10 a.m. March 20, 2020 State of Michigan Press Release LANSING — The count of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as of midnight Thursday includes results from commercial and clinical labs who recently began providing COVID-19 testing. These results increased the state’s positive case count to a total of 336 at that time. “We are pleased to announce that we are now able to provide testing results from hospitals and other entities outside of our state laboratory,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “We knew there were additional people in Michigan with COVID-19 that had not yet been tested. This emphasizes the need to continue to practice social distancing and other community mitigation practices to help slow the spread of this disease.” MDHHS … Read More »
Lenawee County has released this information on a position paper March 19, 2020: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SELF-QUARANTINE? Self-quarantine or self-isolation means staying home and not leaving to go anywhere, unless you need medical care. • Keep a distance of about six feet or two meters of others, even in your own household. If possible, stay in a specific room and use a separate bathroom. If you must care for others in your home, please wash hands regularly and follow proper cough and sneeze etiquette: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw it into the trash. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into your elbow, then wash hands. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover … Read More »
Lenawee County released this information in a position paper today, March 19, 2020:
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN CALLING 911
Anyone who needs Emergency Services are told not hesitate to call 911, as Lenawee County Emergency Services is responding to all emergencies.
Dispatchers may ask questions to determine if you have been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. You may only see one medic at first, with the rest of the response team waiting outside. They may ask questions from a distance before making contact. If you are capable of walking outside, emergency personnel may ask you to do so. Medics may be wearing protective equipment such as masks, gowns, and eye protection to protect our staff so that they may continue to serve the community.
FIRE AND EMS
The Lenawee County Medical Control Authority and EMS and Fire agencies are … Read More »
Due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19 in Michigan, State Rep. Bronna Kahle has announced the suspension of her remaining March office hours, which were scheduled to take place March 28 at Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library in Blissfield. Anyone desiring information regarding Michigan’s ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 or to discuss other issues of concern is welcome to contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 orBronnaKahle@house.mi.gov.
The Lenawee County Health Department has compiled the following coronavirus/COVID-19 position paper for local residents:
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) The Lenawee County Health Department is working to provide you important information regarding Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Prevention Measures: • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue away. Or you may cough or sneeze into your elbow. • Avoid contact with people who are sick • Forego handshakes • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting. • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others. • Avoid cruise … Read More »
The Bliss-Liewert Center along with all Lenawee County Senior Centers closed March 16 until further notice in response to the coronavirus outbreak that has yet to be detected in Lenawee County. The senior centers are run through the Lenawee County Department on Aging. Other services have also been affected including the following: • Meals provided by Len-awee Department on Aging will Instead be offered through curbside services for all participants to have access to nutritious meals. Meals that were normally eaten at the senior center will be available at the back door of the Bliss-Liewert Center. Participants should call ahead to the Bliss-Liewert Center a day before they wish to obtain a meal. They may also let staff know when they pick up … Read More »
Main Street/DDA suspends meetings The Blissfield Main Street/Downtown Development Authority has suspended all committee meetings until further notice.
WHITEFORD TOWNSHIP BOARD
As of 11 a.m. today, March 17, the Whiteford Township Board meeting at 7 p.m. the same evening is still scheduled. The board is asking all who attend to use the social distancing formula of six feet and not to attend if they are ill.
BLISSFIELD TOWNSHIP BOARD
The Blissfield Township Board meeting that had been rescheduled for 7 p.m. today, March 17, has been cancelled.
PALMYRA TOWNSHIP BOARD
The Palmyra Township Board meeting scheduled for tonight, March 17, has also been cancelled, according to Supervisor Jim Isley.
PALMYRA PLANNING COMMISSION
The Palmyra Planning Commission meeting to discuss commercial solar arrays on March 24 has been cancelled.
Lenawee Health Dept. seeks specific cruisers The Lenawee … Read More »
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 306 E Jefferson St., Blissfield, has cancelled all Sunday and Wednesday services between Sunday, March 15m and Wednesday, April 1. Services will resume on Palm Sunday, April . Questions may be directed to the church office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and noon at 517-486-2404.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 N. Blissfield Hwy., Palmyra, has cancelled all Sunday and Wednesday services between Sunday, March 15 and Wednesday, April 1. Services will resume on Palm Sunday, April 5.
A message signed by all Lenawee County superintendents of public schools, posted on the Blissfield Community Schools website, answers several questions being raised with the statewide closure of schools as a way to stop community spread of the coronavirus.
One is whether the spring break for Lenawee County, from April 6-12, would occur as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had indicated schools would be closed in Michigan until April 6.
“At the present time, there are no plans to adjust the scheduled spring break,” said the message. “Thus spring break in Lenawee County is still scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2020, through Sunday, April 12, 2020. Should the Governor and/or Legislature take action that obligates schools to return to session beginning on April 6, 2020, this may change.”
The fact sheet said the issues of make-up days and meals for students remain fluid. Students will … Read More »
The Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library in Blissfield has cancelled all events over the next three weeks, according to Library Director Dr. Robert Barringer.
Further, the library is closed until 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 13.
“We will re-evaluate as we move though the closure, but that is the current date to re-open,” Barringer said.
The building, including restrooms, will be closed to the public. Staff will be on-site at least part of each day the library is open.
“We will check the library voicemail, email, and social media sites for messages. Patrons who have been notified they have materials on hold to pick up should call the library to arrange to pick up the items,” Barringer added.
While the book drop remains open for patrons to return borrowed items, all fines on items due between March 1 … Read More »