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COVID-19 Recommendations from the St. Joseph County Health Dept.

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2020
The Department of Health is entrusted with protecting the health of our community. When you wear a mask, physically distance, and wash your hands, you make a difference. As our activities move inside, we must do more to control the current spread of COVID-19 infection in our community. The St. Joseph County Department of Health with support from St. Joseph

Business Outlook 2021: Pandemic is Greatest Obstacle to Recovery

Published Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Economists from IU’s Kelley School of Business and IU South Bend’s Leighton School of Business delivered their 2021 Business Outlook. Here are the highlights. Global Original forecast of 3% global output growth, but pandemic has put world in a global recession of a magnitude not seen since World War II. It is estimated that by the end of

Gov. Holcomb Announces COVID-19 County Metrics and Requirements

Published Friday, November 13, 2020
Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed Executive Order 20-48 to implement pandemic requirements for all Hoosiers and targeted restrictions for counties that have high levels of COVID-19. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines. “We must do all we can to protect our hospital capacity, so our health care professionals can protect and

City of South Bend Announces Tend the Bend Trailer & Love Your Block Grants

Published Thursday, November 12, 2020
The City of South Bend announced today a second round of its Acts of Kindness and Digital Neighborhoods Grants, as well as a new Tend the Bend trailer for use in support of neighborhood beautification efforts. This summer the Engagement & Economic Empowerment team awarded 15 Acts of Kindness Grants and launched the Digital Neighborhood Grant to keep

County Council Approves Fines for Amended Face Mask Order Violations; Moves to Board of Commissioners

Published Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Fines against businesses for violations of St. Joseph County’s face mask order could be in the near future now that a controversial ordinance has cleared a first hurdle. County Council voted 8-1 Tuesday night to pass a slightly amended version of the ordinance first proposed in July by the county health department. The ordinance now moves to the

COVID Update: St. Joseph County to Face Certain State Restrictions Due to Orange Status

Published Wednesday, November 11, 2020
In today's (November 11) COVID briefing, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced new restrictions for counties that reach a certain level of spread. This comes as the state reported another record for daily coronavirus cases. Indiana saw a record 5,156 new cases Wednesday (November 11), the second time the daily total has passed 5,000. There were also 31 new deaths

Gov. Holcomb Extends Public Health Emergency Through Dec. 1

Published Friday, October 30, 2020
Today (October 30), Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed Executive Order 20-47 to extend the public health emergency an additional 30 days--at least until December 1. This marks the eighth extension of the COVID-19 emergency declaration, which began March 6. This also includes and extends the governor's directive for all Hoosiers to wear face coverings

Indiana Secures 10-Year Extension of Healthy Indiana Plan

Published Monday, October 26, 2020
Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced today that Indiana has received approval to continue its successful alternative to traditional Medicaid expansion—the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)—for ten more years. This allows the state to continue health coverage for more than 572,000 low-income adult Hoosiers. “Today’s extension empowers more