St. Joseph County won't roll back to earlier stage of COVID-19 restrictions

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – During the press conference Thursday, St. Joseph County officials announced they will not be issuing a new public health order and will not roll back to an earlier stage.

As of October 8, there are 1091 active COVID-19 cases in St. Joseph County.

Dr. Fox said September was the second deadliest month.

He has been worried about the move to Stage 5 and they are waiting for information on the full impact.

Right now there is an average of 74 cases on average every day.

Dr. Fox said they can’t attribute the recent increase in cases to any one event, so it’s just likely community transmission.

He said if you are around other people, like at a store or a gathering, assume someone there has COVID-19 and take all precautions necessary.

The county is encouraging residents restrict gatherings to no more than 10 people.

If you want to report mask violations at businesses, you can report them on the St. Joseph County website at this link 

All county officials encouraged residents to follow all the safety precautions in order to get the number of cases to go down.

Jeff Rea, COVID 19 response coordinator, is asking business owners to ensure their customers are using masks.

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