Health department reports three additional cases of COVID-19 | Featured-pnr

Additional new cases of novel coronavirus continue to be confirmed across various Northern Michigan areas.

According to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, three new confirmed cases of the illness were reported Tuesday including two in Emmet County and one in Otsego County.

With the additional cases, the health department now has a total of 493 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including 63 in Antrim County, 102 in Charlevoix County, 161 in Emmet County and 167 in Otsego County.

“We are still in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Lisa Peacock, health officer with the health department. “The best steps each of us can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are to wear a facemask in public, avoid large gatherings of people, stay 6 feet away from others outside your household and wash your hands often.”

“COVID-19 is dispersed through respiratory droplets and these safety measures prevent the spread

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Community foundation, health department help continue school nurse program | Featured-pnr

EAST JORDAN — Ten years ago, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation was part of an effort to provide school nurses across the county and recently made a grant to sustain that service for hundreds of local children.

A grant for $130,000 from the Community Foundation will help the health department provide two full-time school nurses to serve in Boyne City, Boyne Falls, and East Jordan Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.  Charlevoix Public Schools was able to fill the gap in health support on their own. Confirmed funding for the current school year will also provide time for the health department to engage with the school districts and other potential partners to explore collaborations aimed at sustaining the school nursing program for the longer term, foundation officials said in the release.

Earlier this year, officials with Munson Healthcare discontinued the school nurse program citing impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Health official: ‘All of us need to continue to layer mitigation measures’ | Featured-pnr

Over the weekend and Monday, an additional 12 cases of novel coronavirus were confirmed by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

The health department, which serves Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties, reported seven new confirmed cases of the illness on Saturday, Sept. 19, including four in Otsego, two in Emmet and one in Charlevoix. On Sunday, Sept. 20, four new cases were identified, including two in Otsego and one each in Charlevoix and Antrim counties.

On Monday, one case was identified in Emmet County. With the new cases, a total of 431 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been identified in the health department’s jurisdiction including 59 in Antrim, 85 in Charlevoix, 138 in Emmet and 149 in Otsego counties.

“We would like to remind everyone that if they feel sick, please stay home,” said Lisa Peacock, health officer with the health department. “We have been noticing with our new cases

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Outdoor arts and crafts event set for Sept. 26-27 in East Jordan | Featured-pnr

EAST JORDAN — The East Jordan City Commission recently gave its approval for an arts and crafts event to be set up in a city park this coming weekend.

At its regular semi-monthly meeting on Sept. 15, the city commission approved a request from Blue Ribbon Events to host an event dubbed “Paint and Pumpkins” from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 26-27 at the East Jordan Tourist Park.

“This fine art and craft show will be a boutique art show with no more than 40 vendors,” stated event organizers.

On Monday, East Jordan City Administrator Tom Cannon said the event was originally slated to take place simultaneously with the East Jordan Fall Festival, however that event, like many others throughout Northern Michigan was cancelled earlier this year because of COVID-19 concerns.

There is no charge for entry into the event.

Cannon said city staff felt it was important to

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