Michigan coronavirus stats updated daily at 2 p.m.; 336 cases listed as of Thursday

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published Thursday, March 19, 2020

Michigan’s coronavirus stats are updated daily at 2 p.m. on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website.

You can access the website for the daily updates here: michigan.gov/coronavirus

As of March 19, 2020, there are 336 total cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. Three people have died from the virus as of Thursday: two with pre-existing health conditions, and one person over 80.

In the daily web update at 2 p.m., the department will provide statewide numbers for:

  • Cases and deaths broken down by county
  • Cases by age range (in 10-year increments)
  • Cases by sex

The afternoon web update will include all information reported through midnight the previous day.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness, according to the CDC.

The CDC said to consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Tips from the CDC on prevention can be viewed here.


Metroparks offering free admission on certain days through April 2

A park visitor walks a trail at Lower Huron Metropark. (Huron Hub file photo)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are promoting social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis by offering free admission to all parks on certain days through April 2.

Admission to the Metroparks is free on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

“If you’re looking for things you and your family can do over the next few weeks, your Metroparks have some options for you to consider. Across the 13 Metroparks properties, you can walk, bike or hike a variety of trails, paddle our rivers or just sit back and enjoy the nature around you as spring returns to Southeast Michigan,” the parks said in a statement.

Currently, all parks programming is canceled and the interpretive centers are temporarily closed.

Ideas for your park visit

The Metroparks said they are adding a page to their website where anyone can find resources to use while practicing social distancing and visiting the parks.

“Over the next few days, we’ll be adding downloadable scavenger hunts that can be completed either from your car or from a trail,” the parks said.

For parents looking to keep young minds engaged, the parks are launching a new video series featuring their interpretive staff sharing stories covering things Metroparks-related, including science, art, nature, and history.

Visit metroparks.com/virtual for more information.


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

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety

Posted by The Huron Hub on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety, released the following message to the community Tuesday afternoon that lays out the department’s updated procedures and response during the COVID-19 situation.

As we all well know by now, we are facing unprecedented times as global fears continue to rise regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.

I thought it would be important, and hopefully reassuring, for the residents and business owners to know that our public safety department remains committed to serving the community during this time of great uncertainty. While we do not want to overreact or create panic, we feel it is important to put procedures in place that balance the need for our first responders to serve the public with the need for us to keep them healthy so they can continue to perform their duties. With that delicate balance being kept in mind, the following operational changes that may affect the way services are delivered will be enacted for the immediate future:

Public Safety buildings, including both the police and fire departments, will be closed to the public. The facilities have been cleaned and disinfected for the safety of our employees. The records department is closed to in-person contact, but emergency requests and FOIA’s can still be requested by emailing jgodzina@hurontwppd.us. The records department can also be contacted by telephone at 734-753-4400, ext. 128 or 123. The community is further asked to call the Huron Township Dispatch Center to request a non-emergency police response. No non-emergency in-station complaints will be taken at the Police Department facility.

Huron Township Police Officers have been instructed to avoid entering residences in non-emergency situations for the safety of both the resident, as well as themselves. Non-emergency reports will still be taken in the normal fashion, but the reporting party will be asked to give the necessary report information outside of the residence. Officers have also been instructed NOT to enter residences on non-life-threatening medical calls unless requested to do so by responding medical personnel.

Huron Township Fire Personnel will begin following a recently updated Health Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) protocol as it relates to non-emergency medical responses that include patients screened positive for COVID-19. The protocol recommends that ONLY the transporting unit respond directly to the location of the call for service as long as the units estimated time of arrival is less than 30 minutes. Back-up paramedics and police units will also respond within close proximity to the call location so they can be activated to assist if needed but will not respond directly to the location. Again, this is for non-life-threatening medical calls ONLY. There is no change to the way emergency and life-threatening calls for service will be delivered. Patient care is always our number one priority.

Huron Township Dispatch Staff will ask the following questions on ALL incoming calls for service:

Does the patient have respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) or fever?
Has the patient traveled out of the country or been in close contact with a person known to have 2019-nCoV illness within the 14 days before symptom onset?

We realize that this may be inconvenient for callers, but the intent is to provide our first responders with all of the pertinent information that can be made available to assist them with responding in a safe manner.

I want to assure the community that your public safety team is committed to keeping the community informed, educated, and most importantly safe. We are meeting daily to discuss changes in this fluid and ever-changing situation. I also want to assure our residents and business owners that Huron Township First Responders are doing all we can to provide you with the quality of service we hope you have come to expect from us.

On a personal note, I want to ask the community to keep our local businesses in your thoughts and hope that we can all support them during this difficult time for them. I also want to thank the Summit Academy and Huron School Districts for donating cleaning and disinfecting supplies to our first responders at a time in which those supplies are scarce. As both your Director of Public Safety, as well as a resident of this community, I am extremely proud of the way Huron Township community has represented itself during these uncertain times. There is no doubt in my mind that we will get through this together, and when we do, we will be stronger and safer than ever before.

Lastly, I want to assure the public that every decision that we make is made with the safety of both our community as well as our first responders in mind. I respectfully ask residents who are unhappy with the way service is delivered during this difficult time to direct their frustration to me instead of the first responder staff. Decisions to change the delivery of service are made by me and the staff are just following my direction. I have not heard a single complaint from our first responder staff about their role in keeping the community safe during this period. I thank each of them and their families for unselfishly putting themselves on the front line. As always, I am happy to speak to any resident at any time. Your concerns, thoughts, and ideas are welcomed. Please feel free to contact me by email at erobbins@hurontwppd.us or by telephone at 734-753-4400.

Learning resources to be sent to students in the district

Posted by The Huron Hub, Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Huron School District released a letter Monday laying out the district’s plans for student learning during the mandatory state-wide school closure.

“Our teachers are preparing a list of resources and enrichment opportunities that will help support students as they attempt to stay engaged and maintain skills during this time. You should receive communication from your student’s classroom teacher(s) by the end of the day March 17 with information regarding these resources and enrichment opportunities,” said Superintendent Donovan Rowe.

Elementary schools are opening their buildings in order to provide parents with an opportunity to pick up classroom materials and items from their student’s locker.

In order to limit the amount of people in the buildings, the district is asking that only one adult from each family come to the school.

Times are posted for parents to arrive based on their student’s grade levels.

Parents with students in multiple grade levels are asked to choose one of the windows to pick up all necessary items for your children.

The schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten through Grade 2:

9:00 – 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Grade 3 through Grade 5:

1:00 – 3:00 PM, Tuesday, March 17 & Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Please view the entire letter for full information. Click here to view the entire letter from the district.


Temporary order signed lifting weight restrictions on roads for COVID-19 response

Posted by The Huron Hub on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Governor Whitmer signed an order Monday temporarily lifting weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

The executive order is effective immediately and extends until Monday, April 13 at 11:59 p.m.

Under the governor’s executive order, all state and local seasonal load restrictions are suspended for deliveries that meet immediate needs for: medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19; supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and the prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants; food for the emergency restocking of stores; equipment, supplies, and people necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to the COVID-19 emergency; people designated by federal, state, or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes; and people necessary to provide other medical or emergency services, the supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 emergency.

“This is a crisis unlike any we’ve dealt with before, and we must do everything we can to ensure our communities have the resources they need to get through it as safely as possible,” said Governor Whitmer. “This order will help us deliver the supplies people need to slow the spread of coronavirus and protect the most people we can. It’s crucial that during this time, we continue to work together to protect our families and loved ones. I will keep working with leaders across state government to put the best interest of Michiganders first.”

Also under executive order 2020-12, from now until April 13 at 11:59 p.m., all state and local road agencies must work quickly to process permits that allow non-seasonal load restrictions to be exceeded for deliveries that meet immediate needs.

In addition, all state and local restrictions on the noise and timing of loading and deliveries are suspended for loading and deliveries that meet immediate needs.

“These steps ensure that state, county, city and village road agencies are collaborating to be sure supplies vital to supporting COVID-19 relief efforts can be delivered quickly and efficiently,” said Michigan Department Of Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “We are going to get through this by working together and taking collective action for the greater good.”


Dollar General: first hour open dedicated to senior customers

(Photo courtesy Dollar General)

Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, March 16, 2020

Dollar General announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers, as well as amend store operating hours beginning tomorrow, starting March 17.

“In keeping with our mission and our ongoing commitment to serve our communities, we are dedicating the first hour of each day to seniors. We appreciate our customers’ understanding of our decision and request they visit our stores later in the morning to allow at-risk populations the ability to purchase the items they need at affordable prices,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “During these unprecedented times, Dollar General is diligently working to meet the ongoing needs of our customers and communities. We are proud to live our mission and provide customers with everyday low prices on the household essentials that are used and replenished most often.”

Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Dollar General says the company wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.

Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open.

Additionally, all stores plan to close one hour earlier than current close times to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing. Stores will continue to maintain current opening hours. Normal operating hours by individual store locations are available here.

Dollar General says their stores remain committed to providing customers and employees with a safe, clean and pleasant shopping environment at all stores and seeks for customers to feel confident when shopping its stores.


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

Posted by Huron Hub staff on Monday, March 16, 2020 -- 6:00 PM EST

Mayor LeRoy D. Burcroff has officially declared a State of Emergency in the City of Romulus in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Officials say due to the city’s unique location with multiple forms of transportation and transient populations, declaring a State of Emergency allows the city access to additional funding and resources to respond to its increased risk to the virus. 

The city said it encourages all residents to continue to follow the preventative measures that have been shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). COVID-19 symptoms include fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.

Residents with questions regarding COVID-19 are encouraged to contact the State of Michigan’s coronavirus hotline at 888-535-6136. If residents experience any symptoms, they are highly encouraged to contact a physician for counsel on treatment options and to stay home to protect others.

“The health and safety of our residents and visitors is our primary focus,” said Mayor Burcroff. “We will continue monitoring developments and work swiftly in partnership with local, state and federal health and government officials to do all we can to protect our residents at this time. Our collective public health depends on the actions of each individual resident—I ask that we all do our part to prevent the spread of this virus.” 

City municipal buildings will remain open by appointment only, and residents can continue to access city services at www.romulusgov.com and by phone at 734-942-7500 during regular office hours.

However, non-essential city buildings will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17th at noon, including the Romulus City Hall, Department of Public Works Building and the Animal Shelter.

The Romulus Senior Center will be closed to the public, but will continue providing services to older residents, including Meals on Wheels and commodities/focus hope distribution by appointment only. All public events and activities will be postponed or cancelled until further notice.

Romulus Public Library declared their closure beginning March 16th and the Romulus Athletic Center also closed on Monday in accordance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-9.

“We are committed to continuing to provide exemplary service to our residents during this time of uncertainty,” said Burcroff. “We must all support each other to find solutions and work together.”

Romulus has created a webpage where residents can access relevant updates at http://romulusgov.com/coronavirus_response/index.php.