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Friday St. Joseph County and South Bend leaders provided an update on an ever worsening situation with COVID-19 locally.

Dr. Mark Fox, Deputy Health Officer for St. Joseph County, says he expects the county will move into a "red" designation from the Indiana State Dept. of Health by the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. County Commissioner Andy Kostielney echoed that concern saying that he is also concerned about hospitals being able to provide care. 

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers won’t be compelled to wear face masks as they meet next week at the Statehouse for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic was first sweeping across the country in March. The Legislature’s organizational meeting set for Tuesday will occur as the state’s rates for COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations have soared in recent weeks and a statewide mask mandate issued by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has been in effect since July.

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After months of back and forth, the St. Joseph County Council finally passed an ordinance Tuesday night that will allow the county health department to enforce its face mask order.

Under the ordinance, businesses – not individuals – can be fined up to $250 for failing to require face masks when six feet of physical distance can’t be maintained. 

County Health Officer Bob Einterz has been trying to pass this measure since July. Though it’s been a long road, he said he’s glad to see elected officials reach a compromise. 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb insists Hoosiers are safe at polling places across the state amid the ongoing pandemic. That’s despite a record new number of COVID-19 cases, long lines at the polls and some county clerks who refuse to follow Holcomb’s mask-wearing order.

Michigan GOP Spent $542K To Challenge Whitmer's Orders

Oct 6, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature have spent about $542,000 suing Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her use of emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate and House released the figure to a liberal group, Progress Michigan, last week. It was the same day the state Supreme Court ruled against the governor in a similar lawsuit to the Legislature’s. The Whitmer administration has quickly reinstituted a mask requirement and gathering limits under a law that's not an issue in the legal challenges.

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The Elkhart County Board of Health met Thursday night to discuss the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past several days. The meeting was originally scheduled for last week, but had to be canceled when a group of about 50 unmasked individuals showed up. Last night’s meeting had a virtual option to try and address that and people in attendance could be seen wearing masks.

 

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The Elkhart County Health Board has rescheduled its meeting that abruptly ended this week for Sept. 29. The meeting will take place virtually at 7pm. A link will be available to the public on the Elkhart County website. 

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Discontent among some conservatives about Gov. Eric Holcomb's statewide mask mandate and other coronavirus restrictions poses a possible disruption to his reelection campaign. Some longtime reliable Republican voters complain Holcomb’s coronavirus orders have been “overbearing" and say they intend to support Libertarian candidate Donald Rainwater. Holcomb defends the mask order has helping keep the coronavirus spread in check.

Whitmer: Mask Order Applies To Big Ten, But May Be Changed

Sep 18, 2020
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Whitmer: No Enforcement Of Virus Rules At Trump Rallies

Sep 17, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says it doesn't make sense for Michigan to enforce coronavirus restrictions at President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign rallies and also points to people's constitutional rights. The Democrat has expressed safety concerns with thousands attending a Trump rally last week, calling it a potential superspreader event. Her order restricts outdoor gatherings to no more than 100, though there's an exception for political speech.

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It had been a while since Stacey heard from her son, who’s incarcerated at Miami Correctional Facility in Bunker Hill, Indiana. They had an argument a few months ago, but she kept track of him through relatives who communicated with him more regularly, and even saved his voicemails so she could play them back whenever she missed him. 

Then on Wednesday, Stacey’s son sent her a message: “I have covid love u.” 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 69 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,072. The state announced more than 93,000 total confirmed cases – including two days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 1,065,000 Hoosiers tested.

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The president-elect of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan says residents have to wear a mask inside businesses and police can step in to enforce it.

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The state’s largest teachers union called on Gov. Eric Holcomb to take a more direct role in how, or if, schools reopen for in-person teaching.

The Indiana State Teachers Association met with Holcomb Tuesday to express concerns about the return to classroom teaching. The virtual meeting was a follow-up to a letter Holcomb received from the association last month, with ten “requests” to address the impact of the pandemic on the 2020-21 school year.

Michigan's New Mask Mandate Kicks In Today

Jul 13, 2020

Beginning today Michigan residents must wear a face covering both inside stores and in crowded outdoor areas.

 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 21 additional confirmed deaths since Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,469. The state announced more than 46,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 496,000 Hoosiers tested.

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The state of Indiana is launching a public service campaign to urge Hoosiers to wear a mask when in public to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Elkhart County Issues Face Mask Order Effective Tuesday

Jun 29, 2020
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Starting Tuesday face masks will be required in Elkhart County in public when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. This order comes after a continued surge of COVID-19 cases in the county.

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Today the LaGrange County Health Department announced that the Indiana State Dept. of Health will offer mobile COVID-19 testing in the county Thursday and Friday (June 18 and 19.)

More information is below. 

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During the weekly St. Joseph County, Indiana COVID-19 update Friday, officials continued to stress caution as businesses start reopening and people begin venturing out. 

How Will St. Joseph Co. Mask Order Be Enforced?

May 5, 2020
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The St. Joseph County, Indiana health order requiring residents wear face masks in public started Tuesday. But there’s been some confusion about how and if the order can be enforced.

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St. Joseph County Health Officer, Robert Einterz, MD, issued a Public Health Order Sunday night.

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The Amish community in Elkhart County has been hard at work over the last month sewing and donating face masks. The group collectively donated roughly 4,500 masks to Goshen Health.

Free Face Mask Giveaway In Mishawaka Draws Hundreds

Apr 20, 2020
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Hundreds of cars snaked around the University Park Mall in Mishawaka Monday morning to receive free face masks. 

The line of cars stretched out into the road, all waiting to receive a coveted face mask for protection against COVID-19.

Locals With Sewing Machines Helping To Fill Face Mask Shortage

Mar 26, 2020
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Healthcare workers and first responders across the U.S. are dealing with face mask and gown shortages. Several locals armed with sewing machines are taking matters into their own hands.

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Elkhart County is asking for volunteers to make face masks and gowns and for people to help operate its COVID-19 information phone bank.