Gary Mayor Jerome Prince on Pandemic Fallout, Response


Elected in 2019, Gary Mayor Jerome Prince promised to bring much-needed economic development and growth to the struggling Northwest Indiana city. 

But just a few months into his first term, COVID-19 has changed the equation. 

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“COVID-19 is something that’s new to all of us, and there’s just a lot of uncertainty,” Prince said. “If nothing else, it certainly created an opportunity, believe it or not, to start to engage and just have conversations about what life looks like post-COVID.”

Gary has seen more than 400 reported cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, with 15 deaths. That’s out of a total population near 75,000 people. 

Like the rest of Indiana, businesses in Gary have been shut down since late March to slow the spread of the virus. But that could begin to change Friday, as Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb plans to announce modifications to the state’s stay-at-home order. 

Prince says he’ll take a cautious approach when looking at how and when things should reopen in Gary. 

“We just want to make sure we do what’s in the best interest of not only our employees but the residents as well,” Prince said. 


Covid Across Chicago

How is the novel coronavirus impacting local businesses, residents and social service agencies across the city and region? And how are local leaders handling the crisis? We hit the streets to answer those questions and more in our ongoing reporting series, COVID-19 Across Chicago. See where we’ve been and what we’ve discovered in this overview. Listed is the official Chicago community area with the neighborhood in parenthesis where appropriate.


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