Volume 022 | October 9, 2020
Public Health Update
Public Health - Muskegon County is dedicated to keeping you informed about what is happening in your community, as well as around the state. As COVID-19 continues to affect us, please be sure to connect with us to stay up-to-date. Visit muskegonhealth.net or facebook.com/PublicHealthMuskegon
MDHHS Emergency Order
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon has issued an Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 restricting gathering sizes, requiring face coverings in public spaces and placing limitations on bars and other venues.

The order follows the Michigan Supreme Court decision on Friday, October 2, that invalidated COVID-19 related executive orders.

These orders largely reinstate, under the department's authority, three major aspects of the prior emergency orders:
  • Requirements to wear masks at indoor gatherings
  • Limitations on the size of gatherings
  • Limitations on certain establishments

The full text of the order can be found here.
We're Hiring!
Public Health - Muskegon County is seeking applicants for Public Health Nurse openings.

This position performs comprehensive nursing services in preventive health, home health, and clinic programs including assessment, diagnosis, teaching, counseling, and prevention services to individuals, families, and groups to promote health and wellness to clients and residents in the County. An employee in this class exercises considerable independent judgment in the performance of job duties, referring only difficult or unusual problems to supervisory personnel for clinical assistance. 

´╗┐During a public health emergency, may be required to report for specialized assigned duties or perform emergency response roles, inside or outside Muskegon County.

Take Action to Prevent the Flu
Take time to get a flu vaccine. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 will be more important than ever.
Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but they will reduce the burden of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths on the health care system and conserve scarce medical resources for the care of people with COVID-19.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get annual flu vaccine by the end of October.
Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for people at higher risk to keep from spreading flu to them. This is especially true for people who work in long-term care facilities, which are home to many of the people most vulnerable to flu and COVID-19.
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