COVID-19 vaccine

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Indiana health officials say they’re not planning any more statewide COVID-19 restrictions – even as they sound the alarm about a rise in cases related to the virus’s delta variant.

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ Alissa Eckert, MS

 

Berrien County is continuing to see low COVID-19 cases. During a July 7 press conference, county health officer Nicki Britten said that on average, they’re seeing less than three cases per day. About three percent of tests are coming back positive, and the county currently has nobody in the ICU with COVID-19.

Britten also said the county has not detected any cases of the highly contagious Delta variant yet, but that does not mean there are none in the area.

Indiana Department of Health

 


For the first time, all WVPE listener counties are in the “blue” on the Indiana Department of Health’s color-coded COVID-19 tracking map. Blue is the least serious of the state’s four color categories, indicating low spread of the virus. 

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Starting July 6, the St. Joseph County Department of Health's main COVID-19 vaccine clinic is relocating to the main lobby of the County-City building at 227 West Jefferson Boulevard in South Bend.

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Berrien County is now averaging just under five new cases a day, a big decline from the height of the pandemic. Test positivity rates are also low, at around three percent. In addition, Michigan fully reopened on June 22, dropping all capacity restrictions and face mask mandates.

 

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The vast majority of Hoosier counties maintained their “blue” status this week on the state’s color-coded COVID-19 tracking map. 

 

Blue is the least serious of the state’s four color categories, indicating low spread of the virus. 

 

All WVPE listener counties kept their blue status from last week, except for Fulton County – it remains in the “yellow” category, which indicates moderate spread of the virus.

 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he’s still opposed to the state providing financial incentives as a way to encourage more Hoosiers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 51 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 13,375 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 1,600 new cases in the last week – not including 308 historical cases added to the state’s count Saturday.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he does not support public schools requiring a COVID-19 vaccination.

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Communities across the state are weighing what COVID-19 health and safety measures to continue this summer and into the fall, as the governor's mask requirement for schools expires at the end of June

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Goshen Health is closing its COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Pro Park One, and offering the vaccine at Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care instead. 

(Read more in the release below.)

GOSHEN, Ind., June 14, 2021 – Effective today, COVID-19 vaccines will be administered at Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care – 2824 Elkhart Rd, Goshen. 

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 57 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 13,324 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 2,500 new cases in the last week – the fewest reported in a single week since testing became more widely available during the pandemic.

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On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control announced that vaccinated people no longer needed to wear masks. That same day, St. Joseph County rescinded its face mask order.

Hundreds Protesting IU’s COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

Jun 11, 2021
Adam Pinsker WTIU/WFIU

More than a hundred protestors gathered in front of the Sample Gates Thursday to protest Indiana University’s COVID-19 vaccine policy.

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Coronavirus cases in St. Joseph County are at the lowest level since the start of the pandemic, and the county’s COVID-19 tracking metrics are all in the green for the first time ever.

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Upon taking office, President Biden set July 4 as a benchmark for getting 70% of the nation fully vaccinated from the COVID-19 virus. 

(Alex Paul, WTIU/WFIU News)

 

The Elkhart County Health Department is hosting two walk-in vaccine clinics.

 

On Thursday, June 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the health department is offering walk-in vaccines at the Middlebury Community Public Library located at 101 East Winslow Street in Middlebury.

 

And on Monday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., the health department is hosting a walk-in vaccine clinic at Church Community Services located at 907 Oakland Avenue in Elkhart.

 

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Pressure is building on Indiana University to repeal its requirement that students, faculty and staff receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita thinks an Indiana University policy that asks for proof of COVID-19 vaccination violates a new state law.

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Nineteen Indiana House lawmakers – led by Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) – want the governor to stop Indiana University from mandating students, faculty and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

(Provided by IU Health)

If you live in St. Joseph County, you’ll have an opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine nearly every day this week. The Indiana Department of Health will be hosting two mobile vaccination centers in South Bend. 

The first will be on Tuesday and Wednesday at La Casa de Amistad on South Michigan Street. The second will run from Thursday to Saturday at the Civil Rights Heritage Center on West Washington Street. 

 

Saint Joseph Health System

Starting June 5, patients in the Saint Joseph Health System will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine from their primary care provider. 

(More details in the health system's release below.)

(Provided by Indiana University Health)

The Indiana Department of Health has expanded vaccine eligibility to 12 to 15-year-olds, a move local health officials say will help them reach the goal of vaccinating at least 70 percent of the population.

“Having another 15,000 [or] 16,000 people who are eligible contributes to the baseline of herd immunity,” St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox said Wednesday.

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The Indiana Department of Health will expand vaccine eligibility to 12- to 15-year-olds starting Thursday, pending recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Elkhart County

The Elkhart County Health Department kicked off a drive to persuade more county residents to get vaccinated Wednesday. 

 

“The better we do as a community and as a state in keeping COVID numbers down, the better we can do getting back into our businesses and supporting those people – the workers and the business owners – and really starting to get back to life as we know it,” Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said.

 

(Provided by Indiana University Health)

Everyone age 16 and older has been able to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana for over a month now, but only at designated vaccination sites or clinics. Health officials in St. Joseph County are now working to get the vaccines into local doctors’ offices.

St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox said making vaccines available at the doctor’s office will remove barriers for people who aren’t comfortable with the state’s online registration system, or who don’t have reliable transportation to a vaccination site.

 

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Elkhart County hospital officials are urging community members to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the county’s hospitals once again near capacity.

In a video message to the community, Elkhart General Hospital's Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Michelle Bache, said the hospital’s inpatient census has increased by 68 percent in just the past week.

 

“We are approaching inpatient numbers that haven’t been seen since the very beginning of the year,” she said.

Notre Dame announced vaccination against the COVID-19 virus will be required of students attending the university in the Fall of 2021. A university spokesman says that faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, but at this time will not be required to do so. 

Michiana Chronicles: The Second Shot

Mar 18, 2021
Ken Smith

At the vaccination center beside the big church, people came and went quickly, so parking was easy. Mask on, and a short walk over to the low building where all the action was. I bet many a wedding reception was held there before the virus came. In the doorway, a greeter saw the vaccine record card in my hand, and said, “Are you here for the second shot of Moderna?” You bet. “If you’d apply hand sanitizer, you can head on in. You won’t have time to read that book—we’re processing a thousand people a day,” he said, in the friendliest way possible.

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