GOSHEN, Indiana – Indiana County rejected a $3 million proposed government health grant to increase the efficiency of the hospitals’ COVID-19 prevention and treatment operations. The Indiana council voted 6-0 in opposition to the government health grant.
The Elkhart health department saw a tremendous increase in COVID-19 outbreaks despite months under a heavy department-issued mask mandate.
The Elkhart health department saw a tremendous increase in COVID-19 outbreaks despite being under a heavy department-issued mask mandate for months.
The council claims that certain false information and conspiracy theories directly contributed to the council’s decision to reject the government health grant.
The hospitals in the Indiana area were really in need of this grant. Dr. Dan Nafziger, the chief medical officer of Goshen’s health, reiterated the struggle of medical workers during the COVID-19 infection surge.
Dr. Nafziger expressed his disappointment in the government’s refusal to the grant because of the people’s distrust of the federal government. Dr. Nafziger also describes the hospital’s situation of emergency rooms filling up with COVID-19 positive patients.
One of the largest contributors to the grant’s rejection in the council was the fear of forced vaccinations if they approved the grant.
Alison Gingerich claimed that more education about the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially lead to threats and coercions on basic human rights.
County Council Member Adam Bujalski also rejected the government grant to reject different federal government mandates completely.
Former Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman expressed his confusion in the decision about the grant’s opposition.