Latest County Covid stats

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an Emergency Order under the Public Health Code to update COVID safety requirements for Michiganders. As expected, many parts of earlier emergency orders are continued. The complete order can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/MDHHS_epidemic_order_-_Gatherings_masks_bars_sports_-_FINAL_704287_7.pdf.

You might feel healthy, but the reality is this: about 40% of people who have COVID-19 may be asymptomatic. That means almost one out of every two people could be infected. They might not know it until it’s too late. We can only contain the virus and keep Michigan open if everyone stays careful and masks up when they leave home, whether they feel sick or not. Face coverings can reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70%. So Mask Up Michigan!

894 cases and 14 deaths, Probable Cases Clinton County: 113 [as of October 23]

For the latest updates visit https://www.mmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus/

Do you have COVID-19 questions? If you have questions regarding COVID-19, call the MDHHS hotline at 1-888-535-6136, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


USMC Runner Celebration coming up October 24

On October 24 Travis Smith will be running beginning at 8 a.m. from the St. Johns Veterans Memorial west on the rail trail to Fowler for a 13.1 mile Maribe Corps Marathon in honor of his 10 year USMC service anniversary. He is expected to be in Fowler between noon and 1 p.m.

Take a flag and a friend with you to The Fowler Village Market to show your small town support for this USMC veteran runner.


Skilled Trades Job Fair is October 30

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The Skilled Trades Job Fair will be held on Friday, October 30 from 8:30 -11:30 a .m. at 6427 Centurion Drive, Lansing, the former Cops & Donuts location.

Here’s a sample of what your future could look like:
– Carpenters $12.47 to $31.92 per hour
– Concrete Finishers $10.18 to $28.86 per hour
– HVAC $13.43 to $33.69 per hour
– Painters $10.93 to $28.55 per hour
– Plumbers $14.46 to $36.15 per hour
– Roofers $9.67 to $30.98 per hour

Questions? Contact the HBA of Greater Lansing at (517) 323-3254 or email Cindy Kosloski at ckosloski@hbalansing.com.


SJPD announces Trick or Treating guidelines

Tricking or Treating will be held in St. Johns from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.

Here are some safety suggestions:
If you wish to participate, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health have both determined that traditional door to door trick or treating is a high-risk activity as far as Covid-19 is concerned.

Suggested guidelines if you wish to participate in door-to-door trick or treating:
– Maintain social distancing
– Wear an approved CDC mask under your costume
– Wash or sanitize hands often
– Groups should be members of the same household
– Avoid congregating with others and keep moving
– Only go to houses where safety practices are being used

Suggestions for homeowner’s participating:
– Use tape to mark 6′ distances on your walkway
– Set up a table in your driveway or away from your front door to distribute individually wrapped candy. Sanitize table often.

Limit parties to family groups of 10 persons or less; private parties should be avoided.

Trunk or treat events, which are usually done by non-profit or church groups, are also considered high-risk so similar CDC guidelines are also recommended.


Relay for Life to hold silent auction

The 2020 Silent Auction in support of Relay for Life will be online November 18 – 30. Having it in the fall will allow them to take advantage of the holiday shopping season. You can’t get more #ShopSmall than Relay For Life!

To make this a success organizers need your help securing items. There is not a minimum value required, but they do recommend bundling smaller items together to create “baskets.”

As with the on-site auction, whatever amount your donated item(s) go for will be applied toward your team/personal fundraiser.

Please reach out to Nikki or Marlene with questions and to submit items. For more information visit the website.


MDHHS provides COVID-19 guidance for holiday travel and gatherings

­­­­­The holiday season will be different for Michiganders this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure families do not miss out on being together during the holidays, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued guidance on how to travel and gather safely during the holidays.

“Celebrating the holiday season with family and friends is one of our most cherished traditions,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Even though the way we celebrate may have to be different, the guidance issued today shows there are still many ways to spend quality time with family and friends safely during this festive season.”

Traveling and in-person gatherings increase the chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. However, if you decide to travel for the holidays, follow these safety measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

Wear a mask and keep your nose and mouth covered when in public places.
Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not from your household.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

In addition to the MDHHS guidance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the following resources to help determine if you should travel during the holidays:

Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
– Know Your Travel Risk
– Know When to Delay Your Travel to Avoid Spreading COVID-19
– CDC COVID-19 Travel Advisories

Individuals who should avoid attending or hosting in-person holiday celebrations with people who do not live in their household, include those who:

Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not met the criteria for when it is safe to be around others.
Have symptoms of COVID-19 or are waiting for COVID-19 viral test results.
May have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
Are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, or live or work with someone at increased risk of severe illness.

The new guidance also urges Michiganders to consider hosting virtual festivities instead of in-person holiday gatherings if there is a risk of community spread based on the risk identified in the MI Safe Start map. If an in-person gathering is hosted, it should be held outdoors if possible. Indoor festivities should avoid crowded, poorly ventilated or fully enclosed indoor spaces, and should be limited to 10 people or less per MDHHS Oct. 9 Emergency Epidemic Order. In addition, attendees of indoor or outdoor festivities should:

– Social distance.
– Wear cloth masks.
– Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
– Keep safe around food drinks, including following good hygiene and limiting the amount of people in areas where food is prepared.
– Bring food and drinks for themselves and members of their household. Avoid potluck gatherings.
Have one person serve all shareable food and consider using single-use items for condiments, plates and utensils.

Read the full “Celebrating the Holidays During COVID-19” guidance for additional tips to consider before, during and after a gathering to stay safe this holiday season.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.


Order your special Christmas Gift now

The Clinton County Historical Society is promoting the sale of the beginnings of our local history in the form of a 500 piece (18″ x 24″) puzzle. With some extra time on our hands you can have some fun putting together a great picture of our 1890 Clinton County Court House.

To order:
Please send the following information and include a check for $35 (if you want to pick up in St. Johns) or
$40 (if you want it shipped) to:
CCHS
P.O. Box 174
St. Johns, MI 48879

Please include: Your name, Your address and Phone or email to notify you of arrival.

Pick up will be at 503 N. Lansing St., St. Johns, MI 48879. For more information call Julie Peters: 989-501-0599 or email petersj@msu.edu.