City Recreation programs suspended
The City of St. Johns Recreation programs will be suspended for the next two weeks, beginning Friday evening.
Participants will receive an email through their Recreation Department account over the weekend with more information.
COVID cases on the rise yet again
Clinton County Emergency Services,, including K9 Keela, stopped by the COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Clinton County
Cases of COVID-19 have been steadily increasing in Michigan over the past few weeks, and Mid-Michigan District Health Department’s (MMDHD) jurisdiction is certainly no exception.
As of April 5, an average of 78 new daily confirmed cases have been reported for MMDHDs three-county jurisdiction, compared to an average of 13 new confirmed daily cases reported just 30 days ago. This indicates a 500% increase in average daily cases. Per individual county in MMDHDs jurisdiction, the percentage increase in new cases is 440% in Clinton County, 365% in Gratiot County, and 659% in Montcalm County.
In response to the spike in cases in our state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has reinstated a standard 14-day quarantine for close contacts of COVID-19 cases. This removes the option of a 10-day quarantine. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is also reminding everyone that “testing out of quarantine” has never been an option in Michigan. This guidance will be updated at www.michigan.gov/containcovid
This increase in cases will likely impact MMDHDs contact tracing efforts. Those who test positive for COVID-19 or who are identified as a close contact may experience a delay in hearing from our communicable disease nurses.
Those who test positive should:
– Fill out the form located at www.mmdhd.org/covid-reporting
– Isolate at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms. If you do not have symptoms, isolate for 10 days from the date of your positive test.
– Notify your close contacts that they may have been exposed and encourage them to quarantine for 14 days, starting with the date they were last in contact with you. Keep in mind that someone with COVID-19 can spread the virus beginning 48 hours (two days) before symptoms start or 48 hours (two days) before testing positive.
– Answer your phone, even if it is an unknown number, because it could be MMDHD or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services calling to complete your case investigation.
Additional information on isolation and quarantine can be found at www.mmdhd.org/covid-center/
MMDHD is asking community members to continue efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Washing your hands frequently, staying at least six feet away from others not in your household, not attending large gatherings, and wearing a mask can make a big difference. And, if you have not already been vaccinated, be sure to visit our website, www.mmdhd.org, to find vaccination locations near you. We are so close to ending this pandemic, and we ask that you stay vigilant just a little while longer.
MMDHD Health Officer COVID Vaccine Update
In his latest video, Health Officer Marcus Cheatham shows you how to schedule an appointment.
His Cup Runneth Over begins 7th season
His Cup Runneth Over, a mobile meal ministry, will be starting it’s 7th season of giving out Free meals on Tuesday, April 20.
Free meals will be given out from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 100 Maple Ave. in St. Johns. They will be located in the back southwest corner of the parking lot. Everyone is welcome to come and it is free for all who come.
For those unable to pick up lunch, please call to arrange for delivery by Monday, April 19.
His Cup Runneth Over is a 501 (c)3. If you would like to get involved in volunteering or need delivery call or text 517-388-2005 or 989-544-5764.
Music in the Park plans 18th season
It’s that time of year again to start talking about and making plans to attend an 18th season of Music in the Park.
After a successful 17th season last year even with the obstacles and challenges that were met and overcome, they are excited to be talking about this summer’s shows.
The lineup has not been finalized yet, and the exact first show has not been put on paper definitively, but we know that every Wednesday evening’s show this year will be featuring Top Notch entertainers and groups. Organizers base this on the number of acts that have been vying for the limited openings.
Relay for Life schedules events
Relay for Life of Clinton County is looking for donations of items for their silent auction.
The event will be held on May 2, 2021 from 10 a.m. through noon. It will be hosted online through the ACS platform, Greater Giving. There will be no fees, no item limit.
When you register you can put your cc information in so it charges it automatically any winning bids. No muss, no fuss!
Upcoming events for the 2021 Relay for Life event include:
– Scavenger Hunt: May 7-9, 2021
– Drive Thru Luminaria: May 7. 8-10 p.m. St Johns Downtown Depot
SafeCenter Virtual Fundraiser coming up Thursday, April 22
Last year SafeCenter was unable to hold their usual in-person annual event due to the concerns with COVID-19. Not having what has typically been the biggest fundraiser of the year for the agency, greatly impacted the ability to meet the fund development goal for the year, all while the need for SafeCenter’s essential services increased while victims were isolated and quarantined with their abuser(s). With restrictions now lifting and life returning to a more “normal” pace, the calls for assistance continue to increase.
Because of this, and in honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, SafeCenter is hosting their first ever virtual fundraising event on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on their Facebook page.
The event is Free of charge and takes the place of the usual annual in-person dinner event, due to continued restrictions with COVID-19. All are welcome to attend. Those interested in attending can simply log into Facebook and watch live, interacting with organization personnel throughout the event’s duration. Donations will be accepted online via their website www.thesafecenter.org, in-person at the Owosso and St. Johns Office, and/or by mail: PO Box 277, Owosso, MI 48867 before, during, and after the event.
By attending this event and giving to SafeCenter, you partner in the mission to Empower, Advocate, Educate, and Prevent and provide essential services to adults and children who are in dangerous and potentially lethal situations. Your contribution also provides SafeCenter with the ability to partner with other community organizations across the area and hold those who seek to do harm to others accountable for their actions. We can’t do this work alone. Take a stand against Domestic and Sexual Violence this April, support SafeCenter, and help make our community a safer place to live, work, and play for all.
SafeCenter Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Clinton and Shiawassee Counties has been fully operational since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, providing a variety of services to adult and child survivors. Although the Emergency Shelter has only been able to operate at 50% capacity due to CDC guidelines, individuals in high danger have been moteled in a safe location off-site when the Shelter is full. All other available services have continued, either in-person following health and safety guidelines, or virtually since the onset of COVID. SafeCenter has been able to maintain employment, health and safety of all staff and residents throughout the pandemic.