Wednesday Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that the state will no longer remain at Stage 5 in the reopening plan put in place during the pandemic.
He says this is happening because when the state went to Stage 5 the positivity rate was 3.9%. Indiana is currently at 10.3%. Holcomb says that "too many of us let our guard down."
Beginning Nov. 15 and for the next month Holcomb will sign an executive order fortargetted restrictions for counties in the orange and red status. All of the WVPE listening area counties are in those colors.
Elkhart Community Schools will keep its hybrid in-person and online learning model through the Spring 2021 semester.
In a video message to parents, Superintendent Steve Thalheimer said the decision was based on uncertainty about flu season and the county’s surge in COVID-19 cases, as well as staffing shortages caused by employees needing to quarantine due to the virus.