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

Posted on March 27th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on 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 … Read More »


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

Posted on March 25th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on 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 … Read More »


In-person registration requirement waived for Michigan unemployment process

Posted on March 25th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on 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 … Read More »


Health Dept. seeks Lenawee Co. residents who attended Berrien Co. concert

Posted on March 25th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Health Dept. seeks Lenawee Co. residents who attended Berrien Co. concert

COVID-19 Exposure at Andrews University Concert  – Lenawee County news release

The Berrien County Health Department has identified the first two positive cases of
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Berrien County.

The positive persons are both adult women under the age of 60; they have both been self-isolating at home for several days and they are in good condition. Both of these individuals had close personal contact with singer Sandi Patty when she performed a concert at Andrews University in Berrien Springs on March 8, 2020. Since the concert, Ms. Patty announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 March 17, 2020.

The Berrien County Health Department and Andrews University are communicating directly
with the people who were in close contact with the individuals who have tested positive. All
close contacts of the COVID-19 positive individuals will be asked to self-quarantine and will be
assessed for symptoms … Read More »


Local State of Emergency declared in Lenawee County

Posted on March 24th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Local State of Emergency declared in Lenawee County

By MELISSA BURNOR

Advance Reporter

Lenawee County Commission Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Lenawee County, David Stimpson issued a Declaration of a Local State of Emergency for Lenawee County on March 23 following Governor Whitmer’s issuance of a shelter-in-place order. Lenawee County Administrator Marty Marshall said no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Lenawee County. Testing has begun with 35 people being tested as of Tuesday at 1 p.m. Lenawee County Health Officer Martha Hall said 18 of the tests have come back negative. The remaining 17 tests have not been returned. Later today – Tuesday, March 23 – the Lenawee County Health Department confirmed the county had confirmed its first case of COVID-19. Marshall, Stimson, Hall, Emergency Manager Craig Tanis, Sheriff Troy Bevier and Madison Township Fire Chief Craig … Read More »


BREAKING NEWS: Lenawee County confirms first case of COVID-17

Posted on March 24th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on BREAKING NEWS: Lenawee County confirms first case of COVID-17

Lenawee County news release, March 24, 2020

The Lenawee County Health Department (LCHD) has been notified of the first positive test result for COVID-19 in an adult female from Lenawee County. The individual has been self-isolating. The LCHD has contacted people who have been in close contact with the patient to assess for symptoms, provide quarantine instructions and will monitor appropriately.

It was not specified where the patient lived.

Individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, should self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for fever, cough, and shortness of breath. COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

“Residents in Lenawee County can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying home and following Governor Whitmer’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ executive … Read More »


ProMedica Update March 23

Posted on March 24th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on ProMedica Update March 23

PROMEDICA HEALTH SYSTEMS UPDATE  – News release

ADRIAN, MI-ProMedica Health Systems will continue to take steps to keep the residents of Lenawee
County updated on their local hospital.

The State of Michigan has launched a new hotline to answer health related questions seven days a
week from 8 am to 5 pm by calling 1-888-535-6136 or by e-mailing COVID19@michigan.gov24/7.
Staff cannot provide individual clinical advice through the hotline.

Following the CDC guidelines, all non-essential testing and non-essential ambulatory services will be
limited to minimize the risk for our patients, staff, and the community. Ambulatory surgery will be
limited to:

 Emergencies-threat to patient life  Threat of permanent dysfunction  Risk of metastasis  Rapidly worsening symptoms Visitors in Hospitals/Healthcare Facilities

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an Executive Order that restricts visitors in healthcare facilities, including hospitals. Effective immediately, all healthcare facilities and residential care facilities … Read More »


Michigan Works! in Lenawee, other southeast counties, offers virtual services

Posted on March 24th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Michigan Works! in Lenawee, other southeast counties, offers virtual services

Information from a news release from Michigan Works! March 24, 2020

Effective Thursday, March 26, Michigan Works! Southeast will modify service delivery to all virtual services for Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw counties in response to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order “Stay Home, Stay Safe”.

“The number-one priority of Michigan Works! Southeast is the safety of our team members, customers, partners and the communities we serve,” Said Bill Sleight, director, Michigan Works! Southeast.

“As a result of COVID-19, we are rapidly changing the way in which we provide services to our customers.” Sleight said. “We understand this is a difficult period for job seekers, businesses and our employees, and we are still here for you through virtual service delivery.”

For updates relating to the way services are provided, please visit www.mwse.org/COVID-19 . To contact a team member, please … Read More »


Blissfield Village cancels March 23 council meeting

Posted on March 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield Village cancels March 23 council meeting

Blissfield Village President Bob Valdez made the decision to cancel the March 23 council meeting.
“(The) governor has issued another executive order, so after discussion with myself, Joe (Village Administrator Joe Frey) and Dale (Village Police Chief Dale Greenleaf) we decided to cancel,” he said.

For further details, please see the March 25 edition of The Advance.


Whiter signs ‘stay home, stay safe’ executive order in Michigan Monday

Posted on March 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Whiter signs ‘stay home, stay safe’ executive order in Michigan Monday

From state of Michigan’s March 23, 2020, news release LANSING — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.   Effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do … Read More »



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