Washtenaw County Prepared For When Its Employees Return To Work In-Person

Jan 6, 2021

While many of Washtenaw County employees are working remotely right now because of the pandemic, the county is prepared for when employees return to work in person.  

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners allocated an additional $1.5 million to the Washtenaw County Health Department in December for COVID-19 response.  Board Chair Jason Morgan says the funds will be used to help with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, purchase additional personal protective equipment if it’s needed by office employees, and to keep funding health screening stations at the entrance of county buildings.

Board Chair Jason Morgan: We are definitely going to have to continue a lot of these safety measures for quite some time.  I would say throughout 2021 given that the vaccine is not 100% effective and it’s going to take quite a while to make sure that everyone in our community is vaccinated.

Morgan says some county employees, especially those working for the health department, have not been working remotely because their jobs require field work.  As of now, the county does not have a date of when it will ask its other employees to return to work in person.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu