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Center for Disease Control 

 

American Legiob Post, Oscoda - The general meeting on April 2nd is candelled.

 

Oscoda Church of Christ wll be closed through April 13th.

You can however listen to Scott Bucich's weekly radio message on WKJC FM

Sundays @ 9am.

 

Arenac County Walleye Club Annual Dinner
Location: King of Clubs, former Knights of Columbus Hall Au Gres,
The Annual Walleye dinner scheduled for Friday, April 10th is postponed, date pending until restrictions are lifted. The annual dinner raffle will still take place and winners notified by telephone.

 

 

East Tawas City Hall, Library and Community Center.  With the governor’s new stay at home order, we have extended the closure until April 13th.

 

Tawas Senior Center, East Tawas - Open for senior meals.  Drive up only.  Monday - Friday, 11am till 12pm.  Suggested Donation, Three Dollars sixty & older - $7.50, Under sixty. For more info 362-6892.

 

To the Cooper Standard East Tawas and Oscoda employees.  The plants will be closed while we navigate through the global crisis.    Please listen to WKJC for updates.   You will be contacted by phone when your return to work date is determined.  As always, safety is most important, so please stay in and stay healthy.

 

Grant Township Offices and Compost Recycle, ClosedFrom:

 

Iosco Transit, Pauline Ferns - TO ALL AT RISK PEOPLE
If you order your prescriptions and pre-pay for them Iosco Transit will pick them up and deliver them to you at no charge!

 

 

UIA Offers Update on Unemployment System, Provides Tips
                       to Get Help as Soon as Possible 
LANSING, MICH. The State of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) today provided updated information for workers affected by COVID-19. Workers are encouraged to apply online at Michigan.gov/UIA or over the phone at 866-500-0017, but due to the tremendous call volume, certain callers may receive a busy signal.  
“The UIA is working hard and fast to handle the influx of applications for unemployment benefits as we deal with the COVID-19 crisis. While an unprecedented number of calls and clicks has challenged the system, particularly during peak hours, we want to assure Michiganders that the system is providing emergency financial relief,” said UIA Director Steve Gray. "Our website may be operating a little slower, and phone queues are full resulting in busy signals for some callers, so the UIA is urging patience and recommending that workers go first to the online system at Michigan.gov/UIA.” 
In addition, applying online in off-peak hours will expedite the process. The 24-hour website operates faster when there are fewer people on the site at any given time. The UIA also urges Michiganders using the website to expect longer load times. It may take several minutes for a page to load at this time. Users are asked to be patient and not click more than once to reload a page. Filing online remains the fastest way for Michiganders to apply for unemployment benefits. 
Off-peak hours: 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.  
Applicants with questions can also access information on the website Michigan.gov/UIA, including frequently asked questions about the process and current challenges due to COVID-19.  Checking the website for answers may help alleviate pressure on the phone line. A downloadable handout on the filing process can be found here
“Though it is best to file your claim as efficiently as possible, and we understand residents are eager to receive their checks quickly, the UIA wants to remind Michiganders that the eligibility window to apply has been increased from 14 to 28 days from the date of their work stoppage,” added Gray. “The UIA is shifting as many resources as possible to handle the increase in applications and is exploring further solutions to help Michiganders get the assistance they need as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time.”
Gov. Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-10 on March 16, 2020 to expand unemployment benefits to eligible workers: 

  • Sick Workers: Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off. 
  • Workers Caring for Loved Ones: Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off
The governor’s order also extends access to benefits for unemployed workers:
  • Increased Weeks: Benefits will be increased from 20 to up to 26 weeks. 
  • Longer Application Time: The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days. 
  • Fewer Requirements: The in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.

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

 

Grace Lutheran Church, East Tawas - Closed

 

Harbor Lights Pregnancy & Information Center, East Tawas - Closed

 

Gary Oi & Propane, Oscoda - Gary Oil office is open to take calls, orders, payments etc, just closed to the public. Gary Oil Marathon gas station in Oscoda is open to the public however our employees are pumping the fuel for you.

 

Iosco County Animal Shelter - Closed

 

Alcona County Road Commission - suspending all non-critical work.

 

IOSCO COUNTY

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

428 Lake Street Tawas City, Ml 48763 989-362-6164

Fax: 989-984-1103

 

Allan L. MacGregor Ralph P. Boudreau Jr.

Sheriff Undersheriff

Scott D. Frank

Captain

 

 

Due to the recent health concerns statewide the Iosco

County Jail is implementing new procedures to protect

our inmates and employees from outside sources.

All jail visitations are suspended. Inmates will be compensated

with free weekly phone calls.

All Live scan and paper finger printing for the public and court

ordered prints have been suspended.

All gun purchase permits are suspended.

Gun registration forms shall still be collected in a drop box at the

Sheriffs office lobby entrance.

Sex Offender Registration please call 989-362-6164 for an

appointment.

All civil process paper service and mortgage sales are suspended.

The money kiosk inside the jail lobby for inmate deposits is closed

please go online to www.smartdeposit.com or

www.govpaynow.com or call 1-866-345-1884

For inmate medication drop off please call 989-362-6164

Redbox medication disposal box in the lobby is suspended.

 

Captain Scott D. Frank

Iosco County Jail Administrator

 

 

Yvonne Mahl

we would like to announce the postponement of the funeral of Vern Green and Melvia Goldy that was suppose to be March 26th at St Joseph Church in West Branch. They will be rescheduled at a later date.
Thank You

Britt Family Pure Maple Syrup Farm

we have canceled our MI Maple Weekend event scheduled for 3-28-20 and 3-29-20 here at Britt Family Pure Maple Syrup Farm.  We will plan to have our maple weekend next year.  Thank you for sharing this information with our community.--

Cyndie Britt
 
New Hope Church services in East Tawas will be streamed live on YouTube, Sundays at 9:03 AM & will be available on demand any time after on YouTube.  You may also find the link on Facebook by typing in Tawas New Hope Church.  We want to honor what our government says about social distancing and being responsible, so our doors will not be open for services.  If you need prayer or have other needs, the care team is available by calling 989-984-5400.  Stay updated by visiting www.tawasnewhope.com
 
SSLL events through April 30 due to the CDC guidelines surrounding Covid-19.  This includes our Kick Off event Histories and Mysteries: Shipwrecks of Lake Huron that was scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 6 - 8 pm at Rushman Hall in East Tawas. Our office is currently closed through April 5 and we will follow guidelines for schools K-12 as far as office closure goes. 
Sunrise Side Lifelong Learning, we must cancel all SSLL events through April 30 due to the CDC guidelines surrounding Covid-19.  This includes our Kick Off event Histories and Mysteries: Shipwrecks of Lake Huron that was scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 6 - 8 pm at Rushman Hall in East Tawas. Our office is currently closed through April 5 and we will follow guidelines for schools K-12 as far as office closure goes.  Please help us share this information.
 
Ascension Michigan COVID-19 Operations Media Update

Triage Areas
Ascension Michigan ministries have established COVID-19 triage areas near all emergency departments. This includes Ascension Genesys - Grand Blanc, Ascension St. Mary’s - Saginaw, Ascension Standish Hospital - Standish, and Ascension St. Joseph - Tawas City.  Triage areas have been set up as part of Ascension's emergency preparedness protocol. These measures are being put in place to help distance individuals with a concern about COVID-19 exposure from the rest of our patient population, staff and health care providers. 
 
For the safety of all people, if a person believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 and has developed a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, they should call their health care provider immediately for instructions. 
 
New Hotline number
Ascension is working to keep our community healthy during this time and prevent the spread of infection while helping to ease access to care. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit our website: https://healthcare.ascension.org or call 833-981-0738.
 
Supplies and preparation
We are taking proactive steps with our distributor and suppliers to ensure access to supplies. We are arranging expedited shipments directly from manufacturers, assessing alternative products and taking advantage of our abilities as a national system to make intra-hospital inventory transfers when appropriate. The safety of our patients and caregivers is our utmost priority as we all work to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and care for all in need.
 
Visitor restrictions update
To help protect the health and safety of our patients, families, health care staff and providers from the spread of COVID-19, Ascension Michigan is enforcing patient visitor restrictions for all of its hospitals and ambulatory sites. These restrictions are consistent with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order, EO 2020-7.
No visitors are permitted at Ascension Michigan hospitals except for:
  • One visitor permitted for support of activities of daily living like bathing or eating for pediatric
    (under 21) and special needs patients
  • One visitor for a surgery patient
  • One visitor for a hospice patient
  • One visitor for patients at the end of life
  • One visitor for patients in serious or critical condition
  • One birth partner (as well as a doula if participating in the birth)
  • One visitor required to make a decision on behalf of the patient (patient's medical durable power of attorney, court appointed guardianship)
No visitors are permitted at Ascension ambulatory (outpatient) sites except for
  • One accompanying person that is necessary to support the delivery of care to the patient
  • One accompanying person for a surgery patient
  • One accompanying person for patients in serious condition
  • One birth partner (as well as a doula if participating in the birth)
Any visitor meeting the above criteria must pass a health screening before entering any Ascension Michigan facility
 
Postponing elective surgeries
To help protect the health and safety of our patients, families, health care staff and providers from the spread of COVID-19, Ascension is following the CDC, Surgeon General, and American College of Surgeons guidelines which have recommended limiting elective services. Ascension Michigan began deferring all elective procedures on Tuesday, March 17. Elective procedures are those that have options in terms of timing/level of urgency to be completed, or are determined non-essential at this time. We recognize that each case is unique, so processes are in place to review requests for procedures that might be considered elective to determine issues of optimal timing and resource support. 
 
We will continue to monitor the disease activities and will use a data driven approach to revisions in the recommendations, particularly regarding duration of care deferral.   
 
About Ascension Michigan
In Michigan, Ascension operates 16 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ over 22,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension provided over $270 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in FY2019. Serving Michigan for over 140 years, Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2019, Ascension provided $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including clinical and network services, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.   
 
Christine Bergman, MSA, APR
Marketing Communications Manager
Ascension Michigan
Office: Ascension St. Mary's | 800 S. Washington Ave. | Saginaw, MI 48601
Office: 989.280.1513
 
 
New Hope Church services in East Tawas will be streamed live on YouTube, Sundays at 9:03 AM & will be available on demand any time after on YouTube.  You may also find the link on Facebook by typing in Tawas New Hope Church.  We want to honor what our government says about social distancing and being responsible, so our doors will not be open for services.  If you need prayer or have other needs, the care team is available by calling 989-984-5400.  Stay updated by visiting www.tawasnewhope.com
 
Christ Episcopal Church in East Tawas announces that all events at the church are cancelled until May 9, 2020. Please pray for our country and the world as we all deal with this unprecedented situation.
 
Northland Area Federal Credit Union, all branch lobbies will be closed and we will continue serving members by drive-thru only. The Alpena lending office will also be closed to walk-in traffic. We encourage members to bank from home using our mobile and home banking services for their day-to-day financial transactions. For loan requests, please use our mobile app, or home banking on our website northlandcu.com or call our Contact Center at (989) 739-1401. You can find the hours for each branch location at northlandcu.com. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
 
Alcona Public Schools, we are delivering meals via our bus routes twice a week for children 0-18.  If families live in the district or county, have them contact 736-6212 to be sure they are on the list.  We delivered 2000 meals last evening for families and want to be sure we are taking care of every family possible. 
 
Thunder Bay Arts Council Youth Core Reception for Kyle Kieszewski’s Thunder Bay Jr. High School Art Students scheduled for Friday, March 20 cancelled. TBD A CAPELLA Concert for April 17, 2020. The Thunder Bay Arts Gallery is closed indefinitely. 

 

Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tawas City is closed Till Further notice but will still offer the radio program on WKJC FM 104.7 at 10am on Sunday.

 

Zion Lutheran Church will be canceling all worship services, meetings and any outside events that have been scheduled at the church until Sunday, April 5, 2020.  We will be live streaming our Sunday services on our Zion Facebook Page. 

 

Huron Community Bank branch lobby and mortgage center access will be open by appointment only until further notice.  drive-thru access remains open during normal banking hours.

 

Tawas Area Schools will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to children in our community. All families with children 18 and under and students 26 and under who receive special education services are eligible. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we will be providing a curbside pick-up at the Tawas Area High School. 

 

Tuesday, March 17 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 19 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 26 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 2 from 11:00 a.m-1:00 p.m.
Food

 

Food pick-up will be a drive-through set up in the high school parking lot. Employees and
volunteers will be on-hand to guide traffic through the pick-up line and ask how many children
you are picking up meals for. These "grab-and-go" bags will then be brought to your vehicle.
Below are directions for the parking lot procedures.


*Enter through the far east entrance, which we refer to as the student entrance.
*Please drive straight ahead past Central Office and turn right along the soccer field
fence.

* Please drive straight ahead past Central Office and turn right along the soccer field
fence.
*As you approach the new gym entrance, turn right again and follow the curb to the rear
entrance of the cafeteria.
*As soon as you receive your “grab and go” bags, you will leave through the middle
parking lot exit.
* If the traffic starts to back up close to M-55, you will be asked to enter and park in rows.
As the line reduces, rows will be dismissed to enter the line.
 

 

Wolverine State Credit Union has decided to limit transactions at all office locations to DRIVE THRU ONLY.  All Wolverine State Credit Un



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