I am writing this as a registered nurse of 26 years, a current local health department administrator and a lifelong Hoosier. I find Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita's comments during his WSBT 22 interview unfounded and reckless.

"Well, you know, first of all, I don't believe any numbers anymore," Rokita said, "And I'm sorry about that, but this has been politicized." "The reason hospitals are filling up is because their own healthcare workers won't come to work because of the mandates that have been put on them."

Mr. Rokita, please show us your proof. I am certain that every hospital in Indiana would be glad to provide you this information as well as give you a personal tour of their facility including the additional rooms they have created for their COVID patients. While you are there, please roll up your sleeves and give them a hand. Answer a call light, pass a meal tray, restock a cart or help answer the phone. The epiphany you had in your interview about the pandemic being politicized is not new. Healthcare workers have been saying that from the very beginning. Our pleas for reason and permission to deal with this disaster using what we have learned from hundreds of years of scientific medicine fell on deaf ears. Our requests continue to be dismissed and here we are back to square one, just like we were in December of 2020. So stop allowing this to be political and use your position to save Hoosier lives.

Angela Cox