Mayor Rescinds Local Disaster Emergency By Executive Order February 25, 2022 Today Mayor James Mueller issued an executive order to end the local disaster emergency declaration that has been in place for nearly two years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our community has displayed incredible determination and resilience throughout this global pandemic. I am proud of the many sacrifices made to protect our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Mayor James Mueller. “Now that the rate of transmission has dropped significantly and there’s widespread availability of multiple effective vaccines and treatments, it is time to move on from this emergency. I continue to encourage all residents to get vaccinated and fully boosted to stay ahead of any future COVID-19 variants.” According to the St. Joseph County Health Department, the county’s 7-day average of new cases is 72.2 per 100,000 residents, and the 7-day average of percent positivity is 5.5 percent. Mayor Mueller declared a local disaster emergency on March 19, 2020 due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and serious threat to our community’s health. Click here to view a copy of the executive order rescinding the local disaster emergency declaration.