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May 26, 2021
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Gov. Whitmer Lowers Flags to Honor Victims of the Shooting in San Jose, California
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Biden, has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the State of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff immediately on Wednesday, May 26 through Sunday, May 30 to honor and remember the eight victims of the shooting in San Jose, California.
“My heart is with the friends and families of each of the victims, as well as the entire San Jose community,” Whitmer said. “Gun violence is a public health crisis that continues to take the lives of Americans every day. Our hearts break for the innocent lives lost, and we must do more as a nation to prevent these horrific tragedies from happening again. Our state grieves alongside the loved ones of the victims and the entire San Jose, California community. ”
On Wednesday, a gunman opened fire at a public transit rail yard in San Jose, California, killing eight people and wounding several others. Officials have not yet released the names of those killed in the shooting.
The State of Michigan remembers the victims and stands in solidarity with residents of the State of California by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.
To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.
In observance of Memorial Day, flags should remain lowered until noon on Monday, May 31, 2021.
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Oakland County Health Division COVID-19 Update On Vaccine Clinics And Doses For The Week Of May 24 – 27
Pontiac, Michigan – Oakland County Health Division will host 14 COVID-19 vaccine clinics from Monday, May 24 – Thursday May 27 in the following communities: Commerce, Ferndale, Highland, Milford, Pontiac, Rochester, Southfield, Troy, Waterford, and White Lake. No clinics will take place over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. These clinics, which accept both appointments and walk-ups, are part of Oakland County’s strategy to host community and school-based clinics targeting specific geographic locations within the county.
The week of June 1, Health Division will also host vaccine clinics in the Pontiac area, followed by Southeast Oakland County the week of June 7. There will be community-based clinics in Brandon, Groveland, Rose, and Springfield Townships the week of June 14. Finally, the South Lyon/Lyon Township area the week of June 21. Keep an eye on OaklandCountyVaccine.com for details on locations and times. Those who do not have access to a computer or the Internet may call the Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 for more information.
Oakland County is also partnering with Oakland Schools and Walgreens to provide COVID-19 vaccine support to school districts. Parents and guardians will be able to bring their school-age children 12 and older to clinics hosted in each quadrant of the county. There will be free COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the following school districts for students and families in their surrounding areas by appointment and walk-up from 3-7 p.m. on the following days:
- Huron Valley Schools will host at Oak Valley Middle School, 4200 White Oak Trail in Commerce Twp., on May 26 from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
- Troy School District will host at Athens High School, 4300 John R. Rd. in Troy, on May 27 from 3-7 p.m.
- New addition: West Bloomfield Middle School, 3380 Orchard Lake Rd. in West Bloomfield on June 2 and 23 from 3-7 p.m.
- Brandon School District will host at Brandon Middle School, 609 S. Ortonville Rd. in Ortonville, on June 3 from 3-7 p.m.
For more details or to register for one of these three clinics, go to OaklandCountyVaccine.com. Information on future school-based COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be posted there as superintendents request them.
Oakland County Health Division will utilize vaccine it has on hand for these clinics. Like other providers, the Health Division will now place vaccine orders from the state of Michigan on a rolling basis with delivery within 48 hours instead of once weekly.
The following is an update on progress vaccinating Oakland County residents, according to the State of Michigan COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard as of May 21, 2021:
Total eligible residents 16 and older: 1,029,737
- Number of residents 16 and older who have received first dose: 667,994
- Number of residents 16 and older who have completed vaccination: 579,605
- Vaccine coverage for residents 16 and older: 64.9%
Total eligible residents 12 and older: 1,091,389
- Number of residents 12 and older who have received first dose: 682,746
- Number of residents 12 years and older who have completed vaccination: 579,605
- Vaccine coverage for residents 12 and older: 62.6%
Total eligible senior residents 65 and older: 217,676
- Number of senior residents who have received first dose: 177,987
- Number of senior residents who have completed vaccination: 166,459
- Vaccine coverage for senior residents: 81.8%
Total doses distributed within Oakland County: 1,229,145
- Total doses administered within Oakland County: 1,225,453
- Percentage of doses administered within Oakland County: 99.7%
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May 25, 2021
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Governor Whitmer & Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II Statement on the Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder
LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist issued the following statements on the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR WHITMER:
“A year ago today, George Floyd was murdered. His life mattered. He had a family, children, ambitions, and aspirations. His murder led to a powerful call for racial justice across the globe. Millions spoke out with one voice to say Black Lives Matter. I am proud of every Mi
“A year later, justice has been served for the murder of George Floyd, but our march is far from over. Despite the essential conversations we have had and the long-overdue reforms that many states and cities have implemented, there is still so much work left to do. I am grateful for the progress we have made and optimistic about what we can do as long as we stay engaged and live up to our shared ideals of equity and justice for communities of color.
“I am pleased to see that many of the reforms my administration laid out last June have been proposed as part of a bipartisan legislative package in the Michigan State Senate. I look forward to working with the legislature and passing these policing and criminal justice reforms into law.
“In the words of George Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, ‘Daddy changed the world.’ It is our responsibility, whether we are citizens or public servants, to change our laws and root out systemic racism in every aspect of our society from healthcare, housing, education
STATEMENT FROM LT. GOVERNOR GILCHRIST:
“Today marks one year since George Floyd’s life was brutally taken. While justice was rightfully served for Mr. Floyd and his family, far too many Black Americans and other people of color continue to suffer as the result of racism and injustice. Last summer, as I reflected on my own experiences with law enforcement since childhood, Governor Whitmer and I took to the streets to demand justice and stand tall for people whose visceral pain and ever-present exhaustion can be all-consuming. We continue to stand with you today.
“We must honor Mr. Floyd’s legacy with our words and our actions—not acting is not acceptable. That honor comes via changing the standards of law enforcements and the ways we invest in public safety.
“In June of 2020, Governor Whitmer and I called on the Michigan police departments to strengthen their practices, training, and policies to save lives and keep people safe. The governor and I remain ready and willing to partner with the Michigan Legislature and law enforcement officials to enact laws that will improve policing in our state. While some movement has begun, the changes must be codified into law to deliver the accountability that will result in everyone making it home to their loved ones at the end of the day and after any interaction.”