The mask order that goes into effect in Elkhart County today is the right move and the most effective thing to do to contain the COVID outbreak, said Dr. Michelle Bache, vice president of Medical Affairs at Elkhart General Hospital. There are glimmers of hope beginning to show in the county. “We’re starting to see our percentage of positive cases coming down,” she said. Elkhart General is still seeing the effects of the past two weeks, with the highest number of COVID cases that the hospital has seen since the start of the epidemic. But Dr. Bache is not discouraged, however, because if county-wide numbers come down, as they started doing late last week, then Elkhart General’s hospitalization rate will also decrease.