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October 29. 2020
Dear Washtenaw County community members and visitors,
The days and week ahead include Halloween, a home University of Michigan versus Michigan State football game, and Election Day, as well as countless happenings important to our community, its members, and its institutions. It is an exciting time and an incredibly challenging one. Unfortunately, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 continues to circulate. Little has changed about that. As more activities have resumed, our community is one of many with a significant increase in cases, test positivity and hospitalizations. We must be united in our efforts to reduce the spread of illness and lessen the negative impact of COVID-19 in our community.
We the undersigned – including our elected officials, largest universities, and health authorities – urge everyone to work together to prevent the spread of illness whenever possible. Together we can make sure community events happen in new and safer ways. We can celebrate, compete, and exercise our right to vote as safely as possible. But we must do so together and using the best prevention strategies currently available.
COVID-19 is circulating, and cases are increasing in our community. Everyone should be alert to the possibility of exposure if out in public or in contact with others. The virus is primarily spread through direct, person-to-person contact. Social gatherings or events without precautions account for most local infections or exposures.
Everyone should continue to follow all public health guidance:
If you go out or are in contact with others:
Public health guidance for gatherings and events:
We strongly request and hope that all community members comply with local public health orders voluntarily, but these orders will be enforced if necessary. Failure to follow local public health orders are subject to misdemeanor charges, monetary penalties of $500 to $1000, and students may face student conduct violations.
We all wish for the best for our community now and always. We are at our best when we work together and value and protect one another to the best of our collective ability. We appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation – while still celebrating, cheering, and voting as safely as possible.
Jimena Loveluck, MSW Jason Morgan
Health Officer Chair
Washtenaw County Health Department Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
Debbie Dingell James M. Smith, Ph.D.
United States Congresswoman President
Michigan’s 12th District Eastern Michigan University
Mandy Grewal, Ph.D. Lois Richardson
Pittsfield Township City of Ypsilanti
Brenda Stumbo Christopher Taylor
Township Supervisor Mayor
Ypsilanti Township City of Ann Arbor
Mark Schlissel MD, PhD
University of Michigan