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COVID-19 infections are soaring again at U.S. nursing homes because of the omicron wave, and deaths are climbing too, leading to new restrictions on family visits and a renewed push to get more residents and staff members vaccinated and boosted.

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ELKHART — The Indiana Department of Health has depleted its inventory of rapid antigen COVID-19 tests and does not expect any additional deliveries for the foreseeable future due to a national shortage, according to a statement from the IDOH. Therefore, Elkhart County’s state-funded free COV…

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GOSHEN — When Indiana updated it COVID metrics map Wednesday, the northern part of the state was close to solid red, indicating a high infection rate of COVID.

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To ease the concerns county residents might have about taking a COVID-19 vaccination and to dispel myths, the Elkhart County Health Department has created a countywide Q&A project, “Conversations That Matter.”

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GOSHEN — The Goshen and Middlebury school districts this week announced decisions to implement district-wide masking requirements for all students and staff in response to a recent executive order issued by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.

INDIANAPOLIS — Despite the introduction of effective vaccines and new knowledge about the COVID-19 virus, reported daily cases and positivity rates remain about the same as one year ago due to low vaccination rates.

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LIGONIER — A walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic will take place at the Ligonier Rec Center, 520 W. Union St., today (July 12) from 2 to 5 p.m. Anyone ages 12 and older can be vaccinated. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available.

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GOSHEN — Joined by Elkhart County leaders in government, health and industry, Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait kicked off a vaccination campaign Monday in front of the Elkhart County Courthouse.

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INDIANAPOLIS — State health officials will host a virtual media briefing at 2:30 p.m. today to provide updates on COVID-19 and vaccination efforts. Speaking will be State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver.

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GOSHEN — Elkhart County’s COVID numbers have been rising since the beginning of March, and have steadily climbed since Gov. Eric Holcomb announced in late March the state would lift restrictions to an advisory level on April 6.

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ELKHART — Tuesday morning at the Tolson Community and Youth Center, both local and state health officials held a press conference urging more and more community members to get vaccinated.

GOSHEN — For Cynthia Friesen Coyle of Faith Mennonite Church, a new memorial planned is meant to both remember and to reflect.

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GOSHEN — While Gov. Eric Holcomb’s statewide mask mandate expired Tuesday, Elkhart County will be keeping its mask mandate in place until at least the middle of May.

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ELKHART — Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait reported Wednesday that another variant was found in Elkhart County this weekend by the Indiana Department of Health Laboratory.

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Every Hoosier over the age of 16 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting on March 31, just nine days after allowing Hoosiers 40 and older to register. The 2.2 newly eligible Hoosiers will be the biggest population bloc approved since the state started distributing the vaccine in December.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announces an end to the statewide mask mandate and capacity restriction on April 6 from Indianapolis on March 23, the one-year anniversary of Indiana’s stay-at-home order.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers ages 40 and older will be eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, the Indiana Department of Health announced today. This expansion of eligibility to include those ages 40 to 44 will make the vaccine available to more than 400,000 additional Hoosiers.

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ELKHART — The Elkhart County Health Department was notified by the Indiana Department of Health Laboratory that the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant was collected in Elkhart County this weekend.

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In the year since Bette Mathias had gone to church much had changed — masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing replaced the hugging she remembered but, after so much time away, it was welcomed.

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GOSHEN — Elkhart County’s health officer believes one variant of the COVID-19 virus is present in the county, but no testing has confirmed that.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb urges other Hoosiers in the 50-59 age range to “step up” and vaccinate themselves against COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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GOSHEN — Local businesses will no longer face the possibility of fines if COVID-19 health orders are violated in the county. At the same time, the county government has also launched a program to help residents who have been struggling financially as a result of the pandemic.

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GOSHEN — Elkhart County Health Officer Bethany Wait urged caution Friday following reports that the county’s steady decline in positive COVID-19 cases in recent weeks appears to have stalled somewhat over the past week.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box will host a virtual media briefing to provide updates on COVID-19 and its impact on Indiana at 2:30 this afternoon. You can watch the livestream here.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box emphasizes the state’s eligibility guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations at the weekly media briefing in Indianapolis on Feb. 24.

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