Mask photo

In this 2020 file photo, students at Concord West Side Elementary School get off the bus sporting face masks as they head back to school for the first day of class.

ELKHART — As the county neared a COVID-19 orange advisory level, the Elkhart County Health Department on Thursday urged all schools to require everyone to wear masks indoors.

“Elkhart County is now in advisory level yellow with a positivity rate of 9.42 percent, which is near advisory level orange,” Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait wrote in a Facebook post. “Our local hospitals have seen a dramatic increase in hospital admissions and emergency room visits in the last 10 days.”

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