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Published 4/8/2020
12:19pm

Celebrating Holidays in Shiawassee County During COVID-19

Health Department Gives Ideas On Safe Celebrating

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Holidays are a popular time for family and friends to gather with one another, however, this year celebrating holidays like Easter and birthdays will be different. As Michigan COVID-19 cases continue to rise, it is important to avoid gathering with people outside of your household. The Shiawassee County Health Department understands that this will be difficult for families with holiday traditions.
 
The Shiawassee County Health Department encourages residents to do their part by staying home and staying safe. Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order requiring all Michiganders must stay in their homes unless they are part of critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in outdoor activity where you can maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or the grocery store.
 
This year show you care for your community by not gathering in groups to celebrate. The Shiawassee County Health Department has shared some ideas of how you can celebrate holidays together:
 
• Use chalk to decorate your sidewalk or driveway
• Put eggs in your front lawn or windows
• Stream an Easter service using Zoom or Facebook Live
• Prepare a meal together, share what you are grateful for over the phone
• Do an indoor or backyard scavenger hunt for baskets and eggs
• Share your favorite holiday memory on social media
• Create holiday themed arts and crafts
• Call a relative, friend, or neighbor and check in to see how they are doing
• Bake a cake
• Have a virtual birthday party
• Make a new holiday tradition

The Shiawassee County Health Department knows these are trying times, but as a community we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by not gathering together. Connect with loved ones virtually to protect one another and reach out to those you may know are struggling. You are not alone; we are all in this together.

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Update 4/5/2020

Benteler Automotive Corporation in West Michigan will lay off 1,000 employees.  The company notified the state of the temporary layoffs due to global impacts on the supply chain.

Cease and desist letters were sent to three non-essential Upper Peninsula businesses for remaining open when only essential businesses should be open.  Auto Credit Center, Grow Masters Indoor & Outdoor Gardening Supplies and Holy Smokes Tobacco Shop, all in Menominee County, were hand-delivered the letters by Michigan State Police.

Michigan State University is launching virtual courses aimed at anyone interested in gardening.  The Cabin Fever Conversations series features a different guest speaker each week.

Meijer is now conducting health-screenings of employees before each shift.  The West Michigan-based retailer joins other companies taking extra steps to keep employees and customers safe.

The Treasury Department has announced that Social Security recipients will automatically receive the direct payment being made to Americans as part of the CARES Act, Congressman John Moolenaar said, noting that he supported the initiative. Social Security recipients who normally do not file a tax return, do not need to file one to receive the payment.

Lansing Police are asking for help locating a missing teen.  Demasio Nino Perez is 14 years old, 6'1 and 155 pounds, police say, and was reported as a runaway/missing person last seen in the 500 block of Riley Street in Lansing.  He was wearing black and grey sweatpants and a grey t-shirt.  Call 517-483-4600 with information.

Saginaw parks and playgrounds have closed to vehicle access effective immediately.  Anyone wishing to utilize a city park will have to enter on foot until further notice.

The MHSAA has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-2020 winter and sports seasons.  This marks the first year since 1942-1943 that finals will not be played.  World War II forced the cancellation of many final sporting events.

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