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.
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Updates from Western U.P. Health Department
- 1 New Positive Houghton County
- 1 New Recovery Houghton County, 1 New Recovery Gogebic County
Updates from Ontonagon County
- Ontonagon County public offices such as the courthouse and Sheriff department remained closed except for appointments. The courthouse is fully staffed. The Road Commission and OnTran are fully operational.
- The Western UP Distribution Hub for the six-county area located at the Greenland Volunteer Fire Department is operational five days a week with National Guard personnel delivering PPE throughout the counties. All healthcare facilities in our six-county consortia, such as hospitals, long-term care, adult foster care and EMS are receiving their emergency PPE supplies through this warehouse.
Other Statewide Updates
- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today that the state expects to have the online purchase option available before the end of this week. Michigan received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service to allow SNAP recipients to redeem their food assistance benefits at Amazon.com and Walmart.com. Read more at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98163-530385--,00.html.
- With efforts to re-engage Michigan’s economy underway through recent executive orders signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Pure Michigan Business Connect program through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has developed a portal specifically designed to support the personal protective equipment (PPE) needs of Michigan businesses as they start the process of reopening.
Through the free PMBC COVID-19 Procurement Platform, the PMBC team will work to connect those businesses in need of access to PPE – including face masks, face shields, gloves, goggles and other materials as necessary to ensure the health and safety of their employees and customers – with Michigan businesses that have supplier capacity to meet that demand.
The online portal can be accessed at www.michiganbusiness.org/ppe and is open to companies of all sizes and industries and is available for all scales of PPE demand.
- The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) launched a new online COVID-19 Workplace Safety site – Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety – the site provides guidance and a toolkit of resources to keep workplaces safe as sectors of the state’s economy reopen.
Resources for Michigan Businesses
- Resources to assist Michigan businesses on where to procure the PPE that they need to keep their workers safe as they are able to come back online. Below are some resources.
- Pure Michigan Business Connect connects Michigan businesses with procurement needs with Michigan based personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety products suppliers. https://www.michiganbusiness.org/services/pure-michigan-business-connect/
- Michigan Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of companies that source, manufacture or distribute PPE equipment. https://www.michamber.com/personal-protection-equipment
- To help prepare Michigan's small businesses to manage guidelines and regulations for safe work, Small Business Association of Michigan has compiled a list of resources of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). More updates on this site to come soon! https://www.sbam.org/Resources/COVID-19-Resources/Personal-Protective-Equipment-Resources
Updates from Copper Country Mental Health
- During the COVID-19 Pandemic, mental health crises and suicide risk may increase for some. Some warning signs to look for include: giving away possessions, talking as if they are saying goodbye forever, taking steps to finalize personal aspects of their life, stockpiling pills or obtaining weapons or other means, dramatic change in behavior, increased use in alcohol or drugs, withdrawal, sense of utter hopelessness, making statements the above items, having a history of past suicidal actions, or having a history of family/friends who made attempts.
For help locally: Call Copper Country Mental Health at (906) 482-9404 or the Dial Help Crisis Hotline at 800-562-7622.
- Gogebic County approves COVID-19 plan, via Daily Globe
- 5 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Houghton County, via TV6
- Ironwood City Commission hears COVID-19 update, via Daily Globe
- Houghton facilitates outdoor dining, via Daily Mining Gazette
- Ironwood distributes produce to families, via Daily Globe
- Two new COVID-19 cases in Houghton County both linked to traveling from outside of Michigan, via CBS 3
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