions more.

Trump, 74, was diagnosed hours after it became publicly known that Hope Hicks, a top Trump aide who traveled with him on Air Force One and Marine One this week, tested positive Thursday morning.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” the president tweeted just before 1 a.m. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

The president’s physician, Sean P. Conley, wrote minutes later that Trump and his wife “are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters that the president was experiencing “mild symptoms,” but remained in “good spirits and very energetic.”

Others in Trump’s immediate orbit who have tested negative so far include daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner, teenage son Barron Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

A maskless Meadows told reporters outside the White House that he and White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino also tested negative.

Meadows said he expected Trump to recover quickly, but would not comment on what treatment the president is receiving.

Trump’s early-morning announcement marked an extraordinary turn for the first family, coming little more than a month before Election Day and as Trump has escalated his campaign pace in an effort to catch Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who leads in national and key state polls. Trump, aides and voters say, trails largely because of his handling of the virus, which has dominated voters’ attention along with the economic collapse caused by pandemic shutdowns. And at 5 pm today, it was announced that the President would be headed to Walter Reed Hospital. (The Washington Post)

 
 

Trump Administration Announces $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $20 billion in additional funding for providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Phase 3 General Distribution allocation allows providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments to apply for additional funding that considers both financial losses as well as changes in operating expenses caused by the pandemic. Providers that were previously ineligible will also be invited to apply for the funds beginning October 5. 

 All information is here.

 
 

Execs Think They’re Handling the Future of Work - Workers Disagree


Axios' Bryan Walsh writes: A new survey finds employers are embracing a new, more digitized way of working accelerated by the pandemic, while employees fear being left behind.

What's happening: Yesterday, IBM released its 2020 C-suite study, which surveyed more than 3,800 high-level executives in 20 countries on their outlook, both during COVID-19 and in the years ahead.

  • They report the pandemic has busted previous barriers to digital transformation, with 66% of executives surveyed saying they've completed initiatives that had previously been held up by internal resistance.

The catch: The report showed a major gap between how executives think their company is helping workers during the pandemic and how workers themselves feel.

  • That gap isn't just about corporate communication — nearly a quarter of workers surveyed reported having been either furloughed or laid off, and they're well aware that more automation and digitization may translate to less work for humans.

"There's an elevation of expectations with employees in respect to their employers," says Jesus Mantas, a senior managing partner at IBM. "That creates a gap in leadership." (Axios)

 
 

Important Dates


Monday, October 5 - 10:00 am - Indiana Standards and Assessment Task Force, House Chamber 

Monday, October 5 - 1:30 pm - Environmental Affairs Interim Study Committee - Senate Chamber

Tuesday, October 6 - 11:00 am - Corrections and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee - House Chamber

Tuesday, October 6 - 10:00 am - Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications Interim Study Committee - Senate Chamber

Wednesday, October 7 - 10:00 am - Financial Institutions and Insurance Interim Study Committee - House Chamber

Wednesday, October 7 - 10:00 am - Probate Study Commission - Senate Chamber

Thursday, October 8 -  10:00 am - Fiscal Policy Interim Study Committee - House Chamber

Thursday, October 8 - 10:00 am - Roads and Transportation Interim Study Committee - Room 233

Tuesday, October 13 - 1:30 pm - Legislative Council Audit and Financial Reporting Subcommittee - Room 233

Wednesday, October 14 - 10:00 am - Pension Management Oversight Study Committee - Room 404

Wednesday, October 14 - 12:00 pm - Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Human Services Interim Study Committee - House Chamber

Thursday, October 15 - 10:00 am - 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force - House Chamber

Friday, October 16 - 10:30 am - Courts and the Judiciary, Interim Study Committee - House Chamber

Monday, October 19 - 10:00 am - Indiana Standards and Assessment Accommodation Taskforce - Senate Chamber

Tuesday, October 20 - 9:00 am - Legislative Continuity Committee - Room 233

Wednesday, October 21 - 10:00 am - Probate Code Study Commission - Senate Chamber

Tuesday, October 27 - 10:00 am - Employment and Labor Interim Study Committee - House Chamber - CANCELLED

Thursday, November 12 - 10:00 am - 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force - House Chamber

Thursday, November 19 - 10:00 am - 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force - House Chamber

 
 

By The Numbers …


COVID-19 Cases

*New cases: 1,495

Total cumulative cases reported Friday: 122,640

Total cumulative cases reported Thursday: 121,176

Increase in cumulative cases: 1,464

Increase in cases reported Sept. 1-Oct. 1: 26,285

Increase in cases reported Aug. 1-Sept. 1: 27,769

Increase in cases reported July 1-Aug. 1: 21,170

Increase in cases reported June 1-July 1: 11,122

Increase in cases reported May 1-June. 1: 16,065

COVID-19 Deaths

New deaths: 13

Total deaths: 3,429

Increase in deaths reported Sept. 1-Oct. 1: 325

Increase in deaths reported Aug. 1-Sept. 1: 322

Increase in deaths reported July 1-Aug. 1: 315

Increase in deaths reported June 1-July 1: 480

Increase in deaths reported May 1-June. 1: 914

Increase in deaths reported April 1-May 1: 997

COVID-19 Testing

New tested individuals: 10,972

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Friday: 1,398,522

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Thursday: 1,387,731

Increase in cumulative tested individuals: 10,791

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 8.8%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 7%**

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 5.8%

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 3.9%**

Increase in unique tested individuals reported Sept. 1-Oct. 1: 303,966

Increase in unique tested individuals reported Aug. 1-Sept. 1: 325,159

Increase in unique tested individuals reported July 1-Aug. 1: 268,890

Increase in unique tested individuals reported June 1-July 1: 223,820

Increase in unique tested individuals reported May 1-June 1: 166,257

Increase in unique tested individuals reported April 1-May 1: 85,264

** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.

County Numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 21,781 (increase of 169)

Marion County new deaths: 0

Marion County cumulative deaths: 769

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 6.8%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 5,110

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 2,816

Johnson County cumulative cases: 2,441

Madison County cumulative cases: 1,792

Boone County cumulative cases: 1,024

Hancock County cumulative cases: 959

Morgan County cumulative cases: 755

Shelby County cumulative cases: 692

Indiana Intensive Care Unit Usage

Available ICU beds: 33.4%

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 13.1%

Available ventilators: 79.9%

Ventilators in use for COVID-19: 3.5%

U.S. and Worldwide Numbers

As of Friday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 7,288,166

U.S. deaths: 208,025

Global cases: 34,374,469

Global deaths: 1,024,426