Whether residents in Elkhart County will be required to wear face masks after the state mask mandate ends in a week remains to be seen.
Local governments are allowed to keep or issue tougher restrictions than the state.
Though nothing is official, yet, Elkhart County County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait told 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth earlier this week that now is not the time to stop wearing masks.
The county’s seven-day average positive test rate is between 6 percent and 7 percent after having been steady around 5 percent for weeks. The number of cases is also up, from a recent low seven-day average
She also says not enough county residents have been vaccinated just yet.
In St. Joseph County, the mask mandate has been extended through late May. But, the extension notes that this will be the final time that they will be extending the mandate.
It’s also likely that the St. Joseph County Council will not renew an ordinance mandating masks be worn in public indoor places next month.