Covid19 AKA Coronavirus Information - Tuscola County

Covid-19

April 13, 2020

As of this last week Tuscola County now has 40 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and sadly 6 deaths. While we are all hearing reports that staying at home is working, I hope we can all double down and stick with it. This is not going to be fast or easy, but it may be the most important work we do together as a community. Please continue with your physical distancing and hand washing. I can't even count how many times I've said, "Wash your hands, and don't touch your face." And yet, I still catch myself touching my face. My own hands are my worst enemy.

Our Health Officer Ann Hepfer is working diligently day and night to get the information out to all of us on how we can protect ourselves and also gather data to update the citizens of Tuscola County. Please check the Health Department website for more information, and the latest press releases.
https://tchd .us/

The most important thing all of you can do is Stay At Home. Information about the COVID-19 is rapidly changing. For General questions about COVID-19, call the state hotline at 1-888-535-6136.
For more information, visit:

Steve Anderson, our Emergency Services Director is also working many hours to ensure that all our first responders are getting the information and protection needed as all of our Police, Fire and Dispatchers continue operations to keep us all safe during this crises.

The Tuscola County Board of Commissioners are facing many challenges during their leadership as this is something we have never experienced in our County, or most of us in our life time. They have been following the many Executive Orders from the Governor's Office, including conducting full electronic meetings to ensure the safety of employees and citizens of our county. Having to close county offices that serve the public was not an easy decision for them to make. Essential employees are working from home or rotating schedules in the offices to ensure vital work is being completed. The Commissioners continued support to the county employees is greatly appreciated.

While all of our facilities are closed to the public, we are still providing services in new and innovative ways. Special thanks to our Chief Information Officer Eean Lee and his amazing staff for their innovations in technology, without their knowledge, County and Court employees would not have been able to work remotely.
Please continue to check our county website for any up to date information:
www.tuscolacounty.org

Although we have the ability to be closed to the public, let's not forget our Sheriff's Department, corrections officers, road patrol deputies, detectives, and our 911 Dispatchers. They are on duty 24-7 responding to calls, and they'll always be here to help keep all of us safe.

I'm surrounded by an incredible team of co-workers, friends and family. As we enter into the next few weeks of staying home and saving lives, I hope you have a team helping you find the strength and support!

We're all in this together, Stay Safe
Clayette A. Zechmeister, Controller Administrator

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Small Businesses

What the Extended “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order Means for Businesses, Workers
Today, Governor Whitmer announced the state is extending the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through April 30 via Executive Order 2020-42. Employers who have closed and/or laid off or placed workers on leave are required to announce these actions in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. State and local resources for workers who have been laid off or placed on temporary leave from employment due to COVID-19 are also available below.

Read WARN Act Instructions for Employers
Find State, Local Resources for Employees

SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program Opens for Independent Contractors, Self-Employed Workers Friday, April 10th
Beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 10, independent contractors and sole proprietors can apply for $349 billion in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The application period for small businesses already opened on April 3 to help them keep their workers on the payroll. The program is awarding loans on a first come, first serve basis with funding caps in place. Michigan businesses are encouraged to apply early and to visit MIPaycheckProtection.com for updates on the application process.

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Virtual Matchmaking Platform Expands to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program has expanded its free, online procurement platform to now include donations from suppliers capable of filling health and human service needs across a broad range of product and service categories.

The platform is also offering a place for companies with manufacturing capabilities for personal protection equipment to indicate which items (i.e. masks, gowns, ventilators) they are able to produce, along with quantity and timing detail.

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Company Spotlight: National Filters
This month, the Michigan Strategic Fund supported National Filters, a cartridge manufacturer in Harbor Beach, by helping it purchase equipment necessary to increase surgical mask production from 250 per day to 7,200 masks per hour through collateral support from the MEDC’s Capital Access program. The company will be able to begin producing 2,000 N95 respirators per hour in addition to rehiring 16 employees that were previously laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Additional Resources Available

Access additional resources by visiting michiganbusiness.org/covid19.

Visit michigan.gov/coronavirus to find valuable resources for employers, workers, residents and communities and stay informed on Michigan’s latest efforts to mitigate the impact of the virus on our state’s residents and economy.

The MEDC partnered with the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to host a webinar on best practices for proactively managing your business during COVID-19. Watch a video of the webinar here.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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County Press Releases

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2020-03-16 Tuscola County BOC Press Release.pdf

Courts Press Releases

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2020-04-10 Courts Covid Closure.pdf

Non-Court Employee Response Plan

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A_COVID19_CUMULATIVEUpdate04152020.pdf
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