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 Briefs will be shared regularly through the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Currently, they are released on Mondays and Thursdays.
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Due to the recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling, the issuing of new orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the quickly changing information, there have been many questions about what the current rules are, who is enforcing them, and what should everyone be doing.
A frequent questions has been: “Didn’t the state supreme court say all of these executive orders were invalid?” Yes the Govenor’s Executive Orders were vacated, however, shortly after the ruling, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued rules under a separate law. These rules are currently valid. These rules replaced (almost) all of the previous Executive Orders issued by the Governor, including masking requirements (the new rules are actually MORE stringent than the Governor’s Executive Orders were).
Despite all of these changes, the guidance remains the same:
- Wear a mask (MHDDS orders require masks in all businesses, workplaces, and schools)
- Avoid public gatherings (MDHHS orders limit indoors (10 people maximum) and outdoors (100 people maximum))
- Keep at least 6 feet away from others indoors or outdoors
- Wash your hands frequently
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cooperate with contact tracing
Even if the MDHHS rules are overturned, the guidance will remain the same (only without the force of law). Rules or no rules, these are the only tools we have to fight the virus. It takes everyone’s efforts to move our community forward.
More details on the orders are available here, https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98158-541979--,00.html.
UPDATES FROM WESTERN U.P. HEALTH DEPARTMENT
UPDATED NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER 15
The previous update was Monday, October 12 at 9 p.m. All numbers below are in comparison to that update.
- TOTAL: 43 more positives, 37 more probable positives, 63 more recoveries, and two deaths
- BARAGA COUNTY: Six more positives, one more probable positive, one more recovery, one death
- GOGEBIC COUNTY: 10 more positives, 28 more probable positives, two more recoveries
- HOUGHTON COUNTY: 21 more positives, seven less probable positives, 57 more recoveries, one death
- KEWEENAW COUNTY: One more positive, one more probable positive, one more recovery
- ONTONAGON COUNTY: Five more positives, one more recovery
MIOSHA Emergency Rules and Guidance
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) recently released new rules and guidance. The rules implement workplace safeguards for all businesses and specific requirements for industries, including manufacturing, construction, retail, health care, sports and exercise facilities, and restaurants and bars. These rules take effect on October 14, 2020 and shall remain in effect for six months.
In addition, please remember MIOSHA has a hotline to help answer COVID-19 workplace guideline questions. The new toll-free number will provide additional support, utilizing experienced MIOSHA staff, to best answer questions from employers and workers to quickly respond to inquiries related to COVID-19 for all involved.
Read the complete emergency rules a Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety.
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