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Coronavirus cases in St. Joseph County are at the lowest level since the start of the pandemic, and the county’s COVID-19 tracking metrics are all in the green for the first time ever.

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The Elkhart County Health Department is hosting two walk-in vaccine clinics.


On Thursday, June 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the health department is offering walk-in vaccines at the Middlebury Community Public Library located at 101 East Winslow Street in Middlebury.


And on Monday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., the health department is hosting a walk-in vaccine clinic at Church Community Services located at 907 Oakland Avenue in Elkhart.


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The Indiana Department of Health reported 73 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 13,136 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 4,700 new cases in the last week.

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The University of Notre Dame will require all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the fall semester. 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t a fan of the state using monetary incentives to push more people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Indiana Department of Health reported 60 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 13,063 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 5,700 new cases in the last week.

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Indiana health officials say they’re working on multiple fronts to help counter COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Hoosiers.

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Indiana opened registration to all Hoosiers 16 and older on March 31. Following federal approval, the state expanded eligibility to Hoosiers 12 and older on May 13.

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Indiana is sending doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to counties without it, in preparation for federal approval of that vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds.

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The St. Joseph County Department of Health is now accepting walk-in appointments at its COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the St. Hedwig Memorial Center in South Bend. 

(More details are in the health department's release below.)

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More than 2 million Hoosiers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a little more than four months into the state’s rollout. The Indiana Department of Health announced the milestone Wednesday.

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The Indiana Department of Health is asking state vaccine providers to accept walk-in appointments for COVID-19 vaccines. That’s as demand has dropped off. 

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Indiana lags behind the national average for COVID-19 vaccines, with just less than 27 percent of the state’s total population fully vaccinated. When pointing to more rural zip codes, health officials said they’re working with the Indiana Rural Health Association to help improve vaccination rates. 

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Friday it is lifting its pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following federal guidance.

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St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox expressed concern at the county's COVID-19 update on Friday that vaccinations in the county might be plateauing.


He said there are now 30 distribution sites around the county, and enough available appointments for everyone who wants a shot to be able to get one.


However, he said the county’s vaccination rate still isn’t rising as steeply as it has been over the last several weeks.


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State and local health officials kicked off a five-day mass vaccination clinic in Elkhart Tuesday morning by announcing the clinic now has enough vaccine supply to accept walk-in appointments.

Deputy State Health Commissioner Pam Pontones said the clinic at the Tolson Center can vaccinate between 500 and 600 people each day, enough to offer walk-in appointments to anyone who can’t easily schedule one. 


She said the walk-ins will hopefully help the county reach its younger population, where she says vaccine uptake has been lower.

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Pharmacists are often the first, and in some cases, the only health care providers in rural Indiana communities.

Combatting misinformation and hesitancy regarding COVID-19 vaccines has been one of their greatest challenges, and the FDA’s decision Tuesday to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could make that work even harder.

Trevor Thain is the President of Topeka Pharmacy in northern Indiana. He serves a rural community with fewer than 1,500 residents.  

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Indiana House lawmakers debated a ban on so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports Monday.

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The Elkhart County Health Department has announced several opportunities to get the COVID-19 vaccine over the next month:

Whitmer Vows To Keep Pushing For More COVID-19 Vaccines

Apr 12, 2021
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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vowed to keep pushing the White House for more COVID-19 vaccines as the state experiences a spike in cases. The Democrat on Sunday told CBS’ “Face The Nation” that she plans to work with the White House but wants to do everything she can to get additional vaccine doses. President Joe Biden has said Washington will give Michigan more federal resources to support vaccinations and testing but not additional vaccines.

The University of Notre Dame opened its first on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday, and in addition to doctors and nurses, some students are helping administer vaccines. 

Carol Mullaney, director of the university’s COVID Response Unit, said students who are certified as EMTs and certified to deliver injections have been working alongside other medical staff and volunteers. 


“They really enjoy working with each other, and then the staff just so enjoy working with them," Mullaney said. "They remind us on a daily basis why we’re here.”

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as long as a virus is circulating from person to person, it’s bound to mutate into new strains over time. However, if viral transmission slows down or stops, so does the process that leads to new variants. 

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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's health director says the state is focusing on getting more people vaccinated, not imposing new restrictions on the economy, despite a wave of COVID-19 cases. Elizabeth Hertel notes that indoor high school sports, a source of infections, are wrapping up soon, and spring sports are outdoors. All teen athletes must be regularly tested. Michigan lately has been No. 1 in the U.S. for new COVID-19 cases. The health department says about 37% of residents 16 and older has had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Gov. Whitmer Gets First COVID-19 Vaccination Dose

Apr 6, 2021
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DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has gotten her first COVID-19 vaccine shot, touting it as the most effective way to protect people and to return Michigan to normalcy. The 49-year-old governor was vaccinated at Ford Field in Detroit alongside her 19-year-old daughter, a day after eligibility expanded to everyone ages 16 and older. Whitmer is urging parents to ensure their high school- and college-age kids are inoculated, too. Michigan is facing the country’s highest rate of new coronavirus cases in the past two weeks.


As vaccine eligibility expands to Michiganders age 16 and over this week, officials from the Berrien County Health Department and Spectrum Health Lakeland say they’ll still be prioritizing residents at highest risk of contracting the virus.


(Read the joint release from the health department and Lakeland below.)

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With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opened up to all adult Hoosiers, school leaders are encouraging staff to get their shot, but it's unlikely schools will make COVID-19 vaccines a requirement for employees.

Whitmer Asks White House For Extra Vaccines For Hot Spots, More Shots Coming Next Week

Mar 30, 2021
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UPDATE: Michigan's governor has announced that more vaccine will be coming to the state following a recent rise in cases. 

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Many Hoosiers should expect long waits to get a COVID-19 vaccine when they become eligible to schedule appointments next week.

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All Hoosiers age 16 and older can schedule COVID-19 vaccinations beginning March 31.

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that on Mar. 31 Indiana will open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all Hoosiers age 16 and up. 

Also as of April 6th he says that the state's face mask mandate will become just an advisory. However, in places like state buildings, vaccination sites and schools face masks will still be required.  

Also on Apr. 6th decisions about gathering sizes will no longer be limited by state guidelines. Decisions on that will go to the local level at that point.