PRIMETIME: Coronavirus Special: Friday, May 15 Edition

On Friday, May 15 at 7:30pm, host Bruce Haines was in the PBS Fort Wayne Studio by Dr. Deborah McMahan, Commissioner of the Allen County Department of Health and other guests in the first segment.

The second segment of this live broadcast featured Rhonda Culbertson and Julie Troyer from Lutheran Health Network/Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, sharing their insights on the COVID-19 pandemic.

To stream this program, click on this link or click on the image at left.

Primetime Coronavirus Forum premiered Friday, May 8 at 7:30pm

Friday May 8’s program returned to a regular Primetime39 format, but focused once again on the ongoing local response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. In this edition, host Jennifer Blomquist welcomed Dr. Deborah McMahan, Commissioner, Allen County Department of Health, plus John Sampson from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership into the PBS Fort Wayne Studio.

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CORONAVIRUS: A Live Community Forum

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The conversation and call-ins continued Friday evenings at 7:00pm with local experts such as Dr. Deborah McMahan, Commisioner, Allen County Department of Health, Dr, Jay Fawver, psychiatrist and host of Matters of the Mind, plus other area medical and community leaders. This one-hour special program  aired during March, April and the first week of May 2020.

The programs also featured a phone bank comprised of health care professionals assisting viewers with questions when they call in during each week’s live broadcast.

CORONAVIRUS: A Mental Health Roundtable

Dr. Jay Fawver hosted CORONAVIRUS: A Mental Health Roundtable, special editions of Matters of the Mind Mondays at at 7:30pm on PBS Fort Wayne during March and April 2020.

Dr. Fawver, along with other regional mental health experts — including Dr. Siquilla Liebetrau, a licensed clinical psychologist at the Bowen Center in Warsaw and Dr. Matthew L. Runyan a psychiatrist in Fort Wayne, affiliated with Parkview Regional Medical Center — continued the discussion about how the COVID-19 Pandemic can affect mental health.  New suggestions, coping strategies and resources viewers may access while social distancing or staying at home are part of the discussion in each show.

A Quick Contact Guide for Coronavirus Information

Please Note: if you are concerned about a friend or family member’s well-being and/or mental status based on conversations you’ve had with them, encounters you have experienced, or what they posted on their social media accounts, FIRST, dial 911 in an emergency and then contact the social media outlets directly.

Local and Regional Coronavirus resources

Allen County Department of Health

Hotline: (260) 449-4499, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Indiana Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline

Hotline: 1-877-826-0011 (open 8 a.m. ET-Midnight ET seven days a week)


Mental Health Resources

Park Center – Fort Wayne, IN

Crisis Hotline: 800-552-0985


Northeastern Center, Inc. – Kendallville IN

Crisis: 800-790-0118


Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services, Inc. – Warsaw, IN

Phone: 574-267-7169


Resources from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)- A List curated by NAMI of Fort Wayne:

State and National Resources


Indiana Department of Health:

Hotline: 1-877-826-0011 (open 24/7)



Ohio Department of Health

Hotline: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)



CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

Hotline: 1-800-232-4636


Mental Health Resources

From the National Institute of Mental Health:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En Español 1-888-628-9454
The Lifeline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.

Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741
The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a trained responder. The service is available to all veterans, even if not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can call 1-800-799-4889.

Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

The disaster distress helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Hotline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

The Latest: Governor Holcomb’s Plan to Reopen the State

On Friday, May 1, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the Back On Track Indiana plan to safely open the economy and remain vigilant about protecting Hoosiers’ health and wellbeing.

“Across Indiana, we have witnessed a spirit of cooperation and caring for others that has touched my heart. May this spirit of appreciation for one another carry on long after the scourge of COVID-19 is behind us,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Hoosiers have done this together and together we will come out a stronger Indiana.”

Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March and he will continue to do so as the state contemplates a sector-by-sector reset. The state will move to reopen while continuing to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:

  • The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days
  • The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators
  • The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees
  • Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing

As we lift restrictions and more people return to work, visit a store or restaurant, and participate in more activities, the number of COVID-19 cases will increase. If we cannot meet these principles, all or portions of the state may need to pause on moving forward or we may return to an earlier phase of the governor’s stay-at-home order.

Indiana Back On Track has five stages.

Beginning Monday, May 4, nearly all of Indiana will move to stage 2. For three counties – Cass, Lake and Marion counties – stage 2 will begin at a later date. Phase 2 may begin on Monday, May 11 for Lake and Marion counties. Phase 2 may begin on Monday, May 18 for Cass County. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

In Stage 2 to protect the most vulnerable to COVID-19, Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions – who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus – should remain at home.

Essential travel restrictions will be lifted, and social gatherings of up to 25 people will be permitted, following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines.

The remaining manufacturers, industrial and other infrastructure operations that had not been considered essential may open. Hoosiers who can work from home are encouraged to continue to do so.

Retail and commercial businesses may open at 50% capacity. Examples include apparel, furniture, jewelry and liquor stores that have been operating as curbside or delivery only. Shopping malls can open at 50% capacity with indoor common areas restricted to 25% capacity.

Restaurants and bars that serve food may open starting May 11 at 50% capacity, but bar seating will remain closed. Personal services such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors also may open on May 11 by appointment only and must follow social distancing guidelines.

Starting May 8th, for all of the state’s counties, indoor worship services may also convene, following specific social distancing guidelines – while those 65 and older and those at elevated risk will be asked to stay home.

If health indicators remain positive, the state will move to stage 3. To learn more about the different stages and the associated dates to get a better understanding about where we’re going as a state, click here to see the full plan:


TIMELINE: Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address on Monday, March 23, 2020 that ordered all Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety.
The order was extended as of Friday, April 3, and then, as of April 20, 2020, was extended to May 1, 2020.

To see a complete list of FAQs regarding the Stay At Home order, click here.

To see the actual executive order of the extension, click here.

The Critical Industries Hotline continues to be available from 9:00am to 6:00pm, ET Monday through Friday to respond to business and industry questions about whether a business is considered essential. The center may be reached by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing

Answers to frequently asked questions and instructions to file for COVID-19-related unemployment are available at

A link to the updated Stay-At-Home Order FAQ may be found here: Please refer to this FAQ page for guidance and clarifications.

To see the actual document extending the Stay At Home order, click here.

Link to the Stay-At-Home Order FAQ may be found here:

More information may be found at the ISDH website at and the CDC website at

Links to all executive orders may be found here:

Resources and more for you…

As concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic continues to rise, PBS Fort Wayne presents a collection of programs and resources with timely and relevant information on the spread of the virus.

CORONAVIRUS: A LIVE COMMUNITY FORUM, Friday, a new series seen Fridays at 7:00pm on PBS Fort Wayne, is produced live in our studio and features conversations with Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deb McMahan, Dr. Jay Fawver, plus other local medical and community leaders. Local viewers also have the opportunity to call in questions to a phone bank of health care professionals. during each live broadcast.

CORONAVIRUS: A Mental Health Roundtable, which airs Monday evenings at  7:30pm, is hosted by Dr. Jay Fawver (host of Matters of the Mind) discussing how the COVID-19 Pandemic can affect mental health. The show features other regional mental health experts offering suggestions, coping strategies and tips for viewers on where to find resources to help them through this crisis.

CONFRONTING CORONAVIRUS: A PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL aired earlier this year and featured interviews with officials and a virtual town hall with curated questions from across the nation.

More Resources…

Scientists around the globe are racing to uncover the secrets of the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic—and using revolutionary techniques to develop lifesaving treatments and vaccines.

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Premiered Thursday, March 19, 8:00pm

This special, from PBS NewsHour, focuses on health precautions for individuals and the public at large, as well as the pandemic’s economic impact in both the United States and globally.

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Be Well Indiana: A Comprehensive Online Wellness Resource

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FAQs: What Does the Governor’s Stay At Home Order mean?

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Local Resources: Links to local resources with Coronavirus information
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From PBS: A COVID-19 Financial Survival Guide

Who are the most economically vulnerable to the pandemic, how can you get financial support, and how can you help out?
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VIDEO: What Flattening The Curve Means

From PBS: A Curated Directory of What You Should Know
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From PBS Parents: How To Talk To Your Kids About the Coronavirus
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VIDEO: NOVA-How serious is the Coronavirus?

School closed? The PBS Kids Daily Newsletter connects you to new resources and more.
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VIDEO: PBS Digital Studios: Can Soap Really Kill the Coronavirus?

PBS Digital Studios: How do Hand Santizers Work?

Tips on How To Shelter in Place: NASA Astronauts

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