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Covid cases continue to climb, with one hundred fifty six reported on November 17 and sixteen hospitalizations, and 1,237 from Oct. 29 to November 11. In a statement, Washtenaw County health officer Jimena Loveluck warned that case investigators and contact tracers are overwhelmed “and cannot get to all situations as quickly as we’d like.” WCHD is prioritizing cases involving children, seniors, and individuals at higher risk. If you believe you may have been exposed to Covid-19, do not wait to be called by a case investigator but self-quarantine immediately. washtenaw.org. No-cost testing is available this Saturday Nov 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washtenaw County Health Department (555 Towner St., Ypsilanti). Please pre-register.
A statewide “Pause to Save Lives” took effect Wednesday. The three-week public health order closes theaters and restaurant dining rooms, though outdoor seating and take-out continue. In-person high school and college classes are also suspended. Personal services like salons are allowed with masks and social distancing, and gyms can operate at 25 percent occupancy. Organized sports are suspended, except for college and professional sports under stringent guidelines. MDHHS. Ann Arbor and county offices are closed to the public, while Pittsfield offices are open by appointment only.
Due to Covid cases among Ann Arbor District Library staff and family, all branches are closed for at least two weeks, beginning Nov. 15. aadl.org.
U-M ended in-person classes three days earlier than planned because of the stay-at-home order, but the two-week undergrad lockdown appears to have worked: students currently account for twenty eight percent of county cases, versus sixty percent in October. U-M Covid-19 dashboard. The university is administering more than eight-thousand Covid tests a week and urging all students to get tested before leaving campus. The line for testing outside the Michigan Union on Tuesday was a quarter mile long. Reddit.
EMU extended Thanksgiving break by two days, moved remaining ten percent of courses that had been delivered in-person to a remote format. The University is providing free Covid testing to students, faculty, and staff and encourages everyone to get tested prior to leaving for Thanksgiving break.
Pro-Trump plaintiffs dropped their lawsuit seeking to invalidate Washtenaw County’s vote on Monday, without explanation. The county’s bipartisan board of canvassers certified the results and congratulated city and township clerks on their “excellent job” managing the record turnout. www.washtenaw.com
Thousands lost power in Ann Arbor on Sunday when high winds knocked down power lines. DTE is expected to restore service by Thursday or before. outage.dteenergy.com/map.
Last week's announcement about the Ann Arbor Observer's circulation changes was badly worded. The Observer will still to be delivered to all homeowners in the Ann Arbor zip codes and school district. Beginning in January, however, residents of large apartment complexes need to confirm their free subscriptions to continue to receive the magazine. Confirming is easy: simply click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.