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Five local residents were listed among the 13 deaths reported by the Indiana State Department of Health during Thursday afternoon’s website update.

Three of those five were in Elkhart County, one in St. Joseph County and one in Marshall County.

With Thursday’s new numbers, the total number of Hoosier COVID-19-related deaths is 2,746. The totals locally are: 75 in Elkhart County, 78 in St. Joseph County and 21 in Marshall County.

Here are the numbers reported by ISDH Thursday for Wednesday, including a new number, the 7-day positivity rate, which ended July 23:

Statewide — 65,253 positive, up 970; 2,746 deaths, up 13; 735,848 tested, up 11,644; positivity rate, 8.9%; 7-day positivity rate, 6.9%.

Elkhart County — 4,467 positive cases, up 44; 75 deaths, up three; 33,352 tested, up 285; positivity rate, 13.39%; 7-day positivity rate, 6.0%.

LaGrange County — 535 positive cases, up four; 10 deaths, zero new; 2,505 tested, up 17; positivity rate, 21.36%; 7-day positivity rate, 23.7%.

Noble County — 613 positive cases, up five; 28 deaths, zero new; 5,722 tested, up 67; positivity rate, 10.7%; 7-day positivity rate, 6.5%.

Kosciusko County — 788 positive cases, up 19; 11 deaths, zero new; 8,506 tested, up 311; positivity rate, 9.26%; 7-day positivity rate, 7.3%.

St. Joseph County — 2,967 positive cases, up 74; 78 deaths, one new; 39,853 tested, up 667; positivity rate, 7.44%; 7-day positivity rate, 6.0%.

Marshall County — 722 positive cases, up two; 21 deaths, up one; 6,734 tested, up 67; positivity rate, 10.72%; 7-day positivity rate, 5.9%.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday that Indiana will keep its current coronavirus restrictions in place for at least most of August to encourage compliance with safety measures. The Republican governor’s announcement came amid continued concerns about recent growth in the state’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Statewide limits including crowd sizes for restaurants, bars and public events would remain in effect until Aug. 27, Holcomb said. He had lifted the state’s stay-at-home order and began easing business restrictions in early May, but he’s delayed the final lifting of crowd limits for the past month.

Holcomb is leaving it up to city and county officials to take any more aggressive measures, such as closing bars, which have been linked to a rise in cases among young adults across the country. That’s despite fears among federal officials that Indiana and other Midwestern states could see a significant jump in COVID-19 infections.

Donation made to United Way of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties

The Cummins Foundation recently issued a $10,000 COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Grant to United Way of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties to assist families and children that have been impacted by the crisis. According to a news release Thursday from the United Way, the funds will provide 250 local families with up to three days of meals and provide literacy kits to pre-kindergarten students to help set them up for success at school.

“Cummins has always shown a genuine interest in the betterment of our community. They care what happens to their employees, and their neighbors as well,” Ashley Bowen, VP of Development at United Way of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties, said. “The generosity of Cummins has been critical to getting help to those who need it most.”

United Way of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties’ ongoing COVID-19 recovery programs have funded more than 50 organizations spanning both counties, according to the news release. Efforts have prioritized early childhood education, food security, financial stability supports, and community advocacy.

The Cummins Foundation’s emergency COVID-19 funding is focused on childcare, nutrition, basic needs, and remote learning assistance in communities where it has a significant presence. Cummins Onan operates a facility in Elkhart.

Elkhart Public Library open for visitors starting Monday

Beginning at 3 p.m. Monday, Elkhart Public Library will resume in-person assistance, researching and browsing at its five locations, officials announced Thursday.

The library will have limited hours during this phase of reopening, and visitors are asked to keep their business inside the buildings to 20 minutes or less. Open hours will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

All recommended public health guidelines will be observed, including Gov. Eric Holcomb’s order for all Hoosiers to wear masks and help stop the spread of COVID-19, a news release from library officials stated.

Conference rooms and seating areas will not be available during this phase of reopening. Complete information on all services available will be published and updated at MyEPL.org/COVID.

Curbside service will continue to be available for easy pickup and also for those not wishing to wear masks in the building. Hours for the service are 9 a.m. to noon and 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Computer appointments, including printing and faxing services, are available during curbside hours by calling the library location of choice. A listing of sites and phone numbers is available at MyEPL.org/locations.

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