Get Caught Up: How new CDC mask guidelines for vaccinated affects Michigan
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reversed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging.
Book a private playtime at Ann Arbor’s Hands-On Museum with your pod
ANN ARBOR – It’s been a long year of closures, and one group that has felt it the most is parents. Luckily, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has begun offering reservations for pods of up to 25 people to come and enjoy the beloved children’s museum. How it works:Each pod pays a set price for a group up to 25 people (including babies). To qualify, the registrant must be an EBT or WIC card holder. The card must be shown to museum staff on the day of their reservation.
New CDC research suggests double-masking boosts protection against COVID
The CDC tested two different mask modifications -- putting a three-layered cloth mask over a surgical mask and “knotting and tucking,” where someone knots the ear loops of a surgical mask and tuck in the excess material to reduce the gaps on the side of the face. AdCDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky discussed the new research designed to evaluate different strategies to improve masks’ ability to block particles. Putting a cloth mask over the surgical mask and knotting and tucking the mask both boosted protection. “Based on this new information, the CDC is updating the mask information for the public on the CDC website to provide new options on how to improve mask fit,” Walensky said. The new options include wearing a mask with a moldable nose wire or wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask.
Washtenaw County Health Department holding free mask pick up events
Masks will be available for those who were able to reserve masks ahead of time for this date. The Washtenaw County Health Department will be giving away free KN95 adult masks and children’s masks at two upcoming events. Adult KN95 masks and single-use children’s mask packs will be available for pick up. Adult masks come in sealed packs of five and children’s masks come in sealed packs of 10. “Reduce your risk of being exposed to COVID-19 by wearing a mask when out in public.”The website to reserve masks has been disabled.
Congress members could face $1,000 fine for not wearing a face mask under proposed legislation
A second Democratic member of the House who was forced to go into lockdown during last weeks violent protest has tested positive for COVID-19. Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington says she has tested positive. She criticized Republican members of Congress who declined to wear a mask when it was offered to them. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)Lawmakers are proposing that members of Congress should be fined if they do not wear a face mask on Capitol grounds after several representatives tested positive for COVID-19 this week. The legislation comes after multiple lawmakers tested positive for the virus this week following the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 -- a potential super-spreader event.
Michigan COVID restrictions: MDHHS issues clarification for cosmetology, barbering
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a clarification about face masks being required at cosmetology and barbering facilities. MDHHS is stressing that such personal care facilities -- hair salons, barbers, spas, facial boutiques, etc. -- must require clients to wear a face mask at all times. If a face mask cannot be worn, the service cannot be provided at this time. Read more from the CDC: Wearing of face masks while on public conveyances and at stations, ports, and similar transportation hubs
Michigan Medicine joins country’s top hospitals in #MaskUp campaign as COVID-19 surges nationwide
ANN ARBOR – Michigan Medicine has partnered with about 100 of the country’s top health care systems urging Americans to mask up as COVID-19 cases reach record-breaking highs. Over the past two weeks, more than 900 medical workers at Mayo Clinic tested positive for COVID-19. The message reads:“As the top nationally-ranked hospitals, we know it’s tough that we all need to do our part and keep wearing masks. However now is exactly the wrong time to let up,” Marschall S. Runge, CEO of Michigan Medicine and dean of the U-M Medical School said in a statement. “But for now, we have to use the tools that we know work: wearing masks, staying socially distant and washing hands.
New studies confirm importance of mask use amid COVID pandemic
In the outbreak on the USS Theodore Roosevelt -- a close quarters, high-risk environment -- wearing a mask reduced the risk of becoming infected by 70%. The benefits of wearing masks really highlight the risks of getting together with others to eat and drink when you can’t wear a mask. Likewise small gatherings can pose a big risk because people are less likely to wear a mask around people they know well. The c-d-c has been late to support universal mask wearing. The delay the CDC had in supporting universal mask wearing helped the virus spread, but we can change that now.
Menards security guards faces charges in 2nd incident involving injured customers
LIVONIA, Mich. – A store security guard was charged with assault and it appears it may not be an isolated incident. It’s the same security guard who was involved in an incident Aug. 8, in which a customer at a Menards store said his leg was broken over a dispute over wearing a mask. He said he could have been seriously hurt when he was thrown into the air and onto the floor by a security guard at the Livonia Menards. He said the security guard cursed at him for trying to exit through the entrance. RELATED: Man says Menards security guard in Livonia broke his leg for not wearing mask despite medical reason“What was Menards thinking keeping him there?"
Twitter blocks tweet from Trump adviser downplaying masks
NEW YORK – Twitter blocked a post Sunday from an adviser to President Donald Trump who suggested that masks do not work to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Scott Atlas, who joined the White House in August as a science adviser, had tweeted “Masks work? The tweet violated a Twitter policy that prohibits sharing false or misleading misinformation about COVID-19 that could lead to harm, a company spokesperson said. The policy bans statements that have been confirmed to be false or misleading by experts such as public health authorities. Researchers have concluded that masks can control the spread of the virus, and public health experts have urged the public to wear them.
Updated emergency order maintains coronavirus restrictions in Wayne County
Wayne County health officials issued a new emergency order Friday that outlines updates to emergency public health orders issued last week amid the coronavirus pandemic. Wayne County Public Health Officer Carol Austerberry issued an emergency epidemic order Friday that mimics coronavirus restrictions established in a statewide emergency health order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on Oct. 9. “These orders are science-based measures intended to keep Wayne County residents safe and healthy during the pandemic. Businesses under the jurisdiction of the county’s health department are also required to continue screening employees for COVID-19 symptoms. Orders issued by the Wayne County Health Department are not in effect in the city of Detroit, as the city is governed by its own health department.