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Elkhart County has joined LaGrange in the “red” category, which indicates unchecked community spread of COVID-19. All other WVPE listener counties stayed in the “orange” this week, indicating high spread.

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The Elkhart Community Schools board voted 6 to 1 Tuesday night to drop their mask mandate and move to a mask optional policy effective Wednesday morning.


The City of Martinsville is considering an ordinance that would ban COVID 19 vaccine mandates and mask mandates, but the mayor has doubts. 

Proponents say the ordinance would protect the personal liberties of Martinsville residents and visitors. 

"This would leave the choice up to the individual," said Ben Merida.  Merida is a city employee who proposed the ordinance.

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Warsaw Community Schools are requiring face masks for all students, teachers and staff to line up with new state guidance that eases COVID-19 quarantine requirements for schools that implement universal mask mandates. The mandate was adopted during the Sept. 7 board meeting.

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Starting Thursday, Sept. 9, students, staff and visitors at all Goshen Community Schools will have to wear a mask indoors. 

Kindergarten through sixth grade students have had to wear a mask since Aug. 23, while staff and visitors at the district’s K-6 schools have had to wear them since Aug. 12.


School City of Mishawaka

Starting next week, Mishawaka schools are implementing a universal indoor mask mandate for all students, staff and guests regardless of vaccination status. Masks will remain optional outdoors.

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Indiana schools are reporting hundreds of new student cases of COVID-19 – with some only days into a new academic year. And it's disrupting classrooms and extracurricular activities across the state. 

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The St. Joseph County Health Department is urging all county K-12 schools to implement universal indoor mask mandates. That follows Centers for Disease Control guidance recommending students, teachers, staff and visitors all wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.


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Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t reimposing a mask wearing mandate in state government buildings despite new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week it recommends people wear masks in schools as COVID-19 cases surge. It's prompting some Hoosier schools to revise their policies, while others are waiting to make decisions based on local COVID-19 data, as many near – or have already started – a new academic year. 

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Federal courts across Indiana are reimposing mask mandates as the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to surge across the state and country.

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Purdue University and the City of West Lafayette both announced on Friday they will reinstate indoor mask mandates for students, staff, and visitors to campus or city buildings regardless of vaccination status.


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Gov. Eric Holcomb won’t reimpose any mask mandates in Hoosier schools, only urging students, teachers and staff to mask up amid a surge of COVID-19.

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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.

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Republicans rejected an effort Tuesday to require House lawmakers to wear masks during the upcoming legislative session.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 77 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 2,706. The state announced more than 62,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 701,000 Hoosiers tested.

Gov. Holcomb Creates Mask Mandate, Kicks In Monday

Jul 22, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: As of July 27 Indiana residents will be required to wear masks in certain situations. Gov. Eric Holcomb said the order will apply to anyone ages 8 and older in any indoor public or business areas and at outdoor public spaces when sufficient distancing can’t be maintained. Gov. Holcomb made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. He listed a host of reasons why he feels this is necessary. He says compliance and enforcement of a mask mandate are always in question. He says he is appealing to one's civic duty to comply with it.