Author: Johnathon Gustin

Munson Health Care Changing Visitor Policy, Implementing Universal Masking

Munson Health Care says they are enhancing their visitor policies and implementing masks for patients and staff in clinical areas. The organization expresses this is in response to the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region. Universal masking will go into effect starting Saturday at all hospitals and Monday in ambulatory clinics, community health centers, and hospice, The goal is to…

MDHHS Emergency Order to Speed Up Reporting of COVID-19 Deaths

A new emergency order will speed up how quickly coronavirus related deaths will be reported. It comes from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Doctors who suspect a patient’s death was caused by COVID-19 need to tell the funeral home’s director. The director then needs to submit a record of death within 24 hours back to the doctor….

New Deaths in Emmet and Otsego Counties Per Health Department

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is reporting new cases and deaths in their region. They say there are two new cases in Charlevoix, four in Emmet County and one in Otsego. The health department also has listed deaths for the first time in their numbers. They say there are two COVID-19 related deaths in Emmet County and one in…

Third COVID-19 Death in Grand Traverse County

The Grand Traverse County Health Department says as of Saturday, another person has died from COVID-19 and another case has been confirmed. They say the person who died was a woman in her 80’s with a history of domestic travel. The new case is a woman in her 70’s with a history of domestic travel. Health officials say she is…

Hook & Hunting: Turkey Season

While the stay-at-home order is still in effect, the turkey season is open. The Michigan DNR says there are still turkey licenses available. The DNR reminds hunters to stay at least six feet away from people who aren’t in your household, to clean your hands often and to stay close to home. Long distance travel is only for essential trips….

Emmet Co. Hires Permanent County Administrator

Emmet County says they’ve hired a permanent county administrator. His name is Michael Reaves. He’s been the county’s acting administrator since January, after his predecessor retired. The County’s Board of Commissioners had a special meeting on Monday to approve his new contract. They voted unanimously to remove the term acting from his job title. Sheriff Wallin calls Reaves a leader…