COVID-19 Public Health Disaster emergencyOn Monday the Marshall County Commissioners extended the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration for another seven days.  This is the fourth consecutive week that the commissioners have placed the county under the emergency declaration.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, Marshall County has moved from the color yellow to the color orange for COVID-19.  The move to orange was triggered by the weekly cases per 100,000 residents.  With the rise in the number of positive cases in the county this past week, the Indiana State Department of Health moved Marshall County to orange.

On Wednesday Governor Holcomb announced plans to sign an executive order targeting the increase spread of COVID-19.

New restrictions will be implemented on November 15th for all counties in orange and red status.  Businesses will remain open but with restrictions.

Governor Holcomb asks individuals who are 65 and older or high risk to be vigilant at protecting their health.

Restriction for orange Counties includes limiting social gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors.  Orange counties will have a limit of 50 people and commercial indoor events larger will need approval from the local health department.

Indoor K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular activities will be limited to 25 percent capacity in orange counties.

Red counties will be limited to 25 people. Events larger than 25 people will need approval from the county’s health department. However, the state is advising events to not be held in red counties, including college and professional sports.

K-12 events, including IHSAA events, will be limited to participants, support personnel and parents/guardians.

Local officials may continue to limit hours for bars, nightclubs and restaurants.  Hospitals and long-term care facilities may impose limitations on visits.