Porter County Calls A Covid-19 Code Red

Effective November 14, 2020 the increase in cases has placed Porter County into the RED classification due to the current  drastic increase in COVID-19 cases. The high positivity rates are over taxing the hospitals. Quick and swift measures must be taken to slow the spread and lower the COVID 19 cases. ISDH defines the RED classification as high community spread. 

 Porter County Health Department (PCHD) is taking the following measures to help slow the spread:

  • 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. 

The County will stay at the RED level until their metrics and score are reduced to at least the Orange level for two consecutive weeks. You can monitor the their Color Code metrics in the State Department Of Health Color Code Metrics section on their Charts & Graphs Page.


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