NEW: Elkhart County's Health Officer has issued new public health orders as the county was given a "red" designation by the Indiana State Dept. of Health due to rising COVID-19 rates. Many of the action items in the order appear to mimic language already put in place by the state for counties designated as red.
A face mask mandate is outlined with information that includes an incremental enforcement structure that starts with a written warning and could escalate up to having the health department issue an order to close a business or issue a penalty of up to $2,500. Within the face mask mandate is a page worth of exceptions as to when a mask is not required.
A mitigation directive addressing the size of gatherings was also issued that contains a similar enforcement structure.
The orders go into effect at 12:01am on Wed., Nov. 19, 2020.
Read more about the face mask mandate here.
Read more about the mitigation directive here.
Read Dr. Mertz's media release here.