somerset collection, great lakes crossing outlets, twelve oaks mall to reopen – shoppers should expect changes
Twelve Oaks Mall and Great Lakes Crossing Outlet are reopening Thursday (5/28) at 11 A.M., and Somerset Collection will open on Friday at 11 A.M. However plenty of changes have occurred. Twelve Oaks Mall’s general manager, Dan Jones, has said they’ve sanitized the entire property, seating in the food court has been removed, play areas have been removed, and everyone will be required to wear a mask. Seating in general throughout the mall has been reduced by 50%. Not all the stores will be open, and these changes are expected to take place at nearly all the malls as they reopen.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is expanding testing criteria for COVID-19. Asymptomatic patients who are preparing for surgery can be tested who work in a profession that puts them at high risk, who have known exposure to someone who has symptoms, and patients preparing for surgery. Chief Medical Executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said, “as we reopen Michigan’s economy, expanded testing is critically important so that we can track any spread of COVID-19 in regions or local communities.” Anyone who wishes to be tested may call the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 or visit Michigan’s COVID-19 test finder. Governor Whitmer also announced a partnership with University of Michigan and the state to develop the MIstartmap.info dashboard that monitors regions across the state for COVID-19 indicators.
Governor Whitmer brought up an apparent joke by her husband Marc, where he asked if being married to the governor would help him get his boat launched quicker over the Memorial Day weekend. Whitmer has said it was a bad joke, however Republican leadership in the legislature are saying her staff is lying. The issue stems from a social media post by a dock company in northern Michigan that said Dr. Marc Mallory called to see if they could get their boat in the water, and asked if being married to the governor would help him get it in the water faster. Governor Whitmer tried blowing it off during her press briefing yesterday (5/26)
The Area Agency on Aging 1B, is taking the reigns to help keep seniors safe and healthy. The Area Agency on Aging 1B operates and serves a six-county region that includes Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties. The agency has helped direct a project to get sanitizer and PPE to seniors and their caretakers, as well as deliver food and supplies from donations to homebound seniors. The Director of Philanthropy for Area Agency on Aging 1B, Katie Brennan says, “our biggest goal is to keep seniors safe in their homes for as long as they’re comfortable.”
The Center for Disease Control wants to remind Americans of how to clean surfaces during the pandemic. The CDC quotes, “Make sure to clean surfaces with soap and water, then disinfect with a household disinfectant or other recommended products. Remember, do not mix chemicals!” For laundry, use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry completely. For soft surfaces like carpets and rugs, use soap and water or appropriate cleaners. It is recommended to routinely clean high-touch hard surface areas with soap and water as well.
Michigan has released new guidelines on seeking non-COVID-19 related medical or dental care during the pandemic. Since COVID-19 hospitalizations have decreased, Michigan is beginning to relax their order suspending nonessential medical care. The most important, and first step, is to call your doctor and see what your options are. Guidelines include prioritizing in-person patient interactions and face-to-face appointments for vulnerable patients and necessary services like immunizations. Maximizing the practice of telehealth, eliminating waiting room times, and requiring patients to wear PPE. Please click here to read more about these guidelines.
Ford has had to pause production at another plant due to a UAW worker testing positive for COVID-19. This time however the location was at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo Missouri. Last week, Ford had to temporarily shut down their Dearborn Michigan plant due to a worker testing positive for COVID-19. Before that Ford had to shut down its Chicago Assembly Plant twice, due to COVID-19 issues. Ford declined to comment on the financial impact of so many temporary shutdowns.
Dr. David Obudzinski, who runs a pediatric practice in Bingham Farms, has noticed a sharp decline in well-child visits during the pandemic; leaving scores of toddlers and children unvaccinated. This leaves many in the health care industry worried that Michigan could suffer vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks like rubella, mumps, measles, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. According the CDC, vaccination rates overall for children have dropped more than 20%. Please click here to read more about the report.
Visit the Oakland County website to view updated numbers on how your area has been affected by COVID-19. You can search the interactive map by clicking on your location, or typing in your zip code. Recent data shows a total of 8,240 cases in the county, and 958 deaths.