Stay Safe During Summer Heat

MDHHS routinely reviews emergency department (ED) data for heat-related illness. During this past July 4 weekend, July 2 to July 5, 120 ED visits due to complaints that include heat exhaustion and heatstroke, sunburn and sun poisoning were reported. Daily temperatures this week are anticipated to again rise above 80 degrees, which generally correlates with an increase in ED visits for heat-related illness. R EAD MORE

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Look Out for Harmful Algal Blooms

If you or your family will be living near or visiting Michigan waters this summer, it is important to be aware of potential harmful algal blooms (HABs) caused by cyanobacteria, which can have an impact on the health of people and animals. Also called blue-green algae, cyanobacteria are a natural part of Michigan lakes, rivers, and ponds. However, some cyanobacteria produce toxins, called cyanotoxins, that can make people and animals sick if they grow to form HABs. READ MORE!

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Jeter Donates $25,000 to Bronson

The Turn 2 Foundation announced it would donate $25,000 to the Bronson Health Foundation’s Rapid Response Fund. “We are grateful to the amazing doctors, nurses and therapists at Bronson Healthcare for their devotion to helping others and saving lives during these unprecedented times,” said Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation. “ READ MORE HERE!

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Drinking water, sanitation relief funding protects public health

“Having access to affordable, clean drinking water and sanitation service in the home is always vital but especially in a pandemic, and we thank the legislature and Governor for recognizing this imperative,” said Charlotte Jameson, Michigan Environmental Council program director for legislative affairs, drinking water and energy. “Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders are struggling to keep roofs over their heads and keep the water and lights on. While this funding is not a long-term solution to the widespread problem of unaffordable water bills and water shutoffs, it will provide desperately needed immediate relief.” READ MORE!

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Kalamazoo Youth Facility License Revoked

“The Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office thanks MDHHS and its licensing division for completing thorough investigations that will aid our office in determining appropriate charges in this tragic case,” said Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Getting. READ MORE!

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