Lenawee County at 18 COVID-19 cases while state incurs 1117-case jump; Ohio has far fewer cases, deaths

After recording no additional cases of COVID-19 in the 24-hour period ending Monday, March 30, the next 24 hours ended today, Tuesday, March 3, saw a three-case increase to a total 18 confirmed cases with no confirmed deaths as of 4:30 p.m. that day.

There had been 85 negative coronavirus tests in Lenawee County with 18 positive and 23 results pending, according to the Lenawee County Health Department coronavirus page.

In Michigan, there was a marked increase in the past 24 hours according to the state’s COVID-19 website with 1117 new cases in the state bringing the total to 7615 and 259 deaths attributed to coronavirus in the state.

Monroe County has 49 confirmed cases and zero deaths; Hillsdale County has 14 confirmed cases and one death; Washtenaw has 305 confirmed cases and seven deaths.

In the Detroit area, however, the figures are higher in each county. Detroit City has 2080 confirmed cases with 75 deaths; Macomb County has 853 cases with 38 deaths; Oakland County has 1591 confirmed cases with 70 deaths and Wayne County is reporting 1655 cases with 45 deaths. Of the 259 deaths in Michigan, 228 have occurred in that area.

In Ohio, the story is much different than in Michigan. Ohio is reporting 2199 total cases with 55 total deaths. That is less than a third of the cases in Michigan and over one fifth the fatalities. Lucas County – home of Toledo, Ohio, has 133 total cases and three deaths with 21 hospitalizations; Fulton County just to the west of Lucas has two cases.

Lenawee County up to 15 cases of coronavirus

The Lenawee County Health Department site reporting on COVID-19 cases in Lenawee County was updated at 1:15 p.m Sunday, March 29, 2020, to show 15 positive coronavirus cases. A map that shows areas where those cases have been confirmed now covers much of the county. However, the department is not specifying where those cases are located.

There have been 48 negative cases and 25 tests’ results are still pending in Lenawee County.

Army Corps of Engineers to convert Detroit’s TCF Center to alternate care facility in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

From U.S. Army Corp of Engineers news release March 29, 2020

DETROIT — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (USACE), Detroit District, announces it has received a verbal mission assignment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to construct a large alternate care facility in downtown Detroit. USACE continues to make significant progress across the nation in its efforts to support the FEMA-led response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.  

The first conversion in Michigan will take place at the TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan. USACE is well underway in its coordination and planning efforts to adapt more than 250,000 square feet of the convention facility into medical care space. The TCF center is well-known to Michiganders as the former Cobo Hall facility.

 “We are proud to work hand in hand with our partners at FEMA and the state of Michigan and leverage our engineering expertise to help save lives,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Turner, district engineer, USACE, Detroit District.

The conversion will include two separate floors, which will be segregated based on severity of illness. When completed, the conversion will include approximately 900 bed spaces and stations for medical personnel.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in her announcement of the effort, “We are proud to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA and the TCF Center to expand capacity in Detroit. By mobilizing quickly to construct a large alternate care facility in Detroit, we can help save lives.”

USACE, Detroit District, anticipates it will take 24 to 36 hours to place a contract, at which point the TCF Center team will activate their personnel to start construction activities. Actual construction is expected to begin shortly thereafter.

Overall, USACE has received seven FEMA Mission Assignments (MAs) totaling approximately $880 million, and USACE has more than 15,000 personnel engaged, with more than 950 personnel deployed across the nation. Two of the FEMA MAs are for national activation and provide initial planning and engineering support nationwide to address possible medical facility shortages in the U.S. due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. USACE Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) have been activated at 43 locations across their divisions and districts.

Site visits across Michigan to assess and determine the necessary steps to convert existing buildings into alternate care facilities will continue as the state directs. USACE, Detroit District has performed 15 site visits to date across the state.

Through the unified national emergencies response, USACE deploys hundreds of people to provide technical engineering expertise and promote capacity development at home and abroad. The Corps provides management and technical services to include: management and oversight in design, engineering and construction; environmental restoration and management services; research and development assistance.

USACE continues to coordinate at every level with both federal and non-federal stakeholders, including FEMA, Health and Human Services, State of Michigan, Michigan National Guard and many others.

United Way of Monroe/Lenawee delivers relief aid in Lenawee County

United Way News Release March 27, 2020

The United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties delivered an initial $33,000 in COVID-19 emergency relief aid to agency partners in Lenawee County for emergency food, supplies, rent/mortgage and utilities.

Corporation donations from Meijer and Consumers Energy were distributed to local agencies providing emergency relief and assistance to Lenawee County residents with food insecurities related to COVID-19.  Rent/mortgage and utilities assistance will be targeted for individuals and families economically effected by the pandemic emergency.  Recipient organizations include the South Michigan Food Bank, The Daily Bread, Share the Warmth, Neighbors of Hope, Catherine Cobb Safe House, Community Action Agency and Housing Help of Lenawee.

“We are thankful for great corporate partners whose gifts allows us to deliver immediate relief to the most vulnerable of our community members.  We also have great agency partners who are on the front lines delivering heroic services during this COVID-19 crisis—we want to ensure they have resources to meet these urgent needs,” reported Connie Carroll, executive director of the local United Way.

United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties is also 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. Funds collected and designated for the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will be funneled to one of UW’s local partner agencies to distribute based on their established guidelines.  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.  Call 517-264-6821, email lpipis@unitedwaymlc.org, visit us at 136 E. Maumee St., Suite 15, Adrian, MI 49221 or visit our website at www.unitedwayMLC.org. 

Lenawee County has more time to pay past-due 2017 taxes

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ADRIAN — Lenawee County residents have more time to get caught up on their 2017 taxes and prevent their home from foreclosing after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order extending the property tax foreclosure deadline to May 29, 2020.

“With this order Lenawee County residents don’t have to worry about having their homes foreclosed on March 31st. This will give them more time, but the interest will still be increasing so don’t just put it off,” said Lenawee County Treasurer Marilyn Woods.

The treasurer’s office, along with other county departments closed on March 19 and will remain closed through April 13. Because the governor has ordered a temporary requirement to suspend activities not necessary to sustain life, the office will only take calls Tuesday and Wednesday of each week 8 a.m.-noon/1-4:30 p,m, at (517)-264- 4554.

Residents who still need to make property tax payments to avoid going into foreclosure may: (1) make payments online at www.lenawee.mi.us; (2) mail in their payment; or (3) use our secure drop box located outside the Annex Building, which is located at 113 W. Front Street, Adrian.

Lenawee County COVID-19 cases 8 at 3 p.m. March 27

From www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/ At 3 p.m. March 27

Lenawee County now has eight confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the state’s coronavirus website, www.michigan.gov/coronavirus as of a report the afternoon of March 27, 2020. No coronavirus deaths have been reported in Lenawee at this time.

Statewide, there were 801 new confirmed cases with 32 new deaths in this report, withg a total of 3657 confirmed cases total and 92 total-related deaths. In addition, there have been 13,749 statewide specimens tested with 3136 positive, 10,524 negative.

In surrounding counties, Hillsdale County now has six cases and Monroe has 28. Washtenaw’s number climbed to 150 but it remained at three deaths as it had in the previous day’s report.

Wayne County now has 735 confirmed cases and 14 deaths; city of Detroit has 1075 positive cases with 23 deaths; Oakland County has 824 confirmed cases and 26 deaths; and Macomb County has 404 cases and 14 deaths.

Lenawee County up to five confirmed cases of COVID-19

Lenawee County’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to five as of the 2 p.m. daily posting of state cases Thursday, March 26. As of that point, there had been no deaths in Lenawee County, according to Michigan.gov.

The state of Michigan was reporting 2856 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 60 deaths. Of those 60 deaths, 15 had occurred in Oakland County which had 668 confirmed cases; 15 in the City of Detroit, which had 851 confirmed cases; 11 in Wayne County which had 538 confirmed cases; and 11 in Macomb County which had 347 confirmed cases.

Surrounding Lenawee County there were 82 confirmed cases in Washtenaw County which has had three deaths as of 2 p.m Thursday; with five confirmed cases in Hillsdale County and 21 in Monroe County, neither of which had reported any deaths.

According to figures from the Lenawee County Health Department website, there have been 28 negative tests and 26 tests for coronavirus are pending.

MDHHS issues emergency order on COVID-19 testing, resource reporting

State of Michigan Press Release March 26, 2020

To maximize Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) sampling and testing capacity and ensure timely reporting of critical resources and needs, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon today issued an emergency order establishing procedures to be followed during the pandemic to ensure continuation of essential public health services and enforcement of health laws. This order is effective immediately.

“To save lives, we need to do two things: dedicate our limited lab capacity to the highest priority tests and obtain consistent, timely reports on hospital beds and PPE,” said Gordon. “This order aims to accomplish those goals.”

“This is another step the state is taking toward saving lives during this pandemic,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “The ultimate goal is to slow the spread of the virus so our health care system doesn’t get overwhelmed and we prevent as much illness as possible.”

Pursuant to MCL 333.2253, Gordon ordered that:

  1. Facilities in the state of Michigan processing tests for COVID-19 must prioritize sampling and testing for COVID-19 as instructed by MDHHS. This currently includes specimens associated with active investigations of known contacts, individuals with concerning exposure histories and risk profiles and specimens obtained during cluster investigations.
  • All laboratory tests conducted for COVID-19 must be reported to MDHHS via the Michigan Disease Surveillance System within four hours of completion of the test, whether negative or positive.
  • Health facilities must contact the local health officer to inform them of a COVID-19-related death within two hours of the death.
  1. Physicians and other health professionals who collect specimens for testing of COVID-19 must label specimens in the manner instructed by the MDHHS. This includes patient name, date of birth, specimen source, collection date, etc.
  2. Hospitals in the state of Michigan must abide by MDHHS’ instructions on reporting of information related to the COVID-19 response. This includes reporting the following data:
  • Frequency of updates to bed capacity.
  • Personal protective equipment inventory.
  • Laboratory testing capacity.
  • Number of ventilated patients.
  • Number of ventilators.
  • Patient census.
  • Staffing shortages.
  • Units or areas dedicated to COVID-19 treatment.
  • Other data, which in the hospital’s judgment, may help to support response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BREAKING NEWS: Lenawee County reports two more positive COVID-19 cases; total 3

From a Lenawee County mid-afternoon news release, March 25, 2020
ADRIAN — The Lenawee County Health Department has been notified of two additional positive COVID-19 cases in Lenawee County. Both cases are adult males. The Lenawee County Health Department will contact people who have been in close contact with the patients, and will assess for symptoms, quarantine, and monitor appropriately. This brings the known total as of afternoon March 25, 2020, to three in Lenawee County.

The first case, an adult female, was announced late in the afternoon Tuesday, March 24.

Currently, the total Michigan COVID-19 case count is 1,791. The news release states expectation that these numbers to increase as more testing takes place. To date, 45 Lenawee residents have been tested for COVID-19. There are 20 negative results, 3 positive results, and 22 results still pending, the release stated.

Based upon the increase in COVID-19 cases statewide, residents can now assume there is a possibility the virus may be present when they are in public places and should be taking all recommended prevention measures, according to a Lenawee County news release.
People who are concerned that they may have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider. They will likely assess the patient over the phone to determine if testing is indicated. If testing is indicated, they will provide instructions to get tested. Those who do not have symptoms do not need to be tested, according to the news release.
“It is critical that residents abide by Governor (Gretchen) Whitmer’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ Executive Order that went into effect yesterday,” said Martha Hall, health officer of the Lenawee County Health Department. “This will help prevent additional spread and conserve critical healthcare resources. Your
actions make a difference. Please do your part.”
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people should:
• Wash their hands with soap frequently
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your elbow
• Avoid touching their face
• Stay home when sick
• Avoid close contact with sick people
• Only leave their home for essential services
• Keep six feet between themselves and others when they must leave home
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has established a statewide hotline for the public to ask health related questions at 1-888-535-6136 (operational 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week). Individuals can also email COVID19@michigan.gov 24/7. Emails are answered 7 days a week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Individuals may also call the Lenawee County Health Department with questions at 517-264- 5226 option 5 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Information about the COVID-19 situation locally, and in Michigan is rapidly changing. For more information, visit www.lenaweehealthdepartment.org

In-person registration requirement waived for Michigan unemployment process

LANSING – Due to the public health emergency that coronavirus has created, the in-person registration at Michigan Works! requirement is being waived at this time, according to a March 25, 2020, news release from the agency. This means that individuals who lose their jobs, or are laid off, do not need to visit a Michigan Works! office in order to receive unemployment benefits, per the announcement.

“There still seems to be confusion surrounding this requirement,” said Luann Dunsford, CEO of the Michigan Works! Association. “The top priority of Michigan Works! is the health and safety of our clients and the Michigan Works! staff. In order to ensure that health and safety during this very difficult and confusing time, it is important to not require in-person contact.”

In compliance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent “Stay Home – Stay Safe” executive order, Michigan Works! service centers are now closed to walk-in business. Despite this action, Michigan Works! is still providing services for clients virtually – either online or by telephone. If a client absolutely must see a Michigan Works! staffer in person, they can do that by calling their local Michigan Works! service center to make an appointment.

Unfortunately, the layoffs related to the coronavirus crisis have created a situation where the unemployment registration system is attempting to process a record number of individuals at the same time, making the system run at a slower pace, the release stated. Over 108,000 unemployment insurance claims were filed in Michigan last week compared to a normal average of around 5,000 per week, it said.

“Because the system is experiencing considerable delays at this time, we are encouraging clients to continue trying to register for unemployment and be as patient as possible with the process,” Dunsford said. “The Unemployment Insurance Agency is working hard to expand capacity to meet the increased needs.”

Unemployment claims can be filed online at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017.