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Whitmer signs order requiring mask use in all indoor public spaces

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Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 10, 2020

Governor Whitmer signed an order Friday that requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces.

The order also reminds residents that they are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space.

The order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering, with limited exceptions.

Governors in the states of Kansas, Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Washington have imposed similar requirements on businesses.

Whitmer said she signed this executive order in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Michigan and across the country.

Executive Order 2020-147 amends and replaces the governor’s previous Executive Order 2020-114.

“The heroes on the front lines of this crisis have gone hours without taking their masks off every day – doctors, nurses, child care workers, grocery store workers. We owe it to them to wear our masks when we’re on a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Masks can reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70 percent. By wearing masks, we can save lives and protect our family, friends, and neighbors from the spread of COVID-19. And by wearing masks now, we can put our state in a stronger position so our kids can return to school safely in the fall. For the sake of your loved ones, let’s all mask up, Michigan.”

Officials say every region in Michigan has seen an uptick in new cases, and daily case counts now exceed 20 cases per million in the Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Lansing regions.

“Research confirms that a big part of the reason is spotty compliance with the governor’s requirement, issued in prior orders, that individuals wear face coverings in public spaces,” Whitmer said.

Health experts say studies show that wearing a mask can save lives and significantly lover an individual’s chance of spreading COVID-19.

A study on different regions in Germany, for example, suggests that the adoption of mandatory mask ordinances decreased the daily growth rate of COVID-19 infections by 40%.

Modeling from the University of Washington similarly indicates that more than 40,000 lives would be spared nationwide if 95% of the population wore a mask while in public. Furthermore, a study conducted by Goldman Sachs concluded that a federal mask mandate could save the U.S. economy from taking a 5% hit to our GDP.

“Michigan’s fight against COVID-19 is nowhere near over, which is why it’s so important that we all do our part and wear masks when we’re out in public,” said Chief Medical Executive and DHHS Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “Wearing a mask or face covering can significantly decrease the chance of spreading COVID-19 and save lives. It’s important that all Michiganders wear masks properly – not down around the neck, not only over the mouth, but correctly over the mouth and nose. Please everyone stay patient, and remain vigilant.”

Under the governor’s order, businesses that are open to the public must refuse entry and service to individuals who fail to comply, and must post signs at all entrances instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face covering while inside.

Those who are exempt from wearing a mask in Michigan businesses include people younger than five-years-old, those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering, and those who are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment.

The executive order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 13.

“A willful violation of the order is a misdemeanor subject to a $500 criminal penalty, but no term of confinement may be imposed on individuals who violate the mask requirement,” Whitmer said. “No individual is subject to penalty under the order for removing a mask while engaging in religious worship at a house of religious worship, although consistent with guidance from the CDC, congregants are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings during religious services.”

To view Executive Order 2020-147, click here.


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Public safety department to host community meetings ahead of Aug. 4 millage request


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 10, 2020

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety will have a 1-mill property tax request on the Aug. 4 Primary Election ballot.

The millage is specific to the Huron Township Fire Department and Emergency Dispatch Center for use to upgrade equipment, make building improvements, and purchase fire response vehicles such as fire trucks, said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

Robbins and Fire Chief Jamie Hinojosa will be conducting a series of town hall meetings over the next several weeks to speak to residents regarding the millage.

Here is a list of the meetings

To read more about the upcoming millage vote, visit this article.


Preparing for the heat: Here is a list of cooling centers in Wayne County


Posted by The Huron Hub on Tuesday, July 7, 2020


With extreme heat forecasted this week, Wayne County has compiled a list of cooling centers in local communities.

Click here for a list of cooling centers across Wayne County.

More information on the upcoming dangerous hot weather:

Heat advisory issued for southeast Michigan; heat index of 100 degrees forecasted


 

Heat advisory issued for southeast Michigan; heat index of 100 degrees forecasted

Second Ever April Heatwave for Antigua | Dale Destin - 268Weather


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 7, 2020

A heat advisory and excessive heat warning has been issued for Wayne County, according to the National Weather Service.

The warns are issued through Wednesday but will likely be extended.

Dangerously hot conditions with heat index values possibly exceeding 100 degrees are forecasted.

Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities, or those vulnerable to heat stress over several days.

High temperatures once again exceed 90 degrees today for the sixth day in a row at Detroit and Flint, and for the second day in a row with high humidity.

Scattered, numerous showers and thunderstorms bring little relief as wet ground only adds to humidity while temperatures barely settle to lows around 70 tonight.

This is followed by the peak of conditions Wednesday and Thursday with high temperatures in the mid 90s and heat index possibly exceeding 100.

The cumulative impact on heat health stress is expected to be considerable and could require an Excessive Heat Warning until a cold front moves into the area by Friday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation. Be prepared to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.


 

Yankee Air Museum cancels 2020 air show

Photo courtesy of the Wayne County Airport Authority.


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 6, 2020

The Yankee Air Museum said today they are canceling the 2020 Thunder Over Michigan Air Show that was planned for August 29-30 at Willow Run Airport, home to the Yankee Air Museum.

“In the current environment, we are unable to produce the world-renown Thunder Over Michigan Air Show event for which we are so well known,” said Kevin Walsh, event director.

According to air show organizers, they explored various socially responsible models but none of them fit the demands of a major air show.

“It is hard to take a proven model of 21 years and make it work responsibly in an era of global pandemic” Walsh said. “We take the health, safety and well-being of the seven hundred plus volunteers, the hundreds of aircrews and the tens of thousands of air show fans very seriously.”

Because the event “has a strict no refund policy,” according to organizers, 2020 ticket holders who bought tickets through the air show EventSprout ticketing system will receive a complimentary equivalent package for the 2021 Air Show, and also will receive an additional complimentary package for the 2022 Air Show.

“While a global pandemic is very much out of our control, we still want to give our current ticket holders a special consideration for being so loyal and dedicated,” Walsh said. “Our goal is to always exceed expectations.”

Organizers stated that they will be contacting individual general admission ticket holders to arrange the two-year complimentary package.

Plans are well underway for the 2021 show, which is slated for August 7-8, 2021.

“We built a reputation on being one of the top shows in the world and we look forward to keeping that place in the aviation community in 2021,” Walsh said.

The Thunder Over Michigan Air Show is a primary fundraiser for the Yankee Air Museum, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. To learn more visit YankeeAirMuseum.org.


 

Over a dozen coronavirus cases linked to Romulus adult club

A total of 13 COVID-19 cases have been traced to the Playhouse Club, 13201 Middlebelt Road in Romulus, according to the Wayne County Public Health Division. (Photo/Google)


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 6, 2020

More than a dozen coronavirus cases have been linked to an adult club in Romulus, Michigan health officials said.

13 COVID-19 cases have been traced to the Playhouse Club, 13201 Middlebelt Road in Romulus, according to the Wayne County Public Health Division.

Of the 13 reported cases, 12 are either employees or patrons of the club.

One case was an employee of a nearby Checkers restaurant.

Health officials ask anyone who visited or worked at the Playhouse Club between June 17 and July 1, or went to Checkers in Romulus between June 27 and July 4, to contact Wayne County Health Division at 734-727-7078.

Anyone who visited either location in that window of time, symptomatic or not, is encouraged to call the health division to report the contact, get tested and self-quarantine at home.

“It is imperative all people who visited these two establishments during the exposure window call and cooperate with our communicable disease team so that we can understand the extent of the outbreak,” Carol Austerberry, Wayne County Public Health Officer, said in a news release.


 

Air quality alert issued for Wayne County through Monday


Posted Sunday, July 5, 2020 | The Huron Hub

Air quality alert for Wayne County

Issued by National Weather Service
Detroit, MI – 11:17 AM EDT Sun, Jul 5, 2020

Air Quality Alert in effect for Monday July 6th…

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy has declared Monday July 6th to be an action day for elevated levels of ozone. Pollutants are expected to be in the unhealthy for sensitive groups range.

The action day is in effect for the following Michigan counties…

St. Clair…Livingston…Oakland…Macomb…Washtenaw…Wayne and Monroe.

People and businesses are urged to avoid activities which lead to ozone formation. These activities include…refueling vehicles or topping off when refueling, using gasoline powered lawn equipment and using charcoal lighter fluid. Positive activities include… biking to work, delaying or combining errands and using water based paints.

It is recommended that active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases such as asthma, limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

For further information, please see the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy page at
http://www.deqmiair.org

Source: National Weather Service in Detroit


Metropark pools, splash pads, campgrounds open during Fourth of July; reduced capacities, additional precautions in place


Posted July 2, 2020 | The Huron Hub 

Article submitted by Huron-Clinton Metroparks 

Huron-Clinton Metroparks has opened splash pads, campgrounds, farm centers, boat rentals and some pools. We’re ready to welcome you this Independence Day. Reduced capacities and additional precautions are in place to protect visitors and staff.

The Independence Day holiday weekend is right around the corner. And there’s no better excuse for getting together with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors. This year is no exception. Even though the annual Metroparks fireworks shows have been canceled – for everyone’s safety – you’ll still have plenty of ways to enjoy your favorite parks.

“The Fourth of July weekend is always an exciting time in the parks,” says Metroparks Director Amy McMillan. “We’re just as excited this year to welcome everyone into the parks, but we’re taking our safety precautions very seriously. It’s important that visitors continue practicing social distancing.”

Bring your family and hit the trails – enjoy the sights on a nature hike, coast down the hike-bike trail or test your skills on a mountain bike trail. You can still work on your swing at any of the Metroparks golf courses, throw some discs at our disc golf courses or spend the afternoon grilling up something yummy at a family picnic (as long as your gathering doesn’t exceed the 100 person limit set by Governor Whitmer’s current Executive Order).

If it’s sunshine and water you seek, take a dip in the lake at Maple and Martindale Beaches in Kensington Metropark, Eastwood and Baypoint Beaches at Stony Creek Metropark and the beach at Lake St. Clair Metropark. Splash pads are now open at Kensington, Indian Springs and Lake St. Clair Metroparks. So is the pool at Willow Metropark.

The wave pool at Lake Erie Metropark, the pool at Lake St. Claire Metropark and the Turtle Cove Aquatic Center at Lower Huron Metropark remain closed while staff complete maintenance and improvement projects and train lifeguard staff. We haven’t yet set a target date for reopening. According to Director McMillan, “Many of our facilities are operating with reduced capacities and additional precautions in place to protect visitors and staff. It’s best to check our website before your visit so you’re aware of what changes you might find.”

For animal lovers, the farm centers at Kensington and Wolcott Mill Metroparks are now open. Visitors will notice one-way traffic in certain areas and reduced capacities allowed inside barns, but kids and adults alike can still visit their favorite farm friends and enjoy a day at the farm.

Additionally, we’ve reopened other facilities that were closed under previous executive orders:

  • Marinas at Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie Metroparks
  • Boat rental locations
  • Liveries
  • Playgrounds in all parks (playgrounds in Lower Huron, Willow, Oakwoods and Lake Erie Metroparks will open July 1 when the order from Wayne County Health Department is lifted)
  • Campgrounds at Lower Huron and Stony Creek Metroparks

Please note that the Metroparks team continues to actively monitor attendance in the parks. When overcrowding occurs, we may use temporary closures to certain areas within the parks. Or entire parks. Depending on the time of day that capacity is reached, the park may reopen as visitors leave. Those visitors already in the park when a closure starts are welcome to enjoy the rest of their visit. You can learn about all these closures and precautions before your visit at metroparks.com/covid.


 

Whitmer signs order closing indoor service at bars throughout much of lower Michigan to protect progress against COVID-19


Posted by The Huron Hub, July 1, 2020

State of Michigan press release

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Closing Indoor Service at Bars Throughout Much of Lower Michigan to Protect Progress Against COVID-19
Governor also signs bills allowing cocktails-to-go at bars and restaurants

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-143 closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan to protect the progress Michigan has made against COVID-19. Regions 6 and 8, which include the Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan, are excluded from the order, and bars statewide can continue to serve outdoors. The governor also signed a package of bills allowing cocktails-to-go at bars and restaurants to help these businesses serve more Michiganders during this time.

“We owe it to our front line heroes who have sacrificed so much during this crisis to do everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the chance of a resurgence like we are seeing in other states,” said Governor Whitmer. “Following recent outbreaks tied to bars, I am taking this action today to slow the spread of the virus and keep people safe. If we want to be in a strong position to reopen schools for in-person classroom instruction this fall, then we need to take aggressive action right now to ensure we don’t wipe out all the progress we have made.”

Over the past week, every region in Michigan has seen an uptick in new cases, and daily case counts now exceed 20 cases per million in the Grand Rapids, Lansing and Kalamazoo regions. Nearly 25% of diagnoses in June were of people ages 20 to 29, up from roughly 16% in May. That shift aligns with national trends, and the evidence suggests that young people may be driving a new phase of the pandemic.

As bars have reopened for indoor service across the country, some have been linked to a growing number of large outbreaks. In Michigan, for example, health officials in Ingham County have linked 107 confirmed COVID-19 cases to an outbreak in a single bar in East Lansing. Similar super-spreader events have been documented in bars in Florida, Louisiana, Texas and elsewhere.

Bars are often crowded, indoors and poorly ventilated — all of which make it easy to spread COVID-19 from person to person. Bars also encourage mingling among groups and facilitate close contact over an extended period of time. They are noisy, requiring raised voices and allowing for more projection of viral droplets. And they serve alcohol, which reduces inhibitions and decreases compliance with mask use and physical distancing rules.

“I urge all Michiganders to double down on mitigation tactics like wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing hands, so we can get our trajectory headed in the right direction again,” said Governor Whitmer. “If we open up our economy too quickly, the efforts of the last three months will be for nothing and we will have to go through this pain all over again and put our economy, health and medical system at risk. Nobody wants to move backward. Everyone, please do your part, and let’s show the nation and the world how smart we are.”

The governor’s order applies to establishments with on-premises retailer liquor licenses that earn more than 70% of their gross receipts from alcohol sales. That means that most brewpubs, distilleries, and vineyards can stay open indoors. Traditional bars, nightclubs, and strip clubs will have to end indoor service.

Governor Whitmer today also signed Senate Bill 942 and House Bills 5781 and 5811 into law, which allow bars and restaurants to sell cocktails-to-go and expand social districts to allow for more outdoor seating and areas for people to safely congregate while practicing physical distancing.

“Bars will not have to close down completely, but may still offer outdoor seating and use creative methods like cocktails-to-go in hopes that we can bring our numbers down,” Governor Whitmer said. “I am hopeful providing options for cocktails-to-go and expanded social districts will ensure these businesses can remain open and Michiganders can safely and responsibly enjoy their summer outdoors.”

To view Executive Order 2020-143, which takes effect at 11 p.m. tonight, click this link: EO 2020-143.pdf


Public Safety Department keeps community spirit alive by participating in over 150 parades during pandemic

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety helped celebrate hundreds of birthdays, milestones, 2020 graduation, and escorted funerals, all during the pandemic. 


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 1, 2020

The parades began on Easter, when the pandemic lockdown was fresh in everyone’s minds, and due to required social distancing, children were unable to see the Easter Bunny.

“We recognized that due to the COVID Pandemic, many little ones may not have had an opportunity to see the Easter Bunny. It was important to us to find a way to bring our community together during a difficult time while respecting safety concerns,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

Since Easter, the Huron Township Department of Public Safety has been involved in hundreds of parades around the township to help celebrate various birthdays and milestones, as well as honoring the lives of community members who have died recently.

The parades, staffed by volunteers, celebrated children’s birthdays, senior citizen birthdays, military hero homecomings, front-line worker appreciation, and ended with a special drive-by for honorary Firefighter Bobby Kamin.

The department participated in funeral escorts for Huron Township families that were unable to have proper services for their loved ones due to the ongoing pandemic; an initiative organized by the department’s Police Officer Reserve Program.

Robbins thanked Reserve Officer Anthony Joquico and Reserve Commander James Dufour for their roles in the escorts.

Reserve Commander James Dufour and Reserve Officer Anthony Joquico

“These celebratory parades began as just a couple vehicles, usually one police car and maybe
one fire truck,” Robbins said. “After a few times out, Chief Hinojosa came to me and said his staff approached him and wondered why they were not able to be more involved in the celebratory parades. The answer was simply that we could only use volunteers. The response from the fire staff was that they wanted to volunteer and volunteer they did. For most parades, we would have so many of our fire staff volunteering that we would have to turn some of them away. We had 3 or 4 firefighters, using all pertinent safety precautions, in multiple vehicles because they wanted to be part of the community experience. Some of these parades ended up having upwards of 10 vehicles in the procession. I am immensely proud of the way all of our public safety staff stepped up to represent our community.”

On June 26, the department escorted Huron High School’s class of 2020 during a special parade for the graduates.

“I want the Class of 2020 to know how proud we are of them. They have lost so many things due to the pandemic. We expect them to do great things. Congratulations to the graduates and their families,” Robbins said. “It never gets old seeing this community come together. Hands down, this is my favorite thing I get to be involved with while serving. You can’t put a price on seeing the downtown or one of the villages filled to celebrate something special or seeing the smile of a child’s face as they see the lights and hear the sirens in front of their house as they celebrate their special day.”

Robbins said that having a partnership between public safety and the community is the most important part of the job.

“There is nothing more important to us than community partnerships,” he said. “While we realize the importance of providing quality service to our residents, we feel it is equally important to be a part of the community as well. I am thankful for the support we continue to be given.”

If you have photos or video of any parades from the past few months that have happened in Huron Township, you can share your them on our Facebook and Twitter pages.