The total number of people in Elkhart County who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus grew by 59 Friday to 903, according to information provided by the Indiana State Department of Health. No new deaths were reported in Elkhart County.

St. Joseph County, though, reported one new COVID-19-related death and 15 new cases.

Here are Friday’s numbers:

  • Statewide — 30,409 positive cases, up 493; 1,791 deaths, up 27; 208,561 tested, up 5,605.
  • Elkhart County — 903 positive cases, up 59; 27 deaths, zero new; 7,004 tested.
  • LaGrange County — 58 positive cases, up one; two deaths, zero new; 425 tested.
  • Noble County — 167 positive cases, up six; 20 deaths, zero new; 935 tested.
  • Kosciusko County — 71 positive cases, up 10; one death, zero new; 1,393 tested.
  • St. Joseph County — 1,097 positive cases, up 15; 33 deaths, up one; 9,931 tested.
  • Marshall County — 54 positive cases, up three; one death, zero new; 1,153 tested.

Free local grocery giveaway, blood drive coming up

On Thursday, Granger Community Church will host a special event called Give Back Thursday. The church will offer free drive-up grocery giveaways at both campuses, as well as the opportunity to donate blood through the South Bend Medical Foundation’s mobile donation unit at the Granger Campus. In addition, the church will be donating food to Hope Rescue Mission and Center for the Homeless, as well as funds to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana to purchase food for the local community.

GROCERY DRIVE-UP GIVEAWAY | Granger & Elkhart Campuses | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Granger Campus, 630 E. University Drive, Granger: They will be giving away 300 boxes of groceries to the first 300 vehicles that drive up (one box per family). The boxes of food, which contain 19 items, will be handed out first-come, first-serve, no sign-up necessary. They will have tents set up in the parking lot in front of the church. Guests will enter the church parking lot and be directed by volunteers where to pull up to receive their box of groceries. Church officials said they ask that guests remain in their vehicles so they can hand them their box through the window or load it into their trunk, while maintaining social distancing.

• Elkhart Campus, 2701 E Bristol St., Elkhart: They will be giving away 150 boxes of groceries to the first 150 vehicles that drive up (one box per family). The boxes of food, which contain 19 items, will be handed out first-come, first-serve, no sign-up necessary. The church will have tents set up in the parking lot in front of the church. Guests will enter the church parking lot and be directed by volunteers where to pull up to receive their box of groceries. They ask that guests remain in their vehicles so volunteers can hand them their box through the window or load it into their trunk, while maintaining social distancing.

BLOOD DRIVE WITH THE SOUTH BEND MEDICAL FOUNDATION | Granger Campus, 630 E. University Drive, Granger | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

With current local blood supplies running low, the church is partnering with the South Bend Medical Foundation to host a blood drive. The South Bend Medical Foundation’s mobile unit will be stationed in the parking lot of the Granger Campus of Granger Community Church. Participants can sign up to give your donation at givebloodnow.com (sponsor code: GCC). All donors will receive a reusable lunch bag.

BMV administrative fees to resume July 1

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced Friday that administrative penalty fees will resume July 1. All Hoosiers with expired driver’s licenses, permits, state identification cards and vehicle registrations need to complete renewal transactions before July 1 to avoid paying an administrative penalty fee. Title transactions and new vehicle registration must also be completed before July 1.

Administrative fees have been waived since March 16 to assist the needs of Hoosiers who were not able to utilize in branch services due to the public health emergency created by novel Coronavirus, COVID-19. During this time, online credit card transaction fees were also waived. Those fees will resume on July 1. Online transactions paid by electronic check, using checking account and routing numbers, do not incur a fee.

According to BMV officials, it is critical Hoosiers whose renewal deadline has passed or is upcoming, who need to complete a title transfer or register a new vehicle, schedule an appointment with the BMV to complete their transaction prior to the June 30 deadline. Hoosiers can schedule an appointment here: https://secure.in.gov/apps/waittimes/Schedule/Welcome.aspx.

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