Covid numbers declining in Elkhart County

ELKHART, Ind.--- Covid cases are trending down in Elkhart County. For the first time since late October the county has dropped to the state's "Yellow" category in its positivity rate.

"Of course it’s a very positive sign," said Corinne Straight-Reed, Communications Director for Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson. "It’s something that does give us a glimmer of hope and something that reminds us that there’s light at the end of that tunnel and we’re headed in the right direction."

Small businesses and restaurants are also feeling encouraged by the latest numbers after difficult fall and early winter seasons.

"Actually I’m rather excited to hear that news because that means it gives more of an opportunity to serve Elkhart," said Phyllis Kelich, Front of House Manager at 523 Tap and Grill in Downtown Elkhart. "We are welcoming back more and more of our guests and it makes them feel more at ease as well."

Wednesday's latest numbers come on the heels of the  federal government announcing it is purchasing enough vaccine to vaccinate nearly every American by the end of the summer.

"When we’ve really been in such a period of darkness and uncertainty for so long, it’s really important, not just for our economy but for our mental and emotional health and for the safety and well being of our community," said Straight-Reed.

Elkhart County must remain in the yellow category for two weeks before it can ease some Covid restrictions.

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