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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Third Amended Declaration and Order

Effective Wednesday, April 1, modifications to the City of St. Joseph’s Declaration and Order went into effect. This Third Amended Declaration and Order will be extended, amended, or withdrawn by 11:59pm on Friday, April 24. For more information on the modifications, read the full press release .

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How Businesses and Employers Can Slow the Spread

Businesses and employers can help do their part to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 by responding in a flexible way to varying levels of disease transmission in our community. Businesses are strongly encouraged to coordinate with state and health officials so timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses. Local conditions will influence the decisions that public health officials make regarding community-level strategies. 

Currently, the City of St. Joseph has issued a Third Amended Declaration and Order of a local state of emergency. That, to the maximum extent possible, residents are strongly encouraged to shelter in place, by remaining in their respective residences, avoiding contact with people with whom they do not reside, and avoiding public places except when necessary to obtain food, supplies, and medical treatment, effective at 12:01am on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and continuing until 11:59pm on Friday, April 24, 2020. 

Businesses which are non-essential shall be prohibited from operating. Non-essential businesses are those that do not fall under the definition of essential as indicated in Department of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce . Essential businesses shall make reasonable efforts to require people to remain separated by physical space of at least six feet.

Below are several websites and online publications available to inform and guide responses for essential businesses operating during this period:
Exploring Nature in Your Backyard

As the weather gets warmer and parents look for fun, and maybe educational, things for their kids to do during this shelter-in-place, consider sending them outside to explore their own yard!

Look for birds to identify either in the yard or flying in the sky. Maybe plants are blooming in the yards, such as henbit or wild violets. Both plants are considered weeds, but could they possibly be beneficial to other wildlife? (Hint: They are – Bees LOVE henbit and wild violet is food for the fritillary butterfly larva.) What other plants are growing in the yard? What type of trees?

Indulge your inner entomologist to discover what insects are being sheltered in the grass. If you don’t have a magnifying glass, the zoom feature on a camera phone can be used to identify some fascinating creatures. Maybe you have a budding geologist in your family. What kind of rocks are in the yard? Is it a commonly found piece of limestone or is it a glossy piece of obsidian? 
Now would also be a good time to develop some photography skills. Use your camera or phone to take photographs of the world outside your window. Experiment with lighting and filters. Create a slideshow to show off your skills to your family.

We may think that we can only “get back to nature” by leaving the city and heading to a wildlife preserve or a state park. Those are amazing adventures to have, but during the current shelter-in-place status, this is not always practical and nature isn’t just found in those areas. Nature is everywhere, we just have to look for it.
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

The world of wastewater treatment is driven by state and federal regulation as expressed in the system’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. An NPDES... read more
#BeCounted in the 2020 Census

Have you completed your 2020 Census? For every person counted, our state receives federal funding for education, public transportation, emergency food and shelter, and health services. Do your part and help shape the next 10 years by completing the 2020 Census! For more information, visit  my2020census.gov.
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