Elkhart County Sheriff's Office

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Press Releases

WHY YOU MUST STAY AT HOME

3/30/2020

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.

ELKHART COUNTY COVID-19 INFORMATION LINE 

3/27/2020

The Elkhart County COVID-19 Information Line is available and answered by a live person. They are Elkhart County’s trusted source of accurate information. If they do not know the answer, you will be given a resource. This is an INFORMATION ONLY line. We are NOT a source for a test authorization. The phone number for the Information Line is 574-523-2106. Calls will be accepted Monday thru Saturday 8 am to 10 pm.

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.

 

ARE YOU A BUSINESS THAT WANTS TO HELP

3/27/20

The Elkhart County COVID-19 Incident Management team appreciates your offer of assistance to help us ensure the availability of critical protective and lifesaving resources to get to the right place, at the right time, and in the right quantity. We are working to marshal every source of medical supplies and equipment, and will work to facilitate your generous donation.

At this time we are asking all businesses that would like to donate supplies contact us through district2command@elkhartpolice.org. Emergency Management (EMA) is using the warehouses as space to house and be a repository for disbursement. You may also contact the EMA office at 574-891-2238 to arrange drop off dates and times.

Please note we are distributing to all forms of health care (hospitals, long-term care facilities, first responders, and others based on need). We are in need of the following:

  • Surgery Masks
  • N95 Masks
  • R95/ R100 Masks
  • Gowns, Tyvek suits
  • Large quantities of homemade masks
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Goggles, glasses, shields
  • Hand Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer with 60% alcohol or greater
  • Cleaning Supplies, such as Clorox or Lysol Wipes, bleach, and other bleach based cleaners

Any other forms of donations, you may contact district2command@elkhartpolice.org or contact Emergency Management directly at 574-891-2238.

Volunteers needed to man the Elkhart County COVID-19 Information Line

3/26/2020

We are all aware of the need for volunteers during this time. We are specifically looking for volunteers to man the Elkhart County COVID-19 Information Line. We need volunteers from 4 pm to 10 pm Monday thru Friday and 8 am to 10 pm on Saturdays.

Please register yourself at www.serv-in.org. If you have medical training (nursing, MD, DO, etc) please indicate that. The system will verify your credentials and do a background check. We will be in contact with you once the system has made your information available.

The Elkhart County COVID-19 Information Line will be 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. This will be manned Monday thru Saturday 8 am to 10 pm.

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 greater 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 it is essential for you 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.

Elkhart County Courts Emergency Order 

The Elkhart Circuit Court and the Elkhart Superior Courts of Elkhart County, Indiana, obtained emergency relief from the Indiana Supreme Court pursuant to Administrative Rule 17 in the ORDER entered by the Indiana Supreme Court under Case No. 20S-CB-177. Accordingly, effective March 17, 2020 through May 4, 2020, actual face-to-face hearings in the courts in Elkhart County will only occur for emergency and essential court hearings. All non-emergency and non-essential hearings will either be continued or conducted telephonically.

For more information Click Here

To view the Elkhart County Courts Emergency Order Click Here

 

 

REQUESTS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         03/24/2020             

CONTACT: Jennifer Tobey (574)238-0144, jtobey@elkhartcounty.com

                      Melanie Sizemore (574) 276-1197, msizemore@elkhartcounty.com

REQUESTS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As we move in to our first stay-at-home day ordered by Governor Holcomb, we want to push some reminders and provide some new guidance.

The stay-at-home order is just that, stay-at-home. To avoid the spread of this virus, it is best for you to stay where you can control your environment. This means you can clean your home, ensure those in your home are following the recommendations below, you will be able to minimize the spread.

For those interested in making masks and gowns, you may deliver all finished products to one of the following locations below, seven days a week. All questions can go to Michelle.Miller@elkhartpolice.org. There are instructions on how to make masks and the best material to use online.

**While we recognize that these masks are not necessarily going to be medical grade, they will assist with not transmitting infectious diseases.

Drop off locations are as follows:

  • Elkhart County 4H Fair Office- Gate #3- 17746 County Road 34, Goshen, IN (24 hours a day)
  • Elkhart Police Dept. -175 Waterfall Dr., Elkhart, IN (7 am-10 pm)

We have been notified that physicians offices are receiving significant phone calls requesting prescription medication to treat COVID-19. Contrary to what you may have heard stated, at this time these drugs are not being prescribed for COVID-19.

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 it is essential for you 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 Stay-At-Home Order FAQ

Indiana Stay-At-Home Order FAQ

Information from https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Moday to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. Click here to see the executive order. Below are frequently asked questions and their answers.

When does the order take effect?

The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

When does the order end?

The order ends on Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.

Where does the order apply?

The Stay-At-Home Order applies to the entire state of Indiana. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.

Is this mandatory or a recommendation?

This order is mandatory. For the safety of all Hoosiers, people must stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How will this order be enforced?

Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Adhering to the order will save lives, and it is the responsibility of every Hoosier to do their part. However, if the order is not followed, the Indiana State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order. The Indiana State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will enforce the restaurant and bar restrictions.

Will the Indiana National Guard enforce this order?

No. The Indiana National Guard is aiding in planning, preparation and logistics with other state agencies. For example, the Indiana National Guard assists in distributing hospital supplies the state receives.

What is an essential business?

Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0.  

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What is an essential activity?

Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?

Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.

Will the grocery store/pharmacy be open?

Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.

Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?

Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.

Can I get my groceries delivered? Can I still get my online orders delivered?

Yes, you can still receive packages, get groceries delivered, and get meals delivered.

How can I get medical care?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.

If you suspected you have COVID-19, please call the healthcare provider in advance so that proper precautions can be taken to limit further transmission. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.

If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately, but please call in advance if possible. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact your health care provider to see what telehealth services they provide.

What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

State-operated developmental centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and community integrated living arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.  

If you have specific questions about your support and services, reach out to your provider or individual service coordination agency.

What if I still have to go to work?

You should stay home unless your work is an essential function such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk or first responder. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.

A list of essential businesses can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What if I think my business should be closed, but they’re still asking me to report to work?

Essential businesses will remain open during the stay-at-home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Hoosiers. If you believe your business is nonessential but still are being asked to show up to work, you may discuss it with your employer.

A certain service is essential for me, but the governor didn’t include it. What do I do?

The stay-at-home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers. Although some businesses such as fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. For a list of essential businesses that will continue to operate during the order, visit in.gov/coronavirus.

Will public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis continue?

Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis should only be used for essential travel.

Will roads in Indiana be closed?

No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is for your health or essential work.

Can I still take a plane out of Indiana?

Planes and other types of transportation should be used for essential travel.

What if my home is not a safe environment?

If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and encouraged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so someone can help. You can call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local law enforcement.

What about homeless people who cannot stay at home?

The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Hoosiers, regardless of where they live. State agencies are partnering with community organizations to ensure the homeless population has safe shelter.

Can I visit friends and family?

For your safety, as well as the safety of all Hoosiers, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.

Can I walk my dog or go to the veterinarian?

You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

Can I take my kids to the park?

State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.

Can I attend a religious service?

Large gatherings, including church services, will be canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Religious leaders are encouraged to continue livestreaming services while practicing social distancing with one another.

Can I leave my home to exercise?

Outdoor exercise such as running or taking a walk is acceptable. However, gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.

Can I go to the hair salon, spa, nail salon, tattoo parlor or barber shop?

No, these businesses are ordered closed.

Can I leave my home to do laundry?

Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses.

Can I take my child to daycare?

Yes, daycares are considered an essential business.

Can I pick up meals at my child’s school?

Yes. Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pickup and take-home basis.

HOW YOU CAN HELP DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

3-22-20 Press Release

3-21-20 Press release


IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNOR HOLCOMB’S DIRECTIVES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, THE SHERIFF’S SALE ON MARCH 25, 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELED.

THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL NOT BE DOING FINGERPRINTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.


March 17, 2020

To prevent an introduction of Covid-19 inside the jail, while protecting staff and inmates, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office is closing the jail lobby effective at 6pm on March 17, 2020 until further notice. No general public will be allowed inside the jail until the crisis passes. A follow-up announcement will be provided when the lobby re-opens to the general public.

Family and friends who wish to visit an inmate can go to https://securustech.net/video-products/ index.html to set up a video visit from home. Family and friends who wish to place money on an inmate’s account can go to https://deposits.jailatm.com/webdeposits/.

Professionals (attorneys, bondsmen and criminal justice professionals) will be medically screened in the lobby before being allowed inside the jail. Professionals who wish to visit with an inmate electronically, can contact Capt. Brad Rogers at brogers@elkhartcountysheriff.com or 574-891-2153.


March 13, 2020

At this time, we have no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility.  Ensuring that our residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our greatest priority. As our residents and their families may be concerned about the outbreak of COVID-19 (also called Coronavirus) and how it may impact us we are updating you here on the steps we are taking to minimize the risk of infection.

We are in frequent communication with County and State officials and are following all guidelines and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Indiana State Department of Health and the Elkhart County Health Department, as well as our own strict protocols.

In addition to the limited visitation policy we have implemented, the following are additional safety measures we have put into place:

  • Enhanced Medical Screening procedure for new residents entering the facility.
  • Screening procedure for professional visitors entering the facility.
  • Monitoring current residents for any respiratory illness.
  • Following strict infection control and prevention guidelines, and performing staff training throughout all departments to ensure competency and compliance.