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Trump approves Whitmer’s request for using Michigan National Guard for humanitarian purposes

Michigan National Guard members will distribute food and medical supplies, disinfect public spaces

Posted by The Huron Hub
Monday, March 30, 2020

President Trump on Monday authorized the use of National Guard members in Michigan, granting Governor Whitmer’s request for a formal request to allocate and order up to 3,000 members of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard for up to 90 days to perform humanitarian missions across the state.

Michigan’s National Guard, under Governor Whitmer’s command and control, will perform humanitarian missions across the state, such as helping run mobile screening facilities, distributing food and medical supplies, ensuring resiliency of supply lines, disinfecting public spaces, and supporting public safety when required.

“This is good news for Michiganders everywhere who are worried about COVID-19’s impact on their community,” said Governor Whitmer. “Now, our dedicated National Guardsmen and women can help ensure access to meals for families who need them, or medical supplies for our health care professionals. They’ll help us get Michiganders tested and keep our public places clean. I’m happy that the federal government granted this request, and will continue to work closely with them as we slow the spread of COVID-19 together.”

“The Michigan National Guard is ready and eager to assist Governor Whitmer as she works to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state,” said Major General Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Our number one priority is protecting Michigan families from harm, and the federal government’s action today will help us do just that. We look forward to working closely with the governor to ensure our families are protected during this crisis.”

Governor Whitmer first requested Title 32 authorization on March 18. The president granted to governor’s request after she sent a letter earlier today to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper outlining how Michigan meets required criteria for approval to utilize 32 U.S.C. §502(f) in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The use of federal funding for Title 32 will not federalize command of the activated National Guard personnel. Each state’s National Guard is still under the authority of the Governor and is working in concert with the Department of Defense.

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Huron STEM teacher uses 3D printer to make face shield components for healthcare workers

Andrew Knapik, STEM teacher at Renton Junior High in New Boston, is using equipment from the school’s lab to print head pieces that will be used to make full face shields. The completed shields will then be distributed to healthcare workers in Monroe County. (Photos courtesy of Andrew Knapik)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published March 30, 2020

Across the country, communities are pulling together to supply healthcare workers with the essential items they need to treat patients with COVID-19.

Andrew Knapik, STEM teacher at Renton Junior High School in New Boston, said it was a text message from a colleague that was the catalyst for using equipment from the school’s lab to make head pieces for face shields that, in turn, will be distributed to healthcare workers.

“A text from Renton Junior High bands teacher Brenda Bressler put this into motion. Bressler shared a Facebook post of Monroe High School teacher Kyle Reed helping to organize those in the area with 3D printers to help print materials needed to make PPE face shields for local healthcare professionals,” Knapik said.

Renton Junior High’s STEM lab has three 3D printers, Knapik said, and both he and Bressler knew they could be used to help out.

After getting permission from Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron Schools, Knapik said a quick effort was made to open the school and get the printers and other supplies needed so he could begin work at home.

Knapik then setup a work station right in his dining room, and after getting some tech support from the maker of the printer, he was ready to go.

“Each headpiece takes between four and five hours to print,” Knapik said. “The head pieces will then be delivered to Monroe High School, where other volunteers will work to mount shields to the head piece.”

Once the face shields are complete, they will be distributed to healthcare workers in Monroe County.

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Whitmer announces programs to expand unemployment benefits for all workers affected by COVID-19

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Posted by The Huron Hub
Monday, March 20, 2020

-Benefits increased for all unemployed workers

-Benefits expanded to self-employed and low-wage workers

-New filing schedule implemented for those applying

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Monday announced new programs for workers affected by COVID-19.

The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment benefits. Workers include self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig, and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the pandemic. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 a week for up to four months and extends benefit payments from 26 to 39 weeks.

“The State of Michigan is dedicated to implementing measures to protect the health of all our residents and we understand financial health is critical as we meet this challenge together,” said Whitmer. “This increase and expansion of unemployment benefits will provide a measure of security for Michigan working families who lost their income due to the pandemic. We are committed to ensuring emergency financial relief for unemployed residents who continue to stay home and stay safe.”

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) will provide additional guidance regarding eligibility and application details in the coming days as it implements these new programs.

Benefits Extended to Self-Employed, Low-Wage, and Other Workers Affected by COVID-19
Under the CARES Act, individuals who are not already eligible for Michigan’s unemployment programs will now be provided a set amount of $600 a week for up to four months on top of the state benefit. Benefits are available for up to 39 weeks. These newly eligible individuals include self-employed workers, independent contractors, low-wage workers and those with a limited work history.

Benefits Increased for All Unemployed Workers
Under the CARES Act, weekly benefits for all unemployed workers will be increased by a set amount of $600 a week for up to four months. This applies to workers already in the unemployment system and eligible employees about to apply. These workers do not need to reapply and those about to apply do not need to take additional steps and should file as usual. If a worker’s application has previously been denied by the UIA in the past three weeks there is no need for them to reapply at this time. They will be notified by the agency with any additional action that may need to be taken.

“We appreciate the patience Michigan residents have shown with the unemployment system over the last few weeks as we continue to provide emergency financial assistance during this historical demand. I want to assure every eligible worker in our state who needs to apply for unemployment benefits that they will receive them,” said Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity Director Jeff Donofrio. “We continue to urge workers to apply online at and to utilize our new filing schedule based on their last name. UIA staff is working as hard and fast as they can to process claims and we continue to reallocate resources and upgrade technology to serve our customers.”

The day or time of day in which a claim is filed will not impact whether a worker receives benefits or their benefit amount. Additionally, claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19. The eligibility window to apply has also been increased from 14 to 28 days from the date of their work stoppage.

New Filing Schedule:

Online Filing Schedule – Workers are encouraged to go online during off-peak times between 8PM-8AM

  • Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to file claims on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
  • Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.

Call Center Filing Schedule – 866-500-0017:

  • Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Fridays (8:00am – 5:00pm) will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.

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Wayne County COVID-19 report for March 29

Posted Sunday, March 29, 2020

Here are the latest COVID-19 stats for Wayne County (excluding Detroit) as of today. Note that Huron Township now has 5 total confirmed cases, up 4 from yesterday.

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Waste Management suspends yard waste, bulk collection until further notice

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Posted by The Huron Hub
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Waste Management said it is suspending all yard waste and bulk collection in Michigan until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Regular trash collection and recycling will continue as normal.

Here is a statement from the company:

“Effective immediately, Waste Management is temporarily suspending bulk collection, e.g., furniture, mattresses, appliances, toilets until further notice. Additionally we are delaying the start of our yard waste collection season. We are taking these steps to free up our personnel and equipment to keep up with the increasing amount of residential solid waste that is being generated at this time. Our first priority is to make sure we have capacity available to perform the essential services of municipal solid waste and recycling collection and disposal.”

The company said it will continue monitoring the current public health emergency, and that they will return to regular service when “the situation normalizes.”

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1 confirmed case of COVID-19 in Huron Township

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published March 27, 2020

The first case of COVID-19 in Huron Township has been confirmed.

Authorities confirmed Friday there is one Huron resident who has the virus.

The Department of Public Safety and Supervisor David Glaab’s office released a joint release with information about the case.

At 1:18p.m. on March 23, the Huron Township Department of Public Safety and Huron Valley Ambulance responded to the 28000 block of Mineral Springs regarding a medical emergency where a 51-year-old man was showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The patient was then transported to a local hospital where he tested positive for COVID-19.

As of March 27 there are 3657 cases of COVID-19 reported in Michigan, with 92 deaths associated with the virus.

Wayne County is currently a hotbed in the state for confirmed cases of the virus.

On March 27, 735 cases and 14 deaths have been confirmed in the county.

The state updates the virus statitsics daily at 3 p.m. at

COVID-19 can be spread from an infected person to others through:

-The air by coughing and sneezing without covering your mouth and nose with your elbow
-Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
-Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your face, in particular, your mouth, nose or eyes.

Steps you take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include:​

-Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when coughing or sneezing ​
-Wash your hands frequently with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds​
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth​4.
-If feeling ill, call your doctor immediately

Related: Public Safety Director updates community on department’s COVID-19 procedures

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Romulus updates community on city services during COVID-19 outbreak

Posted by The Huron Hub
Friday, March 27, 2020

Romulus updated the community on the city’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including updates on city services.

“City officials have worked around the clock to ensure we are doing all we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to provide tremendous customer service to our residents,” Mayor LeRoy Burcroff said. “The health and wellness of our residents is our number one priority, and we remain committed to providing the resources needed during this critical time.”

Updates on city services include:

  • “Stay Home,” Stay Safe”—due to the Governor’s Executive Order, issued on Monday, all city buildings are closed to the public, except for the police department. Residents are encouraged to visit the city’s website with questions. If additional assistance is needed, residents can feel free to call any one of the city departments.
  • Spring Clean-Up update—curbside yard waste and bulk pick-up will be put on hold beginning April 1, 2020 until further notice. Questions can be answered by calling Waste Management, Inc at 866-77979-9018 or Romulus DPW at 734-942-7579.
  • Water access—two weeks ago, the city’s water billing department discontinued account shut offs, and will do so until further notice to ensure residents have access to water services during the COVID-19 pandemic. If residents are without water and would like service reconnected can contact 734-942-7650 during regular business hours. Please note: customers are still expected to pay for water used during this time.

Related: Romulus declares State of Emergency, takes steps to address COVID-19 pandemic

“During this trying time, we are immensely grateful for our essential workers—police and fire, emergency medical professionals, grocery store and pharmacy employees, mail carriers, truck drivers and airport staff,” Burcroff said. “I know I speak for the entire community when I say we are keeping these workers, their health and the health of their family and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to those who have been impacted by the virus, as well as their friends and families. We are Romulus strong, and we will get through this is together. We will continue to do all we can to support the health and safety of all of our residents.”

To support local small businesses, the city has compiled a list of restaurants still open for carry-out. The list can be found here.

For further updates on the city’s actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit or visit the city’s Facebook page.

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