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BRUSH TRAILER PROGRAM

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.

TESTING SITES AND THE CARES ACT

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 574/891-2283):

  • 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.

CITY OFFICES CLOSED FRIDAY, APRIL 10

City offices will be closed Friday, April 10 after 1 p.m. If you need to speak with a City staff person, please call Friday before 1 p.m. or Monday, April 13.

As a reminder, City buildings remain closed to the public and some staff may not be working due to measures taken by the City to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

FIRST FRIDAYS TO HOST ONLINE EXPERIENCE

First Fridays will host its first-ever online experience! Join the community online this Friday, watch a live concert and consider supporting your local businesses and nonprofits.

We ask you stay home and join the virtual celebration; please continue to practice good health measures and distancing to help us slow the spread of COVID-19.

Go to https://business.facebook.com/events/3278359162180887/ for details and to join.

COVID-19 INFORMATIONAL HOTLINE AND GARAGE SALES

The following is a message from the Elkhart County Health Department.

The LIVE Elkhart County COVID-19 Information Line is fully up and running. This is an INFORMATION ONLY line. We will not be providing the paperwork needed for testing. The phone number is 574-523-2106. Due to the limited number of calls, we are changing the hours and days. We will now handle calls Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

During this time of self-quarantining, we know that you are cleaning out your homes. Please do not hold a garage/estate sales at this time. There are several reasons, but first and foremost, this does not allow for social distancing, which can increase the spread of COVID-19.

We 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 of six feet or greater (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 and then wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • 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.

CENSUS 2020: PARTICIPATE TODAY ONLINE OR ON PHONE

Census day is April 1, 2020, and it marks the beginning of the national count. Every person residing in the US must be counted—it’s required by the constitution!—please consider filling out the Census today and help shape our community for the next 10 years.

Census results help determine:

  • How billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed into states and communities each year. Funding allows Cities and States to continue upgrading our infrastructure and proving essential services to the community.
  • How many seats in Congress each state gets.

Here is how you can respond:

The Census Bureau traditionally has field operations, in which staff goes door to door to households that have not responded to the Census. Some of those operations have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about the Census Bureau’s operations, click here: 2020census.gov/en/news-events/press-kits/covid-19.html

WHY YOU MUST STAY AT HOME

The following message is from the Elkhart County Health Department. Para leer el comunicado en español, haga clic aquí.

The Elkhart County Health Department shared the following message about the importance of staying home when possible:

Now is a critical time in our ability to control the spread of COVID-19. What YOU do now will affect the success of these efforts to control the virus and prevent severe illness and death. What YOU do now will determine the severity of the economic impact this disease will have on Elkhart County. What YOU do now will determine how long we must use social distancing and other personal restrictions. The more completely people follow the restrictions and stay home, the quicker the disease will be brought under control.

To reiterate, COVID-19 is spread by person-to-person transmission through respiratory droplets. You send respiratory droplets into the environment via saliva and mucus through your breathing, talking, singing, sweating, sneezing, coughing, etc. This is why physical distancing is so important. We all must stay 6 feet away from others. This is also why we have so much emphasis on hygiene—washing hands, covering coughs, staying home when ill, etc. It’s all to prevent the spread of the virus.

We have had complaints about pick-up games of basketball, church services, and non-essential workers being required to work. To explain why others find this concerning; at basketball games, you sweat and spread the virus, at church services you sing and spread the virus, when non-essential workers touch surfaces that others have touched and they spread the virus. This means you must stay at home! You can control your environment at home. You can ensure you are not spreading the virus or allowing those who potentially have it, come into your home. You can clean and disinfect your environment.

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.

INDIANA’S ONLY AIR SHOW IN 2020 CANCELED

Two major events scheduled to be held this summer at the Goshen Municipal Airport have been canceled in response to recent public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Randy Sharkey, Manager of the Goshen Municipal Airport, announced that he has received confirmation that America’s Freedom Fest, Goshen’s annual air show and fireworks celebration originally scheduled for Saturday, July 11, has been canceled for 2020.

Dr. Gregg Lanzen, President of the Board of Directors for America’s Freedom Fest, said, “this has been a very difficult decision for us to make. As much as we wanted to hold this event for the enjoyment of our community, the healthcare needs of our families, friends and neighbors is of utmost importance right now. So, under the guidance of our Federal, State and Local health officials we have decided to close this year’s event.”

Lanzen added that the Board of Directors will immediately begin to plan for America’s Freedom Fest in July of 2021.

“We had secured what we believed to be one of the best air show lineups our event has ever seen,” Lanzen stated, “and we will work hard to hopefully secure the same acts along with possibly some exciting new additions for 2021.”

The other event that has been affected is “Air Supremacy Airshows”, the Remote Control model show that was scheduled for July 16 – 18th at the airport. RJ Monroe, Air Supremacy’s co-founder, stated that he fully supports this decision and looks forward to hosting the event in July of 2021. All pre-paid entries will be refunded 100 percent with payments going out within the next few days, Monroe added.

The annual air show and fireworks draws an estimated 25,000 spectators to the airport each year. Sharkey said the safety and health of our volunteers, performers, vendors and spectators is our top priority during this unprecedented time.

“I know many people in Goshen look forward to these great community events; I understand this was not an easy decision for the event organizers to make,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said. “However, I do applaud their foresight and care, above all else, for the wellbeing of our community. I would like to use this opportunity to remind residents and businesses to continue taking precautions and staying home as much as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Maple City.”

INTERURBAN TROLLEY SERVICE WILL WAIVE FARES AND IMPLEMENT REAR DOOR BOARDING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Interurban Trolley will waive all fares on both its fixed route and Interurban Trolley Access service in an effort to maintain social distancing until further notice. In addition, we will also implement rear door boarding measures on all of our fixed route vehicles and ask that all riders board and exit using the rear doors.

During this time, we will continue to provide essential service to the public, and take the necessary measures to ensure that we do our part in helping prevent community spread of COVID-19.

CITY OF GOSHEN COUNCIL MEMBER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

On Thursday at 4:49 p.m. Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman was notified that Councilman Jim McKee tested positive for COVID-19.

As soon as the City was notified, the Mayor and staff began personally contacting every council and board member, as well as staff who would have recently attended public meetings with Councilman McKee and may have been at risk of exposure.

The City followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and contacted all those who have been within the “CDC contact zone” from the council member. Those individuals who were within the contact zone were advised that they should be diligent about keeping track of their symptoms and stay home through March 31.

The last public meetings Councilman McKee was in were on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. He attended both Plan Commission and City Council that afternoon and evening.

None of the individuals contacted have presented symptoms over the last 10 days. The CDC advises that persons exposed to the virus will typically develop symptoms within five days since exposure.

Mayor Stutsman consulted with Dr. Dan Nafziger, Chief Medical Officer at Goshen Health, about the situation and the CDC standards for who needs to be contacted and what next steps should be for those individuals. If members of the public were at either of these meetings and have concerns about possible exposure, please feel free to call Goshen City Hall at 533.8621.

If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19:

1. Isolate yourself for a two-week period. This time starts from the moment the interaction ended.
2. Check your temperature 3 times a day. People with body temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit are considered to have a fever.
3. If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, call the Elkhart County Health Department or your doctor for next steps.

Mayor Stutsman said the recent case reminded him of how a single point of exposure can affect many people in a community if precautions are not taken. Councilman McKee’s case affected the City Council and Plan Commission members and staff.

“We are acutely aware the virus is in our community but up until this point we did not have a public face to connect it to,” Mayor Stutsman said. “My friend and colleague Jim McKee wanted to step forward and be that face. I appreciate his willingness to show once again how much he cares about Goshen.”

Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered Indiana residents to stay at home for a two-week period in an effort to mitigate the viral spread.

“I have tested positive for the virus, and I am staying home with my wife Angie and monitoring my symptoms,” Councilman Jim McKee said. “I would like to remind everyone to follow the governor’s Executive Order directing all Hoosiers to stay at home. It is critical that we all do our part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

Beginning with the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting March 24, the City began streaming all public meetings. The City is working to make sure contact between members of boards and commissions, as well as contact with the public, is as limited as possible. The City also would like to encourage as many members to participate remotely and the public to stream the meetings whenever possible.

For more information about CDC guidelines and the latest information about our community’s response to COVID-19, go to goshenindiana.org/covid19.