Breaking News!

The Clinton County Courthouse was closed to the public starting at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. Limited essential services are available by appointment only. Department numbers are available at https://www.clinton-county.org/.

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11:25 a.m. Thursday March 29 – first case of coronavirus reported in Clinton County.

MMDHD confirms first Clinton County presumptive positive COVID-19 case

Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) has been informed of a presumptive positive COVID-19 case in a Clinton County resident. The specimen will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmatory testing.

“We hope this person has a speedy recovery,” said Dr. Jennifer Morse, MMDHD Medical Director. “The Health Department is relying on our communities to work together, be vigilant, and take necessary precautions to slow the spread of illness.”

The Mid-Michigan District Health Department will be contacting those who have been in close contact with the patient and they will be assessed for symptoms and monitored appropriately.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Those experiencing these symptoms and who are at risk of infection (travel to areas with community spread or know exposure to an infected person) should contact their healthcare provider.

Those most at-risk include older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, like heart or lung disease or diabetes.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, residents should wash their hands frequently for twenty seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home when sick, touch their face less, avoid those who are sick and disinfect commonly touches surfaces.

Mid-Michigan District Health Department will provide additional information as it becomes available. Please visit www.mmdhd.org, www.michigan.gov/coronavirus, or www.cdc.gov/COVID-19 for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

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COVID-19 phone scam

Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) has learned of scam related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Some Michiganders have received phone calls from someone claiming to be a nurse following up on recent COVID-19 test results. They are told that they tested positive for COVID-19, and they need to provide their credit card information in order to have antibiotics shipped to them.

This is a scam. If a nurse calls with test results of any kind, she or he will never ask for credit card information. Also antibiotics are not used to treat COVID-19.

Please visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus for up-to-date information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).


By appointment only and updated hours

Harr’s Jewelry will only be open from 9:30-Noon (Tuesday-Friday) until further notice, for pick-ups only. They will not be taking in any new repairs or cleaning and checking jewelry at this time. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment please contact them at 989-224-7443.

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Starting Monday, March 16 and extending through Friday, April 3, City Offices will not be open for over-the-counter services which includes bill payment or vendor deliveries. However, city staff will still be available during normal working hours to answer phone calls, respond to emails and process bill payments.

If your service requires face-to-face interaction with a staff person please call the city offices to schedule an appointment. This change is not anticipated to create any delay in public services.

All bill payments can be delivered to the City of St. Johns drop box, which is located in the courthouse parking lot located off of Cass Street.

The City of St. Johns does accept on-line payments for water/sewer bills, permits, park and recreation, and personal property tax by visiting www.cityofstjohnsmi.com. Please contact city offices at (989) 224-8944 for any questions.

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Clinton County Board of Commissioners has declared a State of Emergency. Beginning at 5 p.m. March 16 only essential county services will be provided. The public is encouraged to conduct business and see updates online at www.clinton-county.org.

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Clinton Transit is asking riders to limit use of the services at this time to medically necessary trips and access to employers.

Clinton Transit Care-A-Van services have been suspended until April 1st, unless otherwise communicated.

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Courthouse Cuts will be accepting clients by appointment only. Do not call the shop. See their Facebook page for details.

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Sports Stop’s hours will be temporarily changing as of Monday, March 16th until further notice We will be open from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday. You can find phone # and email address under the contact us page on the website. www.sportsstop.net.

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Beginning March 15 Kroger will be open 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. until further notice.

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Oh Mi Organics will remain OPEN for grab-n-go purchases.

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LAFCU branch lobbies will be open by appointment-only beginning Monday, March 16, to help mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Access to all LAFCU services remains available via digital, drive-thru and phone options.

WHERE: All LAFCU branches, which are located in the counties of Ingham, Clinton, Eaton and Shiawassee.

WHEN: Beginning Monday, March 16, until otherwise announced.

HOW: To make an appointment at a LAFCU branch during regular business hours, 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Call 517-622-6600 or use the credit union’s online chat at www.LAFCU.com.


Closed

The Clinton County Courthouse first floor entrance off of State Street will be permanently closed to the public. This is to allow safety and security of everyone who visits the courthouse. To access City offices please use the back entrance. You may then utilize the stairway or elevator to the first floor. If you have any questions on where those are located, please speak with the Security officer upon entrance.

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Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, The Clinton County Road Commission will be closing their facility to the public until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

There are many ways to conduct business with CCRC electronically. Employees will be working, completing all normal services they provide during this time period.

Available by phone (989) 224-3274, Facebook page and as always you can email at:
ccrc@ccrc-roads.com.

Permit applications can be sent to: ccrc@ccrc-roads.com, they will be issued via email. Payments can also be made online via our website www.ccrc-roads.com, by following the prompt for GovPayNet.

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Beginning Monday, March 16, the Briggs District Library will be closed to the public. The library will remain closed until Monday, April 6.

Koenigsknecht Dentistry will be temporarily closed for the next two weeks beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 through March 27, 2020 due to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak. This re-open date will be dependent upon the decisions that local, state, and federal government make for our communities and the current scientific data existing at that time regarding the spread of the Coronavirus here locally.

They will make themselves available to atients on an emergency basis. Please call them at 989-224-2319 if you are having a dental emergency. If you have traveled outside the country in the past 14 days or if you have any signs or symptoms of the virus, unfortunately, you will need to seek treatment at an emergency room.

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IQhub is closed until April 13.

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Ryan’s Roadhouse is closed until further notice. They hope to be back as soon as possible. At this time they won’t be offering take out or delivery.

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Waypoint Coffee Company is closing at 3 p.m. on March 16. You are welcome to come in and place an order for carry out. They are also rolling out a brand new online ordering system here: waypointcoffee.square.site

This allows you to order and pay online, request a specific pickup time, and then when you get there you can either go in and grab it, or one of the baristas would be happy to bring it out to you.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will order all bars and restaurants in the state of Michigan to shut down their dine-in services beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16. Gyms, spas and coffee shops throughout the state are also ordered to close.

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Big Boy is closed for the day on Monday, March 16. They will be re-opening Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. for Carryout only.

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Main Street Cafe will be open for curbside orders only. Corned beef and cabbage WILL be available on St. Patrick’s Day, as well as their regular menu. Hours to be determined.

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Nicole’s Salon and Day Spa has decided to shut down the salon. For now they plan on resuming normal business hours on Monday, March 23.

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Updated: St. Vincent de Paul will be closed for 3 weeks, March 16 – April 4. Remember most of the great volunteers that work a lot of hours to make this a great asset in our area are likely 65+, even 80+. Protecting their health susceptibility as well as many customers.

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The CCHS Archives will be closed starting March 17 until schools are reopened. Our policy has been that we are closed when St. Johns and/or DeWitt schools are closed for bad weather but it is time to change the wording to include all abnormal school closings to eliminate confusion.

“We thank you for your support in this decision. If you have questions, you can e-mail us at petersj@msu.edu or ccgensoc@yahoo.com.


Cancelled and Postponed

It is now necessary to cancel the March 18 Friends of the Maple River meeting in response to COVID-19 precautions. At this time, the group is still hopeful to have the river clean up in April and its regularly scheduled meeting in May.

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The Chamber of Commerce luncheon scheduled for this Thursday, March 19 is being postponed. They will reschedule for a later date.

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The leaders of Community Christian Church of St. Johns have decided to cancel all meetings at the church through April 4. This includes Bible studies, Sunday worship, youth groups, and other community groups such as TOPS, AA, NA, etc. We encourage everybody to maintain contact with each other by phone or text.

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Rotary Club meetings at Clinton Commons have been cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As soon as they have clearance to meet again, they will let everyone know.

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All City of St. Johns Recreation Department activities and classes are cancelled until April 6. Additional cancellations may be announced after that date.

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Workers’ Comp: All in person hearings are now CANCELED until the week of April 20. You will be getting further direction from Mark Long probably through the Section. Staff is still on site so redemptions can be held via telephone.

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The Knights of Columbus of St. Johns have made a conscious decision with the direction of our Supreme Council, to cancel all fish fries throughout Lent.

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St. Johns VFW Post 4113 will be cancelling all rentals at this time until this situation is resolved with COVID-19. this means any Bingo events, Corn-hole, Dinners, Weddings/Receptions, and other hosted events MUST be cancelled and rescheduled to a date that is not affected.

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Clinton Northern Railroad‘s Miracle on Railroad Street event that was to be held March 28, commemorating the tornado that took down the 1869 depot has been postponed. It has been re-scheduled for Sunday, June 28.

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For the safety of our community, we are postponing our 7th Annual Superhero 5K Run, Walk, or Fly! scheduled for April 25th and the Kick Off Event scheduled for April 7th at St. Johns Big Boy.

They will communicate with everyone when they have new dates. Additional information is available on our website and race page.

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The Lioness Club of St John’s has announced the cancellation of the Easter egg hunt that was to be held April 11th 2020.

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MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble has been cancelled. FIRST Robotics competitions are cancelled, possibly rescheduled to a later date.

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Clinton County has decided to cancel the spring Clean Community Event scheduled for Saturday, April 25. Staff will notify all those who have already registered (participants and volunteers) by mail when we return to the office on/after Monday, March 30th.

They understand that this is an inconvenience to many and are referring residents to our Waste Wizard tool to find locations for proper recycling, donation or disposal options. Our Waste Wizard can be found on this website https://www.clinton-county.org/679/Waste-Wizard.

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The Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA) is sensitive to the evolving nature of the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation. TCOA’s priority is to keep all of our volunteers, staff, clients, and program participants safe.

As such, TCOA is following advice from public health officials who recommend that people avoid group settings (especially older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions.) The following programs will be modified as described below:

• Effective Monday 3/16/20 and until further notice, the Congregate Senior Dining sites will be closed. Arrangements are being made to provide food to clients, if necessary. Individuals with questions can contact Tasha Stetler at 517-887-1393 or Carl Buonodono at 517-887-1394.
• TCOA is temporarily suspending local evidence-based programs that are currently underway. For those workshops scheduled to begin in late March or early April, we will continue to take registrations and will keep participants informed of any changes.
• Census outreach presentations and “PREVNT” (Elder Abuse Prevention) sessions are also temporarily suspended.

Effective Monday 3/16/20 and until further notice, we are suspending all in-home visits to clients in order to minimize their potential exposure to the virus. TCOA staff will maintain regular phone contact with clients.

The Meals on Wheels home delivered meals program will continue with no current interruptions. TCOA staff also remain available to provide general information and assistance about local programs and services of benefit to older adults, their families and caregivers.

TCOA will continue to communicate with any clients who may be impacted by potential future program updates. You may also visit our website, www.tcoa.org, or Facebook page for further updates.

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Programming at East Olive will be severely limited to align with the coronavirus containment efforts.

Fitness classes (linedancing, zumba, pickleball) will continue with instructor discretion unless the situation intensifies.

All other programs including Super Science Saturday, the Olive Branch Program and the Wee Playroom will be cancelled/closed. Super Science Saturday will be rescheduled and the Olive Branch and Wee Playroom will reopen in alignment with the opening of public schools.

You are welcome to use outside amenities at your discretion. The playground remains accessible and the back lot is great for running and flying kites!


School News Updates

Scholastic releases free daily courses for kids stuck home

The public educational company Scholastic came up with a way to keep kids busy and learning while school closures keep them home during coronavirus pandemic.

Scholastic set up a ‘Learn From Home’ website with four categories: PreK and Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6+. Each section is already equipped with one week of content for students with 15 additional days on the way.

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

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6 Beautiful Italian Museums to Visit for Free Online

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Free learning sites for kids

Parents that have children at Gateway and Oakview: A wonderful teacher registered our school. Use the school code for free access! Thank you Mrs.Koenigsknecht.

https://www.adventureacademy.com/
https://www.readingiq.com/
https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage

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Free food for kids during school closing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a waiver from the Michigan Department of Education on Friday, March 13 allowing school lunches to be distributed without the requirement that students eat meals in a group setting or at school. The program is called Unanticipated School Closure SFSP.

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Ovid-Elsie Families

The school will be providing free curbside (sack) meals this week Tuesday-Friday and next week Monday-Friday from 11:30-12:30 for all students. There will be no meals during Spring break.

Pick up at EEK will be at the main entrance and pick at Leonard will be at the Preschool entrance.

Again, curbside pick up only. There will be no admittance to the buildings.


Stay Updated

Mid-Michigan District Health Department website: www.mmdhd.org
MDHHS’s website: www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
CDC’s website: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Learn how to prepare for a pandemic: ready.gov/pandemic