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
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!
To help combat the alarming increase of out-of-hospital medical emergencies and deaths that occurred in Michigan this spring, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, is urging residents not to avoid seeking help in a medical emergency. READ MORE!
Foam on these water bodies can have much higher amounts of PFAS than the water, and swallowing foam with PFAS could be a health risk. Health advisories for foam exist on some water bodies and specific advisories can be found in the PFAS Foam section at Michigan.gov/pfasresponse. READ MORE!
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!
“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!
“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!
City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services LIFTING OF THE PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER ADVISORY Water Infrastructure Repair East “G” Avenue, City
Dr. Corbett, a 34-year-old viral immunologist, is working with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as the scientific lead for Dr. Barney Graham’s Seattle based team. Corbett believes the key to cracking the code is by finding a way to prevent the virus from binding to normal cells. READ MORE!
The temporary positions will be located in a 24-hour temporary isolation facility delivering nursing care, providing education, and conducting disease surveillance. READ MORE!