Category Archives: Government

Whitmer lifts Michigan’s face mask mandate for fully vaccinated residents

Posted by The Huron Hub | Friday, May 14, 2021

Governor Whitmer today announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is updating the “Gatherings and Mask Order” to align with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidance on face coverings.

The new order will go into effect on Saturday, May 15.

“For more than a year, we’ve been following the best data and science to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Whitmer. “The vast majority of us have trusted the scientists and experts to keep us safe during the pandemic, and it has worked. With millions of Michiganders fully vaccinated, we can now safely and confidently take the next step to get back to normal. The message is clear: vaccines work to protect you and your loved ones. If you have not yet received your vaccine, now is the time to sign up. This pandemic has been one of the toughest challenges of our lifetimes, but we came together as a state to persevere. We have all been working incredibly hard toward getting back to some sense of normalcy, and today’s news makes all of that work worthwhile.”

On Thursday, the CDC released updated guidance recommending “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” 

“It’s critical that eligible Michigan residents who have not yet been vaccinated schedule their appointments as soon as they can,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and MDHHS chief deputy director for health. “Getting shots in arms is the best way to end the pandemic. If you have not yet been vaccinated, it is important to continue to mask up to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.”

Under the updated MDHHS Gatherings and Mask Order, Michiganders who are outdoors will no longer need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. While indoors, fully vaccinated Michiganders will no longer need to wear a mask, but residents who are not vaccinated, or have not completed their vaccinations, must continue to wear a mask or face covering to protect themselves and others. After July 1, the broad indoor mask mandate will expire.

“The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and all the hard work that Michiganders have done allows us to take a big step in returning to normal,” said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. “This updated order keeps Michigan in alignment with CDC guidance that is based on the knowledge of health experts. I urge our residents to continue to be respectful of each other as we move forward.”

To date, Michigan has administered 7,875,785 vaccines. According to CDC data, 55.6% of Michiganders ages 16 and older have received at least one dose, with more than 43% percent of Michiganders ages 16 and older being fully vaccinated. The state has also administered the vaccine to 927 Michiganders between the ages of 12 to 15 years old.


Secretary of State offers new services at self-service stations, SOS website


Posted by The Huron Hub — Tuesday, March 15, 2021

Starting March 16, the Michigan Secretary of State will offer new online services for customers and expand the capability of self-service stations to include many driver’s license and state ID transactions.

In addition to the many services already offered online, new online services at Michigan.gov/SOS will include:

  • Renew or replace an enhanced driver’s license or state ID if no new photo is required
  • View the status of the requested driver’s license or state ID
  • Request and obtain a driving record
  • Add a motorcycle endorsement to an eligible driver’s license
  • Access streamlined business services

In addition to the services already offered at self-service stations, new transactions will include:

  • Renew a standard or enhanced driver’s license or state ID if no new photo is required
  • Request a replacement and print out a temporary license or ID
  • Add a motorcycle endorsement to an eligible driver’s license
  • Sign up on the state’s organ donor registry

Customers with questions can visit the Department of State website at Michigan.gov/SOS, or connect with them on social media accounts.


 

Camilleri announces creation of Downriver Youth Advisory Council

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri

Posted by The Huron Hub—Thursday, March 4, 2021

Citing the need for government to be more accessible to young people, State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Trenton) announced the creation of a new Downriver Youth Advisory Council to provide young leaders with the opportunity to work directly with the Representative and other local leaders about the issues that matter most to them.

“Too often, I think getting involved in government feels inaccessible to young people, and I want to help change that in our community,” said Camilleri. “With this new Youth Advisory Council, we’re hoping to create an environment where young leaders can discuss issues directly with elected officials and their peers while developing leadership skills and finding ways to improve our Downriver community now and into the future.”

The Council will meet virtually once per month with the goal of encouraging young leaders to develop leadership skills, make connections, and present and discuss new ideas with Rep. Camilleri. 

All young people ages 16-24 living or attending school in the Downriver communities of Brownstown, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron Township, Woodhaven and Trenton are encouraged to apply, and applications will be accepted until March 16. The application can be completed online at http://youthcouncil.repcamilleri.com.


Wayne County residents 65 and over can receive COVID-19 vaccinations at community clinics


Posted by The Huron Hub — Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

Wayne County announced several local COVID-19 vaccination clinics for seniors opening next week across the county.

The free clinics are part of Wayne County’s continuing efforts to make more vaccines available and accessible to county senior residents.

“I’m pleased Wayne County is now in a position to begin vaccinating seniors,” Executive Warren Evans said. “I know everyone is eager to safely get back to normal. Our team is working hard to ensure all of our residents can get their COVID shot as quickly as the vaccine is available. Every vaccinated resident gets us closer to ending the pandemic.”

Executive Evans continued: “I also want to thank the state of Michigan for working with Wayne County to ensure we have more doses to vaccinate our seniors more quickly. The vaccine distribution process is limited by the available vaccine – of which no one is getting enough – but Wayne County is putting shots in arms as fast as we get them. By taking vaccines to where seniors are, Wayne County is making it even easier for people who want the vaccine to get a shot.”

Wayne County Public Health has administered 36,601 vaccines and is scheduled to administer another 13,000 doses in the coming week. In all, Wayne County Public Health and local health systems have provided more than 181,596 doses to Wayne County residents since the vaccine became available in December.

Seniors in the communities below should contact the nearest site to schedule their appointment. There are no walk-up appointments, and seniors must make an appointment by calling the number for the site in their communities. More senior vaccination sites will be announced as more vaccine becomes available. Visit http://www.waynecounty.com/covid19 for up-to-date vaccine information.

Canton and Plymouth:

February 25-26 (9AM-3PM)

Location: Summit on the Park; 46000 Summit Pkwy; Canton, MI 48188

Registration phone number: 734-203-7657

Highland Park & Hamtramck:

February 23- 24 (9 AM-3PM)

Location: Say Detroit Clinic; 211 Glendale Ave; Highland Park, MI 48203

Registration phone numbers:

Hamtramck: Ruth Harlin 313-252-0050 ext 240

Highland Park: 313-688-5180 (last names A-L); 313-590-0470 (last names M-Z)

Inkster:

February 25 (9 AM-12 PM)

Location: Booker T. Dozier Center; 2025 Middlebelt Rd; Inkster, MI 48141

Registration phone number: 313-563-4236 Extension 2383

Melvindale

February 24- 25 (9 AM-12PM)

Location: Melvindale Community Center; 4300 S Dearborn St; Melvindale, MI 48122

Registration phone number: 313-914-2178

Romulus

February 23 (9 AM-12 PM)

Location: Romulus Senior Center; 36525 Bibbins St; Romulus, MI 48174

Registration phone number: 734-955-4120

City of Wayne

February 26 (9 AM- 12 PM)

Location: Hype Athletic Center; 4635 Howe Rd; Wayne, MI 48184

Registration phone number: 734-722-2204 or email cityclerk@cityofwayne.com


Items on tonight’s Huron board of trustees meeting

(Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


Posted by The Huron Hub | Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021

There is a board of trustees meeting tonight, and there are several items on the agenda.

The meeting will be held via Zoom conference video call. Click this link to visit the agenda on the township’s website.

Instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting are listed on the agenda.

Huron Township government meetings are also streamed online and at this link: hurontownship.viebit.com/


 

Planning commission to make decision on rezoning parcel on Waltz Road for ‘upscale senior living condos’ during Monday meeting

(Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

Posted Monday, Feb. 1, 2021
By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB

A decision will be made during Monday’s planning commission meeting regarding a request for a zoning change on Waltz Road from agricultural to multiple family residential to allow for the development of upscale senior living condos.

The parcel is located on the west side of Waltz Road, just north of Palma in New Boston.

The commission will be meeting Monday via a Zoom conference call due to COVID precautions.

Here is a link to the meeting’s agenda, which also includes instructions on how to view the Zoom meeting.


 

Whitmer, Snyder call on Americans to pray for unity, healing following riots in DC

 


 

The Huron Hub
Posted Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021

Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and former Republican Governor Rick Snyder joined today in calling for national unity after rioters stormed the US Capitol, resulting in at least one person reportedly being shot and damage to property inside the building.

The Associated Press is reporting that the rioters were loyal to President Donald Trump.

The National Guard and state and federal police in DC were called in for control, and the mayor of Washington imposed a rare evening curfew.

One person was reported to have been shot during the rioting.

Whitmer and Snyder released a joint statement Wednesday evening.

“What is unfolding today in our nation’s capital is truly appalling. Violence, vandalism, and insurrection have no place in this great country of ours. We are a nation of laws, not mobs,” Whitmer said.

“While we come from different backgrounds and political parties, Governor Whitmer and I share a deep love for our country,” Snyder said. “We must always remember that we are Americans first, and we are not one another’s enemy. That’s why I join with Governor Whitmer in calling on people of goodwill across America to pray for peace, calm, and healing.”

“Now is the time to put this election behind us once and for all,” Whitmer added. “We must unify as one nation to defeat our real enemy, which is the pandemic that has taken far too many of our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. As Americans, there is no problem we can’t solve, and no challenge we can’t meet. Let’s all stay safe. Let’s take care of each other. And let’s move forward together, as one United States of America.”


Michigan begins re-opening of high schools, indoor entertainment


Posted by The Huron Hub

Dec. 18, 2020

–MDHHS begins re-opening of high schools and

indoor entertainment

–Gatherings remain limited, but high schools, casinos, bowling alleys, theaters can reopen

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated its epidemic order today to allow some indoor activities where Michiganders can remain masked.

Health officials say wearing masks has been scientifically shown to slow COVID-19.

This includes in-person learning at high schools and indoor entertainment venues.

Casinos, bowling centers and movie theatres will be allowed to reopen with total capacity capped at 100; food and drink concessions closed; and social distancing requirements in place.

The new order is effective Monday, Dec. 21 and will last until Friday, Jan. 15.

“These past few weeks, Michiganders across the state stepped up and did their part to slow the spread of COVID-19, and because of our collective hard work, we are now able to begin the steps to carefully lift some of the protocols we have in place,” Whitmer said. “I am encouraged by the progress we have made since early November, and will continue to monitor the data closely during and after the holidays. One of the most important things Michiganders can do right now is make a plan to get the safe and effective vaccine as soon as it’s available to you. And as always: mask up, practice safe social distancing, and avoid indoor gatherings where COVID-19 can easily spread from person to person. We will eradicate this virus together.”

“We have made some progress in our fight against this pandemic, and this was a historical week as we started to distribute life-saving vaccines,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “It is important that everyone continues to do their part. Start planning for when you will get a vaccine when it is available to you, and let’s avoid a surge in cases after the holidays by avoiding gatherings, wearing our masks, and continuing to socially distance.”

Previously, MDHHS had identified stabilization or declines in three metrics as critical for relaxing protocols. Michigan saw improvements across all three following the “pause” implemented in mid- November:

• Hospital capacity dedicated to COVID-19 patients:13-day decline; current capacity is at 17.3% for beds with COVID-19 patients. Peaked at 20.1% on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

• Overall case rates: 27-day decline; currently at 439 cases per million. Peaked at 739 cases per million on Saturday, Nov. 14.

• Positivity rate: 11-day decline; currently at 10.6% positive tests. Recently peaked at 14.3% on Friday, Dec. 4.

Indoor residential gatherings remain limited to 10 people and two households.

MDHHS continues to urge families to avoid indoor gatherings or to pick a single other household to interact with consistent with guidance already released by the department.

Families are encouraged to stay home this holiday season to maintain the positive momentum that has developed and to protect loved ones. Families are also encouraged to Mask Up, Mask Right, using new guidance for what masks to wear and how to wear them.

The epidemic order continues to temporarily pause indoor dining in bars and restaurants, but they can continue to offer outdoor dining, carry-out, and delivery. Colleges and universities will be able to have students return to campus for the winter semester, with a voluntary commitment to wait until Jan. 18 to restart in-person courses.

Gyms remain open for individual exercise with strict safety measures in place. Outdoor group fitness and outdoor non-contact sports will again be allowed, including running, downhill and cross-country skiing.

Under this new order, reopened indoor entertainment venues will not be required to collect names and contact information. With the amount of community spread that currently exists across the state and the heavy burden on contact tracing teams to keep up with these cases, it has become too challenging to meaningfully use this data for timely follow up. As case counts fall and contact tracing becomes able to keep up with the volume again, MDHHS expects to reinstate this information-gathering requirement.

As before, employees who work in jobs that cannot be performed from home can continue to go to work, while employees who can work from home should continue to do so.

Individualized activities with distancing and face masks are still allowed: retail shopping; public transit; restaurant takeout; personal- care services such as haircuts, by appointment; and individualized exercise at a gym, with extra spacing between machines.


Today is deadline to apply for Wayne County Cares Program designed to help those impacted by most recent state shut down


Posted Tuesday , Dec. 15, 2020
By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB

Today is the deadline to apply for the Wayne County Cares Program designed to help those impacted by the most recent state shut down.

This program is for workers in the restaurant, hospitality, entertainment, and fitness industry who have been impacted by the most recent Michigan Pause orders.

If selected to receive the award in the random drawing, applicants will receive a one time payment of $500, according to Wayne County.

Only applicants with a verified address in Wayne County, MI who meet the income and employment requirements will be added to a randomized list.

The randomized list identifies applicants who will move forward onto the next step in the process, the county said.

Applicants will be notified via email (if they provided no email then a call will be made) if they have been selected.

The application only takes a few minutes to complete.

For more information about the program, visit the Wayne County website.


 

Planning commission public hearing will discuss rezoning of parcel on Waltz Road for ‘upscale senior living condos’

 

(Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


Posted Monday , Dec. 14, 2020
By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB

A public hearing will take place during Monday’s planning commission meeting regarding a request for a zoning change from agricultural to multiple family residential to allow for the development of upscale senior living condos.

The parcel is located on the west side of Waltz Road, just north of Palma in New Boston.

The commission will be meeting Monday via a Zoom conference call due to COVID precautions.

Instructions on how to access the ZOOM Meeting:

When: Dec 14, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: December 14 Planning Commission

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/95180853184?pwd=VHRGS2diUzE2VUQ1dGd4RW8zeDROQT09
Passcode: 534926
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +19292056099,,95180853184#,,,,,,0#,,534926# or +13017158592,,95180853184#,,,,,,0#,,534926#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 951 8085 3184
Passcode: 534926
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/adBO4D2HlE

Here is the agenda for the meeting: