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Published 3/18/2020
8:35pm

Update for All Specialty Court Participants and other Litigants Under the Jurisdiction of the Circuit 

From: Honorable Matthew Stewart

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Effective Thursday March 19, 2020 all required drug testing at Recovery Pathways will be administered at the participant’s vehicle. When you arrive at the facility, wait in the parking lot, do not exit your vehicle. A technician will come to your vehicle or mode of transportation to administer your drug test via oral swab. Again, an attendant will approach you and administer an oral test while you sit in your vehicle. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE.
If the technician suspects the participant is under the influence, more testing may be required. Any questions you may have regarding this updated policy should be directed to the participant’s case manager or probation agent.

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3/15/2020 Update

Monday, all K-12 schools in the state of Michigan will be closed to help prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the announcement after 10 more cases if coronavirus were confirmed positive in state.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning a 15-and-a-half-million-dollar project. MDOT announced crews will begin resurfacing Eight Mile Road between I-75 in Hazel Park and I-94 in Harper Woods starting March 30th.  

The Kalamazoo St. Patrick's Day parade this Saturday is canceled. The Irish American Club of Kalamazoo canceled the parade after Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Two Blue Cross Blue Shield walk-in centers are closing in Grand Rapids due to the coronavirus. The health insurance company says it will be closing ten total customer walk-in centers across Michigan.

An Oakland County judge may become the first-ever Chaldean American to serve as a federal judge. President Trump has nominated Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Hala Jarbou to fill a vacancy.

Saginaw K-9 Deebo is back on the force. The K-9 Deebo Facebook page says all restrictions have been lifted. Deebo has been cleared for light training after being stabbed a month ago.

Willow Health Center, part of the Ingham Community Health Centers, will relocate, to a more central Lansing location Tuesday. Willow Health Center provides care to people ages 10-21.  

If you are a user of the driver assistance program through the Mackinac Bridge Authority, you may want to find a new way across the bridge. The authority announced on Twitter they will be suspending the program to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.