Per Governor Holcomb, Indiana will be entering into Stage 3 of the reopening plan this weekend. We had previously shared our Parks & Recreation Reopening Guide but are making one significant modification based upon the Governor's most recent order as shown below.
Playgrounds will NOT be opening... more
All City of Goshen offices will be closed Monday, May 25, due to the Memorial Day holiday. As a reminder, City buildings remain closed to the public as a safety measure to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Garbage pickup will be delayed by one day the week of May 25. Trash will be collected... more
The May brush pickup will begin on Tuesday, May 26.
During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. Please have your brush by the front curb, but not on the street, by that first day in the morning at 7 a.m. Brush will not be... more
Goshen Public Library will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm for individuals to use the library for essential services related to filing for unemployment, SNAP, and other benefits.
Fax service, a photocopier, and scanning station will also be available for emergency or highly important documents. Books and other materials will not be available to browse or check out during this time.
Contact the library to make an appointment to use a computer: call 574-533-9531 Monday – Friday from 10 am-2pm or send a message using their contact form at https://goshenpl.lib.in.us/contact/. ]
We will limit the number of people who can be in the library at one time. This service begins Thursday, April 23. We look forward to being able to assist those in our community who need these services during these extraordinary times.
In a generous act of kindness and support for the community Wieland Designs, Inc., a local furniture and transportation interiors manufacturer, donated enough sewn masks to cover all City employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City received 275 masks, which will protect employees who must
continue providing essential government services to the community from
transmission of the new coronavirus. The masks also help safeguard residents
who interact with City staff.
Mayor Stutsman said he was grateful for the donation, and that the
act is an example of the ways the Maple City comes together in times of need.
“We want to emphasize that the City is taking every measure necessary
to protect our employees from transmission at their workplace as much as
possible,” he said. “This gift from Wieland Designs will help get us closer to our
goal of protecting both staff and residents. I thank them for their generosity.”
Wieland’s Industrial Sewing Specialist, Sandy Phebus, worked on
several prototypes until specifications were met by Dr. Dan Nafziger, Goshen Hospital’s
Chief Medical Officer, along with the Materials Management Department, IC Team
and an infection prevention doctor.
Kip Wieland, CEO of Wieland Designs, Inc. made the following
“It’s a gift to be
able to do something like this for our community,” he said. “Initially we
figured it was just for Goshen Health; and, now it’s going from there. It seems
like it’s the right thing to do; and, we’ll keep going. I don’t know for how
long. Like so many others, we’re taking it one day at a time.”
Wieland Designs (est.
1976) engineers and manufactures furniture for Fortune 500 companies, including
many hospitals and healthcare facilities. They have been deemed an essential
business during Indiana’s stay-at-home order, and have been able to transition
some production lines to making face masks to donate to those in need.
In addition to equipping every City staff with face masks, the
Mayor’s COVID taskforce is creating a set of safe work practices to help
mitigate the viral spread as more municipal employees return to work.
Grace Bonewitz, Director of Recruitment and Retention at Wieland Designs, said the company also has implemented practices to mitigate contagion.
“Wieland Designs has a COVID-19 Leadership Team that meets daily to ensure the continued health and safety of our team members,” she said. “To date, we have implemented temperature checks, visitor restrictions, remote working when possible, sanitation stations, social distancing, hand washing reminders, increased janitorial services – and of course, wearing face masks.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidelines for using cloth face coverings and how-tos if you’d like to make your own.
The CDC also emphasizes that people use cloth face covering instead of medical grade personal protective equipment (PPE), because surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply at this time and should be reserved for healthcare workers or other medical first responders.
The following is a message from the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG):
The Interurban Trolley fixed route service and the Interurban Trolley ADA Access service will operate as usual in Elkhart and Goshen on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.
Please be advised, the ADA Access Dispatch office will be closed in observance of the Good Friday holiday. ADA Access riders need to schedule trips for Friday April 10, Saturday, April 11, and Monday, April 13; by Thursday, April 9, at 2:00 PM (EDT).
Interurban Trolley Information offices will be closed all day on Friday, April 10, 2020.
Transit information can be obtained by calling the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) at (574) 674-8894 or at www.interurbantrolley.com
With warmer weather the last few days we saw some mosquitoes already. In an effort to reduce the populations the City is dropping larvicide tablets in areas prone to the propagation of mosquitoes.
Community mosquito control programs can help to reduce the number of mosquitoes and prevent mosquito-borne diseases.
At this time, CDC has no data to suggest that the new coronavirus or other similar coronaviruses are spread by mosquitoes or ticks. The main way that COVID-19 spreads is from person to person.
However, other diseases like Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Zika are transmitted by mosquitoes. If going outdoors during the hours of dusk to dawn, consider using en EPA-registered mosquito repellent.
If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, the following links provide information of where the nearest pantry may be located and what local food pantries are doing during the pandemic.
The food assistance availability map is updated by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, and provides information about the location of food pantries, meal sites and school sites, which often provide meals for children: https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/5768.htm
The Elkhart County Food Council is compiling lists of food pantries, restaurants with carry-out and delivery options, and resources for food growers on their site. The lists of food access are being updated during the pandemic: https://www.elkhartfood.org/blog/tag/covid19
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s extension of his order for Hoosiers to stay home included new information about enforcement in essential workplaces that remain open.
According to Executive Order 20-18, all employers must comply with safety and health standards established and enforced by the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration (IOSHA). Employers are subject to specific standards to prevent the exposure or spread of a disease.
The governor has directed IOSHA to take enforcement actions against businesses or entities failing to comply with workplace safety conditions. He also directed the creation of an enforcement response team to respond and investigate all other reports of violations of his executive order.
Anyone who believes they are in an unsafe work environment specifically related to taking preventative measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 can fill out a complaint form at in.gov/dol. The form allows for anonymous submittals.
The brush trailer program this year will begin Monday, April 13 and will run through October 23.
The trailer can be reserved for the removal of large amounts of brush. If a homeowner is trimming his own bushes or trees, they can schedule a trailer to be dropped off to put their brush in. This program is for the homeowner only and not to be used by private landscaping or tree-trimming professionals. This program is free of charge as long as there is only brush placed in the trailer. Trash such as landscape timbers, lumber, old fencing and such is not allowed and if found in the brush trailer, the homeowner will be charged for a Dial-A-Trailer.
The trailer is usually dropped off in the afternoon between 2 and 3 p.m. and picked up the next day shortly after 7 a.m. if one has scheduled to receive it on a weekday; if you have it scheduled for a weekend, it will be dropped off Friday afternoon and picked up early Monday morning.
ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER OPEN
The Environmental Center, located at 20100 CR 19, is open and accepting brush and leaves. Their hours are Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
The center accepts brush and leaves, loose or in bags, at no charge to Goshen residents. However, if leaves are bagged, the bags must be emptied. There is a small fee for disposal of yard waste and grass clippings.
The following is a message by the Elkhart County Health Department. Haga click aqui para ver el comunicado de prensa en español.
Incident Command has been asked
to share where testing sites are and if the person being tested would be
charged for the test being processed.
It is still required that all
testing sites follow the CDC’s algorithm for testing. This means everyone has
to go through prescreening to receive a doctor’s order to receive a test. This
has NOT changed. According to House Bill 6074, testing is free to everyone. If
you have insurance, your insurance will be billed, but you will not receive a
bill for any balance. If you are uninsured, you will not be charged. However,
you still have to have a doctor’s order to receive the test.
The locations for testing are
as follows (if you are a testing site and not listed, please contact EMA at
Goshen Urgent Care on US 33
Goshen Health Emergency Room (ER) tent outside the door
Beacon’s Elkhart General Hospital tent off of Arcade Ave.
St. Joseph Physician Network People’s Clinic will begin testing on 4/13 for patients who are part of Select Health Network off of County Road 17
South Bend Clinic at Healthy Beginnings 1400 Hudson St. (preregistration at 574/307-6870).
Heart City Health, testing at all three locations you may obtain doctor’s order onsite
As we have said many times and
will continue to say, the best way to protect yourself from any respiratory
illness, including COVID-19 is to:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% or higher alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Practice social distancing (no group functions such as book clubs, meetings, and or congregations of 10 or more)
Stay home unless you need to go somewhere.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
We will continue
to provide updates as changes occur. Please follow our Facebook page at Elkhart
County Health Department Health Education Division www.facebook.com/healtheducation.echd,
www.elkhartcountyhealth.org, or go to the
Indiana State Department of Health’s website at www.isdh.in.gov/coronavirus
for up-to-date information on COVID-19.