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WORLDOMETER provides the latest chart of state rankings for the virus.
Health COVID-19 hotline 800-445-7356.
National Disaster Mental Health Hotline
centers are opened in the state of Michigan. Here's
Atlanta: (between Gaylord and
Alpena): Thunder Bay Community Health Service, 11899 M-32, 989-733-6827.
Bad Axe: Great Lakes Bay Health
Centers, 876 N. Van Dyke Rd, 989-623-0137.
Battle Creek: Grace Health, 181 W.
Emmett St., 269-441-3463.
Bay City: Great Lakes Bay Health
Centers, 3884 Monitor Rd, 989-671-2000.
Benton Harbor: InterCare Community
Health Network, 800 M-139, 855-869-6900.
Flint: (Open beginning on Wednesday):
Atwood Stadium, parking lot entrance off West 1st Street, details to
Grand Rapids: Cherry Health, 200
Sheldon Street SE, 616-965-8347.
Jackson: Center for Family Health,
505 N. Jackson St., 517-748-5363.
Kalamazoo: Family Health Center, 117
W Paterson St., 269-488-0804.
Lansing: Ingham Community Health
Centers, 2316 S. Cedar St., 517-887-4517.
Saginaw: Great Lakes Bay Health
Centers, 501 Lapeer Ave., 989-293-3492.
Traverse City: Northwest Michigan
Health Services, 10767 Traverse Highway, 231-642-5292.
Rite-Aid is providing testing for COVID-19 at these sites in
Michigan: Eaton Rapids, Kentwood, Macomb, Saginaw and Swartz
Rite-Aid's study locations web page for details. (Rite-Aid is not
sponsoring this link) This testing is ONLY
for people that are not presenting symptoms of being sick, it is a
Wal-Mart has an independent drive-through COVID-19 testing site
7AM to 9AM at its store parking lot in Flint on Corunna Rd.
Testing will not be done in-store. Visit
or call 866-448-7719
18MAR20-Michigan taxpayers in foreclosure will receive time to pay
back-taxes under an executive order
signed 18MAR20 by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Foreclosure tax
deadline is now May 29th (an extra 30 days). This order is subject to
change if the current health crises improves.
23MAR20-Michigan implements fines in
Stay Home, Stay Safe order for not
adhering to social distancing guideline of 6 feet or more. The fine
is up to 90 days in jail or up to $500 dollars.
Huron Manistee National Forest is issuing free firewood permits through mail only.
Permits are free for the foreseeable future. Call the nearest Forest Service
Office to request your free
permit. Provide your name, address,
license plate number and amount of firewood desired (up to 12 cords or 1536 square
feet). The permit will be mailed to you. Huron Shores Ranger Station in Oscoda
739-0728. Mio Ranger Station 826-3252. A cord of wood equals 4' x 4' x 8' or 128 cubic feet.
26MAR20-First case reported in Iosco
27MAR20-Two cases first reported in Ogemaw
DNR suspends burn permits due to potential for socialization during burns
and taking of EMS resources in case of a fire getting out of control.
27MAR20-DNR dis-allows charter boating and
hunting tourist operations.
27MAR20-Taxes: IRS is allowing a
90 day extension past the April 15th deadline to PAY taxes (for most
Americans). Tax returns must now be filed by July 15th with no
interest or penalties. Check the IRS website
for details. However, NO indication of a due date move has been indicated
on the Michigan Department of Treasury website.
30MAR20-Arenac county reports first case.
01APR20-First two cases reported in Oscoda
02APR20-Governor Whitmer announces
permanent school closings via
executive order 2020-35
for the rest of the year. Please check with your local school for
remote learning instructions.
06APR20-Governor Whitmer asks all residents
to wear a mask when in public. Data shows Michigan residents are
doing an excellent job of staying home. Both Michigan and New York
have been demonstrating the best restraint of public movement than any
Carroll Broadcasting says, "Thank you" and "Good Job" to the people of
09APR20-Iosco county registers its first
death from COVID-19.
09APR20-The IRS says it will get
the first rounds of direct deposits of the relief package in bank accounts
the week of April 12th.
13APR15-First positive case of COVID-19 in a woman from Alpena
14APR20-President Trump orders withdrawal of WHO U.S. funding
while an investigation ensues to determine whether the World Health
Organization leadership conspired with the Chinese C.C.P. government to
withhold information from the world about the seriousness of this virus.
14APR20-Governor EO-2020-47 grants
extensions of certain driver's licenses that were due for renewal at
this time. Individuals must, to the best of their ability, complete a
vehicle registration or license renewal online at www.michigan.gov/sos/ during
the declared state of emergency. farmers who have urgent needs from the
SOS, including issuance of seasonal restricted CDL licenses and new
plates for transporting farm supplies, livestock and feed, can still
utilize the EmergencyServicesRequest/Transactions process
announced on March 30th. Farmers are asked to complete an SOS Emergency
Services Request Form
Here. Email completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
the Michigan farm Bureau where it will then be reviewed and passed on to
the appropriate SOS aggregator.
15APR20-"Traffic Jam" protest against the governor's lockdown held
in Lansing at the state capitol.
17APR20-Alpena County reports its second case of COVID-19, the
patient passed away and tested positive after her death.
19APR20-First COVID-19 deaths in Arenac and Gladwin counties.
24APR20-Governor Whitmer extends the
Home, Stay Safe" guidelines until May 15th while
relaxing some restrictions. The full extent of the
revised orders can be viewed here. View section 7 for the new
exceptions. Executive Order 2020-42 is rescinded.
27APR20-Tuscola County Health Dept. partners with Great Lakes Bay
Health Care to bring voluntary testing for COVID-19 to the county.
Call 989-673-8114 for more information.
DNR is now issuing burn permits again. Click
on logo to the left to get your burn permit.
01MAY20-Governor Whitmer will allow
businesses associated with commercial and residential construction to
resume normal business as of May 7th. Contractors still must
observe social distancing efforts, including safety glasses and masks.
Hospitals are allowed to resume elective surgeries.
06MAY20-State Attorney General
Dana Nessel warns about OKHomeOnline.com. advertising face masks, hand
sanitizer, toilet paper and cleaning wipes. But orders never arrive.
Nessel says there have been numerous complaints about the site.
residents can apply online for a free permit to cut fire wood from dead
and downed trees in approved areas of Michigan's state forests. DNR
staff recommend that you visit the site where you plan to cut before
applying for a permit. Current maps of areas where cutting is allowed
are available online. Permits are good for ninety days after issue. The
permit form is at
Michigan.Gov/Fuelwood. Permits normally
cost $20 each, but 2020 permits are free due to COVID-19 and resulting
DNR staff cutbacks.
06MAY20-Over half of the states (26) are
NOT reporting new cases of the virus, in addition to Guam and the Virgin
Islands. There are also no new infections reported in federal
prisons. Michigan drops to 7th in the nation with the most
infections as compared to ranking 3rd in April.
07MAY20-Iosco County DHD2 is reporting 52
active cases in the county. Forty-five (45) of those are in Iosco
county nursing facilities.
Home, Stay Safe" guidelines until May 28th. The full extent of the
revised orders can be viewed here. View section 7 for
exceptions. Executive Order 2020-42 is rescinded.
15MAY20-Wal-Mart opens an independent drive-through COVID-19 testing
site 7AM to 9AM at its store parking lot in Flint on Corunna Rd.
Testing will not be done in-store. Visit
or call 866-448-7719
15MAY20-Governor Whitmer issues three new executive orders
during the pandemic. One authorizing and encouraging health care
providers to expand tele-health options through June 10th, another
extends a freeze on evictions for renters through June 12th and the
third extends property tax appeals through July 31st.
29MAY20-Governor Whitmer's executive order now allows outpatient
facilities like clinics, primary care and dental offices to re-open.
Other non-emergency facilities like veterinarians may re-open, too.
Get the latest
Michigan Gubernatorial Executive Orders
MAY IN REVIEW
Joe Biden denies sexual assault charge (5/1); U.S. Soccer Women's
National Team loses equal pay case (5/1); Blue Bell agrees to $19
million fine (5/1); Failed Venezuela coup (5/4); Amazon Vice President
Tim Bray resigns (5/4); J.Crew files for bankruptcy (5/4); New York
shuts subway system for cleaning (5/6); Andre Harrell dead at 59 (5/7);
Arrests in Ahmaud Arbery shooting (5/7); Neiman Marcus files for
bankruptcy (5/8); Roy Horn dead at 75 (5/8); Little Richard dead at 87
(5/9); Betty Wright dead at 66 (5/10); Jerry Stiller dead at 92 (5/11);
Fred Willard dead at 86 (5/15); President Trump fires State Department
inspector general (5/15); J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy (5/15);
Wilson Roosevelt Jerman dead at 91 (5/16); Michael Cohen released from
prison (5/21); Hertz files for bankruptcy (5/22); Biden 'you ain't
black' comment (5/22); Death of George Floyd following Minneapolis PD
arrest (5/25); Twitter tags Trump tweet with fact-checking warning
(5/26); Richard Herd dead at 87 (5/26); SpaceX launch postponed (5/27);
Trump signs executive order against social media companies (5/28)
May 30, 2020
SpaceX conducts crewed flight test for NASA
After Wednesday's scrub, SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft due to launch on
a Falcon 9 rocket to fly two NASA astronauts (Bob Behnken and Doug
Hurley) to and from the International Space Station - one of a number of
tests conducted by NASA and its industry partners to prove that space
systems meet the agency's requirements for certification to carry
astronauts to and from the ISS
NASA, ESA and JAXA host virtual hackathon to develop Coronavirus
solutions to issues related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, for
coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers,
builders, artists, and technologists. Participants use Earth observation
data to propose solutions to Coronavirus-related challenges ranging from
studying the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and its spread, to the
impact the disease is having on the Earth system
May 31, 2020
SpaceX crewed flight due to arrive at ISS
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley join Expedition 63 commander
Chris Cassidy (NASA) and flight engineers Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan
Vagner (both Roscosmos)
World No Tobacco Day
The campaign aims to increase awareness of the negative impact that
tobacco has on people's lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory
disease, and the fundamental role lungs play for the health and
well-being of all people
Hawaii 'Stay at Home' order expires, unless extended
A 14-day quarantine for both visitors and residents entering the state
and for inter-island travelers also expires today.
Clint Eastwood must be feelin' lucky: it's his 90th birthday today
June 1, 2020
North Atlantic hurricane season starts
UK hearing over extradition to the U.S. for WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian
Amtrak Acela train service resumes operations on a reduced schedule
after they were suspended in March as demand fell due to the Coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic. The service runs along the Northeast corridor
between Boston and Washington, DC, with stops in several cities
including Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore
U.S. Virgin Islands reopens for leisure travelers as restrictions put in
place to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are relaxed,
though the territory's state of emergency remains in place until July
Delaware enters 'Phase 1' of its economic reopening plan, as
restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus
(COVID-19) are eased. Under the revised order, retail establishments,
restaurants and other businesses can open at 30% of stated fire capacity
with social distancing requirements and other public health guidance in
place; outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people, including weddings and
outdoor graduation ceremonies, are permitted, with basic public health
precautions in place; the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state
travelers is lifted; and a ban on short-term rentals is also lifted
Beaches, hotels and pools able to reopen in Miami-Dade County
Any establishments that do reopen are subject to strict health and
safety protocols, including: guests must use facial coverings in all
common interior areas, while staff must use masks at all times, both
indoors and out; social distancing, with added precautions during
check-in; and elevator use limited to 50% capacity with no more than
four occupants, unless they are from the same family. Several hotel
activities remain prohibited, including no valet parking where onsite
parking is available; no more than 50% capacity in restaurants, meeting
areas and banquet spaces; and no self-service food operations. On
beaches, everyone must have a mask on hand, but they may be removed for
swimming and strenuous exercise when social distancing of six feet is
maintained; and groups are limited to a maximum of 10 people
Rhode Island scheduled to move to 'Phase 2' of reopening plan
Executive Order that limits social gathering to a maximum of five
people, places a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone coming to Rhode
Island from another state, and restricts the activities of businesses
and restaurants is due to expire, with the state scheduled to move into
'Phase 2' of its reopening plan. In 'Phase 2', social gatherings are
restricted to 15 people; the 14-day quarantine remains in place only for
those returning from an area still under a 'stay-at-home' order;
restaurants can allow indoor dining at up to 50% capacity; restrictions
on non-critical retails are relaxed and malls are allowed to reopen;
hair services and other close-contact services can reopen with capacity
restrictions; gyms and fitness centers can reopen with restrictions, and
group fitness classes can resume; and some outdoor activities can
reopen, including zoos, public gardens and parts of historical sites.
LDS church temples begin phased reopening
14 more temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin
phased reopening. In the U.S., temples begin reopening in Albuquerque;
Baton Rouge; Nauvoo, IL; Raleigh, NC; San Antonio; St. Louis; and
Vernal, UT. Outside the U.S., the following temples begin their phased
reopening today: Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney (Australia);
Calgary (Canada); Fukuoka (Japan); and The Hague
Nissan begins phased restart of its U.S. manufacturing operations
Dutch bars and restaurants ease Coronavirus measures
Bulgaria to reopen restaurants, bars and cafes
Senate returns after Memorial Day State Work Period
U.S. Supreme Court releases an order list
And just so you know, June is:
Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month
National Safety Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
Turkey Lovers' Month
National Scleroderma Awareness Month
National Candy Month
National Rivers Month
Great Outdoors Month
National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Men's Health Month
National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month
National Ocean Month
Fireworks Safety Month
South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention
June 2, 2020
President Trump keynotes NRCC Spring Dinner
Tonight is the National Republican Congressional Committee annual Spring
Dinner, hosted and keynoted by President Donald Trump. It had been
postponed from April 29 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Presidential primary elections held
Presidential primary elections scheduled in 10 states - Pennsylvania,
Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Rhode Island and South
Dakota - and Washington, DC (Republican Primary). A number of states
rescheduled their primaries due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
House committee hearings today
Congressional committee hearings in the House of Representatives today
include: Commerce subcommittee remote hearing on 'how governors are
Senate committee hearings today
Congressional committee hearings in the Senate today include: Banking
Committee remote hearing on CARES Act implementation. Finance Committee
hearing on the FDA foreign drug manufacturing inspection process .
Judiciary Committee hearing on incarceration and detention best
practices during COVID-19'. Judiciary subcommittee hearing on 'Is the
DMCA's Notice-and-Takedown System Working in the 21st Century?'
Zoom Q1 earnings released
Zoom has received worldwide attention in recent months as more people
use it during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to have online
meetings while working from home. The company has enhanced the security
and privacy capabilities of its platform in recent months following
Forbes Celebrity 100 List announced
Forbes announces its annual Celebrity 100 list of the 'most powerful
celebrities' from the worlds of movies, television, music, sports and
books, based on their earnings and overall media footprint . The list
was headed in 2019 by Taylor Swift with estimated earnings of $185
Well isn't that special: Dana Carvey turns 65 today
Alitalia resumes direct services from Rome to New York
Save the Children releases 'The Land of Inopportunity' report on how
well childhood is protected and prioritized
'This is its fourth annual childhood report, on how well governments are
protecting and prioritizing children. This year's report contains the
first-ever ranking of the best and worst U.S. counties for children, as
well as ranking all 50 U.S. states and a global ranking of 180 countries
Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered Americans listening
Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered Americans host listening
session, via teleconference, to discuss the work of 'Operation Lady
Justice', which has been empowered to review Indian Country cold cases,
to strengthen law enforcement protocols, and work with tribes to improve
investigations, information sharing and a more seamless response to
missing persons investigations.
House Commerce subcommittee remote hearing on 'how governors are
GOP Sen. Tom Cotton speaks to UK lawmakers on 5G risks
'The Security of 5G', with speakers including Republican Sen. Tom
Cotton, 5G Action Now Chair Mike Rogers, and Hudson Institute Senior
Fellow Robert Spalding
June 3, 2020
Senate Judiciary Committee first hearing on FBI 'Crossfire Hurricane'
investigation Day 1 with testimony from former Deputy Attorney General
Rod Rosenstein. FBI's 'Crossfire Hurricane' investigation was into
possible coordination between the Trump for President campaign and
Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election
CMT celebrates front-line workers in two-hour 'Artists of the Year
This show replaces the 11th annual 'CMT Artists of the Year' special,
which traditionally takes place in October honoring the top country acts
of the past year, and includes performances and callouts from Brandi
Carlile, Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida
Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Kristen Bell, Lady
Antebellum, Lauren Daigle, Little Big Town, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert,
Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett & Tim McGraw
60th anniversary of Sega
The company was founded by Martin Bromley and Richard Stewart in 1960 as
Nihon Goraku Bussan, which five years later became known as Sega
Enterprises, Ltd. Sega's most successful franchises include 'Sonic the
Hedgehog', 'Total War', and 'Yakuza'
House Budget Committee virtual hearing on economic impacts of
Virtual hearing, via WebEx, on 'Addressing the Economic Impacts of
COVID-19: Views from Two Former CBO Directors', with testimony from
former CBO Directors Dr Douglas Elmendorf and Dr Douglas Holtz-Eakin
Senate Transportation Committee hearing on Coronavirus impacts
June 4, 2020
Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report - Initial Claims
U.S. Supreme Court meets in private conference to discuss cases and vote
on petitions for review
Friday, June 5, 2020
National Donut Day
Monthly Employment Report for May released
National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Established by a coalition of organizations, cultural influencers,
community members, and activists as part of the Wear Orange campaign
raising awareness of gun violence. Those who agree that more can be done
to save American lives from gun violence are asked to pledge their
support by wearing orange clothing for the day. The idea was inspired by
a group of Chicago teens who asked their classmates to wear orange - the
color hunters wear to announce themselves while in the woods - to
commemorate the life of 15-year-old student Hadiya Pendleton, who was
shot in the back and killed January 29, 2013.