Today, the Indiana State Department of Health updated the color coding on its map tracking COVID-19 cases in all 92 Hoosier counties. Based on information released at noon, 17 counties are now in the most serious "red" designation, which is four fewer than last week.

In the WVPE listening area, both Elkhart and LaGrange counties remain in the red. Elkhart County moved to the red designation on Nov. 18, and LaGrange County entered the red on Nov. 11.


During Indiana's weekly COVID-19 update, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box gave guidelines about how communities should handle Halloween and trick-or-treating. 

She passed along guidance handed down by the CDC. 

Box also broke down the risk of Halloween activities into low, moderate and high categories. 

The screenshots (below) provide more details. 


Indiana saw its daily COVID-19 cases spike to a new all time high yesterday of just under 1,500, at 1,497. 

 The Indiana State Department of Health says this is due in part to a lab reporting error that has been corrected. That correction resulted in the addition of 462 positive cases.  The state also reported 17 new deaths as of Thursday.  


Beginning Tuesday, ISDH will be offering free testing this week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the following area counties: Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange and Marshall.


THE LATEST: Based on the latest figures released by the Indiana State Dept. of Health, on July 16th, St. Joseph County saw its highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases yet. The county reported 68 new cases on Thursday. 

This week in a four-day time span from July 12-July 16, the county has logged three of its highest daily case counts since the pandemic began. On July 12 there were 63 new cases and on July 14 there were 58 new cases. 

Dr. Mark Fox with the St. Joe Co. Health Dept. says he attributes some of the rise to large gatherings and the State of Indiana moving to Stage 4.5 in reopening. He says he is thankful the state paused and did not move to Stage 5. He says two new testing sites have been set up at St. Adalbert and at WUBS. "This is a very worrisome trend for the county," he adds. 

"What a difference two weeks makes," says Mayor James Mueller of South Bend.

Justin Hicks/WVPE


The Indiana State Dept. of Health is hosting the following free drive-thru clinics next week: This comes after some clinics in Indiana have been impacted by the recent heat and have had to curtail hours. 



Team Rehabilitation

223 Chicago Ave.

July 13-17 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.



North Side Gymnasium

300 Lawrence St.

July 13-17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Justin Hicks/WVPE


The Indiana State Dept. of Health announced it would offer more free COVID-19 testing next week in Elkhart County. Elkhart County will remain in Stage 4 through July 17 as the rest of the state moves to Stage 4.5 of the 'Back on Track' plan to reopen Indiana's economy. 

Holcomb Announces 5-Stage Plan To Get Indiana "Back On Track" By July 4

Mar 29, 2020

BREAKING (Posted May 1 at 3:15pm):

Gov. Holcomb announced a complex plan for reopening the state.

Holcomb says parts of the state will reopen for business on Monday…with the goal of having the state fully open by July 4th.