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

Posted on April 22nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on 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 … Read More »


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

Posted on April 21st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on 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 … Read More »


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

Posted on April 21st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on 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 … Read More »


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

Posted on April 21st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on 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 … Read More »


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

Posted on April 21st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on 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 … Read More »


Lenawee sees second phase of United Way COVID-19 relief

Posted on April 21st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on 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 … Read More »


April 19: Two more cases bring Lenawee County coronavirus count to 64 confirmed cases

Posted on April 19th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on April 19: Two more cases bring Lenawee County coronavirus count to 64 confirmed cases

Two more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Lenawee County residents on the Lenawee County Health Department website Sunday. There are 33 males and 31 females who have had confirmed coronavirus cases, with eight people hospitalized; 31 monitoring symptoms at home; and 25 who have discontinued isolation, the website said. There still have been no confirmed COVID-19 deaths of Lenawee County residents, according to health department reports.

Michigan saw drops in daily cases throughout the weekend with 760 new cases April 17, 768 April 18 and 633 Sunday, April 19. The total cases since records began to be kept add up to 31,424 in Michigan, according to www.michigan.gov’s coronavirus pages. There were 83 deaths reported today, and 81 Saturday after 134 on Friday. All told, 2391 Michigan residents have succumbed to the novel coronavirus ravaging the planet.

Many of those died in … Read More »


April 18: Coronavirus cases rise by three in Lenawee County

Posted on April 18th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on April 18: Coronavirus cases rise by three in Lenawee County

After no new COVID-19 cases were confirmed Friday by the Lenawee County Health Department leaving the tally at 59 for two days, Saturday, April 18, brought news of three new cases and a total since the count began of the novel coronavirus cases in Lenawee to 62.

The cases are split with 31 being females and 31 males. Hospitalizations of COVID patients remained at seven, but there are three more people – 30 all told – monitoring symptoms at home. There are 25 Lenawee residents who are no longer in isolation and improving, according to the health department statistics. No deaths have been officially attributed to the novel coronavirus, according to the health department.


April 16: Lenawee adds another three COVID-19 cases; reaching 59

Posted on April 16th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on April 16: Lenawee adds another three COVID-19 cases; reaching 59

The Lenawee County novel coronavirus has been confirmed in another three residents raising the count to 59. So far, though, there have been no fatalities confirmed from COVID-19, according to the Lenawee County Health Department website.

Of the 59, 29 are male and 30 are female. Six are hospitalized at this time, with 31 monitoring symptoms at home. But there now 22 residents who are listed as out of isolation and improving following the virus.

Statewide, there are 29, 263 Michigan residents who have contracted COVID-19, with 2093 who have died of it. The daily new-case total rose to 1204 after being 1058 Wednesday. Daily deaths was reported at 172 with an asterisk that 65 of those deaths were effectively reclassified reviewed in the Michigan Disease Surveillance System.

Hillsdale County is up to 84 cases with nine deaths; Jackson County has 209 cases … Read More »


April 15: No confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Lenawee yet; 56 confirmed cases

Posted on April 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on April 15: No confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Lenawee yet; 56 confirmed cases

Lenawee County has yet to report a confirmed death attributed to the novel coronavirus as of Wednesday, April 15. The confirmed-case count upped by three to 56 with 27 males, 29 females and six hospitalized. There are 31 people with coronavirus monitoring symptoms at home and 19 are now out of isolation and improving, according to the Lenawee County Health Department website which provided these figures.

Statewide, there was a positive sign when the new cases again dipped to 1058 new cases from 1366 new cases Tuesday. This is more in line with the Monday daily-new-case count of 997.

In Michigan, a total of 28,059 are among those counted with COVID-19. One thousand nine-hundred twenty-one people have died of the virus. Today, 153 Michiganians lost their lives to COVID-19.

Lenawee neighboring counties are faring as follows in Michigan: Hillsdale County has 81 confirmed … Read More »



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