Find the information and resources you need to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak

Indiana University is responding to the continually changing situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our state, and across our nation, and our world. At the Center for Rural Engagement, we strive to support the need for connection as communities come together and share resources.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana State Department of Health will have the most up-to-date public health information available.

This list will be updated continually as we discover new resources. If you would like to list a resource on this page, please email Last updated on February 26, 2021.

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available and being distributed throughout the state. Please see guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health regarding current vaccine eligibility. 

Get answers to your vaccine questions

Download the COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet.

Commercial resources

IU Student Agile Response Team (START)

The IU START initiative leverages the vast skills, passion, and time of Indiana University students to help nonprofits and small businesses across the Indiana Uplands with projects.

PPE Marketplace for Small Businesses

This online hub serves as a resource for Indiana small businesses employing up to 150 associates that are in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the health and safety of their workforce during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

CDC Reopening Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention share reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes.

National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance

The National Restaurant Association shares reopening guidance for the restaurant industry.

CDC Toolkit for Businesses & Workplaces

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer resources to businesses and workplaces, including health considerations and tools, as well as guidance to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19.

USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
The PPP provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

Payment Protection Program (PPP)
The PPP provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster loans to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is maintaining information and guidance on unemployment claims related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Office of Community and Rural Affairs

The Office of Community and Rural Affairs is sharing state and small business resources related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Digitalizing Small Business in Response to COVID-19

The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington is offering a no-cost technology consulting service to small businesses with the goal of establishing or increasing their online presence and/or creating digital capabilities.

E-learning resources

Internet assistance for low-income families

Low-income households may qualify for free or discounted internet services, computers, mobile plans, and phones.

Indiana Public Media

Utilizing the television broadcast, Indiana Public Media has adjusted its WORLD Channel schedule to deliver a lineup of science, history and English language arts programming educational programs for grades 6-12 from 12 noon – 5 PM each weekday. Additionally, students and teachers will have access to PBS LearningMedia, a free, national resource that offers additional content to support classroom assignments.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is offering the following resources:

 Regional Opportunity Initiatives

Veterans resources

Department of Veterans Affairs Public Health

The VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans in the face of this emerging health risk. This site also has a report tracking the number of Veteran patients by facility with either a CDC confirmed or a locally, presumptively confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

Veteran Health Indiana

Veterans with flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, should call the Patient Response Center at 317-988-1772 before making an appointment.


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The IU Center for Rural Engagement improves the lives of Hoosiers through collaborative initiatives that discover and deploy scalable and flexible solutions to common challenges facing rural communities. Working in full-spectrum community innovation through research, community-engaged teaching and student service, the center builds vision, harnesses assets and cultivates sustainable leadership structures within the communities with which it engages to ensure long-term success.