CHEBOYGAN COUNTY — This past week was the first full week for the coronavirus testing site at the Cheboygan County Fairgrounds and the Cheboygan County Sheriff's Department Office of Emergency Management continues to aid with that facility.
This testing facility is in partnership with the sheriff's department office of emergency management, Alcona Health Center, Cheboygan Life Support Systems ambulance and the Cheboygan County Firefighters Association. It is open Monday through Friday for those in the county who have an order from their physician to be tested for coronavirus.
“Our OEM, along with the Cheboygan County Firefighters Association, the Cheboygan Department of Public Safety and Cheboygan County Life Support Systems, continue to support and assist Alcona with testing those referred by their doctor,” said Cheboygan County Sheriff Dale Clarmont.
While the sheriff's department is continuing to work to support this project at the fairgrounds, the department is also receiving a large number of phone calls, asking for clarification regarding the executive orders put in place by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. This includes the order regarding businesses that were allowed to open and what the requirements are to stay in compliance with the orders that have been put in place.
“For store front businesses that have been open and those that are being allowed to open, social distancing of six feet is required and all employees and customers need to have at a minimum a cloth face mask," said Clarmont. "It can be a surgical or homemade cloth mask.”
Clarmont said although his department is receiving a minimal number of complaints of the alleged non-compliance of businesses with the executive order, each report is being investigated. This is being done in partnership with the Cheboygan County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
“Our goal is to educate not ticket, so we maintain a level of safety that protects all of us,” said Clarmont.
Those who have have been found to be in violation of the executive orders will be advised of the executive order and told what needs to be done in order for the business to be brought into compliance with it.
“We are simply asking everyone to keep cooperating as they have because the whole idea is to stop the spread and protect those most vulnerable,” said Clarmont.
Clarmont said, according to the most recent information received from the State of Michigan, it shows that those who are over the age of 50 years old are the age group who account for around 58 percent of all the tests being done for coronavirus. This age group is also the one that accounts for 95 percent of all the deaths from the virus around the state, so it is important for everyone to comply with the executive orders, to keep everyone as safe as possible.
The Office of Emergency Management is also continuing to work with the surrounding counties to take the orders for personal protection equipment, then make purchases of this equipment and deliver it to the counties, working as a distribution center.
The goal is to provide all the entities, including all the adult foster care homes, extended care facilities such as MediLodge, and all fire departments, police departments and the ambulance service, with a full 60-day supply of the personal protection equipment to have on hand. Each of these entities currently have a 30-day supply of the equipment, thanks to the office of emergency management.