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Coronavirus-19 Updates

Posted on: July 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Emergency Public Health Directive

To protect the public’s health and reduce the spread of COVID 19, until further notice the following activities are NOT allowed:

  1. Indoor gatherings of >10 individuals, not of the same household, whether public or private. Face coverings are required for indoor gatherings and 6 feet of distance must be maintained between non-household members.
  2. Outdoor gatherings of >100 individuals, whether public or private.  Six feet of distance must be maintained between individuals not of the same household and face coverings are required at outdoor gatherings if individuals are unable to consistently maintain 6 feet of distance from those not of their household. 
  3. Indoor sports activities, including conditioning and practice.
  4. Outdoor sports activities that do not allow all individuals, not of the same household to maintain 6 feet of distance at all times. Outdoor conditioning and practice may occur, but no competition (including scrimmages) for the following:
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Any other sport that does not allow for physical distance to be maintained at all times 

The above stated prohibitions have been mandated by Governor’s Executive Orders since June 1, 2020. These prohibitions must be followed if we are to improve the current trend of virus activity in our community. Trends of concern include the following:

  • As of July 31, 2020, there have been 346 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lenawee County; 138 or 40%, of those cases are active cases. For comparison, on July 1, 2020, 182 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Lenawee County, with 30 or 16%, of those cases being active cases on that date. 
  • Lenawee County COVID-19 case counts for the month of July 2020, are very near the total number of COVID-19 cases documented in Lenawee County from March 24, 2020 to July 1, 2020. 
  • The percentage of total tests conducted in the county that yield positive results has increased from <1.0% in mid-June to >5.0% in recent days.
  • Lenawee County has been experiencing a higher 7-day average positive test rate than other counties in Region 7 (Jackson and Hillsdale). 
  • Lenawee has seen a significant increase in the 7-day average of new cases per million since mid-June.

Violations of the prohibited conduct will be reported to the relevant authorities for enforcement, including but not limited to:

  • Michigan Attorney General’s Office. 
  • Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) 
  • Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)
  • Local Law Enforcement 
  • Lenawee County Prosecuting Attorney Office. 

Penalties vary depending on the agency however can include:

  • revocation or sanctions of business licensing (liquor, professional service, etc.) 
  • workplace sanctions including closure of business, fines up to $7,000.00    
  • criminal penalties for supervisors and or individuals for failing to comply. 

This directive does not apply to businesses and operations that are operating in compliance with an executive order issued by the Governor of the State of Michigan or an Emergency Order issued by the Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

This Public Health Directive shall be in place until further notice.

Dated:    July 31, 2020  

Martha Hall
Local Health Officer

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