WARSAW — The Kosciusko County Health Department issued a statement on Thursday, Nov. 19, warning the county may soon shift to a red status as a result of more positive COVID-19 tests being reported.
This week, Kosciusko County is designated “orange” in the Indiana State Department of Health’s COVID-19 map. As per Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order:
- Social distancing of 6 feet or more is required in public settings
- Masks are mandatory in public settings
- Businesses of all types are required to post face-covering signage at entry points
- Social gatherings are limited to 50 people
- Attendance at winter indoor sports events is limited to 25% capacity
- Schools are open on a case-by-case basis – with encouragement to remain open, if possible
The County Health Department said in a statement that it supports Holcomb’s executive order, and will respond to complaints with enforcement interventions as the law permits.
“Given the rapid escalation in cases, it is anticipated that Kosciusko County may be designated ‘red’ in the weeks ahead. Should that occur, the Governor’s Executive Order mandates further restrictions in social gatherings and community events,” the statement said.
Local and regional hospitals are nearing capacity, with some diversion of non-urgent care.
“Now is the time for the community to give them a hand, with willingness to comply with Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order,” the statement said.