The Elkhart County Health Department began in 1949. The first staff included a part-time Health Commissioner, Public Health Nurses who visited in schools and homes, Sanitarians who inspected restaurants and dairy farms, plus Vital Record Clerks who kept birth and death records. Today the department consists of over 100 people, including 70 full-time employees, working in five divisions. The Health Department offers services to all county residents with a vision of “Healthy Lives, Healthy Communities.” For updated news and announcements, please visit and follow our Health Department Facebook page.
Mental Health First Aid classes for youth and adults are being offered by the Elkhart County Health Department in September and Octover.
Elkhart County is now in advisory level yellow with a positivity rate of 9.42%, which is near advisory level orange. Read more about masking recommendations for Elkhart County as it pertains to COVID-19.
The Delta variant has taken hold in Elkhart County. This variant of the coronavirus is different. It is easily spread amongst the unvaccinated and puts individuals at increased risk for death and hospitalization. With this variant, we are also seeing a small percentage of vaccinated individuals that are getting sick and are able to spread the infection.
The Department of Natural Resources recently learned from lab results that rabbit carcasses found on private land in Elkhart County near Middlebury tested positive for tularemia.