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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 03APR20

The AuSable Township Board of Trustees recently held a special meeting.  The special meeting was to clear up procedures to close the township office. According to the Oscoda Press, trustees discussed the procedures that the township supervisor, clerk and treasurer followed to close the township office. Closing the township office was determined to be under the authority of the full board. The board voted to authorize the closing of the township hall and non essential services through Monday, April 13th. The board's executive committee also authorized that all staff and employees be paid through the duration of the shutdown.

The Arenac County Parks Board is looking to fill a vacancy.  The Parks Board is seeking a manager for the county parks in AuGres, Sterling and Standish. According to the Arenac County Independent, responsibilities would include reservations, checking campers in and out, cleaning bathrooms and showers and maintaining the grounds as well as managing and scheduling seasonal workers. Applications can be found at Arenac County MI Dot Gov. Completed applications can be emailed to Commissioners At Arenac County MI Dot Gov. Applications must be received by April 14th.

The Small Business Administration with the support of the Department of the Treasury is offering the “Paycheck Protection Program”. The program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent and utilities. Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs. Otherwise loan payments will be deferred for six months. Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees can apply beginning today and are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible as there is a funding cap. A list of participating lenders, terms, additional information and application can be found at SBA.Gov.

State Representative Sue Allor will co-host a Tele-Town Hall to discuss Covid-19 this morning. At 10:45am for Alpena, Montmorency, Presque Isle and Cheboygan counties. Residents can call 855-756-7520 extension 58710#. At 11:30am for Alcona, Iosco, Oscoda and Ogemaw counties. Residents can call 855-756-7520 extension 58734#. Allor said she encourages residents to call in this morning to learn more about the steps our state is taking to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.

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 Thu. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for THU 02APR20

A Thumb County has reported its first Coronavirus death.  Sanilac County confirmed the first death in the county due to the Coronavirus. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the man, in his sixties, a resident of the Croswell-Lexington area passed away Tuesday. The man is the second to die of the virus in the Upper Thumb. The latest numbers show that Sanilac County has seven confirmed cases and the health department is conducting contact tracing for all positive cases in the county. The health department is also advising those who have had contact with the patients to self-quarantine for fourteen days from their last exposure.

The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce recently received grant funding.  The $13,200 dollar grant is from the Consumers Energy Foundation. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the funding will be used to upgrade the chamber's office technology and programming. The grant was applied for through Develop Iosco by Treasurer Blinda Baker, who also serves as a Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce volunteer. Richard Castle, Consumers Energy Community Affairs Manager for Northeast Michigan said an investment in the chamber is an investment in the community. Chamber Managing Director Christina Aller said the grant will offer the technology updates needed to benefit chamber members and the community.

Mid Michigan Health is currently accepting donations. According to Dr. Lydia Watson, Chief Medical Officer, Mid-Michigan Health's COVID-19 relief fund is seeking donations of money, or protective medical gear or supplies including home-made masks. According to the site, even clear safety goggles and face shields are needed at this time.  You can follow this direct site link for donation information at  MidMichigan.org.

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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 01APR20


Volunteers are being sought for a project in Ogemaw County. 
The project involves the High banks area along the Rifle River. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Mills Township Supervisor, Dave Ryan, said the township has permission from the county to perform renovations to the site. Ryan said he hopes to put together a volunteer effort to put sealant on the stairs and canoe launch leading down to the river to reduce future deterioration. Ryan said he is seeking volunteers and donations toward materials in an effort to complete the project this year. Those interested in providing assistance can contact Ryan at 873-4579.

The first confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Oscoda County were recently announced.  District Health Department Number Two confirmed the cases. According to the Oscoda County Herald, in total fifteen tests have been submitted in Oscoda County. Ten tests returned negative, two positive and three are pending. Officials with District Health Department Number Two stated that the two presumptive positive individuals are a man and woman, both of whom are currently in isolation and in stable condition. Those individuals who have been in close contact with the patients will be quarantined and monitored appropriately.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is offering grant money.  The $200,000 dollars in grants are in conjunction with the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments. Funding is for small businesses that have been affected by the spread of the Corona Virus. Businesses with fifty employees or less in Iosco, Alcona, Alpena, Presque Isle and Cheboygan counties can apply for the grants overseen by the Target Alpena Economic Development Corporation. Applications and materials must be turned in by Friday at 5pm to be considered. For more information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply for the loans, log on to AlpenaChamber.com.   

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 31MAR20

Huron County recently reported their first confirmed Coronavirus case.  The Huron County Health Department confirmed its first positive case on Friday. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the resident is a 76 year-old woman. It's the fourth positive test in the Upper Thumb. Two cases were previously reported in Tuscola County and one was reported in Sanilac County. On Thursday, the first reported Coronavirus death took place when a 79 year old man from Tuscola County passed away. Ann Hepfer, health officer for Huron and Tuscola counties stressed the importance of abiding by the governor's stay at home order.

Central Michigan Health Department on Monday evening confirmed the first positive test of Coronavirus in Arenac County. No travel history for the patient is known at this time. Officials are continuing to contact those who have been in close contact with the patient and they will be assessed for symptoms and monitored appropriately. Central Michigan Health Department also reports that there have been two confirmed cases in Gladwin County and one in Roscommon County.

An Oscoda County Township Board voted on a number of proposals.  The Big Creek Township Board voted on numerous proposals. According to the Oscoda County herald, the board voted to update the fee schedule. The township will now charge one dollar for an electronic record request and increase the camping fee to $20 dollars for camping at the Luzerne Campground. The board also voted to raise the wages of deputies, maintenance workers and the election chair by 25 cents an hour. The Big Creek Township Hall is closed to the public. Residents can use the drop box outside for tax payments.  

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 30MAR20

Troopers from the West Branch Michigan State Police post have received lifesaving awards.  The following West Branch Post troopers are recipients of Michigan State Police Lifesaving Awards:



(L-R) Trooper Jo Hamlin, Trooper Isaiah Lintz
(L-R) Trooper Timothy Atkinson, Trooper Kyle Grubbs
(Bottom) Trooper Clayton O’Neil

Troopers Hamlin and Lintz are received the award for saving the life of another. In early January of 2020, they were dispatched to a residence for a subject who had overdosed. The subject had no pulse, was not breathing, and was unresponsive. Troopers began CPR and administered naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan. The subject began to breathe and regained a pulse. They continued lifesaving efforts until EMS arrived and the subject was transported to a local hospital. Due to the quick actions of Troopers Hamlin and Lintz, a life was saved.  Trooper Hamlin enlisted with the department in 2016 and graduated as a member of the 130th Trooper Recruit School. Trooper Lintz enlisted with the department in 2019 as a member of the 135th Trooper Recruit School.  Troopers Atkinson, Grubbs, and O’Neil are also received awards for saving the life of another. In early January of 2020, the troopers were dispatched to a residence for a subject who had overdosed. They searched the home and located an empty pill bottle, but the subject was no longer in the residence. Troopers located the subject approximately one mile from the residence, unresponsive and not breathing. Rescue breathing was begun, and the subject began to breathe but stopped again soon thereafter. Troopers continued repeated cycles of rescue breathing and other lifesaving measures until the arrival of EMS. The subject was transported to a local hospital. The Board of Awards recognized that due to the cooperative efforts of Troopers Atkinson, Grubbs, and O’Neil, a life was saved.  Trooper Atkinson enlisted with the department in 2018 and graduated as a member of the 134th Trooper Recruit School.  Trooper Grubbs enlisted with the MSP in 2019 and graduated as a member of the 135th Trooper Recruit School.  Trooper O’Neil enlisted with the MSP in 2019 and graduated as a member of the 135th Trooper Recruit School.

The Mills Township Board recently approved a proposal for road repair.  The proposal is for matching $30,000 dollars with the Ogemaw County Road Commission for road repair. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Mills Township Supervisor Dave Ryan said the money will be used for the purchase of 23-A limestone gravel and labor. Ryan said the road repairs will include Jackpine Drive, Woodwill Drive, West Third Street and West Fourth Street. Ryan said the road commission will be laying down the gravel and then resurface the length of those roads. The timeline for the project will be based on the commission's availability.

Alcona High School FFA Maple Syrup will be available to the public.  Although students are not in school, Alcona High School's FFA Advisor used volunteers to tap the maple syrup. According to the Alcona County Review, FFA Advisor Connor Hubbard and approximately ten volunteers made and bottled 146 gallons of syrup. A drive thru sale was held recently, but those events have been put on hold. Hubbard said anyone interested in reserving maple syrup is encouraged to email FFA At Alcona Schools Dot Net. They can pick up their order once the mandated "Stay Home Stay Safe" order is lifted. Orders will be available for pickup at the Sugar Shack, on the Alcona School District grounds, on Barlow Road in Lincoln.

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During the virus crises, the Red Cross needs more blood donations than ever.  Please schedule a blood donation appointment.  Give the gift of life.  Due to the health crises, donation restrictions on certain groups of individuals have been eased, please check the Red Cross website for more details.


 

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STATE NEWS for FRI 03APR20

An 84-year-old man in the U-P's Chippewa County was killed on his 53rd wedding anniversary. The man's son reportedly says his father pulled out of his driveway and was hit by a pickup truck in Dafter Township early yesterday afternoon.

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A 62-year-old man was seriously injured in a crash in southern lower Michigan's Newton Township in Calhoun County. The Sheriff's Office says the man hit a tree yesterday afternoon and was flown to a hospital in Kalamazoo. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

His mom is an intensive care unit nurse at a hospital so a 12-year-old boy from Sault Ste. Marie is making headbands for ICU nurses in the area. Reece Wyckoff is sewing buttons onto headbands to War Memorial Hospital to help relieve the pressure from face masks on their ears. His mother, Danyalle, tells 9 and 10 News that because they wear their masks for so long, their skin and ears start to hurt and their skin starts to break down. She says he was worried that if their ears hurt, they would take their masks off.

If you violate one of Gretchen Whitmer's new executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic you could face a fine or even go to jail. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says you could face fines of up to 1-THOUSAND dollars or even spend up to 90 days in jail if you violate the stay-at-home order. A non-essential business found operating could be forced to close permanently and be subject to discipline from their licensing board.

Now is the time to get creative when “social distancing” keeps you at a distance from getting physical. Relationship expert Doctor Joe Kort says if you’re single, dating apps, video chats and even old-fashioned phone calls can help you improve your flirting and conversation skills. And he says couples in long distance relationships can also use technology to share and connect in intimate ways. Kort says “stay home” doesn’t mean an end to dating or relationships. It’s just about finding new ways to connect so that when “dinner and movie” returns to the real world bonds can be even stronger.

The pediatrician who exposed the Flint water crisis back in 2015, Dr. Mona HannaAttisha, has tested positive for Coronavirus. Dr. Hanna Attisha revealed the diagnosis on Twitter and says she's doing fine. She says she's been sick since mid-March and she's not sure where she got it...although she was in New York in early March. She says she shared her diagnosis because she wants others who are getting better to do something good, such as donating their convalescent plasma for a possible treatment.

The organization One Fair Wage has received a major boost from Detroit native, comedian Lily Tomlin. Tomlin, who co-stars with Jane Fonda in the popular Netflix show, “Grace and Frankie,” donated 100-thousand-dollars to the emergency fund to help service workers in Michigan. The fund will provide cash assistance to workers who have been hard hit due to the shutdowns caused by the Coronavirus. One Fair Wage also received a combined $250-thousand-dollars from Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and Away co-founder Jen Rubio. Workers who are in need of assistance can apply on One Fair Wage’s website.

Homeless shelters are seeing a jump in the need for services in west Michigan. WOOD TV reports the president and CEO of Mel Trotter Ministries, Dennis Van Kampen, says they're seeing an increase in singles of about 25-percent. He says if Mel Trotter suddenly closed tonight, there would be almost 400 people who would be on the streets with no one to care for them. He says they're coming into the shelter because he thinks they're scared. They are practicing social distancing among the homeless at the shelter.

It's an effort to help hospitalized patients battling covid-19 communicate with their loved ones. Once a patient is hospitalized, they are isolated and not allowed to have visitors. The Auto Club Group (Triple-A) is donating 100 tablets to Beaumont Health system for patients in isolation to use to talk with loved ones. Triple-A says this is an effort to help those working on the front lines and possibly those being treated for virus. Tablets will be delivered Friday by Triple-A’s roadside assistance team.

The Detroit Pistons are teaming up with Wayne County and several corporate partners to announce a $375,000 grant to Forgotten Harvest. Pistons Owner Tom Gores says "The community needs everyone to come together now more than ever,” Forgotten Harvest delivers 138,000 pounds of surplus food per day to local charities six days a week, providing families in need with fresh and nutritious food free of charge.

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STATE NEWS for THU 02APR20

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced this morning that the entire school year is over. Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports Whitmer agrees with House republicans that some type of online learning should take place by mid-May. She will call for the Fall semester to begin in August, before Labor Day. Local school districts will decide the graduation requirements so seniors can graduate on time.

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Governor Whitmer is asking state lawmakers to extend Michigan's state of emergency by 70 days, but one leading Republican thinks that's too much. But Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says that he plans to work with the governor because he feels that "emergency circumstances persist." The governor's original state of emergency declaration is set to expire next Tuesday. Meantime, the governor's "stay home, stay safe" order is in effect until April 13th.

There has now been a death in Grand Traverse County due to the Coronavirus, the county's first. 9 and 10 News reports that the county health department says the man was in his 60's. Health officer Wendy Hirschenberger says “Although we anticipated we would eventually have to make this announcement, it doesn’t make it any easier. She says their thoughts are with the family and friends directly affected by this death, as well as the Munson medical staff that provided care for their community member".

West Michigan hospitals are getting ready for an increase in patients due to the Coronavirus pandemic. WOOD TV reports the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation indicates Michigan will reach peak resource use for COVID-19 patients on April 9th. It's expected that more than two thousand ventilators will be needed along with more than 25-hundred intensive care unit beds. The I-H-M-E says the state has 742 ICU beds and a published report says there are 17-hundred ventilators in Michigan. Hospitals are trying to acquire more.

Mayor Sheldon Neeley says starting today, there will be a city-wide curfew nightly from nine p-m to six a-m and it'll be in effect for 30 days. People caught violating curfew could be charged with a misdemeanor, which carries penalties including a 500-dollar fine and 30 days in jail. Residents who are considered 'vulnerable', and are already staying home virtually all the time, can sign up for home delivery of water starting next week.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is requesting federal approval of flexibilities for the state’s Medicaid Program that are consistent with the commitment of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun (Je-Nay Kal-doon) to keep Michigan’s most vulnerable residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's making the request to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to temporarily waive a number of Medicaid requirements. Whitmer says Michiganders need easy access to healthcare coverage now more than ever.

A volunteer fire department in Newberry in the eastern U-P is helping people during this COVID-19 pandemic. It's reportedly taking grocery orders from people who can't go to the store. They are making about one delivery a day, but they expect that to increase in the coming weeks.

A southwest Michigan couple is getting creative since they're getting married this weekend. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, Dan Stuglik (Stewg-lik) and Amy Simonson, of Coloma Township, won't be able to have the 150 guests they had invited, so they'll get married in front of a cardboard audience. Stuglik went to Menasha Packaging to buy cardboard, but the company made the people cutouts as a gift to the couple.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are expanding coverage for services related to COVID-19, waiving all member co-pays, deductibles and coinsurance for COVID-19 testing and treatment. The coverage applies to commercial PPO, Medicare Advantage PPO and HMO plans.

If you've been in downtown Detroit in the last couple of years, you've seen plenty of electric scooters on the sidewalks, ready for anybody to pick up and ride for a fee. But, of the three companies that had scooters in the city, all but one have picked up and left. Bird and Lime are gone while only Spin has remained. Spin is owned by Ford Motor Company.

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STATE NEWS for WED 01APR20

COVID-19 isn't just lethal for the elderly, a 24-year old political intern is among the latest suspected victims. Ben Hirschmann, who was working as an intern for Michigan State Senator Pete Lucido, died yesterday. In a statement, Hirschmann's family says "he was full of love and compassion. His father and I and his three siblings ache for his loss. The loss is not definable." An autopsy is pending.

As more Michiganders head to northern Michigan to get away from higher concentrations of confirmed Coronavirus cases, officials in some northern cities want visitors to self quarantine for at least 14 days. That's reportedly so they won't spread the virus. A spokesperson for Munson Healthcare says don't go to the grocery store or the pharmacy or seek healthcare unless absolutely necessary because that's how they can help control the spread to their community.

A west Michigan man's family had to tell him goodbye through an I-Pad when he died from Coronavirus last month. WOOD TV reports 71-year-old Lee Burns died at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in east Grand Rapids due to complications of COVID-19. He did have underlying health conditions. His daughter Angie Lynn Denny says the most that he did was go down to the grocery store and she says that is a wake-up call. Burns lived in a senior apartment complex with his wife.

Rapid Transit service in Grand Rapids is limiting the number of passengers on its buses as a way for passengers to have social distance from one another. DASH buses will have only 10 passengers at a time. Only 15 passengers will be allowed on Silver Line and other fixed route buses. If a bus is at capacity, it will only stop for people to get off.

United Auto Workers at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant are being asked to help make respirators as part of the nationwide effort to fight Coronavirus, or COVID-19. According to the Facebook page for Local 3000, which represents those workers, robo-calls were going out last night to ask for volunteers. There are two shifts.  One at 6am and one at 6pm.  Work will likely start next week.

The Michigan DNR is closing the Tippy Dam Recreation Area in Manistee County until further notice to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus. The DNR says it observed many instances of improper social distancing and visitors traveling a long way to visit these outdoor spaces. It says Tippy Dam has seen a drastic increase in visitors and this type of nonessential travel could unintentionally increase the spread of COVID-19/ All other state parks and recreation areas remain open , but the DNR says social distancing practices must be adhered to in order to keep these open.

A 77-year-old Toledo man is dead, following a head-on crash in Monroe County. Sheriff's deputies say that Tuesday's crash was in Bedford Township, near the Ohio border. Police say it appears that the victim was heading eastbound when he crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a pickup truck. The 38-year-old driver of the pickup truck, also from Toledo, was taken to an area hospital and is expected to recover. Police don't think excessive speed played a role in the crash.

Marijuana is legal but large gatherings currently are not. So, instead of taking place in Ann Arbor on UofM's campus.  The annual "Hash Bash" will be online this year. Held yearly on the first Saturday of April since 1972, the rally will still feature speakers like actor Tommy Chong, famed grower DJ Short and former Detroit Red Wing star Darren McCarty. The virtual party starts at noon this Saturday on Planet-Green-Trees-TV-dot-com.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 31MAR20

The head of West Michigan’s largest hospital system says the capacity for Coronavirus patients could be exceeded by early May. Spectrum Health President and CEO Tina Freese Decker made the statement in a video statement last night. Decker said the system overload would last for many weeks. Spectrum has taken a number of steps to increase hospital capacity, but Decker says that unless residents maintain social distancing rules the 13-county hospital system will still be overwhelmed by infected patients.

The Berrien County Health Department is reporting its first death of a resident from the Coronavirus. The person who died was a man over the age of 70 who was hospitalized at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. He did have serious underlying health conditions. The county currently has 32 positive cases of COVID-19, including this reported death. Most of these individuals are recovering from their symptoms at home, and at this time, 10 of those positive cases are known to have fully recovered from their symptoms.

Fiat-Chrysler salaried employees will have to live with 20-percent less pay for the next 3 months. CEO Mike Manley says the measure comes as Fiat Chrysler is trying to avoid permanent layoffs. Manley will take a fifty percent pay cut during that time, and other top executives will also take a thirty percent cut. Fiat Chrysler board members will receive no compensation for the rest of the year.

A report says that Governor Whitmer will likely order that Michigan schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. According to Bridge Magazine, she's expected to sign an executive order in the coming days to officially close public and private K-12 schools due to the Coronavirus pandemic. While sources said it was not finalized, that order is expected to include details of some form of remote learning through the rest of the school year. Under the plan, high school seniors would graduate and other students would be promoted to the next grade.

The first case of Coronavirus has been confirmed in Mackinac County. The Luce, Mackinac, Alger Schoolcraft District Health Department says the person has a history of recent domestic travel, and has been hospitalized outside of the region. The LMAS District Health Department will notify people who have been identified as close contacts, but will not be disclosing additional information about the individual.

Changes coming to Girl Scout cookie sales because of the Coronavirus. The Girl Scouts organization says it has suspended door-to-door sales and cookie booths to protect scouts from the Coronavirus. However, cookie lovers can still stock up on their favorites by shopping online at GirlScouts.org. Shoppers can choose to have their orders shipped directly to them or they can opt to have their purchases sent to first responders, volunteers or other local causes.

Virtually all North American auto plants remain closed, even though they were scheduled to re-open by this date. All indications are shut down orders will remain in place through this month and it's too early to tell if carmakers will try to get any plants up and running earlier. The automakers say their reopening decisions will be guided by safety.

Michigan restaurants are now able to sell meat, produce, toilet paper and other products, just like grocery stores. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is teaming up with the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association to train restaurants on proper labeling, so they can begin selling food and pantry items. The state says this opportunity can help the supply chain move in more directions. Although some restaurant owners are saying it doesn’t make sense for them financially.

Under Governor Gretchen Whitmer's order, Michigan’s marijuana industry is considered an essential business and that’s leading to a boom in sales. The 76 cannabis retailers in Michigan had their best week ever earlier this month. During the week of March 16th recreational sales rose more than 20-percent to five-point-eight million (5.8M) dollars while medical sales jumped 27-percent to seven-point-nine million dollars. The stricter restrictions on social distancing from the governor have led dispensaries to institute curbside pick-ups and delivery of marijuana.

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STATE NEWS for MON 30MAR20

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed another executive order, this one to protect the employees and the inmate population of Michigan's Department of Corrections during the COVID-19 outbreak. Anybody going into or coming out of Michigan's prisons will be screened for the Coronavirus. Visits to inmates are halted. Only lawyers are allowed to visit their clients in jail.  The order also calls on county sheriff's to do what they can to limit the population of local jails by releasing older or ill inmates or those that are of the lowest risk to society. Transfers to and from Michigan's prisons and jails will be stopped.

Production of surgical masks begins today at General Motors' old Warren Transmission plant. The needed machinery was delivered Friday. The expectation is to make 50- thousand masks daily within the next two weeks before reaching 100-thousand per day based on the materials available. GM says the employee-led initiative was created, planned and approved in about 48 hours with the automaker's normal supply base along with new partnerships in the medical device industry.

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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 Governor Whitmer's 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.

25MAR20-The 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 county.

27MAR20-Two cases first reported in Ogemaw county.

27MAR20-State DNR suspends burn permits due to potential for socialization during burns.

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-National Shelter-In-Place and social distancing guidelines extended until April 30th by presidential recommendation.

30MAR20-Therapeutic clinical trials are underway in the U.S. using pharmaceutical hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), azithromycin and zinc to fight the viral infection.  In 80 limited "compassionate use" cases, French doctors have shown it to work in most of those cases with resolution of severe symptoms within a few days.  The study remains controversial within the medical community.  Please do not attempt self treatment with hydroxychloroquine phosphate, it is a poison to humans and should only be used to sterilize aquariums and water-bearing vessels not intended for human use or consumption.  Hydroxychloroquine phosphate is chemically NOT the same as the medicinal version.  The F.D.A. has announced temporary, emergency approval of the use of Plaquenil in the fight against COVID-19.

30MAR20-Arenac county reports first case.

01APR20-First two cases reported in Oscoda county.

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.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Ray Romano, Iliza Shlesinger and Bill Burr headline online 'Laugh Aid' benefit
'Laugh Aid', four-hour livestream benefiting Comedy Gives Back's coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency relief fund, with the goal to lift people's spirits and provide financial support to comedians who have been out of work due to the pandemic. Performers include Ray Romano, Iliza Shlesinger, Bill Burr, Howie Mandel, Nikki Glaser, Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt, Amanda Seales, Anthony Jeselnik and Ken Jeong. Streams on the Laugh Lounge app, Twitch, Twitter, Comedy Central's YouTube channel and Facebook

3rd anniversary of fatal Syria chemical attack
The town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria was reported to have been struck by a govt-ordered airstrike followed by massive civilian chemical poisoning. The release of the toxic gas, which is thought to have included sarin, killed at least 74 people and injured over 550 more. It was the deadliest use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war since the Ghouta chemical attack in 2013, which caused at least 280 deaths

Alaska Democratic Party Primary Election
19 delegates available * In-person voting has been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, registered voters have received ballots

Hawaii Democratic Party Primary Election
22 delegates available * Mail ballot-only due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Wyoming Democratic caucus ballot drop off day
13 delegates available * In-person caucus and county conventions have been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

UK Labour Party announces new leader
UK's opposition Labour Party announces its new leader to succeed Jeremy Corbyn in a 'scaled-back event' after today's special conference was canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Labour lost 59 seats in the 12 Dec General Election, their worst performance since 1935.

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday
Marking the Biblical account of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the fulfillment of Old Testament scriptures about the Messiah. Marks the start of Holy Week, in the run up to Easter Sunday * All Holy Week celebrations are celebrated 'without the participation of the people' because of the ban on public gatherings in Italy due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Palm Sunday Mass broadcast live from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York
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Archbishop of New York Timothy Cardinal Dolan celebrates Mass without a congregation as worship services have been suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

ACM hosts two-hour special on CBS following postponement of awards ceremony
'ACM Presents: Our Country', two-hour special featuring conversations and at-home acoustic performances with top country artists airs on CBS in the slot that was originally held for the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, which have been postponed until September 16 in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Also includes clips of stars' favorite moments from the ACM Awards' 55-year history. Hosted by Gayle King with Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, John Legend, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, plus a tribute to the late Kenny Rogers featuring Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker. Telecast also launches the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund, created to assist individuals working in the country music industry who are suffering financially as a result of the pandemic

WrestleMania 36 goes ahead on closed set without audience
WrestleMania XXXVI takes place on a closed set without an audience in response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. WWE's annual pro-wrestling event has also moved from Tampa Bay, FL, to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL, as a result of the changes. Streamed live on pay-per-view, with only essential personnel present on the closed set. Participants include Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre, Charlotte Flair, Rhea Ripley, John Cena and Bray Wyatt

'Star Trek' fans celebrate First Contact Day
First Contact Day, celebrated by 'Star Trek' fans worldwide, marking the date of Earth's first contact with the Vulcans in the year 2063

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Start of National Public Health Week

SpaceX's 20th commercial resupply mission departs ISS

75th anniversary of major kamikaze attack on U.S. battle fleet in WWII
75th anniversary of a major kamikaze attack on the U.S. battle fleet off the Japanese island of Okinawa, towards the end of World War II

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Tuesday,April 7, 2020

World Health Day
World Health Day, marking the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948. This year's theme is celebrating the work of nurses and midwives and reminding world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy

Forbes' World Billionaires List announced
Forbes announces annual World Billionaires List of the world's richest people * 2019 list was headed by Jeff Bezos, followed by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Forbes estimated President Donald Trump to be worth $3.1 billion, placing him in 715th place

Temporary hospital at U.S. Open site begins treating patients in New York
Temporary hospital facility at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens, New York, the home of the U.S. Open, begins treating non-ICU coronavirus (COVID-19) patients
* New York City's Emergency Management office is coordinating the transformation of 12 courts at the NTC's Indoor Training Center into supplemental hospital space, with the Louis Armstrong Stadium used to prepare and distribute up to 25,000 packages of meals every day * The facility aims to relieve some of the current need at Elmhurst Hospital and is expected to reach its full capacity of 350 patients over the next two weeks

Wisconsin 2020 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary
77 delegates available for the Democrats, and 52 for Republicans *Wisconsin is one of the few remaining states not deciding to push back its primary in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, despite support from Wisconsin mayors, the Wisconsin Democratic Party and Democratic National Committee. During a court hearing last week, a federal judge heard arguments for postponing the election but thought it was beyond his jurisdiction, despite personally believing 'The state of Wisconsin is ignoring that [public health] data and endangering its population.' In response to a number of poll workers dropping out, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers allegedly plans to use the Wisconsin National Guard to help staff poll sites

Hearing in the UK for WikiLeaks co-founder over extradition to the U.S.
Case management hearing in the UK for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, after Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno withdrew asylum in the country's embassy in April 2019, resulting in his arrest

National Beer Day

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30th anniversary of 'Twin Peaks' TV Debut

10th anniversary of Russia and U.S. signing New START arms reduction treaty

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Passover

UK's Prince Charles and Camilla celebrate 15th wedding anniversary

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Good Friday - stock market closed

Pope Francis presides over the celebration of the Lord's Passion to mark Good Friday.
The Stations of the Cross are held in front of St. Peter's Basilica rather than at the traditional site of the Colosseum due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Good Friday procession and masses are still scheduled to take place in Jerusalem and Bethlehem

National Siblings Day

50th anniversary of Paul McCartney quitting The Beatles

Stage from first-ever Beatles performance offered at online auction
Taking place on the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's breakup and presenting nearly 300 Beatles items including never-before-seen memorabilia. Highlights include the original stage from the first-ever Beatles performance at Lathom Hall in Liverpool, UK, on 14 May 1960, where they performed for one night only as The Silver Beats, and Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics to 'Hey Jude

Entry deadline for competition searching for an anthem about the response to coronavirus
'A Song for Our Time' Songwriting Competition judged by Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, seeking an original song that is 'inspirational and relevant but also stands up as a brilliant song in its own right' amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The winning entry will be recorded by London's West End stars and a virtual choir with all proceeds going to Acting for Others

Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


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Tired of the mad dash to get a good camping spot at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore at Little Beaver Lake Campground, Twelve Mile Campground, or Hurricane River Campground?  These campgrounds now require reservations, after years of a "first come, first served" policy. Since visitation has nearly doubled in the last few years during the summer months reservations can now be made at recreation.gov.

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