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Friday, 2020 May 01st

Michigan Medicine experts are working to find the right treatments for COVID-19 and Remdesivir shows some promise, says Daniel Kaul, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at Michigan Medicine.  In the video linked below, Kaul discusses Remdesivir and other possible COVID-19 treatments. Kaul is also director of Michigan Medicine's Transplant Infectious Disease Service and a professor of internal medicine at the U-M Medical School.

Health

Today, at a press conference with leaders in health care, business, and labor, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-70 as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The executive order will allow the May 7 resumption of some types of work that present a very low risk of infection, including construction, real-estate activities, and work that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors. 

Government

Five more Washtenaw County residents died of COVID-19 according to data released by the Washtenaw County Health Department Friday afternoon.

66 county residents have died as a result of the coronavirus so far. County health officials say another three deaths are likely attributable to the virus.

The number of hospitalizations increased by seven to 304. There have been 589 recoveries thus far, according to the data.

In Michigan, there were 77 reported deaths, bringing the total to 3,866.

Health

Survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence face more danger than ever during this pandemic and quarantine. Here's how you can help.

Health

Washtenaw County Health Department is announcing plans with local health care providers and community partners to provide COVID-19 testing where it is most needed in our community. Testing has remained a huge challenge locally and across the state and country. With support and resources from both Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Packard Health, testing will now be offered at two upcoming pop-up sites and ongoing testing sites in the 48197 and 48198 areas.

Health

Here is the weekly roll call vote from Michigan Votes

Senate Bill 858, Accelerate lifting of epidemic lockdowns: Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate

Government

There were 12 real estate sales worth $3.3 million in the City of Saline in April, according to data on the city's website. There are likely a number of sales which have not yet been recorded.

Last year, there were 28 transactions worth a little more than $9 million in April.

In March, many sales were not added to the report by April 1. The final tally for 2020 March sales was about $3.1 million - down from $8.3 million last year. Last year's tally included a $1.9 million sale of the Tractor Supply building on Sage Court.

Here's the report:

Real Estate

We know that the recent service changes have been extremely challenging for our community and we want to thank you all for your patience and understanding.  We have continued to work tirelessly with our regional and contracting partners to restore services as soon as possible during this time of global crisis and disruption. 

Government

Briarwood Ford will reopen for sales, service and parts on Monday, May 4. The dealership, at State Road and Michigan Avenue, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Briarwood Ford Collision Center, located at 1371 Industrial Drive in Saline, is also expected to open soon according to a news release issued Thursday.

Due to Gov. Whitmer's "Stay Home" executive order, the showroom is temporarily closed to walk-in traffic, but Briarwood Ford staff and sales professionals can help by phone, email or texts.

Business

Thursday, 2020 Apr 30th

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-69 which extends her previous order that temporarily closes certain places of public accommodation such as theaters, bars, casinos, and more. In order to maintain social distancing the order also limits restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders.   

Government

 Farmers Insurance  agent Lynn Thomas-Perry secured a $1,500 grant for Saline Area Social Services, to aid in relief efforts directly related to the current COVID-19 crisis.

“As a Farmers agent, it’s a privilege to be able to do my part in helping communities in which we live, work and play with the continued support from Farmers Insurance,” said Thomas-Perry. “During these extraordinary times, I’m proud to help support a deserving nonprofit with a grant that will enable them to continue to rise to the challenge of battling this pandemic.”

Community

The Saline Board of Education met remotely using Zoom Tuesday. Here's a summary of the meeting.

Commencement Ceremony Update

Saline High School Principal David Raft said it's the district's hope to have a traditional ceremony for the Class of 2020. However, he and a group of administrators and counselors are working on other options for the 425-strong class. A survey was sent to the seniors and their families.

Trustee Susan Estep said U of M Dearborn encouraged students to celebrate themselves and said Saline could do  something similar.

Schools

Ella Stemmer and Jake Caldwell will light up a new-look gym at Saline High School next winter.

The Saline Board of Education approved a $54,615 bid to sand, paint and finish the main gym floor at Saline High School. The bid was awarded to Wixom-based Foster Specialty Floors.

Basketball was a focus, Clary said. The floor was updated to include a coach's box, for example. In recent years, school officials have taped the floor to help coaches stay out of trouble with officials.

"We wanted to freshen up the floor and put an emphasis on basketball," Clary said. 

Schools

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-65 to extend and clarify Executive Order 2020-35, which ordered all K-12 school buildings to close for instructional purposes to students for the remainder of the school year, and provided continuity of learning infrastructure by setting guidelines for remote learning. In addition to continuing the actions taken in the previous executive order, Executive Order 2020-65 also suspends in-person instruction of both the Great Start&nbsp

Government

There were two more deaths attributed to COVID-19 in data released by the Washtenaw County Health Department Thursday afternoon. 61 Washtenaw County residents have now died, and the health department believes three other deaths are likely attributed to the coronavirus.

The number of hospitalizations increased by one to 297. There have now been 1,077 cases in Washtenaw County.

The number of confirmed cases in Saline's 48176 zip code remains at 61, with five more probable cases.

Michigan reported 119 new deaths, bringing the total to 3,789.

Health

The Saline Post has obtained a copy of a letter of agreement between Saline Area Schools and the Saline Education Association, which represents Saline's certified staff. The agreement, signed April 24, defines amendments in the collective bargaining agreement in order to provide the "continuity of learning plan" required by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's order, which suspended in-person school and required online learning.

Among other things the agreement:

Wednesday, 2020 Apr 29th

Expecting a decrease in state revenue sharing because of the coronavirus pandemic, finance department staff continue to whittle away at the City of Saline budget for 2020-21.

Council is expecting to lose about $100,000 in state revenue after being warned to expect a 12.3 percent decline in revenue sharing, Treasurer Mickie Jo Bennett told council as she presented the latest draft of the budget during a virtual meeting Monday evening. 

Government

Three more Washtenaw County residents have died from COVID-19, according to Wednesday's Washtenaw County Health Department report.

59 county residents have died as a result of the virus. The county believes another three deaths are likely a result of COVID-19.

The county reported 17 new confirmed cases. The number of confirmed cases in Saline's 48176 zip code remained at 61.

The number of new hospitalizations increased by two to 296. The number of recoveries increased by 83 to 598.

Health

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