Marshall and Starke County remain in Orange

Due to an increase in COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations, Governor Eric Holcomb and state health officials have tweaked how Hoosiers will move forward with pandemic response efforts.

The Indiana State Department of Health updates the county metric map weekly, with any changes reflected every Wednesday. A color-coded system was developed to report on the prevalence of the novel coronavirus in each of Indiana’s 92 counties. The system measures weekly cases per 100,000 residents and the 7-day all tests positivity rate. Each county is assigned a color based on the average scores for the two metrics.

The blue designation means that the county has minimal community spread, yellow indicates moderate community spread, orange means that there is moderate-to-high community spread, and red reflects that the county is experiencing high community spread.

General Pandemic Response Requirements: 

• Businesses will remain open, but operators and patrons must meet certain requirements when a county is in orange or red status

• Hospitals should implement evidence-based criteria to reprioritize non-emergent procedures and surgeries to ensure sufficient capacity for all patients

• Signage stating face coverings must be worn are required at public and employee entrances and only people wearing face coverings should be admitted. 

• All customers in restaurants, bars, and nightclubs must be spaced 6 feet apart from individuals outside of their household. 

• Indiana Department of Homeland Security and Alcohol & Tobacco Commission will partner with local officials to continue checking businesses for occupancy, social distancing, and face covering requirements. 

Targeted Pandemic Response Requirements for Orange Counties: 

• Social gatherings of any kind, inside or outside, are limited to 50 people. 

• Special, seasonal, or commercial events planned for more than 50 people will require a safety plan to be submitted to and approved by the local health department.

• Attendance at winter indoor K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular events is limited to 25 percent capacity. 

• Capacity in common areas and break rooms should be reduced and users should be socially distanced. 

• Community recreational sports leagues and tournaments may continue with attendance limited to participants, required personnel and parents/guardians only 

Targeted Pandemic Response Requirements for Red Counties: 

• Social gatherings of any kind, inside or outside, are limited to 25 people. 

• Special, seasonal, or commercial events planned for more than 25 people ill require a safety plan to be submitted to and approved by the local health department. Officials are advised to not hold such events, with college and professional sports included. 

• Attendance at winter indoor K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including IHSAA sports, is limited to participants, support personnel, and parents/guardians. 

• Local officials may consider limiting hours for the operation of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. 

• Community recreational sports leagues and tournaments may continue with participants, required personnel, and parents/guardians only. 

• Senior care activities suspended 

• Hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other congregate settings may impose visitation limits 

• Common areas and break rooms should be closed.