(La Porte, IN) - There’s a push to eliminate the COVID-19 checkpoints at the courthouses in La Porte and Michigan City.
La Porte County Councilman, Mike Rosenbaum, says it’s costing too much per month to have police officers and medical personnel at the screening stations outside both structures. He says the close to $40,000 montly cost isn’t worth turning away just a handful of people who may or may not have real symptoms that could be masked by allergies or some other sickness like a cold or flu.
Supporters of the checkpoints say the cost will be reimbursed from federal COVID-19 relief funds.
But, Rosenbaum argues reimbursement is not guaranteed considering the great demand for federal dollars provided to help local governments with virus related expenses.