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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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Almost all WVPE listener counties have maintained their color status from last week on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map. But LaGrange County has joined Fulton County in the “red,” indicating unchecked community spread of the virus.

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Monday the state surpassed 900,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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All WVPE listener counties have maintained their color status from last week on the state’s COVID-19 tracking map, but most are “orange,” indicating high spread of the virus.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb signs a new COVID-19 executive order after conferring with hospitals. New student COVID-19 cases break another pandemic record. And Indiana surpasses 14,000 confirmed deaths. 

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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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Ahead of the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 6, the Indiana Department of Health will be offering COVID-19 tests and vaccines in Goshen. 

A spokeswoman for the Elkhart County Health Department says the clinic is in response to the county’s rising positivity rate and recent move to the state’s “orange” category, which indicates high community spread of the virus.

 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb’s latest COVID-19 executive order requires hospitals to share new information, but does not reimpose any statewide restrictions during the current surge of cases.

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Nearly all WVPE listener counties are now in the “orange” category on the state’s COVID-19 tracking map, and one has returned to the most serious “red” category.

St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte and Starke counties all moved to the “orange” category this week, which indicates high spread of the virus. They join Pulaski, Marshall and Kosciusko counties, which all maintained their orange status from last week.

 

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Amid surging COVID-19 cases, the Berrien County Health Department has issued a public health order requiring students, teachers and staff at any county school — pre-kindergarten through grade 12 — to wear face masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

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After months of COVID-19 deaths slowing to a trickle, the state’s daily deaths have begun to climb alongside its late-summer spike in cases. That climb has pushed the state past another grim milestone: 14,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.

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The state's latest update on COVID-19 in schools shows 5,529 newly reported student cases – a new record for the second week in a row.

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State health officials plan for immunocompromised Hoosiers to access third doses of mRNA vaccines. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce launches a campaign to recognize workplaces leading the push to get Hoosiers vaccinated. And Indiana’s most recent surge hits 5,000 cases reported in a single day – for the first time since early January.

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State health officials are encouraging eligible Hoosiers to get a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. This additional dose is different from the booster shots recently announced by the Biden administration. 

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As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge across Indiana, health systems are beginning to take steps not seen in months.

IU Health says it will temporarily suspend half of its elective inpatient surgeries and procedures system-wide beginning Monday, an IU Health spokesperson wrote.

The state’s largest health system says affected patients are being notified and their procedures will be rescheduled in about three weeks.

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In a Facebook Live update Wednesday, Berrien County health officials said the county’s COVID-19 transmission has increased tenfold in the last month, and hospitalizations have increased fourfold. 

 

Berrien County Health Department Medical Director Dr. Rex Cabaltica said the more-infectious delta variant and relaxed mitigation measures are to blame. 

 

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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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According to the state’s COVID-19 tracking map, Fulton, Pulaski, Marshall and Kosciusko counties are now in the more serious “orange” category, which indicates high spread of the virus.

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Indiana, like many states in the U.S., is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of children in hospitals due to COVID-19. 

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The Indiana Department of Health reported more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday, crossing yet another milestone in its late summer surge. This is the first time cases have been this high since the vaccine rollout began in January.

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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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For the first time since February, there are no Indiana counties in the “blue” category — indicating low spread of the virus — on the state’s COVID-19 tracking map. Almost all WVPE listener counties remained in the “yellow” category, indicating moderate spread of the virus, but Fulton County has moved to the more serious “orange” category, which indicates high spread.

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Monday the state surpassed 800,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

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Indiana surpassed 3 million fully vaccinated Hoosiers Friday. The milestone comes as the state sees a slight uptick – a little less than double – in the weekly average of Hoosiers getting their initial shot. 

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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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For the first time since April, all WVPE listener counties are back in the “yellow” category, indicating moderate spread of the virus, on the state’s COVID-19 tracking map. Last week, St. Joseph, Marshall and Starke counties were still in the “blue” category, indicating low spread of the virus.

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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 Indiana Department of Health reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday. That comes as cases – and hospitalizations – have continued to grow in the last several weeks. 

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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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The COVID-19 delta variant accounts for more than 80 percent of sampled positive cases in Indiana. State health officials have pointed to the variant as the main driver of Indiana’s recent climb in new cases and hospitalizations.

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