May 27: Fourth Lenawee County resident dies of COVID-19

The Lenawee County Health Department, as of its 2:30 online daily report, confirmed the fourth Lenawee County death of the coronavirus.

With 147 confirmed cases (up one in 24 hours), now, the fatality rate in the county is now 3 percent with this most recent death. Of those confirmed cases were 76 males and 71 females. As of today, two county residents are hospitalized (1 percent) and 31 people (21 percent) are still monitoring their symptoms at home.

However, the number of county residents who have discontinued their isolation is now 110 – an increase of seven over Tuesday – and representative of 75 percent of the county’s caseload.

In addition, there are 33 probable cases – 12 males and 21 females, but none are hospitalized. Six are monitoring their symptoms at home and 27 have discontinued their isolation periods.

Lenawee County is part of Region I in Michigan which continues to show low positive vs negative testing rates. The most recent posted testing on michigan.gov showed 3.4 percent positive rate (315 positive, 8881 negative) on May 25 and 3.3 percent on May 24.

In neighboring areas, Hillsdale County has 169 cases, which is actually one less than was indicated in the Tuesday figures on michigan.gov., and holding at 24 fatalities; Jackson County added one new case to 439, remaining at 26 deaths; Monroe County had no uptick in cases or deaths, standing at 464 cases and 19 deaths; and Washtenaw added four cases to 1305 and one death in the last 24 hours for 97 total.

In Ohio, Fulton County added one case for 36 cases, six hospitalizations and no deaths. Williams County has 52 cases, but added a hospitalization for five total and one death. Toledo (Lucas County) saw its case number rise to 2162 with 10 new cases, 551 hospitalizations (one new) and 233 deaths (four additional in the past 24 hours). Overall, Michigan has 33,439 cases which includes 2248 probable cases, 2044 deaths (42 new) with 202 deaths deemed probable COVID-19 deaths under the expanded CDC definition; and 5700 hospitalizations, a drop of 79 over the prior day.

Michigan now has 55,608 total cases, 5334 deaths, 504 new cases (123 of which are from Detroit City, Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties), and 68 deaths, 14 of which were added after a review of death certificates for 54 actual deaths in 24 hours, 43 of which came from the three metro Detroit counties and City of Detroit, with 11 others coming from around the state – one of them being the Lenawee County person who died.

May 21: River crests; COVID-19 numbers pretty consistent in Lenawee County

The River Raisin crested after flooding the Bachmayer-Ellis Parks in Blissfield Village and property all along the winding waterway. Although the coronavirus numbers didn’t decline in Lenawee County, they did hold fairly steady.

The Lenawee County Health Department reported 141 total county cases since the stats began being kept, but the state, by 3 p.m., reported 142 cases for the county. There are 74 males and 67 females, with still three hospitalizations. The health department says there are 38 people monitoring symptoms at home with 97 who have completed isolation, for 69 percent of the total cases. Three county residents have died of COVID-19.

In addition, the probable cases number 32, same as Wednesday and the breakdown has not changed either.

Statewide, there are now 53,510 total caes with 5129 deaths. The new daily cases number 501 today as testing ramps up statewide. There were 69 deaths, 31 of which are older deaths that have been swept into the state count after a review of death certificates. That means the true new deaths in the last 24 hours is 38.

Testing showed 4.7 percent of the tests were positive in nine-county Region I, of which Lenawee County is a part, on May 19, the most recent date of testing with 97 positive and 1975 negatives. The prior day’s testing showed 3.6 percent of the tests were positive. Statewide, testing on May 19 revealed 6.6 percent of the tests to be positive, 1217 positive with 17,142 negative.

In Ohio, there are now 30,167 cases including 1993 probable cases included under CDC’s expanded definition. There are 5295 hospitalizations in Ohio with 1836 deaths, including 178 deaths included via the CDC expanded definition of COVID-19 deaths.

Lucas County (Toledo area) is reporting 2056 total cases with 546 hospitalizations and 219 deaths. Williams and Fulton County have not seen an expansion of their caseload in the past 24 hours and are located directly south of Lenawee County.

Neighboring Michigan counties of Hillsdale, Jackson and Monroe saw no new deaths in the last 24 hours, with one new case in Hillsdale County and four each in Jackson and Monroe. Washtenaw now has 1265 total cases and 95 deaths.


Governor to partially reopen businesses by appointment

News release from www.michigan.gov May 21, 2020

LANSING — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment statewide on Tuesday, May 26, as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The governor’s executive order also lifts the requirement that health care providers delay some nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures statewide beginning on Friday, May 29. And the order authorizes small gatherings of 10 people or less starting immediately, as long as participants practice social distancing.

“The data shows that Michigan is ready to phase in these sectors of our economy, but we must stay vigilant and ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect ourselves and our families from the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “On behalf of our brave first responders on the front lines of this crisis, we must continue to all do our part by staying safer at home. We owe it to them to do what we can to stop the spread of this virus.”

“As businesses continue to reopen, it’s crucial that they adopt strict safety measures to protect their employees, customers, and their families,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “I know that as medical professionals begin offering nonessential procedures again, they will do everything in their power to protect patients and their families from COVID-19. I will continue to work with Governor Whitmer and our partners across Michigan to protect our families and lower the chance of a second wave.”

“This is great news for dealerships across the state,” said Doug North, president of North Brothers Ford. “We appreciate the governor’s leadership, and we welcome the opportunity to serve our customers in a way that helps keep everyone safe from the showroom floor to the open road.”

The governor also signed a separate order, Executive Order 2020-97, updating a prior rule on workplace safety. Per the amended order, reopened outpatient health-care facilities, including clinics, primary care physician offices, and dental offices, will have to adopt strict protocols to prevent infection. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will issue guidance to aid those facilities in adopting appropriate safeguards.

As before, businesses maintaining in-person activities must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers. They must, among other things, provide COVID-19 training to workers that covers, at a minimum, workplace infection-control practices, the proper use of PPE, steps workers must take to notify the business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and how to report unsafe working conditions.

“With today’s announcement, physicians and health care providers in Michigan are ready to resume taking care of patients,” said Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, president of the Michigan State Medical Society. “It is time for patients to catch up on the care that has been deferred for the past two months. We encourage the citizens of Michigan to tend to their health and protect each other by following public health guidance to prevent spread of this virus.”

Consistent with the governor’s previous Safer at Home orders, any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth—like a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space. Michiganders who are not working as critical infrastructure workers or at a business that has been authorized to reopen should stay home to protect themselves and their families from the spread of COVID-19.

River Raisin woes: No contact advisory and flooding


The Lenawee County Health Department has issued a no-contact advisory for the South Branch of the Rive Raisin from the area of College Street in the city of Adrian continuing downstream to the eastern boundary of the county including Blissfield and Deerfield until further notice.

The river was subject to a discharge from the City of Adrian sewage collection and treatment plant. According to the health department, the advisory does not apply to public or private drinking water supplies. The advisory remains in effect until results from water testing indicates the River Raisin water quality is not impacted from the sewage discharge.

Several days of rainy weather has everything soggy and the River Raisin has overflowed its banks. The National Weather Service is predicting it will crest as a minor flood at 684.3 feet at approximately 8 p.m. May 20 (today) and water levels could begin receding near 2 a.m. Thursday, May 21. It would rank as the sixth-highest crest since 1982.


Barring anymore rain, water levels are expected be at normal levels by mid-day Saturday.

May 20: Positive COVID-19 case confirmed in Lenawee County long-term care facility

ADRIAN - A resident at a long-term care facility in Lenawee County has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release from the Lenawee County Health Department. All residents and employees have been and continue to be monitored for COVID-19 symptoms, the release stated. The facility is working closely with the health department to ensure residents and staff are safe by following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines. The facility has implemented strategies to protect their residents and employees from COVID-19 which include:

• educating staff on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and how it is spread

• taking temperatures of all residents and staff twice daily

• monitoring resident’s respiratory status twice daily

• wearing of masks by all staff members

• closure of all communal spaces and group activities

• limiting all non-essential visitors

“This is another reminder that COVID-19 is present in our community,” the release said. The Lenawee County Health Department urges residents to continue social distancing by maintaining six feet of separation from others and wearing cloth face coverings when in public spaces.

Meanwhile, as of 1 p.m. today, there have been 140 cases of the novel coronavirus since mid-March which includes 74 males and 66 females, according to the Lenawee County Health Department website.

At this time, there are three people hospitalized with 37 people who are still monitoring their symptoms at home (26 percent) and 97 people who are out of isolation (69 percent of all positive cases). Three residents have died of COVID-19 in Lenawee County.
There are also 32 people listed by the health department as "probable" COVID-19 cases, including 12 males and 20 females. None of the 32 are hospitalized, 11 are monitoring their symptoms at home and 21 have now discontinued isolation.

Lenawee County is part of Region I in Michigan, nine central counties located "up the middle" of the bottom half of the Lower Peninsula. Testing on May 18, according to www.michigan.gov's coronavirus page returned 61 positives and 1635 negatives in the region, for a 3.6 percent positive testing rate.

Michigan reported 659 new cases today, with 43 deaths. The total is now 53,009 across the state and 5060 total deaths attributed to the coronavirus.

Some Gus Harrison prisoners rise up, quelled after 716 found COVID-19 positive

May 20, 2020

ADRIAN — A disturbance at the Gus Harrison Correctional Facility in Madison Township on Tuesday was the result of prisoner concerns about COVID-19. As of Wednesday there were 716 prisoners who had tested positive for the virus with three deaths, according to Michigan Department of Corrections spokesperson Chris Gautz. As of May 21, 615 prisoners remained infected and were asymptomatic, he said. Many of the cases had been discovered in testing the day before as MDOC’s enhanced testing protocol will have all 35,000 inmates tested statewide.


“Michigan will be the first state to accomplish this,” Gautz said.


On Tuesday, approximately 200 COVID-19 positive prisoners were refusing to go back inside their segregated housing unit prompting a police dispatch of approximately 15 officers Lenawee County-wide. The incident began about 3:45 p.m. and was diffused by 5 p.m., Gautz said.
The private medical provider now has met individually with each prisoner to discuss their test results which was one of their main concerns. Sixteen instigators were identified and face disciplinary action, officials said.


As of Tuesday, 31 employees have also tested positive.

Phone service temporarily unavailable in some Lenawee County government offices

ADRIAN – There is a fault in the phone lines affecting some of the Lenawee County government buildings, according to a Lenawee County Wednesday afternoon news release. This includes the Sheriff’s Office, Jail, all of the courts, Administration, Register of Deeds, Treasurer, County Clerk Vital Records, Equalization, Solid Waste, Public Defender, Medical Examiner, Drain Commission, Printing and Purchasing, and Information Technology.

“We have not received an estimate on how long it will take to fix the issue and restore service. This issue DOES NOT affect the 911 service to dispatch,” the release stated.

“We apologize for any inconvenience,” the release continued. “Until such time as all phone lines are working, you may want to consider contacting our offices through our website (www.lenawee.mi.us) or direct e-mail.”

People may follow the links below to these offices:
District Court – http://www.lenawee.mi.us/176/District-Court
Drain Commission – http://www.lenawee.mi.us/447/Drain-Commission Probate Court – http://www.lenawee.mi.us/257/Probate-Court Sheriff’s Office – http://www.lenawee.mi.us/261/Sheriffs-Office

Or they may contact the following offices by e-mail:
Administrator’s Office – county.administrator@lenawee.mi.us

County Clerk – Roxann.Holloway@lenawee.mi.us Equalization – Equalization@lenawee.mi.us

Friend of the Court – foc@lenawee.mi.us
Information Technology – webmaster@lenawee.mi.us
Medical Examiner – Medical.Examiner@lenawee.mi.us
Printing & Purchasing – Kim.Cramer@lenawee.mi.us or Debbie.Arhens@lenawee.mi.us

301 N. Main Street Adrian, MI 49221 Lenawee.MI.US

Register of Deeds – Carolyn.Bater@lenawee.mi.us Treasurer – treasurer@lenawee.mi.us
Solid Waste – Diana.Schroeder@lenawee.mi.us

May 19: Lenawee County at 139 coronavirus cases

Lenawee County’s coronavirus case count rose by three to 139 today, a number representing 73 males, 66 females and three hospitalizations – an increase of one since Monday. There are 39 people monitoring their symptoms at home with 94 who have discontinued isolation, or 68 percent of the positive cases since the tally began in March.

Three people have died in Lenawee. There are also 32 “probable” cases – 12 men and 20 women, none of whom are hospitalized. Eleven of the “probable” cases are monitoring their symptoms from home, but 21 or 66 percent of these cases have discontinued isoltion.

Statewide, after 24 deaths Monday, May 18, the count rose today to 102, but included 43 deaths swept into the daily count from a review of death certificates which leaves 59 new deaths that actually occurred in the past 24 hours.

There are now 52,350 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Michigan and the number of deaths has topped the 5000-mark at 5017 total.

In neighboring counties, Hillsdale County has 165 cases with 24 deaths, an increase of one fatality. However, Jackson, Monroe and Washtenaw held their death counts at 26, 18 and 89 respectively over the past 24 hours. Jackson County saw a three-case rise, Monroe held at 433 cases, and Washtenaw saw six new cases today.

In the area hardest-hit by COVID-19, Wayne County has 8875 cases and 999 deaths; Oakland County has 8078 cases and 928 deaths; Macomb County has 6367 cases and 753 deaths; and Detroit City had 10417 cases and 1276 deaths.

The only other county with triple-digit deaths is Genesee County which has seen 235 of its residents die among 1898 cases. Kent County has 1000 more cases, but one quarter the death toll with 58 deaths among 2934 cases as of today.

In Ohio, today’s case count was 28,952 which includes 1846 probable cases per the CDC expanded definition. Ohio has seen 1720 of its residents die of the coronavirus, with 164 of those deaths deemed probable under the CDC expanded definition of the virus.

Lucas County, home of Toledo, Ohio, stands at the brink of 2000 cases today (1999) with 531 hospitalizations and 209 deaths. Fulton County, to the south of Lenawee County and Williams County to the southwest of Lenawee are reporting 35 cases, six hospitalizations and no deaths, then 47 cases, four hospitalizations and one death respectively, but there was no increase in the past 24 hours in either county. Ohio is in the process of opening its businesses again.

Lenawee is part of nine-county Region I which had 40 positive tests and 997 negatives among its citizenry Sunday for a 3.9 percent rate. Statewise, there were 1275 positives and 12,264 negatives that same day for a rate of 9.4 percent.

May 14: Lenawee County records third COVID-19 death

The third person from Lenawee County to die of the coronavirus has been reported by the Lenawee County Health Department today. The number of total cases also rose by three to 132 with 71 males and 61 females affected. Three are hospitalized at this time and 43 are monitoring their symptoms from home, but the number of those who have discontinued isolation is now 83 people.

The death rate in Lenawee is two percent with the latest fatality.

There are also 33 probable cases, not proven by a lab test, representing 15 males and 18 females. None of these people are hospitalized with 13 monitoring their symptoms at home and 20 who have discontinued isolation.

Michigan has now confirmed 49,582 cases of COVID-19 with 4787 deaths attributed to the virus. There was an upswing in daily cases to 1191, and 73 deaths which had an asterisk indicating in past weeks that other deaths had been swept into the figure after a review of death certificates, but for the first time the number of those added deaths was not specified.

In the surrounding area, Hillsdale County has had 155 (three new) cases with 22 deaths, Jackson County added six cases (411 total) with 26 deaths; Monroe County has 11 new cases (411 total) and remains at 18 deaths; and Washtenaw County has had 1231 cases (21 new) and three new deaths for a total of 86.

Detroit City has gone over the 10,000 mark – the highest in the state – with 10,164 cases adding 191 cases on this day with 1236 deaths – 18 new; Wayne County is reporting 8606 cases – 190 new – and 947 deaths, nine additional; Oakland County’s case count has risen to 7952 – 122 added cases today – with 888 deaths, up 14 from Wednesday; and Macomb County has 6232 cases – an increase of 95 cases – with 11 new deaths reported.

The added case rate may reflect more vigorous testing as the death number remains flatter. The most recent date of testing reported on michigan.gov is May 12, which showed the second-highest test total in Region I, which includes Lenawee County, of 1258, 43 of which were positive, 1215 negative for a 3.4 percent rate. The May 11 testing had 22 positive cases and a 2.1 percent positive rate. The May 10 testing had 24 positive cases for a 2.9 percent rate. The highest testing date was May 6 in Region I with 1518 total tests, 65 of which were positive for a 4.3 percent rate.

Statewide, michigan.gov’s coronavirus page reports a positive testing rate of 6.1 percent with 867 positive tests versus 13, 375 negatives on May 12. This is the highest overall date of testing in Michigan with 14,242 total tests reported for the May 12 date.

In Ohio today, there are now 26,357 total cases including 1557 probables under the CDC expanded case definition. There were 636 new cases in Ohio the past 24 hours. Of the 1534 total deaths, 146 are included under the CDC’s expanded death definition for COVID-19. And 4718 have been hospitalized.

Lucas County, home of Toledo, has dropped to the sixth highest county as far as coronavirus cases with a total of 1883, 505 hospitalizations and 195 deaths.

May 13: Coronavirus numbers steadily declines

Michigan reported 40 new COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, May 13, and 370 new cases in ramped-up testing. Statewide, the all-time low of 6.4 percent positive was achieved Sunday. Region I, which includes Lenawee and eight other counties up the center of the state had a figure of 2.9 percent that at with 24 positive and 790 negative.

Monday’s testing percentage for Region 1 is 2.1 percent, per current reporting (it does change sometimes as tests are reported from various areas), with 22 positive tests and 1006 negative tests.

The total cases of COVID-19 is now 48,391 with 4714 Michiganders’ lives lost to the virus. The daily cases added Wednesday was 370, down from 469 Tuesday.

Lenawee County reported no change in its coronavirus figures during Wednesday’s state reporting at 3 p.m. with 129 cases and two death. Hillsdale County had no change, too, with 152 cases and 22 deaths. Jackson added one case and has 401 total cases and its deaths remain at 26. Monroe County saw its deaths hold at 18 and five new cases (404 total). Washtenaw had only four new cases (1210) and one more death (83 total).

The metropolitan Detroit area has been identified as a “hot spot” through much of the pandemic period. There were 11 new deaths in Wayne County, two in Oakland for the second day in a row, five in Detroit City, and 18 in Macomb, which reflects a big decline from April.

In Ohio, there are 25,721 cases including 1476 probables, there have been 4618 hospitalizations, and there are 1483 deaths including 136 probable from the coronavirus. Lucas County (Toledo) was reporting 1858 total cases Wednesday, 497 hospitalizations and 187 deaths. Fulton County, which borders on Lenawee County, has 32 cases and no deaths.