Additional influenza A (H5) case detected in Michigan

Additional influenza A (H5) case detected in Michigan

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Additional influenza A (H5) case detected in Michigan
Risk to general public remains low

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is announcing an additional case of influenza A (H5) in a Michigan farmworker, who worked closely with influenza A (H5) positive cows. This worker was employed at a different farm than the case announced on May 22. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to highlight that the risk to the public remains low; this farm worker was quickly provided antivirals and is recovering from respiratory symptoms.

This virus has been associated with the ongoing multistate outbreak of influenza A (H5N1). As part of the ongoing response, state and local public health are closely monitoring for potential human cases, which can occur sporadically in individuals with close contact to infected animals. It is not unexpected that comprehensive testing is identifying sporadic human infections in farm workers.

“Michigan has led a swift public health response, and we have been tracking this situation closely since influenza A (H5N1) was detected in poultry and dairy herds in Michigan. Farmworkers who have been exposed to impacted animals have been asked to report even mild symptoms, and testing for the virus has been made available,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, chief medical executive. “With the first case in Michigan, eye symptoms occurred after a direct splash of infected milk to the eye. With this case, respiratory symptoms occurred after direct exposure to an infected cow. Neither individual was wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). This tells us that direct exposure to infected livestock poses a risk to humans, and that PPE is an important tool in preventing spread among individuals who work on dairy and poultry farms. We have not seen signs of sustained human-to-human transmission, and the current health risk to the general public remains low.”

“In Michigan, we continue to respond to influenza A (H5N1) with a one-health approach, working closely with our federal, state, and local partners to address human and animal health,” said Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Tim Boring. “Proper use of personal protective equipment is the best tool we have to protect farm workers. MDARD is currently offering assistance to dairy farms in need of additional protective equipment. MDARD has and will continue to take bold actions to assist farms impacted by this disease.”

MDHHS recommends seasonal flu vaccination for people working on poultry or dairy farms. It will not prevent infection with avian influenza viruses, but it can reduce the risk of coinfection with avian and flu viruses.

MDHHS will be posting additional case identifications at


Tuned-In Thursday: Radical Optimism by Dua Lipa

Tuned-In Thursday: Radical Optimism by Dua Lipa

For many years, Dua Lipa has had a stranglehold on pop music. Releasing her first studio album back in 2017, she has been keen on the recent trends of the genre, transforming from RnB-inspired electropop, to anthemic dance-pop hits, and now psychedelic euro disco grooves.

Top charters like “Don’t Stop Now,” “Physical” and “Levitating” (along with its DaBaby remix,) have proved that Dua Lipa can tap into the pulse of the pop music zeitgeist – however, with her most recent studio outing, “Radical Optimism,” Dua seems to be losing her place on top of the pop music totem pole.

To start off the record, the first track “End Of An Era,” both indicates the end of Dua’s previous musical era, the “Future Nostalgia/Dance the Night Away” era, as well as the end and start of a new, exciting relationship in her life.

“No more ‘you’re not my type’, no more ‘at least I tried’/Done with the lonely nights, I guess/One chapter might be done, God knows I had some fun/New one has just begun,” Dua Lipa sings in “End Of An Era.”

As she has stated in countless interviews and press-releases, through self-reflection, Dua has a new outlook on life and the world through music she has been listening to for the past five years.

However, this perspective does not translate on the first song. Dua kicks off the record with a track indistinguishable from about half of the other songs on the record: samey-sounding synths, bass, drums and even vocals plague “Radical Optimism.”

The problem with an album like “Radical Optimism” is that the influences that Dua identifies and factors contributing to the album’s sound just are not present on most of the tracks.

“At the same time, I found myself looking through the music history of psychedelia, trip hop, and Britpop. It has always felt so confidently optimistic to me, and that honesty and attitude is a feeling I took into my recording sessions,” Dua shared when first teasing the record.

Dua Lipa also has worked with several producers who work on alternative and electronic music, including Danny L Harle and Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala.)

These ideas all seem interesting, provocative and innovative – but why does the album sound so manufactured and faltered.

The simple (yet speculative) answer is that Dua Lipa is signed to Warner Records UK, which is a ginormous music company. Labels like Warner snatch rising stars, sign them to lengthy and demanding contracts, all while filtering their visions and condensing their products to sell to the lowest common denominator.

Tracks like “End Of An Era,” Falling Forever,” “Whatcha Doing,” “Anything For Love” and “Maria” all contain incredibly similar elements and structure, not changing or contributing to the evolution of the album’s sound.

Frankly, the jump from a record like 2020’s “Future Nostalgia” and even the single “Dance The Night Away” from the “Barbie” movie soundtrack to “Radical Optimism” is downright depressing.

The few tracks on here that I can find some sense of unique identity in, like “Houdini and “These Walls” – feel as though they are the last remaining pieces of an album lost to weeks and months of executive board room filtering.

Although Dua seems to have gained a newfound appreciation for the world and has transferred that new outlook into her music – I do not buy it.

Groves will have a new Girls Basketball Coach next season

Groves will have a new Girls Basketball Coach next season

Groves will have a new Girls Basketball Coach next season.

Written Tuesday April 23rd at 1:50 PM

Groves will have a new girls basketball coach next season.

Falcons Coach Alison Hidey has stepped down according to Athletic Director Tom Flynn.

“I would like to thank Alison Hidey for what she did for our program” Flynn wrote on X.

Hidey was 25-44 since taking over for Coach AntJuan Simpkins three years ago. Hidey went 8-14 last season falling to Royal Oak 47-35 in the district semifinals.

Groves will be in the White next season with Rochester, Seaholm, Troy, Royal Oak, and Bloomfield Hills. They will have a proven lineup with Harlem Simpson, Jacey Roy, Anaiyah White, Sophie Schwinik, and Micah White coming back. Program strength will be a concern for the Falcons next season.

It will be very interesting to see where Flynn goes with the coaching search. He will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Stay tuned to OAA Now for the latest on this developing story.


Here is the tweet confirming the news

Oakland County to Host Little Amal

Oakland County to Host Little Amal

Oakland County to Host Little Amal

Post Date:09/20/2023 3:57 PM
  • Little Amal is a 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl who is trekking an epic 6,000 miles across the United States from Sept. 7-Nov. 5.
  • She will arrive at the Funky Ferndale Art Fair Sunday afternoon in a car parade.
  • She walks for the hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people of all ages roaming the world in search of safety.

Ferndale, Mich. – Little Amal, the 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl who is trekking an epic 6,000 miles across the United States from Boston to San Diego, will appear at the Funky Ferndale Art Fair on 9 Mile west of Woodward on Sunday, Sept. 24. She will arrive by classic car parade that begins at Ferndale High School at 3:30 p.m.

Amal, whose name means “hope” in Arabic, is sharing her message of hope as she traverses the country from Sept. 7-Nov. 5. Along the way, she will join more than 1,500 artists and participate in 100-plus local events in 40 towns and cities, including Metropolitan Detroit with stops in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Ferndale, Dearborn, and Flint.

“Little Amal is a powerful symbol of the plight of refugees around the world and we’re honored that she will spend a few days in Michigan to shine a light on the need for understanding, compassion and resources for displaced people,” said Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter. “Oakland County is a welcoming county for all people, including immigrants, refugees, displaced people and Little Amal.”

From 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Amal will be participating in a vintage car parade through Ferndale which will drop her off at the Funky Ferndale Art Fair, where she will walk among the shoppers and artisans and receive a gift before heading toward the parking lot of Ferndale Foods where the car parade participants will be on display in a mini car show. Viewers can follow Amal in Ferndale on County Executive Office social media (@oakgov.EO).

Amal walks for the hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people of all ages roaming the world in search of safety. She has journeyed across 15 countries, meeting more than one million people and engaging tens of millions of followers online. She will visit Ann Arbor, Detroit, Ferndale, and Dearborn and Flint on Sept. 23, 24, 26, and 27. Then she heads to Chicago.

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Clarkston Scout Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Clarkston Scout Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Community Relations Chairman 9/13/23
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Clarkston Scout Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

CLARKSTON – A local Scout organized a remembrance ceremony at the Oakland County
Sportsmen’s Club on the twenty-second anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Abhik Arya, 17, is a Life Scout with Clarkston’s Troop 185B and aspires to the rank of Eagle,
Scouting’s highest honor. The badge’s penultimate requirement charges youth to complete a
service project that benefits their community, known as an Eagle Project. According to Arya, he
felt called to pay tribute to the Americans who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks. As the
Sportsmen’s Club has supported his troop for years, they were an obvious partner.
“I want to give back to my community and country by honoring it in a way I can,” Arya said. “I
want to be able to bring people together and have them go home and recount what happened to
others. I want people to know the sad and courageous story of those who were killed or injured in
the terrorist attacks of 9/11.”
Arya invited dozens of Scouts from across Oakland County to the event, along with club
members, veterans from Waterford VFW Post 1008 and the Independence Fire Department. The
Scout called the audience to attention at 7:00 p.m. and delivered a brief tribute to those who lost
their lives, followed by a moment of reverent silence.
He then directed the Scouts in a flag retirement ceremony. According to Arya, he had the idea to
include this when a neighbor approached him about discarding worn American flags. He
immediately recognized that the inherent solemnity, reverence and symbolism would complement
the evening’s desired ambiance. Scouts are among the few groups that still perform such
retirements regularly, with the US Flag Code mandating that badly worn or tattered flags be
“destroyed in a dignified manner.”
Having been instructed by Arya beforehand, the youth in the ceremony’s flag detail began with
banners made of cotton materials, laying them atop a pyre to be incinerated. The nylon flags were
then buried at the site, as they would release toxic fumes if burned. The evening concluded with a
rendition of “Taps” by Troop 185B’s bugler, Life Scout Nathan Beutler, 17.
“I hope that people will remember my Eagle Scout project as more than just a flag retirement
ceremony, but a day when people came together for the fallen and retired flags to honor them,”
Arya said.

With his project complete, Arya will soon go before an Eagle Board of Review, which will
determine whether to grant him the rank. Once approved, he will join an exclusive fellowship, as
only 6% of registered Scouts ever achieve the honor.
"Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is not just the highest rank that a Scout can achieve, but a
testament to a Scout’s commitment to excellence, service, and leadership,” Troop 185B
Scoutmaster Tyler Cooper explained. “We are incredibly proud of the fantastic job that Abhik has
done throughout all phases of this project, and we know that he will continue to be an amazing
ambassador for Scouting.”

Picture 1: Flags to be buried during the retirement ceremony are stored in a custom box.
Picture 2: Arya poses with firefighters before the ceremony.
Picture 3: Arya directs Scouts in burying the nylon flags.
Picture 4: Troop bugler Nate Beutler, 17, performs “Taps.”
Picture 5: Arya is currently a Life Scout with Troop 185B.