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Last Update:  March 31, 4:25 2020  PM

Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Dear Friends,

Following state and federal recommendations to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and, out of concern for the health and well-being of our musicians, staff and audience members, we have regretfully decided to cancel our Signature Series 5 concert, scheduled for Saturday, April 25.

Ticket holders for Signature Series #5 can:
– Exchange tickets into any upcoming JSO Concert
– Donate the cost of your ticket purchase, and receive a tax deduction
– Contact the office for a refund

In accordance with Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, the JSO offices are now closed and the staff are working remotely. Because of this, we are unable to take your phone calls, but are happy to respond to your questions and requests via email; please send these emails to: info@jacksonsymphony.org. Due to the overwhelming number of emails we have been receiving, we ask for your patience and promise we will respond as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times.

Also, we will be giving previews of our upcoming season over social media during the upcoming weeks and have other plans to help you make sure music remains a part of your lives, even while we are all “sheltering in place.” Keep an eye on the JSO’s Facebook and Instagram pages. And let us know how music is helping you navigate these difficult waters.

We hope that you are all staying safe and we look forward to reconnecting with you soon.

Sincerely,

Matthew Aubin
Music Director
Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Jackson Salvation Army Update:

The Salvation Army – Jackson now has limited funds for past  due rent and mortgage assistance. Please call 517-782-7185 Ext. 113 for eligibility. Applicants that are eligible will need to provide:

**Current Lease
**W9
**Past due Invoice
**ID

Jackson Salvation Army COVID-19 Policy

Dear Wharton Center community,

The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff is our top priority. We continue to follow the latest information and directives regarding COVID-19. Per Governor Whitmer’s Stay Safe, Stay Home Order, Wharton Center will be closed from March 24 through April 13, 2020. All performances and events scheduled during this time have been canceled.

At this time, week 3 of Wicked, April 14 – April 19, 2020, is scheduled to occur. Please note, information is changing rapidly, and we will continue to keep patrons updated.

During this time of uncertainly, I hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy. I look forward to when we can once again gather at Wharton Center to experience live performing arts. The arts will go on. This is an intermission. In the meantime, follow Wharton Center on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter as we share online performing arts experiences.

Mike Brand

Executive Director

Governor’s COVID-19 Briefing

Monday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding the state’s response efforts to COVID-19.    

WHEN: Monday, March 23rd at approximately 11:00 AM    

Social Media and Live Streaming:  

Twitter.com/MichStatePolice 

Facebook.com/MichiganStatePolice

Spring Arbor University Music Dept

Hello SAU Music Community. It is our regret to inform you that due to the spread of COVID-19, the SAU music department is cancelling all events for Spring 2020. Further, we will be halting all mailchimp communication until the start of the Fall 2020 semester. To hear more regular updates, please like us on Facebook! Search “Spring Arbor University Music Department” to find us. Until then, stay safe, keep enjoying music, and rest in the knowledge that God is with us always.

Cascades Cycling Club COVID-19 Update

 

Community Action Agency COVID-19 Update

 

Salvation Army of Jackson – Covid19 Policy

 

Jackson Personal Care Ministry Limited Program

During this time of Social Distancing, 

Jackson Personal Care Ministry has determined 
that we can most safely serve our guests in the following way:
 
·       Items will be distributed outdoors, on the Cortland Street side of First Baptist Church (201 S. Jackson St.).
·       Volunteers will record names and addresses from guests, but not handle guests’ ID.
·       Volunteers having contact with guests will be fewer in number, and wear gloves.
·       Items will be pre-bagged and fewer in number than usual.  
·       Bags will be placed on a table by volunteers, and guests will pick them up.
·       Items will vary from week to week, with awareness that cleaning products and soap are very important.
·       Guests will be reminded to practice social distancing while waiting in line, and when approaching the table.
 
These policies are unchanged from our regular practice:
·       Restricted to Jackson County Residents
·       1 Person per household per week
·       Hours are still Thursdays 5 to 6:30 PM, except holidays (April 9 is a holiday for churches).
 
As the situation changes, our practice may need to change.
Monitor the Jackson Personal Care Ministry Facebook Page for late-breaking updates.

 
 

 Catholic Charities Senior Transportation Program Suspends Service

From Catholic Charities:  Catholic Charities is committed to providing services to older adults in a safe and effective manner. We carefully weighed the known guidelines with the unknown risks to determine the changes we would make in response to COVID-19, and the State of Emergency that has been declared in Michigan.

It is essential we keep you safe. With that, we have decided to suspend transportation services effective immediately until further notice.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and once it is known that we are not placing anyone at risk of the possible exposure to COVID-19, you will be notified by mail of the date we will resume services. Unfortunately, we cannot give an estimated time line.

We will not be taking any future appointment information at this time.

Jackson County Announces Building Closings and Service Adjustments

Jackson County Probation Department Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Michigan Announces 12 Positive Cases

Jackson Police Department Closing Facilities to Public

Brooklyn Food Pantry New Temporary Location

We are OPEN as always: 10 am – 2 pm (Tuesday/Thursday)
NEW TEMPORARY LOCATION: DRIVE-THROUGH ONLY: Behind the RE/Max Building on Main Street (Angel’s Floral)
131 North Main Street, Brooklyn, MI 49230
[Enter Off Water Street]

FOOD/DONATION DROP-OFF: Village Peddler Gift Shoppe and Angel’s Floral – During Normal Business Hours.

Questions / Special Needs / Special Arrangements: Call our HOTLINE: (517) 612-8771

We expect and are ready for increased need during these historical times. Please be generous and share food as you can. If you are in need, do not be too shy or proud to ask. We are here for times just like these.

Lansing Diocese Cancels All Masses Thru April 8

Bishop doesn’t make decision on Easter (April 12) yet, but dispenses Catholics from Mass obligation for Easter

 

Salvation Army Limits Services, Cancels Church Services

In order to limit exposure risk to our clients and staff – The Salvation Army of Jackson County will be restricting its operating hours to Monday – Thursday – 8:30 am – 12:00 p.m. The Pantry will be open 10:00 am – 12:00 noon and emergency sanitation protocols will be followed. Individuals seeking counseling can call 517-787-7185 ext. 122 to schedule an appointment.

Pastoral assistance may be reached at 517-787-7185 ext. 113. Church services are cancelled until after March 31, 2020.

Jackson County Reports First Positive Case of COVID-19

Mayor Dobies Declares “State of Emergency” in City of Jackson

COVID-19 Update: Fieldhouse, library closed to public

In continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic and latest recommendations, Jackson College’s Atkinson Library and Victor Cuiss Fieldhouse are no longer open to the public.

Governor Lifts Weight Restrictions on Michigan Roads

For vehicle delivering essential services

LifeWays Suspends Non-Essential Services

Jackson College Postpones Commencement and All Events Through May 8

Events postponed include Le Cirque, Easter Egg Hunt, Oak Ridge Boys and all graduation related ceremonies

Michigan Announces 1 New Positive COVID-19 Case Today, New Reporting Format Begins Tomorrow

No further announcements regarding numbers will be released today.  Next report Tuesday at 2 PM.

Attorney General Expands Hotline as Price Gouging Complaints Surge

More than 180 price gouging complaints have been recieved so far today

CP Federal Announces Temporary Branch Closings and Hours

Drive thru services will still be available at all Drive thru locations

Local Restaurants and State Food Industry Respond to Governor’s Executive Order Closing Restaurants and Bars

Michigan Welcome Centers Closing

In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be closing the information lobbies at all Michigan Welcome Centers until further notice.

At locations where it is possible, restrooms will remain open to the public. A contact phone number will be posted at each location for visitors who need additional information. For travel information, visit Michigan.gov/Drive.

The state is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in reducing the coronavirus risk to Michigan residents.

Michigan Department of Civil Rights Open by Appointment Only

In line with Governor Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights will close all offices to walk-in traffic, effective immediately until further notice. Individuals who have an appointment will be admitted to the Department’s offices.

Any individual who wishes to file a complaint of unlawful discrimination or request information can do so online at Michigan.gov/MDCR, by email at MDCR-INFO@michigan.gov, or by calling 1-800-482-3604.

“While our physical offices will be open only by appointment, the Department of Civil Rights will continue to do business as usual during this emergent situation,” said MDCR Interim Director Mary Engelman. “We encourage anyone who feels they have been discriminated against to contact us and file a complaint by phone or through our website.”

City of Jackson Cancels Council Meeting

Jackson City Hall to close to public, details on services available here.

Jackson YMCA to Close

Both locations to remain closed through April 5.

Optimist Ice Arena Closing through April 5

Governor Issues Executive Order Related to Unemployment Benefits

Whitmer orders expansion of benefits.  Details in link.

HFAH COVID-19 Screening Update

Heavy demand at the Henry Ford Allegiance Drive-Thru screening site.  HFAH offers guidance at link.

Governor Issues Executive Order Closing Restaurants, Bars, Theaters and Casinos

Restaurants are limited to carry-out and delivery

American 1 Credit Union Closes Some Lobbies to the Public

Lt. Governor Gilchrist:  Bars and Restaurants to Close

Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist announced on his official Twitter account this morning the state will be ordering all restaurant and bars to close.  “Effective at 3PM, we are temporarily shutting down bars, restaurants, and other establishments to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

9&10 News of Cadillac reporter Eric Lloyd reports he interviewed Governor Whitmer and told him of the order today in her first 1-on-1 interview since declaring a state of emergency last Tuesday.

The Governor’s office has confirmed this and Press Secretary Tiffany Brown told news media outlets the Governor would have more information soon.

HFAH Begins Drive-Thru Testing

Henry Ford Allegiance Health began drive-thru testing at One Jackson Square over the weekend.  There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Henry Ford Allegiance Health or in Jackson County.

Michigan Announces 20 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19

20 New Cases Reported Sunday, State Total Now at 53

Firekeepers to Close All Operations

Firekeepers Casino Hotel will close all operations effective at 3 AM Monday.

UM and MSU Encourage Students Go Home

Michigan State University and the University of Michigan have both announced that students need not remain on campus for the rest of the semester.  MSU has suspended face-to-face instruction in classroom settings and moved to virtual instruction for the rest of the semester. The University of Michigan is encouraging students to go home to their permanent residences if possible.  UM says students will not be required to come to UM campuses for instruction or exams for the remainder of this semester.

Both universities are encouraging campus employees work at home.  Resources for faculty and staff are available on the schools’ websites.

MSU has suspended all academic year 2019-20, spring 2020 and summer 2020 Education Abroad programs. This suspension also includes 2020 First-Year Seminars Abroad.

All commencements have been postponed. MSU and UM say they will make every effort to reschedule.

Both main campuses remain open.

Complete List of all Jackson County Schools Meal Programs, Locations, Hours, Days During Shutdown

Governor Whitmer to Give Update on State’s Response to COVID-19

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19.

WHEN: Sunday March 15th at approximately 6:00 PM

Social Media and Live Streaming: Twitter.com/MichStatePolice Facebook.com/MichiganStatePolice

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Dealing with Price Gouging

On Sunday, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-8, which temporarily imposes enhanced restrictions on the excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.  Details here.

 

Area Supermarkets Make Adjustments in Response to Coronavirus Emergency

Polly’s Operations Manager Todd Kennedy said the stores have been busy but there are no issues with suppliers.  Details here.

Michigan State University Postpones Spring Commencement

On Saturday, March 14, MSU announced spring commencement has been postponed. MSU will make every effort to reschedule.

MSU has suspended face-to-face instruction in classroom settings and moved to virtual instruction for the rest of the semester.  The campus will remain open during this period. However, events with attendance over 100 people on campus through April 20 are being rescheduled or canceled. Any exceptions to this must be approved in writing by a vice president or the president. No new events with over 100 people expected should be scheduled.  Effective March 12, MSU has suspended all academic year 2019-20, spring 2020 and summer 2020 Education Abroad programs. This suspension also includes 2020 First-Year Seminars Abroad.

Spring Arbor University has cancelled all in-person classes

Effective Monday, March 16, face-to-face classroom instruction will be moved online. All classroom instruction will be offered remotely beginning Monday, March 16. Students can expect to receive additional details regarding instruction from their academic departments and/or specific faculty members.

 The campus will remain open, and SAU will continue to support students in residence halls and dining facilities. Students in the residence halls have the option of choosing whether to stay in on-campus housing or to return home during this timeframe. 

Campus operations will continue at this time, and campus will remain open. However, there may be some modifications to campus services (e.g., open times for library, fitness center, dining). 

Effective Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13, all on-campus events of more than 100 attendees (including Chapel) are canceled. 

 All May Cross-Cultural trips have been canceled.

Consumers Energy Suspends Shutoffs

Consumers Energy is suspending shutoffs for non-pay for low-income and senior customers beginning March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020. These time frames could be adjusted depending on the spread and severity of the virus.

 

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Clarifying Restrictions on Entry into Care Facilities, Juvenile Justice Facilities 

Today (Saturday, March 14), Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-7 clarifying the restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities she issued in Executive Order 2020-6, signed on March 13.  Details here.

Michigan Announces 8 additional positive cases of COVID-19

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced tonight (Saturday) eight adults tested presumptive positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 33.

Need Help?  Call 211

If you are struggling with food insecurity…need to find housing…would like to get connected to counseling or medical services, or have other questions…call 211!

211 is a freeconfidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need.

211 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week 211 and can be accessed by phone or computer.

Examples of how 211 can help:

  • Mental Health and Health Resources – including counseling, support groups, drug and alcohol treatment
  • Health insurance programs
  • Medicaid and Medicare
  • Maternal health resources
  • Health insurance programs for children
  • Medical information lines, clinics, and hospitals
  • Food banks
  • Housing support
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Many other resources
Utilize the 2-1-1 database for access to local food pantries in Jackson Michigan. Here you can find each pantries requirements, area served, service hours, site hours and address

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Suspends all Programs and Cookie Booths

Based on the governor’s recommendation to close K-12 schools effective March 16, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan is suspending all cookie booths, council programs, and Girl Scout Camp reservations effective March 16. Please read our full, updated statement for full details. gshom.org/coronavirus

Vandercook Lake Public Schools Meal Service

Vandercook Lake Public Schools will serve meals March 16 to April 3, to be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Middle/High School circle drive, 1000 E. Golf Ave. The district partnered with Jackson Public Schools for distribution.

Columbia Schools Meal Service

Columbia School District will supply grab-and-go breakfast and lunch. Food can be picked up between 9 and 11 AM at the front of Columbia Elementary School, 320 School St., Brooklyn. Meals are available March 16, 18, 20, 23 and 25.

Springport Public Schools will have meals from March 16 through March 27

Four locations:

Springport Elementary and High School, 300 W. Main St., will serve breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Use the southwest entrance from the parking lot closest to the high school gym.

Green Meadows Apartments, 281 Green St., will serve breakfast and lunch from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Onondaga Town Hall, 4756 Baldwin St., will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Small Blessings Child Care, 600 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids, will serve breakfast from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Concord School Lunch and Breakfast

Concord will offer drive-thru breakfast and lunch from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at Concord Elementary, 405 S. Main St., Concord from March 16 to March 27.

Lunch and Breakfast at Hanover Horton

Hanover-Horton Elementary, 131 Fairview St., Hanover will serve drive-through breakfast and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from March 16 to 27.

Hanover-Horton will have two locations for parents to pick up the backpacks of groceries typically sent home on Fridays. Those drive-through locations are open Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. at Beacon Church, 6000 Reynolds Road and Heritage Park in Hanover at the big red barn.

Western Schools Lunch and Breakfast

Warner Elementary, 118 Star Road, Spring Arbor; and Parma Elementary, 385 Elizabeth St., Parma will have drive thru breakfast and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from March 16 to 27.

Grass Lake Community Schools Lunch and Breakfast

Grass Lake Community Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch.   Meals are intended to be taken home for consumption.  Meals are free to all children 18 and under and there is no requirement to be a district resident.

Locations and time:

Harmony Baptist Church 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Brown Street at the Community Events Pavilion 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Rank Road at the intersection of Grass Lake Road

Meals will be delivered in Grass Lake Community School Buses to the designated locations and distributed by staff members.

 

All Jackson District Library Locations Now Closed to the Public

With the effects of the outbreak being felt more each day, and in the interest of public health, the Jackson District Library will close all its locations to the public and suspend all services through at least April 5.
 
Services suspended immediately include our outreach services and home delivery. Due dates for all materials will be extended to April 30, and patrons are asked not to return any items to JDL locations while they are closed to the public.
 
Our social media pages, linked below, will periodically highlight our digital services we offer our patrons, which allows JDL library card holders to download and stream movies, audiobooks, e-books, music, and more. We will also make more announcements regarding our policies surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.
 

Henry Ford Allegiance Health Opens Drive Thru Screening Station

Henry Ford Allegiance Health has opened a COVID-19 drive-through screening station, to provide screenings to community members while complying with social distancing recommendations.

Located on the surface parking lot of One Jackson Square (100 E. Michigan Ave, Jackson), the screening station allows individuals with a fever, cough and shortness of breath to limit exposure to others by remaining in their car during screening.

Learn more about the drive-through screening center, including who should use the station and hours of operation here.

 

Senior Nutrition Sites to Close; Meals on Wheels Will Continue

In consultation with the Jackson County Health Officer regarding the Coronavirus potential impact for older adults, the Jackson County Department on Aging is closing all senior nutrition sites effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.  All senior center programs and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) appointments are cancelled.

The Department on Aging remains open.  In-home services are being provided at this time.  Meals on Wheels will continue to be delivered. 

Senior Nutrition Site participants who need meals should call 517-768-8684 to discuss the possibility of frozen meals.

Jackson Area Career Center Hair & Fashion Show Postponed

The Hair and Fashion Show that was being put on by JACC Cosmetology program  March 24 at the Potter Center has been postponed.  A new date has not been set.

How to Get Tested and Other Frequently Asked Questions

Michigan has prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions (click here).  The Jackson County Health Department number is (517) 788-4420.

Michigan Lutheran and Episcopal Church Leaders Discourage Church Attendance for Month of March

From the joint Bishops’ letter:  In light of (Governor Whitmer’s) recommendation, and in awareness that many in our congregations are amongst the most vulnerable population, we encourage congregations to refrain from coming together for in-person worship for the remainder of the month of March.   As People of God, it is our moral, civic, and spiritual obligation to care for one another by taking the necessary steps to slow the spread of this virus and continue to serve our communities with generosity, hope, and joy. 

Check with your own church regarding specific schedule and recommendations.

Walberg Votes for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today voted for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, bipartisan legislation that supports  families by providing free Coronavirus testing, targeted paid sick leave for affected workers and caregivers, and flexibility for small businesses. H.R. 6201, which passed the House by a 363-40 vote, builds on the bipartisan $8 billion emergency funding package passed last week to help combat the Coronavirus.  The Senate will take up this legislation on Monday.

“As more communities in Michigan announce confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, I remain committed to working with federal, state, and local officials to protect the health and well-being of our citizens,” said Walberg. “This bipartisan legislation takes additional action to ensure free testing and lend a helping hand to workers and small business facing economic hardship. As we fight the Coronavirus, it is important that everyone continue to exercise precautions, practice good hygiene, and be particularly mindful of vulnerable populations. As Americans, we will overcome this together.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone take basic preventative steps to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, including washing your hands often, avoiding touching your face, and staying home when you are sick. For additional updates and information, constituents can visit walberg.house.gov/coronavirus and CDC.gov.

The Green Market at Henry Ford Allegiance Health Will be Closed Through April

The Market hopes to open outside in May.

East Jackson to Implement Mobile Food Service Program

Starting March 16, East Jackson Schools will be implementing a mobile food service program during the coming weeks, Monday thru Friday at 5 sites within the district.  Anyone 18 or under will be provided lunch (and breakfast for the following day) at no cost for at home consumption.

  • Coachman Cove, 6600 Portage Lake Road
  • Sun Valley Estates, 180 Mantel Avenue
  • The Arbors Apartments, 2921 Woods Circle Drive
  • Ridgewood Vista Apartments, 5000 Ponderosa Drive
  • Ashton Ridge Apartments, 2907 Ashton Ridge Drive

Look for an East Jackson Community Schools bus and a familiar face at each location of the meal sharing sites.  In an effort to help further address food shortages for children, our district will work to deliver meals to other locations upon request.  Please contact Cheryn Delosh at 517-769-8958.

Michigan Center Schools Free Breakfast and Lunch at Three Locations

Michigan Center Schools will provide three sites for free breakfast and lunch for the community during the closing of K-12 school districts.

The pick-up sites will be operating from Monday, March 16 to Thursday, March 26.

Michigan Center High School, 11 AM to 1 PM.  Meals will be served drive-up style in the front of the high school circle loop.

Indian Village, 2600 East South Street, Jackson.  11 AM to 11:30 AM.  Meals will be served in front of the clubhouse.

Dorrell Trailer Park, Grayling Road (Location of Summer Meals Program)  12 PM too 12:30 PM.  Meals will be served in empty corner lot.  Look for large white truck. 

Feel free to come daily.  Bring your cousins and friends.  You need not attend Michigan Center Schools to participate.  All meals distributed are welcome to leave site.  There will be no area for food to be consumed on site.

Northwest to Provide 2 Sites for Free Breakfast and Lunch

Northwest Schools will provide two sites for free breakfast and lunch for the community during the closing of K-12 school districts.

There will be two sites and one pick up time during the day where community members can pick up meals for their students (18 and under).

Northwest Child care and Northwest Early Elementary will be pick up sites for the cold “to-go box” breakfast and lunches, that will be prepared and are similar to the Summer Food Program.

Food can be picked up at either site between 9 and 11 am daily.

The food will be distributed to students/parents at the main building doors.  Students can then take the meals offsite to eat, except for the children who are attending daycare.

We will begin feeding our community on Tuesday, March 17th through Thursday, March 26.  Weekdays only. 

The program will not operate during the previously scheduled spring break (March 27th – April 5).

First Week of Wicked Performances Canceled at Wharton

Wharton Center and the producers of WICKED are canceling the first week of WICKED performances.  Performances scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 through Sunday, April 5, 2020, are canceled.  At this time, the remaining WICKED performances, scheduled Tuesday, April 7 through Sunday, April 19, 2020, will occur as scheduled.

Patrons who purchased tickets to the first week of performances (April 1 through April 5) will have the option to move tickets into another available performance (April 7 through 19). Patrons can learn more about their options by contacting the Wharton Center Ticket Office at 1-800-WHARTON, starting Monday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m.

To view the complete schedule of WICKED performances available, visit https://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/wicked.

For the latest information from Michigan State University regarding the COVID-19 pandemic visit http://msu.edu/coronavirus.

City of Jackson Limits Services

The City has cancelled all recreation activities and closed the Boos Community Center for the next two weeks. The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is already closed for construction.

-The City will suspend water shut offs to residents in our water system over the next three weeks to aid hand-washing and overall public health.

-Jackson City Hall will remain open to continue vital operations of the City, but over the next three weeks, City government will be running with minimum staff to allow employees to care for family and self-isolate.

-All board and commission meetings have been postponed until further notice. City Council meetings will continue so important City business can proceed.

-The City has suspended all non-essential business travel outside of Jackson County for City employees until further notice.

Jackson College Extends Spring Break

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Jackson College has decided to extend spring break through Friday, March 20th.

All online and land-based classes, regardless of location, are suspended until Monday, March 23rd. On March 23, classes will resume in online format only, with no face-to-face classes. (This action will extend our winter semester by one week.)

All full-time faculty and all staff should report to work this coming Monday, March 16th. Any employees and students who are ill or are demonstrating signs of impending illness should remain at home.

Know that during this time, facilities personnel have been working to ensure that buildings are cleaned and sanitized. Cleaning teams are giving special attention to high contact surfaces and locations.

We understand that many of you are a bit worried. Know that our priority remains to be the safety and well-being of our students, employees and community.

To summarize:

  • Spring break is extended to March 16-20;
  • All employees report for work on Monday, March 16;
  • We will offer virtual instruction/distance learning beginning on March 23; and
  • The winter semester will be extended by one week.

Adjustments to Sheriff’s Office Services

Effectively immediately Sheriff Steve Rand is curtailing and reducing some aspects of in person services to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and keep the jail and staff free from the virus.

The following are a list of services that are changed or suspended until Monday April 6th:

  • Walk-in fingerprinting has been temporarily suspended- this includes CPL’s, employment checks, background checks and walk-ins for District Court fingerprints.
  • We are encouraging FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request forms be filled out via our website and delivered either electronically or via US mail. All completed FOIA requests will be mailed or sent electronically.
  • We are encouraging handgun registrations be done using either US mail or a drop box located in the Sheriff’s Office lobby.
  • We are encouraging all records related requests and needs to be conducted electronically, via telephone or by US mail.

All Sheriff Patrols and Jail operations will continue with some precautions as we do our part to mitigate any spread of the current Pandemic.   

Community Action Agency Adjusts Services

The Community Action Agency is making the following alterations to the services they provide:

  • We have cancelled scheduled client classes and rescheduling in the future. This includes Homebuyer Education, Getting Ahead, Financial Stability
  • Head Start classes will be closed as part of the K-12 school closing that will be in effect March 16-April 5th, 2020
  • Client Transports and Home Visits are suspended.
  • Current WIC client appointments in Lenawee County are being rescheduled to later dates in April.
  • YouthBuild will be closed March 16-April 5.
  • VITA: Operations are currently suspended and will be rescheduled after April 5th.
  • Early Head Start Playgroups will be cancelled.

We want you to be assured this is to help keep everyone safe during this challenging time.  We are also asking those in need of services to PLEASE CALL OFFICES FIRST. 

Here are the numbers for all three counties to contact:

Jackson County Offices: 517-784-4800, Lenawee County Offices: 517-263-7861

Secretary of State Branches Appointment Only

The University of Michigan Cancels Spring Commencement

All spring commencement ceremonies across all three campuses in Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn  have been canceled.  UM President Dr. Mark Schlissel’s statement: “I recognize the difficulties #COVID19 has created and appreciate the engagement and support we’ve seen within our community. Today, we take further important action to reduce density & protect the health & safety of our staff, faculty, and students.”

UM Announcement:

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office Lobby Closes

Effective immediately, the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s lobby will be closed to the public until April 6th due to COVID-19.  In addition, we strongly encourage victims to communicate via telephone or email regarding case updates instead of appearing in person to the Victim Rights office.

Coronavirus Testing by Physician’s Orders

Patient & Infusion Care Center, 214 N. Elm Ave will be doing testing for the virus with physicians’ orders ONLY; people’s physicians will determine if testing is warranted.  They will be doing drive-up testing until HFAH is better positioned for testing.  It will be done by Lab Corp, the first private Lab sanctioned by the FDA.  Visit piiccenter.com and Dr. Donna O’Neill has a blog with information being updated.

Center for Family Health Closes JPS Based Health Centers

The Center for Family Health has enacted steps to address concerns about coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, in Jackson County. As of this date no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Jackson County, but preparing for that possibility is part of the CFH mission as a community health center.

To reduce the number of locations where sick people may gather, all three Center for Family Health school health centers at Jackson Public Schools sites will close Monday, March 16, until further notice. Those sites are at Northeast Elementary School, the Middle School at Parkside, and Jackson High School.

The Northwest Community Health Center, a school health center at R.W. Kidder Middle School, will remain open.

Patients and community members who suspect they may be sick with COVID-19 are asked to call CFH at (517) 748-5500 before seeking treatment in person.

Emergency Closure Meals Sites for Jackson County School Age Children

During the State mandated closure of Michigan schools, we want to assure our community that we are working to address some of the needs that have come to light. Jackson Public Schools recognizes that students are in need of healthy meals each day. To that end we have put together a list of sites where meals will be available for children. At this time, the USDA has lifted the requirement that meals must be eaten on site. Families will be asked to come to the service point and given meals. Each day we will hand out one lunch for the day and one breakfast for the next day per child. On Fridays we will provide 3 lunches and 3 breakfasts per child to help sustain them over the weekend. All meals will be distributed in individual bags. We are pleased to be able to provide meals for children at the sites below at the listed times.

We will serve meals Monday-Friday from March 16 -April 3, 2020.

In addition families may come to several other sites in town (rain or shine) to pick up breakfast and lunch meals:

• YMCA Downtown from 12:00 PM -1:00 PM

• St. John’s UCC on Mechanic St. from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

• Bennett Elementary School (back door by the service entrance) from 11:00 to 1:00 PM

• Middle School at Parkside (Cafeteria entrance) from 11:00AM -1:00 PM

• Frost Elementary (in the back at the bus circle) from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM

The Carnegie Library will distribute a snack each day from 2:00 PM -4:00 PM.

We appreciate our community partners and thank them for their help in time of need.

If you have questions about the Emergency Closure Meal Program, please call the JPS Food Service Office at (517) 841-2690 or contact Brant Russell at brant.russell@jpsk12.org

Ella Sharp Museum to Temporarily Close

Today, the museum made the difficult decision to temporarily close to the public. We will close effective at 5 p.m. on March 13 through April 6. We are actively monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and listening to the guidance of authorities including the Jackson County Health Department, State of Michigan, and the CDC.  All public events, on-site education programs, classes, and guided tours to be held at the museum will not occur during the temporarily closure. This includes all events and programming in the Hurst Planetarium, the annual Sugaring, Shearing, & Science Festival, Ella’s Explorers, Ceramic Classes, & State-wide Astronomy Night.

Croswell Opera House Cancels All March Shows

All ticketed events at the Croswell Opera House through the end of March will be postponed or canceled.  The executive order issued today by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer bans public gatherings of more than 250 people through April 5. This affects the following shows:

  • Captain of the Crossing Guards (March 20-21)
  • Thank You for the Music: An Abba Tribute Concert (March 27)
  • Ernie Haase and Signature Sound (March 29)

We will do everything in our power to reschedule rather than cancel these shows; however, we do not have dates at this time

Hillsdale College Cancels all Spring Athletics

Hillsdale College and the Great Midwest Conference has canceled all spring athletics competition and championships. All team-related activities are suspended through April 6, 2020.

Jackson District Library Cancels All Programs through April 1

All scheduled programs, meeting room use, and outreach events, district-wide, are canceled through Wednesday, April 1. This includes our Spring Break Week program scheduled from March 28 – April 5. For up-to-date information on cancellations, visit our Facebook page.  Patrons are encouraged to bring their own headphones for use with library computers or use the computer with the sound turned completely off.  We encourage all our patrons and employees who are sick to stay home, and for others who may be at-risk to do the same.  Meijer Branch patrons are encouraged to use our book lockers, which allow for you to place a hold on an item and pick it up from a locker located on the outside of the building. For more information, call the Meijer Branch at 517-788-4480.

The library has a number of online and digital resources such as Hoopla and Overdrive that can be found on our website. These give patrons the ability to access audiobooks, movies, music, e-books, and more from the comfort of their home with a library card and computer access.

Jackson Area Career Center Career Fair Rescheduled

Jackson Area Career Center Building Trades Career Fair has been rescheduled to coincide with a building wide Career Exploration Event on May 8th.   

Spring Arbor University Suspends All Athletic Competitions

Spring Arbor University, in conjunction with the Crossroads League, has announced the suspension of all competition for all teams effective immediately until April 1. Although we have no cases of COVID-19 in our county or on our campus, SAU’s highest priority is to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of every member of our community. SAU will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation and provide further updates in regards to athletic events.

Spring Arbor Athletics is following suit with several conferences and schools across the country on the recommendations of health officials and medical professionals to reduce the risk from the COVID-19 outbreak. The department will continue to consult with university leadership, the Crossroads League, NAIA officials and other local authorities as the situation progresses.

Spring Arbor University is actively monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and will provide updates when necessary. For more information on SAU’s response to COVID-19, visit www.arbor.edu/coronavirus

For questions about SAU’s plans and responses to the coronavirus outbreak, please email coronavirus@arbor.edu.

MDOC Halts All Visits to State Prisons

Jackson School of the Arts to Close through April 5

The Jackson School of the Arts will follow Jackson Public Schools’ schedule and remain closed through April 5.

City of Jackson Recreation Activities Canceled, Community Centers Closed

Due to ongoing concerns over spreading coronavirus, the City of Jackson is making the difficult decision to cancel recreation activities and close a community center for two weeks. The cancelations and closure will begin Sunday, March 15 and last through Sunday, March 29. This impacts all youth, adult, and senior programs, along with the closure of the Boos Community Center. The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is already closed to the public due to renovations. The Bitty Basketball program is also canceled on Saturday, March 14.

The City is working with local organizations to continue meals for kids and senior citizens. Working with the Jackson County Food with Friends Program, seniors can pick up to go meals Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 304 E. Prospect Street. The City is working with Jackson Public Schools to provide meals for youth, who can pick up to go meals Monday through Friday at St. Johns United Church of Christ, 801 S. Mechanic Street, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Director Kelli Hoover says the City is following recommendations from the state. “Canceling our programs was a difficult decision. However, it’s needed to stop the spread of this illness and keep our community safe. We will continue meal services to make sure basic needs are met,” Hoover said.

The City of Jackson will provide updates on programs and other meal locations when they become available. Currently, no other City of Jackson meetings or facilities are planned to close due to the virus.

Governor Orders All K-12 Michigan Schools to Close on Monday, March 16

Jackson High School Ambassador Dinner Postponed

Jackson High School has postponed the annual Ambassador Dinner and Auction, scheduled for March 20.

Center Stage Jackson “All Strings Attached” All Performances C

JSO Postpones Signature Series Concert

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is postponing their fourth Signature Series concert (The Maestro Returns-March 21, 2020) to a later date.

Statement from the JSO:  “We will be in touch with ticket holders with information on the alternate date for The Maestro Returns as soon as we have it.   

The Irish Festival Band (The Founding) will be performing a free outdoor concert on Friday, May 22, 2020 in Jackson’s Blackman Park. Ticket holders for the Irish Festival can join us for a preconcert reception with the band in Weatherwax Hall.   We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we navigate the situation.”

Michigan Theatre Cancels Movies and Events

Movies scheduled for next week, including Jackson College Winter Film Series “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Monday and the Thursday and Friday movies through March 26 have been postponed.  Dates to be determined.

Statement from The Michigan Theatre:  “If you have purchased a ticket to an upcoming event are experiencing potential symptoms, The Michigan Theatre of Jackson asks you to kindly avoid contact with guests and will work with you to honor your ticket or its value at another date or time. The health and safety of our members and community is our highest concern. We appreciate your help and understanding.”

Albion Chamber of Commerce Cancels Meetings and Annual Meeting

The Albion Chamber’s Eggs & Issues events and the Annual Meeting have been canceled.

Wharton Center Cancels Events

Several performances at Wharton Center in East Lansing have been canceled.

Statement from Wharton Center:

“As we continue to follow the latest information and directives regarding COVID-19, the following Wharton Center events will not be taking place as scheduled:

  

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