Jackson County

Susan Cerniglia
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The first case of the COVID-19 variant originating from South Africa has been confirmed in Michigan's Jackson County.  While contact tracing is underway, traditional prevention methods, like wearing masks and distancing, are recommended to help prevent its spread.  Meantime, vaccination eligibility has been expanded, and more doses are becoming available.  WEMU's David Fair picked up the latest information from Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia.


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Starting December 15th, businesses in Washtenaw County affected by COVID-19 can apply to receive funding through a new program led by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.   


Mosquito
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Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, is a particularly dangerous virus spread by mosquitoes.  Infections have been reported in southeast Michigan, but actions are being taken to contain the virus from spreading.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Juan Marquez, Medical Director for the Washtenaw County Health Department, about what's being done to fight EEE in Washtenaw County.


Police Car
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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether police officers illegally searched the backpack of a passenger in a stopped vehicle.  The passenger says officers should have first asked his permission.


Vaccine
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Michigan continues its fight against a deadly Hepatitis A outbreak.  Nearly 800 people have gotten the disease since August of 2016.  Now the state is giving half a million dollars to areas that have not had an outbreak of hepatitis A – yet.


Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve
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Michigan has a new state park, and it's mostly in Washtenaw County.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Douglas Koop, executive director of the Legacy Land Conservancy, about the creation Michigan's 103rd state park and its first-of-its-kind partnership with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Department.


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
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Drunk driving is on the rise across Michigan.