In collaboration with the Western U.P. Health Department and Emergency Operation Centers in Baraga County, Gogebic County, Houghton County, Keweenaw County and Ontonagon County, Copper Country Strong Daily Briefs will be shared each weekday through the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Updates from the State of Michigan
- Today, Governor Whitmer signed executive order 2020-42, extending her prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through the end of April. As with the prior order, Executive Order 2020-42 limits gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home. Executive Order 2020-42 also imposes more stringent limitations on stores to reduce foot traffic, slow the spread of the coronavirus, and save lives. One notable change in this executive order is: “Individuals may travel… between two residences in this state, through April 10, 2020. After that date, travel between the two residences is not permitted.” The complete order is available here: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MIEOG/2020/04/09/file_attachments/1423850/EO%202020-42.pdf
Updates from Western U.P. Health Department
- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released a new document titled “COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults.” [Download Document]
Updates from Baraga County
- Baraga County's Emergency Operations Center was virtually activated on March 18, 2020 to monitor and assess the COVID-19 pandemic. The Baraga County Board of Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency on the same day. The declaration was revisited on April 2, 2020, and will remain in effect until the Board acts to cease the State of Emergency.
- The County Courthouse and Administrative Office are operating with reduced staff and hours of operation. Call (906) 524-6100 for an appointment or more information.
- The jail has reduced visitation and public entrance to the building. Call (906) 524-6177 for questions about the jails or services provided by the Sheriff's Department.
- The Baraga County Emergency Manager is working to obtain Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for health care workers and first responders. A limited supply of PPE has been distributed. More shipments are expected this week.
- The community is reminded to Stay Home and Stay Safe.
Updates from Ontonagon County
- Ewen-Trout Creek School is providing free meals to any child 18 and under in our community. To sign up for meals, call (906) 813-0620, Option 1, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the number of children that would like meals. Each child will receive a bag with five breakfasts and five lunches. Curbside pickup will be available on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families should drive up to the curb by the main door and signal the number of bags you need. No one should get out of the car. Delivery can be arranged if pickup is not an option.
- The Ewen-Trout Creek School District has an approved Continuity of Learning Plan in place. Remote learning will begin on Monday, April 13. We are working with all families to help remove barriers to access to educational opportunities. Families experiencing difficulty accessing the materials should call the school at (906) 813-0620.
- Counseling services are also available. Please contact Morgan Vallejo, LLPC, at (906) 284-9994 for more information.
- All student belongings, school work, art, learning packets, technology and band instruments will be delivered to homes during the week of April 10-16. Families will be notified of the arrival time. Belongings will be dropped off on the porch and the driver will honk their horn. Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to.
- From the School Success Coach, Department of Health and Human Services: Need to apply for benefits or make updates to your case? You can access MiBridges at michigan.gov/mibridges from your phone or any computer, for your benefit needs including: Applying for benefits – food, cash, Medicaid, SER, etc.; Checking benefits; Address changes; Uploading of documents.
- To request a new Bridge card call: 1-888-678-8914.
- To report child or adult abuse or neglect, please call Central Intake any time or any day, at 1-855-444-3911.
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