Posted by The Huron HubApril 24, 2020 - 10:15 AM EST
Updated April 24, 2020 - 10:36 AM EST
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday lengthened her stay-at-home order through May 15.
However, Whitmer lifted restrictions allowing some businesses to reopen.
The public can also participate in outdoor activities like golf (but no golf carts) and motorized boating during the coronavirus pandemic.
The order will require people to wear homemade, non-medical grade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces.
The order also requires employers to provide at least cloth face coverings to their employees.
“People won’t have to wear face coverings when they’re taking a walk in the neighborhood, but when they go to the grocery store, they should be wearing one,” Whitmer said.
Under the order, no one will be subject to criminal penalty for going without a mask.
The new executive order says landscapers, lawn-service companies, plant nurseries and bike repair shops can resume operating, but are subject to social-distancing rules.
Stores selling nonessential supplies will be allowed to reopen for curbside pickup and delivery.
Additionally, big-box retailers are no longer required to close off garden centers and areas dedicated to selling paint, flooring and carpet.
Whitmer said people with multiple in-state homes can resume traveling between them, though it is strongly discouraged.
“The vast majority of people in this state are doing the right things. We’ve seen the curve get pushed down,” Whitmer told The Associated Press. “I think it’s appropriate to reevaluate along the way. At this point we feel like’s good to have our first wave of reengagement in this way.”
The order will continue to prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life, but there will be some exemptions for various critical jobs.
Restaurants will remain closed to dine-in customers and can only offer carry-out services.
Bars, movie theaters, gyms and other sports facilities also are still required to remain closed.
Whitmer is scheduled to speak Friday during a public update at 11 a.m.
Press release posted Thursday, March 12, 2020 — 11:15 PM EST
-School building closures will last Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, to students starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6.
As of tonight, the number of presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan is 12.
“This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” said Governor Whitmer. “I am working with partners across state government to ensure educators, parents, and students have the support they need during this time, and to ensure our children who rely on school for meals have access to food. I know this will be a tough time, but we’re doing this to keep the most people we can safe. I urge everyone to make smart choices during this time and to do everything they can to protect themselves and their families.”
“Closing our K-12 school buildings is the responsible choice that will minimize the risk of exposure for children, educators, and families and mitigate the spread of coronavirus,” said Michigan State Superintendent Michael Rice. “The Department of Education will continue to work closely with our partners in state government to help our students and educators in each school district get through this time. This is about protecting the most people in Michigan.”
Governors across the country, including Mike DeWine (R-OH), Andy Beshear (D-KY), and Larry Hogan (R-MD), have taken similar steps to close schools and ensure the protection of children and families in their states.
“Closing our school buildings is the smart thing and the right thing to do for the public’s health,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “These actions will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. I will continue to work with Governor Whitmer and our four COVID-19 task forces to ensure we protect our children, our families, and our communities.”
Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
Shortness of breath
The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
Thousands of homes across county damaged, flooded due to heavy rainfall
Posted By The Huron Hub on May 2, 2019 — 10:00 p.m. EST Updated May 2 — 10:30 p.m.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Wayne County.
Here is the press release issued Thursday evening:
Evans declares state of emergency
DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans declared a state of emergency at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, following widespread flooding and damage to approximately 3,000 homes in the County. The declaration also called on the Governor to do the same, so that state and federal resources may be made available to our local communities and citizens.
“Heavy rains this week on top of an already wet April have caused flooding and extensive damage in several Wayne County communities,” Evans said. “With thousands of homes flooded or damaged, we don’t have the resources locally to deal with this amount of damage and thousands of our residents are going to need help.”
According to the National Weather Service approximately 3.65 inches of rain fell in seven hours from 12:53 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 until 3:53 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1. Some of the hardest hit areas include: Allen Park, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, the Grosse Pointes, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Romulus and Taylor. According to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service, 5.82 inches of precipitation fell at Detroit Metro Airport in April.
“There was just too much rain, in too short of time given already elevated water levels in many bodies of water, like the Ecorse Creek,” Evans said. “Since the rainfall we’ve been working with our local partners to assess the flooding and damage, which is likely to increase, particularly if there’s more precipitation.”
Per the Declaration, Wayne County’s Director of Homeland Security Tadarial Sturdivant will coordinate with local, state and federal authorities for assistance related to this emergency. The declaration is effective until further notice. The County also declared an emergency for flooding at 2 p.m. on August 12, 2014, after historic rainfall on August 11 of that year.
An indian tribe based out of Sault Ste. Marie filed applications Tuesday with the U.S. Department of the Interior with hopes to acquire land in Huron Township and Lansing.
According to a statement, The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa hopes to turn the land near I-275 and Sibley Roads into a gaming location.
Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment said that the 71-acre Huron Township land is a “perfect casino location.”
“The land already includes a large, unfinished building that could easily be converted to gaming use and tribal offices,” Payment said.
The scope of the gaming project in Huron Township will be determined by an economic impact study currently underway, according to Payment.
The Michigan Land Claims Settlement Act, which was passed by Congress in 1997, requires that the U.S. Secretary of the Interior approve trust land applications.
The act states that “any lands acquired using amounts from interest or other income of the self-sufficiency funds shall be held in trust by the Secretary for the benefit of the Tribe.”
The Sault Tribe plans to use revenues from its “self-sufficiency fund,” to purchase the lands.
“The law is clear: the secretary is required to accept these parcels in trust,” said Payment.
“Our Tribe is within federal law and our legal rights to pursue these opportunities to create thousands of new jobs and generate millions of dollars in new revenues that will benefit our members, the people of Lansing, public school students in Lansing, the people of Huron Township, and the entire state.”
A separate, 125,000 square foot site in Lansing would be the location of a new $245 million gaming resort. That site includes land near Michigan Avenue and North Cedar Street, adjacent to the Lansing Center – the city’s convention and events facility.
The Lansing center should create 1,500 permanent jobs and 700 constriction jobs.
The tribe did not state any specific job information for the Huron Township site.
While legal challenges have been somewhat of a nuisance to the projects, recent court developments have cleared the way for the tribe to file the necessary applications.