The Health Department of Northwest Michigan released a public health emergency order that went into effect Monday at noon.
“With the continued rise in cases across Michigan as well as evidence of community spread in surrounding areas of northern Michigan, we are concerned about anyone who has to leave their home to either provide or receive essential services,” said Health Officer Lisa Peacock. “Critical infrastructure workers and those seeking their services are at higher risk to either get or spread the virus because they may interact with people outside of their home.”
She added, “Screening of critical infrastructure employees and implementing social distancing measures can’t completely eliminate the risk but can reduce the risk by requiring consistency in these practices.”
A few important notes regarding essential business screenings for fevers:
The Health Department will initially investigate any questions or complaints and, if found to be significant enough to seek charges, will enlist the assistance of law enforcement and county prosecutors.
As of 4 p.m., the Health Department of Northwest Michigan is reporting positive COVID-19 cases in the following counties:
Confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the following counties:
The State of Michigan has reported 17,221 cases and 727 deaths.