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COVID-19 INFORMATION FROM THE STATE OF MICHIGAN

https://www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus

Center for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Cancelled for April

161st Isabella County Founder's Day Celebration Cancelled for April 4

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THURSDAY, MARCH 26

Alma Highland Festival - Cancelled for May

Permits for open burning will be suspended across the state from the DNR - “Less open burning means less potential for escaped fires, and that means staff can deal with other, more critical needs.”  Open burning in some parts of the state may still be allowed in areas where the ground is still snow-covered.  Michigan.gov/BurnPermit. Residents are encouraged to frequently check the website to see when restrictions are lifted.

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 25

Pure Michigan is going virtual - From live cams featuring beautiful beaches to virtual tours of unique exhibits, Pure Michigan is posting new virtual experiences across Pure Michigan’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels Pure Michigan is providing live web cameraviewings for people to take a peek at destinations including Alpena, Holland, Frankenmuth, West Michigan and the Mackinac Bridge.  The Ann Arbor Film Festival is going virtual now through March 29. The entire festival will be live-streamed for free, including all submitted films and follow up discussions with participating filmmakers. The full festival schedule can be found at org/live-stream-schedule.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24

The Michigan DNR is closing state park campgrounds, overnight lodging facilities and shelters through at least April 13. State parks and recreation areas will remain open - The DNR will not be able to honor camping reservations for dates between March 23 and April 13. Reservations for that time frame will automatically be canceled. Those reservation holders will receive full refunds

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All 131 Michigan Secretary of State branch offices will be closed as part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order. Many services will remain available online at Michigan.gov/SOS, although there may be some delays in processing.  Late fees will be waived for expirations that have occurred since the department first shifted branch operations on March 16. Michigan State Police have been notified of our limited operations and asked to notify local law enforcement agencies.

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MONDAY - MARCH 23

Art Reach of Mid-Michigan - We will NOT be allowing anyone to paint banners on site, and we will be extending the deadline to return completed banners (we'll keep you posted on the deadline).

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Charter Township of Union Buildings Closures Expanded - Critical Service Delivery Only - Union Township closure of Township facilities to the public will be continued until further notice. The Township will only be providing critical services. This includes water and wastewater services. Other staff will be monitoring phones and emails and will attempt to respond to urgent inquiries.  Information will be updated and shared via the Township’s website (www.uniontownshipmi.com) and MACTV as needed.

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The City of Mt. Pleasant continues to follow recommendations of federal, state and county health officials while still providing City services.

The City is expanding its level of building closure to only providing critical services at this time. This includes: police, fire, airport operations, water and wastewater services. Other City staff will be monitoring emails and phone calls and will attempt to answer urgent inquiries. Evaluation of critical services and building closure duration will occur on a daily basis.

Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport - Will still conduct its normal operations.

Recycling/Trash Collection - City trash pick-up is still taking place, although curbside recycling has been suspended.

Cancellations

    Master Plan Open Houses (March 25 and April 23)

    Current Speed Camp sessions which run through March 26.

    Soccer and T-ball Coaches Meetings. (March 26)

    Great Egg Scramble (April 4)

    Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt (April 5)

    Youth Soccer Program (Registration refunds will be issued.)

    Start Smart Program (Registration refunds will be issued.)

    Youth Tee Ball (Registration refunds will be issued.)

    Farmers' Market (May 7) 

PEAK Program - All PEAK activities (after school activities and Spring Break Day Camp) cancelled through April 13.       Pre-paid enrollments will be applied to family household accounts as a credit.

Even though City Commission meetings will take place as scheduled, they will be conducted electronically as allowed           by the Governor's Executive Order. The City Commission Chambers will be closed to the public. Citizens can watch City Commission meetings live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188 or web streamed on YouTube. Any citizen desiring to make public comment must email their comments on agenda items to comment@mt-pleasant.org.

Citizens are encouraged to make payments via mail (320 W. Broadway Street), the City's Drop Box located outside of         City Hall, or online at  www.mt-pleasant.org.

Building Permits can also be electronically submitted by visiting:  www.mt-pleasant.org.

Individuals are encouraged to submit Applications for Employment electronically. Applications can be emailed to             HR@mt-pleasant.org, or faxed to 989-779-5317.

Due to building closures, the City will be temporarily suspending the direct sale of the following items:

    Recycling Bins

    City Trash Bags & Tags

    Large Item Stickers

If a large item sticker is needed before City buildings are reopened, one can be obtained by paying online with a credit   card or checking account using the Building Permit payment portal.

City trash bags and tags are available at Meijer and Ric's. Individual tags are available at GreenTree Grocery.

Contractors in need of right-of-way, water or stormwater permits should contact the Division of Public Works at (989)    779-5401.

Information will be updated and shared via the City's website (www.mt-pleasant.org), Blog (mpcityblog.com),             Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

Recycling Collection Delay - Due to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) closing, there will be NO curbside             recycling pick up starting March 19 through April 13, 2020. The actual MRF facility is also closed to the public. There is no change to City trash pick up at this time.

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All K-12 schools in Michigan are closed thru April 12

Beal City Public Schools meal pickup will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3pm - Free Lunch & Breakfast to all all children 18 years of age & younger - Pickup outside of school, next to clock tower

Fulton schools meal pickup is Tuesdays from 1am-12:30pm - Parents/students will pick up a 6-7 day supply of food at the Parks in Perrington & Maple Rapids & the Pre-school parking lot in Middleton - Fill out form here - https://forms.gle/w6pijBG3vv67HCth8

Clare Public Schools is providing meals to children up to age 18 (age 26 with disability). They are offering two meals per child per day for 3-4 days at a time, available for pickup on Thursdays and Mondays from 4pm-6pm.  Parents can pick up meals in the loop east of the middle school gym curbside (no entry into the building, no need to exit your car).  Please call 989.386.1258 as soon as is possible to request the service (for accurate counting purposes only...there is no charge to families).  No ID is required to pick up meals, they are free to all children.

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On Monday, March 23, Governor Whitmer instituted Executive Order No. 2020-21, which states that to suppress the spread of COVID-19, to prevent the state’s health care system from being overwhelmed, to allow time for the production of critical test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment, and to avoid needless deaths, it is reasonable and necessary to direct residents to remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible. This order takes effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 am, and continues through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Executive Order 2020-21 Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life

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Sunday, March 22

The Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of business resources to provide aid and information during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new webpage can be accessed through a button at the top of the homepage on the Chamber's website, www.mt-pleasant.net

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Isabella County Parks have opened Meridian Park, Deerfield Park & the Pere Marquette Rail Trail - All facilities and buildings will be locked & the parks will not be staffed

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ART REACH CANCELLATIONS

March 26: March Brews & Brushes (To Be Rescheduled)

March 28: Kids Acrylic class (To Be Rescheduled)

March 28: Oil Painting Landscape Workshop (To Be Rescheduled)

April 1: Let's Do Lunch

April 1: Country Creations

April 11: Kids & Culture

May 9: Kids & Culture

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Indian Trails has suspended all of its daily scheduled bus service, which includes routes throughout Michigan, and into Chicago, Milwaukee and Duluth, as well as connections with the Greyhound and Amtrak national transportation networks.

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The Michigan Department of Treasury is offering collections assistance to newly unemployed Michiganders currently paying on past-due state tax debts or other state debts.  Individuals who have been laid off or had their place of employment closed due to COVID-19 should reach out to see what options are available. To receive assistance, individuals are encouraged to contact Treasury’s Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265.

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WEEK OF MARCH 16-21

I-Ride, Isabella County - Until further notice, I-Ride will temporarily suspend the collection of cash/pass fares on all demand response services to limit passenger and driver interaction.  Drivers will not be selling passes at this time.  The I-Ride lobby and front desk at 2100 E. Transportation Drive is closed to the public until further notice.  However, our receptionists will still be available by calling 989.773.2913.

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Clare Chamber of Commerce/Clare’s Historic Train Depot is closed to the public until April 5th. If you need anything, call the Chamber office at (989) 386-2442 between the hours of 10am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.  Damon - manager@claremichigan.com - Liz - events@claremichigan.com

Clare County Transit is offering free grocery pick up and porch delivery for our senior passengers and those with risk factors associated with COVID-19. Currently Steve's Country Market in Harrison and Carrow's Supermarket in Farwell are participating. To use this service; call your store of choice, give them your shopping list, arrange payment over the phone and leave your address. When your order is complete your store will call CCTC for transportation of your groceries. If you would like to call CCTC's dispatch to notify us as well you are welcome to do so.

Pere Marquette Distrit Library, Clare - Offering curbside pick-up during their closing - M-F From 10am-2pm

Bob Guiliani's Photography classes that were to be held at the Historic Clare Depot this month and in April have been cancelled for now.

515 Gallery, Clare - Will be closed until April 6th, however together we can VIRTUALLY enjoy the creative works of these three amazing artists-Margo Berke, Marlies Manning & Diane Mooradian! So enjoy today’s start into the 515 Gallery & learn to appreciate how art can calm the soul!

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Michigan's SBDC has provided a variety of resources to support small businesses as they respond to COVID-19, including Disaster Assistance Loans. Learn more:  https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/

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Mt Pleasant Convention & Visitors Bureau "Meet Mt Pleasant Tourism Award & William Brehm Scholarship Presentation" on April 8th is Cancelled

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Merrill Community Schools bond proposal vote on May 5th is cancelled

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United Way has launched a Community Response Fund to help partner organizations in their response to the virus. The 2-1-1 helpline is there 24 hours a day to connect people with the resources they need in times of crisis.

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Local Food Delivery & Pick-Up Options

- Freddie's Tavern-(989) 773-2180

- Summit Smokehouse-(989) 400-4666

- Buffalo Wild Wings-(989) 772-9464

- Pita Pit-(989) 773-1177

- China Garden-(989) 773-9858

- Los Palominos-(989) 953-4161

- Max & Emily's-(989) 772-7460

- Biggby Coffee-(989) 773-3800

- Taco Boy-(989) 772-0394

- Vin Trofeo's-(989) 400-4120

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CMU Program Board has cancelled the Wale & Social House for April 24 - Those who have already purchased tickets are eligible for a full refund from Ticket Central

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The Michigan DNR has closed shooting ranges and will restrict general public walk-in traffic at facilities statewide. The affected DNR offices will be open by appointment only to customers who need services such as obtaining hunting, fishing and charter licenses. Regular deliveries will continue. These facilities include DNR fisheries research stations and hatcheries, forestry and wildlife field offices and visitor centers. The same provisions were put in place for DNR customer service centers and certain field offices.

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Gratiot County government buildings are closed to the public. This includes the Courthouse, the office of the Drain Commissioner, the north and south annex buildings, the jail lobby, the Commission on Aging facilities, and Parks and Recreation Offices. The Animal Shelter will open for animal adoptions by appointment only from 1:00 to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The Shelter will not be taking owner relinquishments.  Staff will be working and most services will continue. However, to limit the potential for spread of the Covid-19 virus, all service will be provided by telephone, email, fax and/or mail. Telephone numbers for county offices are available on our website at www.gratiotmi.com, as are many of the forms often utilized by members of the public.  Until further notice, passports will not be issued by the Register of Deeds. The Court will not be conducting marriage ceremonies. 

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Due to the Isabella County Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) closing there will be NO curbside recycling pick-up starting March 19 through April 5, 2020. The actual MRF Facility is also closed to the public through April 5, 2020.  Information will be updated and shared via the City’s website (www.mt-pleasant.org), Blog (mpcityblog.com), Facebook and Twitter accounts, MACTV Charter Spectrum Channel 188, and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

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All Isabella County Facilities are closed to the public thru April 5 - The Isabella County Trial Court is closed with the following exceptions: 1-Scheduled hearings will continue. Only litigants, their attorneys, witnesses and other parties to the case will be allowed entry. 2-Emergency filings will be allowed; but only the party filing the document(s) will be allowed entry (unless good reason to admit others). 3-Other entry will be at the discretion of the Chief Judge or Court Administrator. The Court will continue to provide essential services as required. If you have business with the Trial Court or other County office or department, please call first to arrange an alternative to coming into a building. A complete listing of phone numbers is available on our County website at www.isabellacounty.org. 

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to be fully staffed, however, if you have business at the Jail, please follow the directions posted on the entry door, or call 989-772-5911.

The Isabella County Treasurer’s Office will be open to the public via appointment only.  Please call 989-317-4091 and you will be greeted by staff at the South entrance to the County Building.

At this time, we are encouraging all payments be made by mail. Please visit our website at www.isabellacounty.org to obtain property tax payoff information and for any further updates.

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The Mackinac Bridge Authority will not accept cash transactions starting March 21. Until further notice, Mackinac Bridge customers will need to pay with a credit or debit card, or use a MacPass card or windshield sticker. If drivers wish to pay with credit or debit cards, the toll collector will hold the credit card device out to the driver so they can insert their card. Drivers will not need to hand their cards to the toll collector.

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The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has closed its lobbies to visits from the public, except for customers with appointments. These changes will remain effective as long as necessary for the health and safety of the public.  Eligible employees are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits online at www.michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017

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The Michigan DNR is closing to the public numerous customer service centers and field offices statewide.  Fishing and hunting licenses, camping reservations and other items will remain available for purchase online. Hunting and fishing guides and digests are also available online. Burn permits are available free at Michigan.gov/BurnPermit.

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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is closing its lobbies to visits from the public, except for appointments, and will stop requiring residents to visit MDHHS offices in order to receive state assistance benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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American Red Cross Office in Alma - Closed TFN

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Local Social Security Offices - Closed to the public for in-person service - For online services, visit www.socialsecurity.gov

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Alma Transit - All Bus Service with the exception of those needing dialysis treatments, is suspended - until April 6

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ICCU Lobbies Closed TFN - Extended hours for drive thru: Monday- Friday 8am-6pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm

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MDOT has closed the information lobbies at all Michigan Welcome Centers until further notice

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Mt Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce has cancelled the March 25th YPN Social Comedy Night at Ascend, April 16th New Member Orientation

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Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Closed TFN

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McLaren Central Michigan is screening everyone entering the hospital for COVID-19.  This will include asking a series of questions.  No visitors will be allowed in the hospital. Exceptions include: Caregivers, labor and delivery partner, parents, foster parents & legal guardians (if over the age of 21), visitor of a critically ill patient and patients nearing end of life.  All employees and non-emergency department patients are required to enter in the hospital’s main (West) Entrance.  ER patients will still utilize the ER Entrance.  If you have a cough + cold, please stay in your vehicle and call (989) 772-6747 to speak with a triage nurse.  McLaren Central Michigan has a secure and isolated area of the hospital where ER patients also presenting with possible signs of COVID-19 will be treated in order to mitigate spread of infection.  If you have any questions, please contact Patient Relations at 989.772.6720

Mid-Michigan Health - No visitors that are not necessary for the provision of medical care or the support of activities of daily living, or that are not visiting under exigent circumstances, such as grave illness or imminent death of a family member.  Also all visitors must be screened before entering the facilities - Thru April 5 - Mid michigan Health COVID-19 hotline - (800) 445-7356 or (989) 794-7600.

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Celebration Cinema in Mt Pleasant closed until further notice

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March 28 McLaren Community Day at the CMU SAC is cancelled

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All activities & meetings at the Isabella County Commission on Aging & all congregate meal sites are cancelled until further notice - Home delivered meals & in-home services will continue

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Chippewa River District Library - All Libraries closed thru April 5

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Michigan Department of Corrections has halted in-person visiting of prisoners at State Prisons - All outside tours & groups who visit the prisons are also cancelled

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NHL season suspended

NBA season suspended

MLB cancelled spring training & delayed the regular season indefinately

XFL:  Season cancelled

GLIAC Conference has cancelled all athletically-related activity thru May 31st (Northwood)

MHSAA has halted all activities in sponsored sports through April 5

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