April 25: Michigan daily cases of COVID-19 down; Lenawee County adds two

A drizzly Saturday found positive news in the state of Michigan’s report of new daily cases of the novel coronavirus, which stood 562 as opposed to 1350 on Friday.

There are 37,203 Michiganders with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and a total of 3274 who have died with it. A total of 189 deaths were added to the toll Saturday, including 58 identified by the Michigan Disease Surveillance System.

Lenawee County saw its total cases increase by two to 82, but all residents thus far have survived it, according to the Lenawee County Health Department Saturday.

There are 44 males and 38 females among those confirmed cases. Six are hospitalized, 46 are monitoring their symptoms at home, and 36 have discontinued isolation. There are another 12 “probable cases”with six males and six females. None of them are hospitalized, with seven monitoring their symptoms at home, and five who have now discontinued isolation.

In surrounding counties, the following Saturday statistics were logged: Hillsdale County, 104 cases, 14 deaths; Washtenaw County, 1002 cases, 50 deaths; Jackson County, 323 cases, 16 deaths; and Monroe County, 267 cases, 11 deaths.

Over the Ohio line, where the case count has reached 15,587 including 604 probable cases under CDC guidelines with 711 total deaths, including 40 considered probable coronavirus deaths under CDC guidelines, Fulton County has 19 cases with five hospitalizations and no deaths. To the east in Lucas County which includes Toledo, the case count topped 1000 at 1033 with 371 people hospitalized and 59 who have died.

The metropolitan Detroit area, which has all but about 10,000 cases and all but about 600 deaths in Michigan, now reports 8574 cases in the city of Detroit with 912 deaths there; 7000 cases in Wayne County with 648 deaths; 6881 cases in Oakland County with 612 deaths; and Macomb County with 5139 cases and 517 deaths. These figures were gleaned from www.michigan.gov.

April 24: Lenawee County coronavirus count holds at 80, 0 deaths

Lenawee County had 80 cases of the coronavirus since statistics began being kept as of Thursday, April 23, per michigan.gov. That number did not change at the state level and 80 was the number on the Lenawee County Health Department’s website Friday as well.

There are now 43 males who have been confirmed with COVID-19 and 37 females. The hospitalization rate dropped by one to six, and the number of those monitoring symptoms at home rose by one to 44. There are 30 people now who have discontinued isolation, according to the health department report.

There are also 12 “probable” cases in the county consisting of six males and six females. None of the “probable” cases are hospitalized, but seven are monitoring their symptoms at home and five have discontinued their isolation period.

Officially, no one has died in Lenawee County of the coronavirus.

Michigan’s number of cases has risen to 36,641 with 3089 deaths attributed to COVID-19. This is the first day the death toll exceeded the 3,000 mark. The new daily cases added totaled 1350 today and the new deaths added totaled 108.

Among neighboring counties, Hillsdale County saw a major increase in cases from 98 to 109 – an 11-case addition in 24 hours. Deaths, however, remained at 12. Jackson County also saw a sizeable increase in cases — 15 from 298 to 313 in the past 24 hours. There was one more death added for a total of 15. Monroe County’s count rose from 255 to 262, and one more person has died from that county for a total of 11 Monroe County residents’ lives lost.

In Washtenaw County, the case count rose from 960 Thursday to 974 Friday, and the death toll increased from 42-47.

Just over the state line, Ohio’s case count has increased to 15, 169 including 588 “probable” cases; with 690 total deaths, 41 of which are listed as “probable” under the “CDC expanded death definition,” according to the state of Ohio’s COVID-19 website.

Lucas County, home of Toledo, now has 985 cases (up from 936 Thursday) with 365 hospitalizations (up from 347), and 58 deaths, up from 55 Thursday. In Fulton County, just south of Lenawee, the case count holds at 19 with five hospitalizations and no deaths.

April 23: Lenawee reports 79 confirmed COVID-19 cases; state says there are 80

There is a one-case difference between figures reported on the Lenawee County Health Department website regarding confirmed coronavirus cases and those listed by the state. The county states 79 cases, the state reports 80. However, the state’s report is posted three hours after the county, but there was no formal reason states for the discrepancy.

The Health Department’s figures reflect a two-case increase over Wednesday with 42 males, 37 females making up the 79. There are seven residents hospitalized; 43 people monitoring symptoms at home; and 29 who have discontinued isolation and are improving, the county website stated.

In addition, the Health Department lists 12 “probable” cases – six males and six females – none of whom are hospitalized. Seven of them are monitoring their symptoms at home and five have discontinued isolation.

As of 3 p.m. today, there still had been no deaths reported in Lenawee County.

Statewide, there are now 35,291 confirmed coronavirus cases among Michigan residents, and 2977 of those people have died. There was an uptick of daily confirmed cases at 1325, with 164 new deaths added to the state toll. However, 55 of those deaths were added after a review of “vital records and testing data.”

In neighboring counties, Hillsdale has 98 cases, 12 deaths; Jackson County has 298 cases and 14 deaths; Monroe County has 285 cases with 10 deaths; and Washtenaw County has 960 cases with 42 deaths. These figure do not include prisoners, according to michigan.gov.

Detroit City has 8317 cases with 799 deaths as of today; followed by Wayne County with 6677 cases, 597 deaths; Oakland with 6634 cases, 567 deaths; and Macomb County with 4862 cases, 493 deaths.

Ohio now has 14,694 total cases including 552 “probable” coronavirus cases There have been 656 deaths including 38 deaths that are probable COVID-19 cases under the CDC expanded coronavirus death definition. There are 2960 hospitalizations.

Lucas County, which is home to Toledo, Ohio, just southeast of this area has seen its caseload advance to 936 cases with 347 hospitalizations and 55 deaths. Fulton County, south of Lenawee, has 18 cases, five of whom are hospitalized, but none of whom have died.

April 22: Lenawee sees another six cases, but no deaths; Michigan adds 999 cases, 113 deaths today

Lenawee County’s novel coronavirus case count has risen with six new cases to 77 as of Wednesday, April 22, but according to www.michigan.gov, there are still no deaths in the county directly tied to COVID-19. There were no updated figures on Lenawee County’s health department website as of 3 p.m. when Michigan released its April 22 coronavirus statistics.

The total number of Michiganians who have had COVID-19, according to www.michigan.gov, is now 33,966 with 2813 residents who have died. Today 999 cases were added along with 113 deaths.

In the area, Hillsdale County added three cases (97 total) and one death (12 total). Jackson added nine cases (289 total), but its death toll remained at 12. Monroe County had no new deaths in the last 24 hours, but its case count rose from 241 to 247. Washtenaw County has had 912 cases and 40 deaths.

Ohio’s total coronavirus cases now stands at 14,117, its first day over the 14,000 mark. There have been 610 deaths in Ohio. Lucas County, where nearby Toledo is located, has had 878 cases, 335 hospitalizations and 44 deaths. Fulton County, just to Lenawee County’s south, has had 18 cases with five hospitalizations and no fatalities. Williams County has had 16 cases with three hospitalizations and one death.

In the county that houses the Michigan state capital of Lansing – Ingham County – there have been 350 cases and seven deaths. Other counties with medium-sized cities report the following numbers: Kent (Grand Rapids), 757 cases and 25 deaths; Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo), 212 cases and 11 deaths; Genesee (Flint) has 1362 and 138 cases; and Saginaw (Saginaw) 474 cases and 35 deaths.

The metro Detroit area reported the following statistics today: Detroit City, 8026 cases, 747 deaths; Wayne County, 6535 cases, 572 deaths; Oakland County, 6463 cases, 529 deaths; and Macomb County, 4544 cases and 445 deaths.

Secretary of State to lay off more than 900 staff members for two weeks

News release from the Michigan Department of State 4-22-2020

LANSING — The Michigan Department of State (MDOS) will temporarily lay off more than 900 members of its staff starting Sunday, April 26. The layoffs will last two weeks, and could be extended.

“This is an extremely challenging time for our state, our state government, and our department,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “This decision was not easy, but is necessary to responsibly steward taxpayer funds at this time.”

The Department is laying off all staff who are not able work full-time under the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. The majority of them are staff who typically work in Secretary of State branch offices, which are currently closed, the release said, and all laid off MDOS employees, like all state employees who will be laid off at this time, will be automatically enrolled in the state’s unemployment system.

The layoffs will not impact MDOS services available to the public, the release stated. Many driver and vehicle transactions can be carried out online and at self-service stations located in grocery stores across the state. A list of online services and stations is at Michigan.gov/SOS. Additionally, the Bureau of Elections remains open, as elections are considered a critical infrastructure sector in the Stay Home, Stay Safe order per the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

April 21: Michigan COVID-19 cases increase to 32,967; 2700 deaths

Michigan’s coronavirus caseload increased from 32,000 to 32,967 April 21 with 976 new cases – up from 576 new cases Monday – and 232 new deaths … but the death count came with an asterisk noting that the Michigan Disease Surveillance System had added 95 deaths to today’s total. Overall, 2700 Michigan residents have died of COVID-19.

Lenawee County reported 71 confirmed cases, nine “probable cases” and still no deaths in the county have been attributed to the coronavirus. Neighboring Hillsdale County’s case count is 94 with 11 deaths; Jackson County has 280 cases and 12 deaths; Monroe County has 241 cases an 10 deaths; Washtenaw has 900 cases and 38 deaths.

In Detroit City, the number is 7904 cases with 728 deaths; Wayne County has 6351 cases with 550 deaths; Oakland County has 6306 cases with 506 deaths; and Macomb County has 4544 cases with 445 deaths in the metropolitan southeast Michigan area.

Genesee County, home of Flint, has 1298 cases with 131 deaths and Saginaw County has 433 cases with 32 deaths.

Other counties with major cities incude Ingham (Lansing) has 335 and six deaths; Kalamazoo County (Kalamazoo) 201 cases and 10 deaths; and Kent County (Grand Rapids) with 626 cases and 25 deaths.

In Ohio, there are now 13,725 total cases with 557 deaths. Lucas County, where Toledo is located, has 853 cases, 320 hospitalizations and 36 deaths.

Lenawee County adds six confirmed COVID-19 cases; nine also ‘probable’

The lab-confirmed count of coronavirus in Lenawee County went up by six cases to 71 Tuesday, April 21, from 65 Monday, according to Lenawee County Health Department reporting on its website. This is one of the largest increases since initial reporting.

In addition, the department is now reporting “probable” cases of COVID-19 as being nine, with four males, five females, none of whom are hospitalized, with four monitoring symptoms at home and five who have discontinued isolation.

“Probable cases are those who do not have a positive laboratory confirmation test result, but have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and cand be linked to a known COVID-19 cases or a place with known COVID-19 transmission,” language on the website explains.

Of the 71 confirmed cases, 38 are male and 33 are female. Seven are hospitalized with 38 (54 percent) monitoring symptoms from home and 26 who have discontinued isolation. There are no deaths confirmed or “probable” from COVID-19, the website reports, in Lenawee County.

Lenawee Co. Commission extends Local State of Emergency to May 15, 2020

News release from Office of Lenawee County Administrator Martin Marshall

At a special meeting of the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners on April 16, 2020, the board approved extension of a Local State of Emergency, first declared on March 24, 2020, until May 15, 2020. The Local State of Emergency was initially declared when Lenawee County was still waiting for its first coronavirus case. The concern locally was, and continues to be, a shortage of Personal Protection Equipment and testing media necessary for first responders, hospitals, and other medical facilities to care for patients, protect personnel, and track the spread of the virus.

“Lenawee County has been fortunate that the per capita rate in the county is less than surrounding Michigan counties and the hospitals have not been overwhelmed,” said Marshall in the release. “However, multiple new cases are being diagnosed nearly every day and cases in the county are up nearly 250 percent since the first of April alone. In conjunction with the Local State of Emergency, Emergency Orders to protect public health have been issued to coordinate donations, clarify the work environment for essential employees, and discouraged people from recreation areas to prevent the spread of the virus.”

The extension of the Local State of Emergency provides recognition that the shortage of resources still exists and provides support from the Board of Commissioners for the Emergency Orders that make residents safer and better prepared to manage this crisis, according to Marshall in the release. It also assists with efforts to obtain reimbursement for COVID-19-related expenses, he added.

“The County extension is not an extension or commentary on any of the Executive Orders issued by Governor Whitmer. Lenawee County’s extension of the Local State of Emergency has no impact, and nothing to do with, the Stay Home, Stay Safe order issued by the State. It has nothing to do with mowing or not mowing grass and has nothing to do with powerboats,” Marshall stated in the release.

He said Lenawee County will continue to put the best interests of county residents and the health of those residents at the forefront of its policy and decisions. As an employer and service provider in the county, Marshall said, Lenawee County government is working on plans to be able to reopen offices and further serve the needs of citizens. However, it will be done in a manner that protects the health and safety of customers, employees and the general public, according to Marshall in the release.

County officials are also in the process of engaging with other local officials, manufacturers, and business owners, to discuss how Lenawee County can get back to work and still keep residents safe, he added.

Action needed for SS beneficiaries with dependents, and who do not file tax returns to receive $500 per child payment

News Release from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul

“Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department soon. People receiving benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment, said Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul.

“They should immediately go to the IRS’s webpage at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here section to provide their information. Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance beneficiaries with dependent children and who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by Wednesday, April 22, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly. SSI recipients need to take this action by later this month; a specific date will be available soon.”

By taking this proactive step to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If beneficiaries in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, their payment at this time will be $1,200. People would then be required to file a tax year 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500 per eligible child.

“I urge Social Security and SSI recipients with qualifying children who do not normally file taxes to take action now,” Saul said in the statement. “Immediately go to IRS.gov so that you will receive the full amount of the Economic Impact Payments you and your family are eligible for.”

People with Direct Express debit cards who enter information at the IRS’s website should complete all of the mandatory questions, but they may leave the bank account information section blank as Treasury already has their Direct Express information on file.

Additionally, any new beneficiaries since Jan. 1, 2020, of either Social Security or SSI benefits, who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, will also need to go to the IRS’s Non-Filers website to enter their information as they will not receive automatic payments from Treasury, according to Saul’s statement.

Lenawee sees second phase of United Way COVID-19 relief

News release from United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties

The United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties recently delivered a second phase of COVID-19 emergency relief aid to area emergency food organizations.  Through corporation donations from Meijer and Consumers Energy, another $19,000 was distributed to local food pantries providing emergency relief and assistance to Lenawee County residents with food insecurities related to COVID-19.  Recipient organizations include 19 countywide food pantries.

The United Way previously distributed $34,000 to area agencies for rent/mortgage, utilities, food and shelter assistance for pandemic related needs.  In addition, over 1,000 bulk distribution items have been distributed to three area shelters since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Weekly distributions of paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex) have taken place.  Additional cleaning products, hand sanitizer, bleach and dish soap have also been delivered to Catherine Cobb Safe House, Neighbors of Hope and Share the Warmth. 

“We’re happy to support our local agency partners to meet the COVID-19 related needs in Lenawee County.  In coordination with all community partners, we continue to monitor the short-term and long-term pandemic related needs.” reported Connie Carroll, executive director of the United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties.

The United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties is accepting financial donations towards a local COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to assist those in need due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Any donated funds will be used to assist with rent/mortgage payments and other COVID-19 related needs in Lenawee County. Please note that any funds collected and designated for the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will be funneled to one of our local partner agencies to distribute based on their established guidelines. The United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties will not be distributing funds directly to individuals.

The United Way also funds the local Central Michigan 2-1-1 Center based in Jackson. Needed especially now, the 2-1-1 system and their 24-hour service is available for referral sourcing for individuals and families with needs during this national emergency. Lenawee County residents can call 2-1-1 (or 866-561-2500) for updated COVID-19 referral information from certified information specialists.  The 2-1-1 system is also fully integrated into the statewide Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) MI-Bridges online portal system. 

Annually the United Way funds 12 local Lenawee County agency programs and serves as a donor designation vehicle for 30+ additional agencies.  They also sponsor countywide 2-1-1 services, and coordinate Project Ramp, 2 annual Health Check events, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), and Day of Action programs and services.  All funds raised in Lenawee County stay in Lenawee County.  For details, call 517-264-6821, email lpipis@unitedwaymlc.org, visit at 136 E. Maumee St., Suite 15, Adrian, Michigan, 49221 or see the website at www.unitedwayMLC.org.