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Huron parents decorate their doors to celebrate high school seniors

Graduation is a special time for a high school student. With the COVID-19 pandemic striking right near the end of the school year, it has left some seniors unsure of their futures. Local parents decided to help ease some worry and make sure their graduating students get recognized by decorating their doors. In turn, Huron High School principal Steven Hudock has shared the photos of the doors (seen here) on Twitter.


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 5, 2020

Everyday life has changed quickly during the past three weeks of mandatory self isolation, especially for a group of seniors destined to celebrate a very special time in their lives.

High school seniors across the country who were set to graduate soon and take part in the special right of passage have been left confused, worried, and unsure of their futures.

Special events like prom, senior nights, and other school and social events, have been left up in the air.

With the announcement from Michigan’s governor ensuring that 2020’s senior class will graduate, many local parents have celebrated the unexpected end to the school year by decorating their doors with their student’s senior swag.

To ensure that the seniors get some added exposure, Steven Hudock, principal of Huron High School, has been sharing photos of the decorated doors on his Twitter account.

Take a look at some of the doors:

The Huron Hub would like to congratulate every high school senior graduating in 2020. We’d also like to see and share your senior doors or other photos of your student. Please share your photos by posting them on our Facebook page or Twitter page, or emailing Editor@HuronHub.com.


 

Walmart joins growing list of retailers limiting customers in stores

(photo/Walmart.com)

Posted by The Huron Hub
Sunday, March 5, 2020-8:20AM EST

Walmart is joining a growing list of retailers nationwide who are limiting the number of customers allowed in stores during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Starting April 4, Walmart will limit the number of customers who can be in a store at once.

Stores will allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity.

Walmart said to manage this restriction, the associates at a store will mark a queue at a single-entry door (in most cases the grocery entrance) and direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted.

Associates and signage will remind customers of the importance of social distancing while they’re waiting to enter a store – especially before it opens in the morning.

Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis.

Shopping Inside the Store

Walmart said it will also institute one-way movement through our aisles next week in a number of our stores, using floor markers and direction from associates.

“We expect this to help more customers avoid coming into close contact with others as they shop,” the company said in a statement.

“We’ll continue to put signage inside our stores to remind customers of the need to maintain social distancing – especially in lines. And once customers check out, they will be directed to exit through a different door than they entered, which should help lessen the instances of people closely passing each other. We always want people to feel welcome at Walmart, and we know that in ordinary times a store is a gathering place for members of a community to connect and socialize. We look forward to the time when that is again the case; however, we now want to prioritize health and safety by encouraging customers to do their shopping at a distance from others, then head home.”


You can view a special COVID-19 (coronavirus) news section on HuronHub.com by clicking on this link.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Meijer announces new efforts designed to keep customers, team members safe

Meijer.com file photo


Posted by The Huron Hub
Sunday, March 5, 2020
7:45 AM EST

Meijer stores are taking additional steps to make locations safer for both shoppers and team members during the COVID-19 outbreak, the company said on Saturday.

Meijer said it is asking customers to limit the number of shoppers who come to the store on each trip and, as well as implementing a policy to monitor the number of customers in stores at one time.

This includes managing the number of customers shopping to support proper social distancing practices.

The stores will also increase communications to customers about social distancing practices.

The latest steps the retailer has taken to help make the stores as safe as possible:

  • Asking customers to limit the number of shoppers per trip, while understanding that some customers may need additional assistance.
  • Conducting daily health screenings and temperature checks of team members as they arrive at the store.
  • Completing installation of protective plexiglass shields at all check lanes and pharmacies in its 248 supercenters and stores.
  • Adding signage and broadcast announcements inside the store educating customers about proper social distancing.
  • Temporarily suspending the weekly sales ad beginning April 12 to decrease customer count inside the store.

These new steps are in addition the previous actions the retailer has implemented, which include:

  • Suspending the use of re-usable bags by customers in its stores unless they’re being used for the retailer’s Shop & Scan program.
  • Discontinued accepting beverage containers for return at its Michigan stores.
  • Temporarily removed Sandy the Pony from the front end of its stores.
  • Placed decals on the floor 6 feet apart in areas where customers may congregate, such as lines for check lanes, pharmacy and service desk counters.
  • Suggesting customers use the length of their shopping carts to gauge appropriate distance from others where there aren’t decals on the floor.
  • Implemented reduced shopping hours to support deeper cleaning overnight and re-stocking efficiency.
  • Implemented dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens, customers with chronic health conditions and essential service workers.
  • Encouraging use of the “express pay” option through the Meijer pharmacy enhanced text messaging program, which provides a contactless experience when picking up most prescriptions.

“We continue to look for additional ways to ensure the safety of our customers and team members in the face of this difficult challenge,” Meijer President & Chief Executive Officer Rick Keyes said. “By working together, we can reduce the spread of this virus and help keep our communities safe.”


You can view a special COVID-19 (coronavirus) news section on HuronHub.com by clicking on this link.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Gov. Whitmer signs order protecting Michigan workers who stay home when they are sick


Posted by The Huron Hub
Friday, April 3, 2020
11:30 AM EST

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order prohibiting all employers from discharging, disciplining, or retaliating against an employee for staying home from work if they or one of their close contacts tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of the disease.

The governor says Executive Order 2020-36 also strengthens the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order by declaring that it is the public policy of the state that all Michiganders who test positive or show symptoms, or who live with someone who tests positive or shows symptoms, should not leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.

The order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until the end of the governor’s declared emergency or until otherwise rescinded.

“People who are prioritizing the health and safety of their families, neighbors, and loved ones during this crisis should not be punished by their workplace. Staying home and staying safe is one of the most important things we can do to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, and this executive order will ensure more people can do so without facing discrimination from their workplace,” Whitmer said. “We have taken aggressive measures to protect our communities, but it’s on all of us to work together to fight this virus.”

“Ensuring those who experience symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 and the people they live with remain in their homes will help mitigate community spread,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive. “It’s crucial that anyone experiencing symptoms, and those they live with, stay home and stay safe.”

Under the order, any and all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or who display one or more of the principal symptoms, such as fever, atypical cough, and atypical shortness of breath, must remain in their home or place of residence.

This includes Michiganders who are otherwise free to leave their homes under Executive Order 2020-21. People who test positive or who are experiencing symptoms must wait to leave their homes until three days have passed since their symptoms have resolved and seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared, or since they were swabbed for the test that yielded the positive result.

In addition, any and all close contacts of a symptomatic individual or of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should remain in their home until 14 days have passed or the symptomatic individual receives a negative COVID-19 test.

Health-care professionals, workers at a health-care facility, first responders (e.g., police officers, fire fighters, paramedics), child protective service employees, workers at child caring institutions and correctional officers are exempt from staying at home if a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19 or displays one or more of the principal symptoms provided that their employers’ rules governing occupational health allow them to go to work.

Individuals and household members who test positive for COVID-19 or who display one or more of the principal symptoms may leave their home or place of residence when necessary to obtain food, medicine, or supplies that are needed to sustain or protect life and when those items cannot be obtained via delivery.

People may also engage in outdoor activities, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent while remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household.

When symptomatic people or their close contacts leave the home, they should wear some form of covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief. For now, however, supplies of N95 masks and surgical masks should generally be reserved to health-care professionals, first responders (e.g., police officers, fire fighters, paramedics), and other critical workers.


You can view a special COVID-19 (coronavirus) news section on HuronHub.com by clicking on this link.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Charter offers free internet access for 60 days to new K-12 and college student households


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 3, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, those adhering to the stay home order are relying on internet more than ever to work, continue schooling, and for general entertainment.

Charter says the company will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

The offer is for any service level up to 100 Mbps and installation fees will be waived for new student households.

To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.

Additionally, Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.

Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

Charter will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees, according to the company.

As the country works collaboratively to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, broadband internet access will be increasingly essential to ensuring that people across the country are able to learn and work remotely, that businesses can continue to serve customers, and that Americans stay connected and engaged with family and friends.

Charter’s says their advanced communications network ensures more than 29 million customers–including government offices, first responders, health care facilities, and businesses–maintain the connectivity they rely on.

The company says their network is built to sustain maximum capacity during peak usage which is typically in the evenings, so a surge during the day would be well within the network’s capabilities to manage.

Charter says it will continue to closely monitor the situation and is well-prepared to continue delivering reliable connectivity.

Charter added that they have extensive business and workforce continuity plans in place that will be adjusted as needed to best serve all our customers and employees.


 

Wayne County website shows in-depth COVID-19 statistics

This screen shot shows Wayne County’s dashboard for COVID-19 numbers. The website shows several different stats.

Posted April 2, 2020

Wayne County has a website that shows the most current COVID-19 stats in its jurisdiction.

The website can be accessed here.

The dashboard works best on a computer browser. When viewing from mobile, expand each section for a better view.

It is updated daily at 5 p.m.