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Indiana lawmakers announced they will come back into session before the end of November to help the governor end the state’s public health emergency and change how private businesses can require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Elkhart County Health Department

The Elkhart County Health Department is urging caution following the county’s return to “red” on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map.

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Indiana surpasses 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases. Health officials grow concerned that hesitancy will play into other vaccines like the flu. And the state begins its rollout of booster shots.

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For weeks, hospitals across Indiana have endured a surge of new COVID-19 cases. Once again, the strain has revealed systemic flaws.

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Student COVID-19 cases are dropping, in line with statewide declines. At the same time, businesses and workers have questions about how Indiana’s government will respond to the new Biden administration vaccine rule. And experts say it’s too soon to call COVID-19 "endemic."

Indiana Department of Health

Last week, four WVPE listener counties were in the “red” category on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map, which indicates unchecked community spread of the virus. But this week, only LaGrange County is still in the “red.”

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State health officials say there are positive signs that Indiana may be emerging from the surge of COVID-19 cases it’s experienced the last couple months. But they still urge caution, as the health care system continues to be strained.

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Berrien County Interim Health Officer Courtney Davis says the county’s school mask mandate is working. 

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Indiana surpasses 900,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. State data debunks a COVID-19 hospitalization myth. And more hospitals are reporting they are “in crisis mode.”

Justin Hicks / IPB News

A new piece of COVID-19 misinformation claims that most of the summer surge of hospitalizations are actually people who aren’t really sick. 


All WVPE listener counties have maintained their color status from last week on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map, except for one. 

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A study published by Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis shows that Black and rural communities were disproportionately affected by the pandemic

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Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait said Friday she expects the county’s rise in COVID-19 cases to continue for at least the next three weeks. 

According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, Elkhart County has a 7-day positivity rate of 8.6 percent, and recorded 236 cases per 100,000 residents over the last week. The county recently moved to the state’s “orange” category, which indicates high spread of the virus.


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Kids are finally back to in-person school, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt learning. Cases are on the rise due to the highly contagious delta variant, which has also increased the number of youth hospitalizations.

Despite the surge, the vaccination rate for eligible children remains low. And a new study shows that it may not increase.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, crossing yet another milestone in its late summer surge. 

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The Indiana Department of Health reported more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. This is the first time since late-January – the beginning of Indiana’s vaccine rollout – the state has reported this many cases in a single day. 

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Indiana surpassed 700,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday. After weeks of declining cases, the state is seeing a slow uptick.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials are reporting fewer new coronavirus cases and the lowest number of related hospitalizations since early November as the state’s downward trend that began late last year continued. The Indiana State Department of Health said Monday an additional 2,210 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, down from the 2,565 new cases reported Sunday. Another 12 people have died from COVID-19, raising Indiana’s pandemic toll to 9,728, including both confirmed and presumed infections.

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Elkhart County emergency room doctors described the emotional toll of the pandemic at the third Candid COVID Conversation Wednesday night.

Dr. Michelle Bache, vice president of medical affairs at Elkhart General Hospital, said it’s been two months since her hospital has operated at anything less than 100 percent capacity.

That case load led to a record number of COVID-19 deaths last month.


NEW (Dec. 2):

The Indiana State Dept. of Health updated its county-by-county COVID-19 map Wednesday. The latest changes show that Elkhart County is no longer in the "red" category. LaGrange County still remains in the red. Overall, 16 counties are now in the red. That number is down from last week. The newest data shows that statewide hospitalizations are at an all-time high.   Nearly all of Indiana remains in the greatest-risk categories for coronavirus spread in an update that also shows a new high for average daily COVID-19 deaths for the state.  Health officials on Wednesday added 91 confirmed recent COVID-19 deaths.  The state’s seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths has now reached 60 per day.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients has remained at record levels during the Thanksgiving weekend as the statewide daily average of coronavirus-related deaths continues its steep increases. The Indiana State Department of Health’s daily update on Saturday reported 69 more coronavirus deaths occurring over the past several days. Those raised the state’s seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths to 56 per day _ more than five times the rate in late September.

Indiana COVID-19 Hospitalizations Continue To Surge

Nov 24, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients pushed to yet another new high over the weekend as health care leaders warn about hospitals around the state being overwhelmed by the ongoing surge in severe infections. The Indiana Department of Health’s daily update on Monday reported 27 more coronavirus deaths occurring over the past several days. Those raised the state’s seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths to 48 per day, doubling that death rate in a month’s time.

Indiana COVID-19 Hospitalizations At New Record High

Nov 16, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say Indiana's hospitals were treating the largest number of COVID-19 patients since the state began releasing public reports on coronavirus hospitalizations last spring. The Indiana State Department of Health says the state had 2,768 coronavirus hospitalizations as of Sunday, a number that surpasses the previous peak of 2,634 COVID-19 hospitalizations reported on Friday.


NEW (Nov. 10):

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say Indiana is continuing its record-setting increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations and new infections, with the state once again surpassing 4,000 new cases. The Indiana State Department of Health also reported Tuesday 63 newly recorded COVID-19 deaths, raising Indiana's pandemic death toll to 4,731, including confirmed and presumed coronavirus infections. Indiana's 4,879 new COVID-19 infections reported Tuesday by the state agency are the state's second-highest daily count of new cases and mark the sixth straight day Indiana has reported more than 4,000 cases. Indiana's seven-day rolling average for newly confirmed cases also rose to 4,490, its highest level of the pandemic.


Indiana's updated COVID-19 dashboard shows every county in the WVPE listening area but one now in orange which means medium to high community spread of the virus is going on. Marshall County is the only county in our area that is still in the yellow category.

The new data released today reflects data from yesterday, Election Day 2020. On that day the state reported a new record high in cases - 3,756 cases and 25 new deaths.   Hospitalizations statewide are at an all-time high, with 1,897 patients being treated. 

NEW: Indiana Reports 3,000+ New COVID-19 Cases For The Last 4 Out Of 5 Days

Nov 2, 2020

NEW (Nov. 2): 

Indiana as a whole reported 3,080 new cases Sunday. That means the state as a whole has seen 3,000+ new daily cases in the last 4 out of 5 days for which data is available.

Another New Daily High In COVID-19 Cases In Indiana

Oct 29, 2020

Newly released data from the Indiana State Dept. of Health indicates that on Wed., Oct. 28th the state recorded another new all-time high in new COVID-19 cases.

3,649 new cases were reported along with 33 additional deaths. Total deaths in the state have now topped the 4,000 mark at 4,024.


Kosciusko County hit a new daily all-time high in COVID-19 cases on October 26th with 91 cases being reported. Previously, the daily high for Kosciusko County had been 58 cases reported on Oct. 23rd. Kosciusko County is already in the “orange” category on the Indiana State Dept. of Health COVID-19 map. The orange designation means there is medium to high community spread occurring.  

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 190 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,894 – the largest reported in a single week since late May. 

Indiana's COVID-19 Hospitalizations Highest Since April

Oct 25, 2020