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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:


 

Whitmer to give update on coronavirus response Tuesday afternoon


The Huron Hub
Posted Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020
11:15 AM EDT

Gov. Whitmer will host a 2:30 p.m. live streaming update Tuesday afternoon on Michigan’s coronavirus response.

Whitmer will be joined by Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The live stream will be broadcast on the governor’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


 

Whitmer congratulates Biden, calls for unity in fight against COVID-19

Posted Nov. 7, 2020

Statement from Gov. Whitmer on the 2020 election results:

“I want to congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on their hard-fought win in this election. I look forward to working with both of them as we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19, work to rebuild our economy, and save lives. Now, with the election behind us, it is time for the American people to unite against our common enemy: COVID-19. This virus has ravaged our country, infecting over 200,000 Michiganders and killing over 7,500. Our hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, and we are recording a record number of cases each day in Michigan and across the country. It is all of our responsibility to do everything in our power to protect our families, frontline workers, and small businesses. To the people of Michigan: I urge you to wear a mask, maintain safe physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, and get your flu vaccine. To our newly elected leaders, from the White House down to the Michigan State Legislature, let’s roll up our sleeves, work together, and beat this virus once and for all.”


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Associated Press: Biden wins White House

Joe Biden

From The Associated Press

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.

His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Biden crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania.

Biden, 77, staked his candidacy less on any distinctive political ideology than on galvanizing a broad coalition of voters around the notion that Trump posed an existential threat to American democracy. The strategy proved effective, resulting in pivotal victories in Michigan and Wisconsin as well as Pennsylvania, onetime Democratic bastions that had flipped to Trump in 2016. 

Biden was on track to win the national popular vote by more than 4 million, a margin that could grow as ballots continue to be counted.

Read more here

https://apnews.com/article/Biden-Trump-US-election-2020-results-fd58df73aa677acb74fce2a69adb71f9


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Election Day 2020 — polls are open until 8 p.m.

 

Huron Hub file photo


By Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub – 7:34 AM EDT
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

It’s the day many of us have been waiting for — Election Day 2020.

Polls are open until 8 p.m.

You can also vote in-person at the clerk’s office today until 8 p.m.

Bring your ID to the polls, if you don’t have one, you can sign an affidavit and still vote.

Absentee ballots must be handed into the clerk’s office today by 8 p.m.

Here are some useful links on Election Day:

Over 20 local candidates participate in The Huron Hub’s ‘meet the candidates’ column

Message from Huron Township Clerk regarding weapons at polling locations

or other election information, visit Huron Township election website  and State of Michigan voter information center.

Check back with The Huron Hub for election results.


 

Message from Huron Township Clerk regarding weapons at polling locations

Huron Hub file photo

Posted Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

Message from Huron Township Clerk Jeremy Cady regarding weapons at polling locations:

Here are the rules/laws for Huron Township regarding firearms in polling locations.

No firearms in Precincts 1,3,4,5,& 6. They are either schools or places of worship, and those entities have “no weapon” policies on their properties.

Precinct number 2 will permit open carry or licensed concealed carry because THAT IS THE LAW. It is a Township (public) owned building.

Clerk Jeremy Cady

HOWEVER, it is the RESPONSIBILITY of the person carrying the firearm to know Michigan’s Firearm Law. DO NOT ARGUE WITH VOLUNTEER POLL WORKERS ON FIREARM LAWS. Call my office if you have a problem. 

Protect your own gun rights by being educated and not looking to make a point. Carry wisely, legally and safely. I support the 2nd Amendment wholeheartedly, but I also believe in personal responsibility. 

Police will be in each precinct. 

This is your community too…VOTE SAFE.

Jeremy R. Cady

Clerk
Huron Charter Township


Michigan Health and Human Services tightens rules for indoor gatherings that can become ‘superspreader events’

Posted by The Huron Hub | Press release desk | Oct. 29, 2020

LANSING, MICH — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today revised and extended its epidemic order to contain the spread of COVID-19, as Michigan continues to see a surge in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Although most of the order is unchanged, new provisions target indoor gatherings where COVID has spread most rapidly. Michigan presently has 172 cases per million people and positivity of tests has increased from about 2% to 5.5% and both indicators have been increasing for over four weeks. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have doubled over the last three weeks while the state death rate has increased for five consecutive weeks.

“The only way to beat COVID is to act on what we’ve learned since March,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “Wear masks. Keep six feet of distance. Wash hands. And avoid the indoor get-togethers where we have seen COVID explode.”

As part of the newly extended orders, MDHHS today reduces from 500 persons to 50 persons the maximum gathering size for indoor gatherings such as weddings, parties, and banquets which occur in nonresidential settings without fixed seating. This change responds to global evidence that COVID’s explosive growth is powered by events where large-scale outbreaks have occurred, and that indoor settings are as much as 20 times likelier to drive outbreaks than outdoor settings. Currently Michigan counts 34 outbreaks related to social events such as trips by families/friends, bridal showers and weddings (3-10 cases); funerals (9-22 cases); and outings at social clubs and bowling parties (6-19 cases). An additional 19 outbreaks of up to 52 cases are linked to church services, which are exempt from enforcement under the order.

For bars, restaurants, and social events outside private homes, indoor party sizes at a single table are now restricted to six people. Because individuals remove their masks while eating and drinking in indoor settings, seated tables with people from different households create high risks of spread. Like many other businesses in Michigan, bars and restaurants will also be required to take names and contact information to support effective contact tracing if necessary. Research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that visiting restaurants is a risk factor for COVID positivity, and currently there are 12 outbreaks in Michigan associated with bars or restaurants with currently active clusters up to 12 cases.

“The orders that MDHHS has issued are centered on keeping the public safe and following best practices to reduce the spread of this deadly virus,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “The alarming surge we are now seeing is exactly why we were so worried about the fall season. We must remain vigilant, so we prevent long-term health consequences and unnecessary deaths, and protect our hospital capacity and the health of our frontline health workers.”

“With a dramatic increase in the numbers of cases, number of inpatients in the Munson Healthcare system and increasing community spread, Director Gordon’s order provides much-needed clarity about how to control the pandemic in our community,” said Dr. Christine A. Nefcy, MD, FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare. “These measures are critical to ensuring our success in keeping our workforce healthy, our schools and businesses operational, and our community safe from this serious infectious disease.”

Traverse City Region Moves to Phase 4

Because cases are now at a high level statewide, the order treats all regions of the state the same. The Traverse City region previously had fewer restrictions due to lower COVID-19 rates and has now been moved into Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start system, joining the rest of the state.

Stronger Recommendations for Indoor Social Gatherings Permitted Under the Epidemic Order

Alongside the rerelease of today’s order, MDHHS today published strong recommendations for indoor social gatherings, including at Thanksgiving. Because no one measure confers complete protection in a gathering, the guidance recommends that individuals take multiple steps together:

Get together outside whenever possible. You have up to 20 times higher risk of getting sick inside.
If you do get together inside, include no more than two households and 10 people.
Limit time inside together—greater duration is greater risk.
Wear a mask – take it off when you eat or drink, then put it back on.
Keep six feet apart as much as you can.
When possible, keep voices down; high volume can increase COVID transmission by 30 times
Wash hands regularly and try to not to share utensils.
New Measures to Enhance Enforcement

While continuing to focus on encouraging voluntary compliance with its Emergency Orders, MDHHS has also issued rules that set forth fines for violations of these epidemic orders. Violations are punishable by a civil fine up to $1,000 and may also be treated as a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six months or a fine of not more than $200, or both. In addition, failure to comply with orders may violate a business or professional’s licensure requirements or present a workplace safety violation. Residents seeking to report violations should consult the COVID complaints page to find the appropriate department. For general failures to wear a mask or physical distance, residents may call their local law enforcement’s non-emergency line.

The orders create a mechanism for law enforcement statewide to enforce the orders if education is unsuccessful. “The Michigan State Police continues to encourage Michiganders to follow all public health guidance and orders set in place to slow the spread of COVID-19,” stated Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police. “It’s important that we each take personal responsibility for our actions and that we also encourage those around us to do the same.”

“We continue to work closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to support these important public health orders,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. “The orders protect the health of people in communities in every corner of our state.”


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