Current COVID Alert Level - RED
Porter County is currently seeing a drastic increase in COVID-19 cases. Effective November 14, 2020 the increase in cases has placed the county into the RED classification. ISDH defines the RED classification as high community spread. The high positivity rates are over taxing our hospitals. Quick and swift measures must be taken to slow the spread and lower our COVID 19 cases.
As permitted under the Governor's Executive Order, the Porter County Health Department has ordered that Porter County will remain under Red Level restrictions until further notice.
Porter County Health Department (PCHD) is taking the following measures to help slow the spread. Further restrictions will be announced later this week:
- Individuals exhibiting symptoms of the virus, testing positive for the virus or exposed to a person positive with COVID 19 must stay home.
- Individuals at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including those 65 and above and those who are sick or have underlying medical issues, are urged to stay at home if possible.
- It is necessary to ensure social distancing from those not living in your household, continue wearing face coverings, practice regular handwashing and eliminate social gatherings.
- PCHD strongly discourages gatherings with anyone not in your household, this includes at bars and restaurants, before and after sporting events, before and after services of faith and getting together with friends.
- Family gatherings for birthdays, weddings and even Thanksgiving are strongly discouraged.
- PCHD is not permitting any gatherings over 25 people. Any events planned in Porter County must contact PCHD to discuss safety protocols.
- PCHD is limiting spectators at K-12 sporting events to parents/guardians/siblings only who are seated socially distant from others. Concessions must be closed and water should be provided to participants only. Masks must be worn at all times by anyone not participating in strenuous activity. Staff or volunteer monitors should be assigned to ensure compliance.
- Citizens of Porter County MUST adhere to the GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS as directed in the Governor's Executive Order issued on November 13, 2020.
- Businesses and entities, including restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs and other establishments providing in-person food, MUST adhere to the GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BUSINESSES AND ENTITIES as directed in the Governor's Executive Order issued on November 13, 2020.
Find out how the County's Color Code Alert Level is determined.
Find information about special measures or restrictions based on the Color Alert Code.
Find the general requirements for citizens, businesses, restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs, and K-12 educational institutions which must be adhered to.
File an online report of non-compliance with the general requirements for a Porter County businesses or entity as well as the special requirements for Porter County restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs and other establishments providing in-person food.
Find the complete Governor's Executive Order issued on November 13, 2020