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Ingham Health Officer Reminds That COVID-19 Orders Remain

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Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail, speaking with reporters via Zoom on Tuesday

Ingham County’s Health Officer wants to make sure people know that there are still orders in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

When the Michigan Supreme Court struck down gubernatorial orders regulating state coronavirus safety measures, the orders were quickly replaced by new, similar mandates from the state department of public health.

Now, Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail says the challenge is to communicate that to people. She says that along with spreading the word that some orders are still in place, there’s a struggle over enforcement of those rules. “Even at the state level," Vail says, "state agencies are kind of a little bit on pause with what the state is directing them to do with regards to enforcement.”

Vail praised the adherence to the earlier orders from Governor Whitmer in Ingham County. “Obviously, we didn’t have very good adherence in our 18 to 24 year old population, and we saw that born out in bars and restaurants and parties and gatherings and those sorts of things, for sure," Vail concludes, "but we did have pretty good adherence, really, other than that.”

Scott Pohl has maintained an on-call schedule reporting for WKAR following his retirement after 36 years on the air at the station.
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