MARQUETTE – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on Wednesday that more than 10 million primary series doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to the Michiganders.
The state has also administered more than 207,000 third doses to immunocompromised individuals and booster doses to eligible individuals.
To date, 68.3% of Michiganders aged 16 or older have received at least their first dose of one of the three vaccines, bringing the state closer to its goal of 70% vaccination rate.
“To date, Michigan has surpassed 10 million doses of hope in the form of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine” Whitmer said in a statement. “Thank you to the more than 5.5 million Michiganders who have been vaccinated to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. Whether it’s finishing your first or second dose, or getting your booster or extra dose of the vaccine, I urge all eligible Michiganders to make a plan to get theirs today. The vaccine remains the best way to help us get back to normal and continue our strong economic progress. “
From January to July, unvaccinated Michiganders accounted for 98% of COVID cases, 95% of hospitalizations and 96% of deaths.
“The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is already protecting millions of Michiganders from this deadly virus,” Medical director Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian said in a statement. “With the Delta variant circulating and cases of COVID-19 continuing to spread across the state, we are urging all eligible Michiganders to get vaccinated as soon as possible. “
Bagdasarian said those eligible for a third dose due to being immunocompromised or a booster dose as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are advised to make an appointment with their health care provider or to visit their local pharmacy to maintain and increase this. level of protection.
The total vaccine doses, including the primary and additional or booster doses, are: 5,967,776 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech; 3,900,419 doses of Moderna; and 352,317 doses of Johnson & Johnson, the governor’s office reported.
NICE school district
provides an update
NICE Community Schools Superintendent Bryan DeAugustine in a letter to families in the school district on Friday said he would continue to follow the public health order regarding the masks as well as the advice of his lawyers.
The Marquette County Department of Health has issued a warrant that requires preschool through sixth grade students in county educational institutions to wear face masks when in closed school buildings or structures .
DeAugustine said he consulted two legal teams on the matter, one of which works for the Michigan Association of School Boards and the other for the law firm Thrun.
They said that the current MCHD masking order “Bears the weight of the law”.
“We have to follow him” DeAugustine wrote. “Otherwise, we (our fellow board members and I) could personally face fines and jail time for willfully disobeying a public health order. “
DeAugustine said the Michigan state budget does not ban mask warrants but creates a provision allowing the state to withhold funding from health services that issue masking orders. However, he pointed out that Whitmer announced his belief that this provision violates the state’s constitution and is unenforceable.
The issue, he said, rests with the health department, the legislature and the governor.
“I know that many individuals and groups do not like what is happening” DeAugustine wrote. “I understand the counterpoints that are being made and the frustration and confusion felt.
“I will repeat what I have already said and written: we will continue to follow the public health order and the advice of our lawyers.”
GACS hiring tests coordinator
Community schools in the Gwinn area have announced that they are looking to hire a COVID-19 test coordinator.
This position will be responsible for coordinating, monitoring and tracking COVID-19 testing at Gwinn High / Middle School and Gilbert and KI Sawyer schools, and communicating with each of the building administrators.
The duties of the position include:
coordinate and supervise all aspects of COVID-19 screening and testing in schools;
≤ organize the students’ daily worksheets scheduled for the tests and reconcile them at the end of each test day;
≤ animate the protocols on site in the test areas;
≤ manage test kit material inventory and order supplies for ongoing COVID-19 testing;
maintain contact tracing lists and update them daily;
communicate with families about tests and test results;
contact the Marquette County Health Department.
The knowledge, skills and abilities required include the operation of a personal computer and the use of common office software such as presentations, word processing, spreadsheets and databases; understand and interpret complex oral instructions and / or written instructions; participate in assigned projects and development work for others; and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
This is a non-union part-time position with a maximum of five hours per day.
The hours are flexible in discussion with the building administrators. The rate of pay is $ 13 per hour.
Interested applicants should submit a Letter of Interest and a completed application, available at www.gwinnschools.org, to: Brandon Bruce, Superintendent, 50 West M-35; PO Box 447, Gwinn, MI 49841. Applications will be accepted until October 15 or until the position is filled.
Wood assistance available
Loggers and hauliers have until October 15 to request a share of $ 200 million in federal assistance for losses suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They can apply for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Pandemic Assistance Program for Loggers and Carriers through the USDA Farm Service Agency.
They can also explore the PATHH Toolkit at bit.ly/3Ahy287 for information on applications, USDA service center locations, and a webinar with answers to frequently asked questions.
The PATHH program offers grants of up to $ 125,000 to businesses in the industry that have experienced a decline amid COVID-19 in 2020.
Fishermen and carriers whose businesses suffered a loss of gross revenue of at least 10% from January 1 to December 1, 2020, compared to the previous year, are encouraged to apply.
Businesses where 50% or more of gross income comes from cutting or transporting wood or processing wood on site in the forest are eligible.
Christie Mastric can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. His email address is [email protected]