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Deadline Approaching for Businesses and Nonprofits to Apply for Grants through Michigan Small Business Restart Program

(July 31, 2020 5:03 PM) The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is reminding Michigan’s small businesses and nonprofits working to recover from the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 virus that there is still time to apply for grants of up to $20,000 through the Michigan Small Business Restart Program, announced earlier in July. The program will provide $100 million in economic assistance to Michigan’s small businesses and nonprofits and in turn, help support workers and their families facing economic uncertainty during the outbreak. The deadline for applications is Aug. 5, and information on how to apply, as well as eligibility criteria and program guidelines, are available at michiganbusiness.org/restart.  In addition, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today signed into law an amendment to the program that now allows those small businesses that received grants through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, authorized by the Michigan Strategic Fund in March, to be eligible for the Michigan Small Business Restart Program grants. The combined total of both grants cannot be in excess of $20,000. Previously, businesses that had received grants through the Small Business Relief Program were ineligible to apply for Restart grants. “The Michigan Small Business Restart Program is providing a significant opportunity to address immediate needs…

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Michigan Reports 734 Coronavirus Cases Today, State Total Now 81,621

(July 31, 2020 3:00 PM) Michigan reported 734 coronavirus (COVID-19) positive test cases today, with the state reported total now at 81,621. The State of Michigan is reporting 8 COVID-19-related deaths today, with the state total now at 6,199. State Cumulative Total of Recovered COVID-19 Cases (as of 7/24/2020): 57,502.  This information is updated daily at 3 p.m., with COVID-19 results included as of 10 a.m.

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Jackson County Cumulative Report: 650 COVID-19 Positive Cases and 32 Deaths

(July 31, 2020 12:00 PM) The Jackson County Health Department released the COVID-19 positive numbers for Jackson County.  As of 12 PM today, there are 650 positive cases (cumulative), and 32 deaths (cumulative)*.     There are 5 new cases since yesterday’s report.  The department released the weekly county map (above) of cumulative COVID-19 cases.  In the past week, there have been 56 new cases county-wide; 25 of the new cases are from within the city of Jackson. The Jackson County Health Department reports the increases throughout the county this week are the result of large gatherings, people both inside and out, not practicing recommended safety measures (social distancing, wearing of masks, etc.). Cumulative recovered, as of July 24, 2020:  445** The Michigan Department of Corrections is reporting as of 8:45 PM Sunday, July 26, there are 1,461 confirmed positive cases at Jackson facilities and 158 confirmed positive staff cases. As of 9 AM July 29, there are 7 persons at Henry Ford Allegiance Health being treated as inpatients for COVID-19. *These numbers do not reflect any cases or deaths identified through Michigan Department of Corrections.  Their numbers are listed under a separate category for MDOC cases here:   Michigan Statistics. This…

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Ella Sharp Museum Reduces Hours, Cancels Remaining Patio Parties

(July 31, 2020 11:42 AM)  The Ella Sharp Museum announced today that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in order to be fiscally responsible, the museum is reducing its hours of operation.       Beginning Sunday,  August 2, Ella Sharp Museum will be closed every Monday and Tuesday while remaining open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM.  The museum will close each day for cleaning from 12 PM to 12:30 PM.  On Sundays, the museum will open at 12 PM with cleaning done before opening.  Collection tours and house tours will remain closed. Due to operation changes, the museum has also made the decision to cancel the remaining 2020 Patio Parties.  The museum began the summer series on July 9, with last night’s party being the third and final one for the season.      In the announcement, the museum said it is confident these measures will not impact the steps to a safe and healthy visit to Ella Sharp Museum.  Employees of Ella sharp Museum will be furloughed or see reduced hours and salaried staff have taken a pay reduction for the remainder of 2020. The museum will continue to offer programming and new exhibits.…

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Friday, July 31, 2020

JTV News presents The Morning Show.  Andy and Bart’s guest:  Dr. Donna O'Neill, Infectious Disease Specialist, The PIIC Center.  The Chamber Connection with Pat O’Dowd.  Pat and Andy’s guest is Kristen Rosas, DBI...We Do Office.  9 AM and  11 AM.  (replay from July 30) Thursday on The Bart Hawley Show, continuing coverage with Bart’s guests: Martin Griffin, Treasurer, City of Jackson;  Pat Guenther, Dental Hygiene Program Director, Jackson College;  Major Jose (Joe) Tamayo, Corps Officer, Salvation Army;  Jode Piotrowski, Jackson School of the Arts, Fairy Festival;  Ric Walton, The Walton Insurance Group. 1,  5, 8, and 11 PM; 2 and 5 AM Saturday.  (replay from July 30)..

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Events of July 31, August 1 and 2, 2020

Grand Rivers Farmers Market.  The Jackson Downtown Development Authority presents the Grand River Farmers Market.  Local produce, crafts, flowers, plants, baked goods and more.  9 AM to 2 PM Friday and Saturday.  Corner of Glick and Mechanic, along the Grand River.  Please practice social distancing and wear a mask.  Every Friday and Saturday through October. Cascades Rotary Community Bandshell Concert.  Saturday, August 1.  7 PM.  White Lightning.  Enjoy the best southern, punk, outlaw bluegrass, country rock and roll soul band north of the Mason Dixon line!  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.  Free. Jackson County Relay for Life “Light the Night” Drive-thru Luminaria Ceremony.  Friday, July 31.  9 PM to 10 PM.  Cascades Baptist Church, 1012 West High Street.  Presented by the Jackson County Relay for Life. Kissed by the Sun Street Fair.  11 AM to 5 PM.  Elnora Moorman Park, High Street and Merriman, Jackson.  Showcasing Black-owned businesses in Jackson County.  Vendors, food, activities, music and more!  Free to attend. Ella Sharp Museum Now Open.  New Exhibits, New Programming, & More Virtual Events to come!  Be the first to see Adapt Exhibit - Covid-19 experiences and the I Matter Photography Exhibit. Capacities are limited and "4 Steps to a…

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Relay for Life Holding Drive Thru Luminaria Ceremony

(July 30, 2020 5:35 PM) The Jackson County Relay for Life is being held almost completely virtually this year.  Organizers are planning online activities for this year’s fundraiser event. Kym Parker, Event Lead, said all activities are posted on Facebook and have included team members participating in a scavenger hunt, online auction, campsite decorating and more.  One signature event of the Relay each year is the Luminaria Ceremony, where families and friends honor loved ones lost to cancer.  The Relay team has arranged with Cascades Baptist Church to conduct a Drive Thru Luminaria Ceremony on Friday night in the church parking lot (1012 West High Street, Jackson).  The ceremony will be streamed on Facebook.  The event will be from 9 PM to 10 PM Friday, July 31. Also on Friday, an Opening Ceremony and team roll call.  Saturday, Survivor recognition presentation and other events will be held virtually.

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MIAA Postpones Football and All Fall Sports

(July 30, 2020 5:35 PM) Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Presidents’ Council has voted to postpone conference competition and conference tournaments for cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. The Conference will develop schedules for these sports to take place later in the academic year. The MIAA is committed to offering engaging athletic experiences for student-athletes in these sports with extensive team activities this fall to include practice, skill development, strength & conditioning, leadership, and professional development opportunities. Adrian College announced today they intend to play football and all fall sports and is actively seeking opponent schools available to compete.  Calvin University and Trine University are exploring options to compete in all fall sports that they normally sponsor. Olivet College will explore options for competing in cross country, golf, and tennis this fall. All MIAA member institutions will continue to follow the NCAA recommendations outlined in the Resocialization to Sport – Developing Standards for Competition and Sport document for preseason resocialization to campus, practice, and competition this fall. Decisions regarding winter sports that begin play in the fall — men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, swimming and diving, and indoor track and field — will be made…

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COVID-19 Exposure at Sand Volley Ball Tournament in Jackson County

(July 30, 2020 5:18 PM) The Jackson County Health Department is providing the following information in order to prevent further transmission of COVID 19 related to an exposure where a person with COVID participated in a sporting event. The following has been identified as an exposure site for COVID 19 in Jackson County.  Sand Volley Ball Tournament at Gottschalk Park, 420 Homer Rd in Concord Michigan, 29237 on July 26th The Jackson County Health Department is advising players and spectators who attended the event listed above or who has had close contact for a prolonged period of time (>15 minutes) with someone who attended the event to be aware they have been potentially exposed to coronavirus. Symptoms typically show up 2-14 days after exposure. Exposure could have occurred at the event or several days later with close contact to someone who attended the event. Please notify your contacts of potential exposure. Exposure does not mean that you need to be tested even if you do have symptoms, but you should stay home. If you have symptoms or if one of your close contacts has developed symptoms, that person should isolate themselves from others in the house as much as possible.…

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