Category Archives: COVID-19 coronavirus

The Huron Hub’s current coverage of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

Camilleri, Polehanki call for early end to school year ‘to protect students and teachers’

(HURON HUB file photo)


Posted by The Huron Hub
Thursday, March 26, 2020

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) and Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), called for an early end to the school year following the projected course of COVID-19.

The legislators say the need to provide certainty and a path forward for districts and families is essential at this time.

“We are ready and willing to address this legislatively,” said Camilleri and Polehanki in a joint statement. “But to act faster and provide clarity for our school districts, we urge the Governor to close schools for the rest of the year to protect our students, teachers, and families.”

Both Polehanki and Camilleri said they have key pieces of legislation that would help the state complete this closure in a responsible way, including forgiving days, fixing teacher evaluations, and addressing third grade retention.

Both said that the quickest and most decisive way to close schools would be through action on Governor Whitmer’s part.

Polehanki and Camilleri, both former teachers and Democratic Vice Chairs of the Michigan House and Senate Education Committees, supported Whitmer on recent actions they say protect students and emphasized the importance of ensuring teachers, administrators, and support staff still receive the pay and benefits they deserve if the school year is cut short.

The legislators also called for immediate action to allow districts to plan for the summer and beyond.

“Above all else, we need a swift decision so districts will know where they stand,” said Camilleri and Polehanki. “We know that deciding to close school would lead to many additional questions, and we are ready to work with the Governor’s office, the Department of Education, and our local school districts to make this work for everyone.”


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

34th District Court in Romulus closes to public through April 3


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

Published March 24, 2020

The 34th District Court in Romulus is closed to the public through April 3.

The courthouse will be closed to the public with limited staff reporting to conduct only essential functions of the court.

Proceedings scheduled between the dates of March 16-April 3, 2020 at the 34th District Court will be adjourned.

The court says all parties will receive notice by mail of the hearing date.

Other important court related changes or closures include:

●All in custody arraignments will be held by videoconferencing. Walk in
arraignments have been suspended. If you have an outstanding warrant or license
suspension email or call the court for more information.

●Felony cases for in custody defendants will remain as scheduled and will be held
by videoconferencing.

●All reporting probation will be conducted by phone. Work Program and the
Reality Check Program have been cancelled until further notice.

●Civil filings must be mailed to the court or placed in the drop box located outside
of the courthouse entrance with the filing fee attached.

All court users should visit mi34thdistrictcourt.com for the most
current information and updates, as well as online resources for resolving their case.

The changes at the court are in compliance with Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-2, said Brian A. Oakley, chief judge for the 34th District Court.

“We will continue to work with the Michigan Supreme Court and the State Court
Administrator’s office along with our local officials to ensure that we are doing all that
we can to combat this health crisis,” he said.


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

Metroparks will remain open during stay home order; admission free three days per week

Washago Pond at Willow Metropark in New Boston. Huron Hub file photo by Scott Bolthouse.


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

Published March 23, 2020

It’s important to remember that Michigan residents can still go outside and be active during the mandatory stay home order announced today by Gov. Whitmer.

While some businesses and public parks might be closing, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks will remain open, you just have to remember to practice social distancing when visiting the parks.

“The Governor’s order allows us to keep all 13 Metroparks open. This gives you the opportunity to continue using the Metroparks for healthy activities like hiking, biking, running, walking your dog or just enjoying nature, all while practicing the social distancing necessary to keep you and others safe during this emergency period,” a statement from Metroparks said.

If you visit one of the Metroparks during this time, be aware of a few important changes the parks have put in place during the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Programming is canceled through April 13.
  • Playgrounds are closed.
  • Park offices are closed.
  • Interpretive Centers are closed. This includes all nature centers, farm centers and the Marshlands Museum.
  • Restrooms are closed.

“We know this is an inconvenience, but it will be difficult to ensure they are all disinfected properly and allow six feet of distance between visitors. Make sure you use the restroom before leaving home,” the parks said in a statement.

Additionally, the opening of golf courses is delayed through April 13.

The Metroparks are currently offering free admission on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

The parks say they are charging regular admission on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to help them continue to maintain the park properties and keep them operational. On those days, tollbooths will be staffed.

You can also download at-home activities and access videos and other content to stay engaged with the Metroparks at metroparks.com/virtual.


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.

Huron School District donates boxes of medical supplies to local healthcare providers

The medical supplies seen here were donated to local healthcare providers by the Huron School District. (Photo courtesy Donovan Rowe)


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

Published March 23, 2020

The Huron School District is doing its part to ensure that local health care providers are getting much needed medical equipment during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

“The Huron School District donated items of necessity today to our local health care systems,” Superintendent Donovan Rowe said in a social media post on Monday.

Rowe said the district donated 193 boxes of gloves, 250 face masks, and one box of hand sanitizing gel.

State. Rep Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) picked up the items from the district and dropped them off to local medical providers.

Governors across the country are becoming worried as states run out of medical equipment, The Associated Press reported.

Some hospitals in the country are down to just a day or two of personal protective equipment, the AP reported.

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 orders Michigan residents stay home 3 weeks due to COVID-19

Press release
Posted by The Huron Hub
March 23, 2020 - 11 AM EST

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.

“In just 13 days, we’ve gone from 0 to over 1,000 COVID-19 cases,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.”

“Taking aggressive action to protect our communities is the most important thing we can do to mitigate further spread of COVID-19,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “If we do this now, we can make sure our hospitals and healthcare workers are prepared to take care of the sickest people. It is crucial that people do the right thing by staying home and staying safe.”

Executive Order 2020-21 prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers that meet those criteria, and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that necessary in-person work.

Workers that are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more. For a full list of these critical infrastructure workers, click the link to Executive Order 2020-21 at the bottom of this page.

Additionally, under Executive Order 2020-21, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons outside a single household are temporarily prohibited. People may leave the house to perform for limited, necessary purposes, and may engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside a person’s household and with other restrictions imposed by prior executive orders.

Michigan is currently in the top five states in the nation in number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Several governors across the country have taken similar steps to protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19, including governors Mike DeWine (R-OH), Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), Tom Wolf (D-PA), Gavin Newsom (D-CA), John Bel Edwards (D-LA), Phil Murphy (D-NJ), and Ned Lamont (D-CT).

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is:

  • If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • 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.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

Michiganders can apply for unemployment benefits if they have left work or taken a leave of absence because of self-isolation or self-quarantine in response to elevated risk from COVID-19 due to being immunocompromised, displaying the symptoms of COVID-19, having contact in the last 14 days with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, the need to care for someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or a family care responsibility as a result of a government directive. Those temporarily laid off from work should apply for unemployment benefits online at www.michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017.

Governor Whitmer is working to ensure that children who rely on the food provided by schools will have the resources they need. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed an online map for families to find meals. Families can access the map at: https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/.

On March 19, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the governor’s request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to access low-interest loans from the SBA. The application for disaster loan assistance is available at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. For businesses looking for more information on how to apply for an SBA EIDL loan or whether it is something they should consider, visit michiganbusiness.org/covid19.


 

Reports: Gov. Whitmer to announce stay-at-home order Monday


Posted by The Huron Hub
Monday, March 23, 2020
8:45 AM EST

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is going to announce a stay-at-home order during an 11 a.m. press conference on Monday, according to various media reports.

WXYZ and the Associated Press are reporting that the order will have various exceptions, including grocery and pharmacies.

States across the nation are limiting residents’ movements amid the continued spread of the coronavirus.

As of Sunday, several states and cities have ordered residents to stay-at-home. View this USA Today article for a list.

You can view a special coronavirus coverage section on HuronHub.com by clicking on this link.

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