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Whitmer reopens gyms and pools; permits organized sports with ‘strict safety measures’


Posted by The Huron Hub
Press Release Desk

Sept. 3, 2020 – 3:15 PM EST

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-176 reopening Michigan’s gyms and pools in those regions where they remain closed and allowing for organized sports practices and competitions to resume in those regions where they remain restricted, subject to strict protections meant to limit spread of the virus. Gyms and pools may begin to reopen on Wednesday, September 9. The governor also signed Executive Order 2020-175 outlining strict workplace safety measures gyms and pools must follow to protect people from the spread of COVID-19.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have followed the best science and data available to make decisions that will keep Michiganders safe, and our hard work is paying off. Today we are announcing the reopening of gyms and pools with strict safety measures in place to protect patrons and their families,” said Governor Whitmer. “I urge everyone who plans to hit the gym after these orders go into effect to take these precautions seriously and do everything in their power to protect themselves and their families. Be smart, and stay safe.”

“Individuals can now choose whether or not to play organized sports, and if they do choose to play, this order requires strict safety measures to reduce risk,” said Chief Medical Executive and MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “However, we know of 30 reported outbreaks involving athletic teams and facilities in August. Based on current data, contact sports create a high risk of COVID-19 transmission and MDHHS strongly recommends against participating in them at this time. We are not out of the woods yet. COVID-19 is still a very real threat to our families.”

“On behalf of the Michigan Fitness Club Association, we appreciate Governor Whitmer’s announcement regarding the re-opening of gyms and fitness centers,” said Alyssa Tushman, Vice Chair of the Michigan Fitness Club Association. “The health and safety of our members, staff, and the public in general is our top priority. We are well-prepared to ensure a safe, clean environment and we are excited to offer Michiganders the opportunity to resume their exercise routines. We look forward to working with Governor Whitmer and her administration to help build a healthy Michigan.”

Under Executive Order 2020-175, all gyms and pools that reopen must enforce strict safety measures. Gyms must require wearing of masks at all times, including times of exercise, configure workout stations or implement protocols to enable six feet of distance between individuals during exercise sessions, reduce class sizes to enable at least six feet of separation between individuals, provide equipment-cleaning products throughout the gym, and more.

Spectators for indoor organized sports are limited to the guests of the athletes with each athlete designating up to two guests. For outdoor sports competitions, the organizer of the competitions must either limit the audience to the guests of the participants with each athlete designating up to two guests, or limit total attendance to 100 people or fewer, including all participants like athletes, coaches, and staff.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) also released guidance todayon organized sports. The document recommends against contact sports at this time, defined to mean those sports involving more than occasional and fleeting contact, including football, basketball, and soccer. It also cites the elevated risk associated with activities that involve “shouting, singing, or breathing forcefully,” and notes there have been 30 reported outbreaks associated with athletic clubs, teams, or athletic facilities. MDHHS’ guidance recommends mitigation measures organized sports teams may take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during training, practices, and competitions. These recommendations include frequent hand washing, not letting players share towels, clothing, or other items they use to wipe their faces or hands, ensuring proper cleaning and disinfection of objects and equipment, prioritizing outdoor practice, and more.

“As we begin to start organized sports back up again, I urge school districts and athletic associations to do everything in their power to protect players, coaches, and staff. That means carefully following the guidelines released today by DHHS,” said Governor Whitmer. “Going forward, we will continue to work with health experts to assess the risk associated with business sectors that remain closed. For the health and safety of our families and frontline workers, it is crucial that we proceed thoughtfully and incrementally so we can measure the effects of today‘s actions before we take additional steps towards re-engagement.”

“We are pleased with the opportunity to move forward. Our Association continues to work with a team from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health to ensure the safety of approximately 90,000 players and 11,000 team officials,” said Thomas Faro, Executive Director of the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association. “We will continue these efforts through our return to play guidelines and in strict accordance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders.”

To view the governor’s executive orders and the DHHS memo on mitigation strategies, click the links below:


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Department of Agriculture reminds agri-tourism operators to follow COVID-19 safety guidance for fall season

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020

As Michigan moves into autumn, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) today reminded the state’s U-pick, corn mazes and other agri-tourism operations opening up to implement and follow plans to protect themselves and their customers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Fall harvest in Michigan brings a bounty of delicious food and products highlighting Pure Michigan agriculture. U-pick and other agri-tourism farming operations are part of the foundation of our food supply chain,” said Gary McDowell, MDARD director. “These businesses need to continue adhering to specific guidance such as social distancing in the retail and field areas, using masks, and taking the necessary steps to protect public health as they open for the season.”

A couple of key items to note for agri-tourism operators, with the full list available online:

-Operators must have a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and make it readily available to employees and customers; train employees; and supervise implementation.
-U-pick and agri-tourism operations must screen staff daily for symptoms and those with symptoms should not be permitted to work until they subside.
-The use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face coverings as appropriate for the activity being performed is required and must be provided.
-Limit in-person interaction with clients and patrons to the maximum extent possible, and bar any such interaction in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
-Customers must take steps to maintain social distancing in sale and retail areas and in fields. Spacing out guests in U-pick areas is critical to the safety of all guests. A minimum of six feet between guests must always be maintained. This also means avoiding crowds waiting to enter sales or field areas and providing for six feet between each guest standing in any lines.
-Family units should stay together and six feet apart from others. Customers should only be accompanied with family members and should limit the numbers in their groups.

All provisions of Executive Orders 2020-160 and 2020-161 and best practices from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention can be found here.


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‘Meet the Candidates’ section of The Huron Hub to return for 2020 election

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

Posted Aug. 12, 2020

The primary election has passed and it’s time we move our sights to the November general election.

During the 2016 election, The Huron Hub ran a successful “Meet the Candidates” column that allowed each candidate running for election or re-election in Huron Township the chance to make their case to the voters.

This column will be returning for the 2020 election.

This column allows quick reference for voters who want more info on the candidates.

Any person running in Huron is invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard.

If you’re a candidate running for office in Huron Township, submit your proposal and headshot photo to the editor: ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com.

Candidates: the deadline to submit your letter will be Oct. 12 (we will not publish any letters submitted after that date).

Readers can access meet the candidate articles on a special tab on HuronHub.com at this link.

Candidates are invited to contact The Huron Hub’s editor if they have further questions.


 

Over 500 DTE customers in Huron Township without power Friday


Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 – 10:45 AM EST

Storms have caused power outages as of 10:45 a.m. this morning in Huron Township.

Thunderstorms are moving through the area Friday and are expected to continue through the evening.

The DTE outage map website shows over 500 customers are without power.

The estimated restoration time according to the outage map is in the afternoon on Friday.

Here are some screenshots from the DTE outage map website with more information:


Toledo man charged with felonies after police recover handgun during pursuit in Huron Township

Dash cam footage from an Aug. 25 police pursuit in Huron Township shows the moment after the driver crashed into a tree and then fled from police on foot. You can view the full dash cam footage below.


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

Posted Aug. 27, 2020 

A 23-year-old Toledo man is facing felony charges after he fled from Huron Township police, resulting in a crash and police recovering a loaded handgun from the scene.

On Aug. 25 at 3:18 p.m., an officer assigned to the police department’s Traffic Services Unit attempted to pull over Calvin Marlowe Ware as he was headed north on I-275 near Sibley Road.

Police said Ware was going 85 mph in a 70 mph zone.

The vehicle, with three people inside, did not stop after police activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens.

Police dash cam footage released by Huron Township Police shows what happened next.

The vehicle headed eastbound on Sibley Road and then southbound on Wahrman Road.

The driver opened the door of the vehicle in what appeared to be an initial attempt to flee on foot.

The driver then turned around in the front yard of a house on Wahrman Road before again heading southbound on Wahrman.

A few moments later, the driver crashed into a tree near a ditch.

During the crash, the driver was ejected from the vehicle into a ditch, and then fled the scene northbound on foot.

The responding officer immediately took the two other people into custody.

Multiple Huron Township marked and unmarked units responded and setup a perimeter in the area with assistance from the Metroparks Police Department.

The perimeter was held for several hours while the search for the driver continued.

The Huron Township Police Department K9 Unit responded and initiated a search within five minutes following the vehicle crash.

While the K9 was tracking the suspect, it also located narcotics near the location where the suspect entered a wooded area.

During the search, police used a drone equipped with infrared night and day vision cameras. The infrared cameras can detect heat signatures within the wooded area.

At 6:05 p.m., a resident on the southern end of Wahrman Road observed the suspect exit the wooded area on his property.

The resident contacted 911 and officers who were still maintaining a perimeter took the suspect into custody without incident.

Evidence technicians located a loaded handgun in the ditch near the driver’s side door where the suspect was thrown from the vehicle.

The handgun was listed as stolen out of Perrysburg, Ohio.

Ware is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and fleeing from police, both five-year felonies.

He is also charged with misdemeanor driving with a revoked license and habitual offender charges.

23-year-old Calvin Marlowe Ware of Toledo

“A passenger within the vehicle advised us during the investigation that immediately upon the officer attempting to stop the vehicle, the suspect was observed to pull the handgun from his waistband area. We believe the crash ejected both the suspect, as well as the weapon from the vehicle. I hate to think of the ways this scenario could have played out had that not happened,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “Our staff remained persistent and maintained the perimeter for several hours while continuing to search. I believe this ultimately cornered the suspect, forced him northward and ultimately out of the woods where he was taken into custody.”

Seen here is the gun that was allegedly discarded by the driver after crashing and fleeing on foot. Photo courtesy Huron Township Police.

Robbins said the department has added several resources over the past few years that assist them during incidents like these.

“As a Public Safety Organization, we have worked extremely hard over the past few years to train our staff to provide crucial services to our community such as K9, Evidence Technician, and Detective services. Within the past few months, we have also established our drone unit. This case certainly shows the importance of our traffic services unit and the need for professional proactive policing methods,” he said.

Robbins said the emergency dispatch center played a crucial role in helping locate the suspect.

“Our Emergency Dispatch Center was without doubt the unsung hero throughout this incident. I say without hesitation that their performance is a key reason that not only this suspect was taken into custody, but more importantly why this incident ended safely for everyone involved. I thank them for their efforts.”

Including the dash cam footage for the public to see was important, he said, because it shows how quickly things can happen during a pursuit.

“I included the dashcam video of the initial pursuit so that our community can see firsthand not only the professional and quick police response, but also as a lesson as to how quickly a situation like this can become dangerous. This began as a routine traffic stop for speed, but as you can see, nothing is ever routine.”


 

Suspect in custody after police pursuit ends in crash, foot chase on Wahrman Road


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

First posted Aug. 25, 2020 — 6:15 PM EST

Huron Township Police say a man is in custody after a police pursuit ended in a crash and foot chase on Wahrman Road Tuesday afternoon.

Huron Township Public Safety updated the community on their Facebook page.

The post reads:

Update:After an extensive search and neighbor cooperation, the suspect is IN CUSTODY.
PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT:
The Huron Township Police Department is on the scene of a Police pursuit/crash in the area of Wahrman Road between Sibley and Huron River Drive.
One occupants fled on foot from the vehicle and a handgun was recovered at the scene. Residents in the area should be observant and call 911 immediately if the suspect is seen. The suspect is a black male, with dreadlocks, wearing a white shirt. It is unknown if he is armed. Do not approach if observed.
The Huron Township K9 Unit and Detective Bureau are on the scene and the Huron Township drone is in the process of being deployed for an area search.
Please avoid the area if possible

This story will be updated when more information is available 


 

School board president says district working hard to ‘provide the safest and most purposeful learning environment for students’ among pandemic

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Letter to the editor
Published Aug. 25, 2020
The Huron Hub

I want to take a moment to thank our parents and community
for their patience during our planning process as we approach
the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. The Huron School
District has worked hard to balance the social distancing
guidelines, staffing considerations, clearing protocols,
contractual obligations, and transportation issues as we
attempt to provide the safest and most purposeful learning
environment for students.

In a time when most districts in our region are beginning the
year remotely, we are working to offer parents the best choices
we are able to provide, while keeping class sizes low and
complying with state requirements that have been dictated to
schools.

We understand that our modified schedule will present
challenges for parents and families, and we are thankful for the
patience and support that we have received from our
community. We have confidence that we will get through this
together, and we are hopeful that our efforts will lead to a
successful start of the year.

Thank you again for your support and understanding.

Jack Richert
President
Huron Board of Education


 

USGS says 3.4 magnitude earthquake occurs out of Detroit Beach, Mich. on Friday evening

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

First posted Aug. 21, 2020 — 7:30 PM EST

Residents all across southeast Michigan felt the earth move on Friday evening.

The United States Geological Society is confirming a 3.4 magnitude earthquake occurred out of Detroit Beach, Mich in Monroe County at 6:55 p.m.

Here is a screen shot of the USGS website confirming the earthquake.

You can access the USGS website here.

This story will be updated


 

FEMA approves Michigan’s application for additional $300 per week to unemployed residents


Posted Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 
The Huron Hub
10:10 AM EST

FEMA approved the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency’s application for funding that would provide an additional $300 per week payment to Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits on Friday.

“This is good news for the thousands of Michiganders who are still without work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s still a short term band aid that falls short of what’s needed,” said Governor Whitmer. “We need the president, Mitch McConnell, and Congress to put partisanship aside and pass a bipartisan recovery package that will help us save lives and get people back on their feet. Michigan families, frontline workers, and small business owners are counting on the federal government to do the right thing and work together on their behalf.”

The UIA estimates that under the program, about 910,000 Michiganders would receive at least $300 per week in supplemental benefits. The program allows for existing Unemployment Trust Fund payments delivered by Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency to count as 25% matching funds required for participation. Eligible claimants will be paid benefits retroactive to August 1. It is unclear at this time how long funding for the program will last. 

“This additional $300 a week will provide some much needed support to those who are still struggling to make ends meet during this time of extreme need,” said Steve Gray, Director of the Unemployment Insurance Agency. “Our goal now is to work as quickly as possible to implement this new program to get people the benefits they need.” 

At this time, claimants do not have to take any action to receive the additional benefit amount provided by the program. The additional benefits will be added automatically for all claimants who are eligible to receive at least $100 in weekly unemployment benefit payments. This includes claimants receiving any type of regular unemployment insurance benefits as well as those receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. 


 

2020 Romulus Pumpkin Festival cancelled due to COVID-19

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Romulus news tab
Aug. 20, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and at the recommendation of the Pumpkin Festival Planning Committee and the Romulus Rotary Club, the City has decided to cancel this year’s Pumpkin Festival and Parade of Lights. The decision was made after careful consideration of all options.

Virtual fall events are still in the planning process and include a sunflower growing contest, pumpkin growing contest, fall harvest porch decorating contest, fall-themed cutest pet and cutest baby contests and Romulus Arts Council fall art contest.

“Our goal is to be creative and organize events for the community throughout the fall season while continuing to protect our residents by following Governor Whitmer’s guidelines and CDC recommendations,” said Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff. “While we are saddened to cancel our favorite in-person fall event, we look forward to debuting alternative virtual events for our residents.”

For more information about the upcoming virtual contests and events, call the Community Development Office at (734) 942-7545 or follow the City of Romulus or Downtown Romulus, Michigan Facebook pages.