Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced during a Wednesday afternoon press conference (July 15) that Elkhart County will stay in Stage 4 and the state will stay in Stage 4.5 for at least two more weeks. The Stage 4 guidelines for Elkhart County include the following:

  • If you are 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain cautious at work and in their communities
  • Continue remote work as needed
  • In Elkhart County, LaGrange County and St. Joseph County, face masks are mandatory.
  • Social gatherings of up to 250 people may take place following the CDC social distancing guidelines. However, the governor announced Wednesday that groups of 250 or more will need to first get approval from their county’s health department before the event can happen.
  • The coronavirus is often spread among groups of people who are in close contact in a confined space for an extended period of time. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time
  • Outdoor visitation may take place at assisted living facilities and nursing homes; guidelines continue to be reviewed and updated
  • Hospital visitations encouraged with precautions

Statewide, 84% of ventilators and just over 35% of hospital intensive care unit beds remain open. Wednesday, however, saw the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 issues across the state increase by more than 100. On Tuesday, the state reported 767 hospitalized patients; that number climbed to 881 on Wednesday.

The average number of new cases over the past seven days exceeded 600 Wednesday, marking the first time since early May the number has reached that point.

Two out of five indicators on the Regenstrief Institute’s dashboard, which measures trends over time, have turned red, showing that positive tests and hospital admissions are on the increase. The other three metrics — emergency room visits, intensive care unit admissions and deaths — are shaded yellow, meaning it cannot be determined whether those metrics are increasing or decreasing.

Sources: http://Hoosiers 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain cautious at work and in their communities and https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/indiana-governor-delays-next-stage-of-reopening-for-at-least-two-weeks/article_b411c0b0-c6de-11ea-af6e-57b8119b508d.html