MDHHS activates Community Health Emergency Coordination Center in response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus

MDHHS activates Community Health Emergency
Coordination Center in response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Local health departments coordinating with state to proactively protect public health

LANSING, Mich. – As cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continue to increase in the United States and internationally, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) activated the Community Health Emergency Coordination Center (CHECC) today to support local and state response to the outbreak.

“We at MDHHS recognize the potential threat associated with this virus and are working to identify any suspect cases in Michigan along with our local health partners,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “To help coordinate Michigan’s response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus, we are opening the Community Health Emergency Coordination Center to assist the multiple public health jurisdictions involved in the response and prevention of coronavirus here in our state.”

The CHECC will develop and distribute guidelines and educational materials concerning 2019-nCoV to public health agencies and healthcare providers as needed. This includes coordination with local health departments, including Detroit and Wayne County Health Departments especially as Detroit Metropolitan Airport has become a 2019-nCoV screening location.

To date, there are no confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in Michigan. MDHHS has issued statewide messages through the Health Alert Network encouraging healthcare providers across Michigan to assess patients for exposures associated with the risk of 2019-nCoV infection, including travel to China or close contact with a confirmed case, and for symptoms consistent with 2019-nCoV infection. This includes coughing, shortness of breath and fever.

The first U.S. case-patient was identified on Jan. 21, and had recently traveled from Wuhan, China. Since that time, additional cases have been confirmed in the United States among persons who traveled from Wuhan, and two close contacts of confirmed cases. Globally, reported illnesses in people with 2019-nCoV have ranged from mild to severe, including death.

Last week, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared the coronavirus a public health emergency in the United States. In response to the evolving threat of the novel coronavirus, and to minimize the risk of the virus spreading, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun enforcing restrictions for all passenger flights to the United States carrying individuals who recently traveled from the People’s Republic of China. Any U.S. citizen who has been to China in the last two weeks will be diverted to one of 11 airports, including Detroit Metropolitan Airport, to be checked and potentially quarantined for an additional 14 days.

According to DHS, as of Sunday, Feb. 2, U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei province within 14 days of their return will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they are provided proper medical care and health screening. U.S. citizens who have been in other areas of mainland China within 14 days of their return will undergo proactive entry health screening and up to 14 days of self-quarantine with health monitoring to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk.

Generally, foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents and flight crew) who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.

As this is a rapidly changing situation, more information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak and current recommendations will be updated at and CDC. gov/Coronavirus.

Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40

Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2020 Features Diverse Professionals Impacting Their Communities

PONTIAC, Michigan – An FBI special agent, an Oakland County commissioner, a farmer/ township trustee and a cancer survivor who rose from a part-time deli clerk to become corporate affairs manager for a major grocery chain are among those selected for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2020.

The program, in its ninth year, honors young professionals and thought leaders who live or work in Oakland County and have achieved excellence in their profession. There were about 250 applications and nominations for the class, which was selected by a panel of independent judges.

“We are fortunate to have such passionate and talented leaders who are committed to their professions and improving their communities,” County Executive David Coulter said. “They truly are bringing Oakland County together for a more prosperous future. They are a wonderful testament to the diversity and talent in our county.”

The class includes FBI Special Agent Nate Knapper, 33; Kristen Nelson, 36, a behavior analyst at Spark Center for Autism who is Oakland County commissioner for District 5; Scott Ruggles, 36, a White Lake Township trustee and also runs an 1,100 acre farm; and Rachel Hurst, a cancer survivor and corporate affairs manager for The Kroger Co. of Michigan.

The class is invited to join Coulter at his inaugural State of the County address on Feb. 12 at the Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts in Pontiac where they will be honored at a pre-reception. These are members of the 2020 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 class. Ages listed are as of Jan. 1:

  • Anton Babushkin Ph.D., Owner and Director, Wellness Psychotherapy, 37
  • Ebony Nicole Bagley, Digital Producer, CBS Detroit, 35
  • Dustin Barlow, Owner, Nerds Xpress, 32
  • Josh Barney, Vice President, J.J. Barney Construction, 35
  • Drew Benson, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Troy, Michigan, 27
  • Katie Brown, Shareholder, Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller, 36
  • Kelsey Cooke, Drainage District Legal Counsel, O.C. Water Resources Commissioner, 35
  • Amber DeLind, Membership Director, The Center for Michigan | Bridge Magazine, 33
  • Heather L. Farmer, Deputy Finance Director/Deputy Treasurer, City of Auburn Hills, 37
  • Dandridge Floyd, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Oakland Schools, 37
  • Tyler Frederick, Reentry Specialist, Oakland County Children’s Village, 32
  • Mark Geary, Director, External Communications/Media Relations, Beaumont Health, 38
  • Kevin M. Hirzel, Managing Member, Hirzel Law, 38
  • Rachel Hurst, Corporate Affairs Manager, The Kroger Co. of Michigan, 33
  • Alan Jaros, Director, Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bowers School Farm, 32
  • Amber Joseph, Marketing and Public Relations Director, Dutton Farm, 24
  • Matthew Kidd, Partner, Blunden & Kidd Accounting & Consulting, 29
  • Courtney Flynn Kissel, Attorney, Dykema Gossett, 37
  • Nate Knapper, Special Agent, FBI, 33
  • Deanna J. Kossaras, Intellectual Property Counsel, Harman International Industries, 31
  • Colleen McClue, Owner, Made in The Mitten Store, 31
  • Smita Mehta, Community and Engagement Manager, Faurecia, 37
  • Kristen Nelson, Behavior Analyst, Spark Center for Autism; O.C. Commissioner, 36
  • Ahmad Nsour, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Eagle Technology Competence, 39
  • Nikki O’Donnell, MA, LLP, Psychologist, Viewpoint Psychology and Wellness, 37
  • Aimee Page, Chief Clinical Officer, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, 32
  • Dr. Danielle Penson, Owner / CEO, Kaydense Galleria, 38
  • Jenny Poma, Chief Operating Officer, Lighthouse, 35
  • Armanda Prendushi-Hadribeaj, Owner, Birmingham Martial Arts, 31
  • Matthew Prince, Physician, Center for Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, 37
  • Brianna J. Romines, President, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, 38
  • Scott Ruggles, Owner, Ruggles Ranch, 36
  • Tyler Sajan, COO, Safe n Simple, 24
  • Jason Sweet, Director, Admissions and Outreach, Walsh College, 31
  • Ralph Thompkins, Owner, S.W.A.G Kids Gym, 34
  • Nicole Thompson, Police Lieutenant, Oakland University Police Department, 37
  • Annie Urasky, Director, Dept. of Civil Rights Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing, 35
  • Dominic Vicari, Operating Partner, Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, 35
  • Whitney D. Weiner, DDS, MS, CEO, Owner, Whole Dental Wellness, 36
  • Bianca Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Umbrellex Behavioral Health Services, 36
Inside OAA Sports

Inside OAA Sports

ONTV Feature Writer: Sammy Taromina

Things this basketball season hasn’t gone the rosiest at Lake Orion.

The Dragons Boys and Girls Basketball teams sit at a combined 8-15 thus far but the two basketball teams are in much different places right now.

The boys have a new coach in Joel Schroeder who came from Pontiac after a successful stint coaching the Phoenix. Schroeder has done a very good job with this young group despite the 4-7 record. There has been a ton of progress and the work ethic is very strong. Effort is not an issue surrounding the program. The problem that Schroder and his team faces is that they are clearly in the wrong division. The boys play in the Red and have to go up against the likes of North Farmington, Clarkston, West Bloomfield, Ferndale, Oak Park, and Bloomfield Hills on a consistent basis. This is something that the players or Schroeder can control this season. They also still have to play Flint Carman Ainsworth and Seaholm which will be very tough games.

It wouldn’t surprise me next season that the boys move down to the White. It will help their confidence and mental sickie also it will further help Schroeder develop the program. They have a ton of experience coming back which always helps.

In the girls side of things, the program has had a ton of turnover since the 2015 season. Bob Brydges is the team’s fourth coach in five years and is in his second year coaching the program. Brydges has a very young team with two freshman and a sophomore starting at the guard spots. This team has had several problems this season which resulted in some really bad losses. The first problem is that they make very bad decisions which leads to very easy baskets for opponents (turnovers, bad shot selection, etc.) Effort along with their inability to score have been problematic. This team is 2-6 in games where they score under 40 points and 2-2 when they score over 40 points.

What helps this season’s team going forward is still there are some winnable games on the schedule however some of those games that were winnable they couldn’t get this season.

Program strength is very strong in the girls especially with this freshman and sophomore classes on the rise but looking at this current team right now with the record they sit at a trip down from the White to the Blue is possible but if this team starts winning league games then they could stay in the White.

The girls do have the majority of their team coming back next season.

I would say to both programs is to stay patient. I think both basketball programs are heading in the right direction but there are certain kinks that need to be fixed. There is a ton of talent in the sub varsity ranks and both programs have quality and proven winning coaches.

Right now this season hasn’t been the greatest in Lake Orion but change is hopefully coming for the better.

About Me

Saginaw BayI have highest function of autism (Asperger Syndrome.) I’m a huge Dallas Stars fan. I like to play and watch football, especially when the Dragons play on Friday nights. I am a 2006 alum and used to play football for the Dragons. I ran track, I ran the 100, 200, 400 meter dashes along with shot-put and discus. During my time in Orion I was a manager for Junior Varsity Boys Basketball team. I’m the volleyball, girls basketball, and football announcer for the team and do the book on the road for girls basketball. I do the clock for volleyball in the fall along with girls basketball in the winter and announce some boys basketball games as well. In the spring I coach shot-put at Scripps Middle School, in my fifth season coaching. I run the shot-put for high school meets. I played Special Olympics Basketball, I’ve won three gold medals for them. I host “Between Taorminas” which is on ONTV along with a podcast called “OAA Now”. In other various things outside of Lake Orion, I love to jet ski over Saginaw Bay. Saginaw Bay is basically my life. I’m a trained weather spotter for the National Weather Service for Oakland and Huron counties.View my complete profile