Dioxane levels rise; Michigan Medicine further restricts visitors; Small Business Saturday in A2

Happy Friday!

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, even though it likely looked different this year. Today is Black Friday, and although it’s known for great deals to be had at big-box stores, a lesser-known day is Small Business Saturday. Now more than ever, local businesses need support — especially as the pandemic and cold weather restrict operations.

Need some ideas? Main Street Ann Arbor just released its annual shopping guide. Here’s another guide that highlights businesses that are women- and minority-owned. Meanwhile, this gift guide focuses on local food and drink producers. Sarah has also spent the past several months speaking with local business owners and highlighting them for her Small Business Saturday series. Don’t see your favorite business on the list? Submit it here.

Have a great long weekend.

– Meredith (@meredith_A4)

What’s been happening:

⛔️ Michigan Medicine announced this week that no visitors are allowed for adult patients as COVID-19 cases spike across the state. There are some exceptions to the new policy, which took effect on Wednesday. (A4)

🚰 Recent tests from water samples taken in October in the West Park area reveal a spike in Dioxane levels, concerning local officials. (MLive)

🚶‍♀️ The city of Ann Arbor celebrated the grand opening of the Allen Creek Railroad Berm Project this week virtually. (A4)

🚲 Have a look at the new downtown protected bikeway on First Street. (MLive)

🛤 The long-awaited passenger train service from Ann Arbor to Traverse City — known as A2TC — has put test rides slated for 2021 on hold due to the pandemic. (Detroit Free Press)

🎓 A senior at the University of Michigan became the school’s 29th Rhodes Scholar since the awards were established in 1902. (A4)

💻 Toyota and Cisco have partnered to install free Wi-Fi at public sites in the region, including in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. (A4)

Good to know:

🌯 Vegan Kerrytown joint Detroit Street Filling Station expanded into the space next door. The owner said it could become a private dining space or intimate music venue. (A4)

🍪 Have kids ages 8 and up? Love holiday cookies? This local cooking school for kids will be hosting holiday cookie classes online for the whole family. (A4)

🎅 Santa’s Mailbox will return to Main St. this year. From Nov. 28-Dec. 14, write a letter to Santa with a return address and you will receive a response. (A4)

🤝 Tuesday is Giving Tuesday. The annual Rockin’ for the Hungry fund drive by Food Gatherers, ann arbor’s 107one and Kroger will kick off virtually on Tuesday, as will Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s campaign which will feature free performances by Michigan-based artists throughout the day. (A4)

Feature interview of the week:

“We had to pivot to something that is ironic for us, because the whole gist of Literati is that it is a community bookstore that

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5 cases added in county on Saturday

MANISTEE COUNTY — Manistee County has had 118 cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday’s data from the state.

District Health Department #10 does not update case counts over the weekend, although Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported over 3,300 positive test results for the state on Saturday.

“The data shows we are continuing to see alarming increases in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Michigan,“ Chief Medical Executive Joneigh Khaldun said in a news release Saturday. “It is now more important than ever that people take this seriously. Wear a mask every time you are going to be around someone outside of your own household. Avoid large gatherings and maintain a safe distance from others. If rates continue like this, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and having many more Michiganders die.”

Manistee County has had three deaths, 10 probable cases and 64 recoveries.

Of the cases in the county, the state shows 61 were listed as female and 52 were listed as male.

According to the DHD#10 county profile for September, 34.6% of Manistee County’s cases involved people aged 20 to 29.

In the DHD#10’s 10-county region, most cases were split more or less evenly without any age group contributing an overwhelming majority of COVID-19 cases.

In the department’s coverage areas, people aged 20-29 made up the largest group by percentage at over 20% and was followed by the 0-19 group which made up over 15%.

According to the DHD#10 heatmap, Brown, Springdale, Stronach and Manistee townships have seen higher rates than the rest of the county.


Here are some quick facts from the latest MDHHS report:

• There were 158,026 cases and 7,182 deaths statewide during the pandemic.

• This is an increase of 3,338 cases and 35 deaths. The deaths announced Saturday include 27 identified through a vital records review, meaning a physician determined that COVID-19 was a contributing cause of death.

• Case counts are cumulative, not reduced due to recoveries and are listed for the patients’ resident county.

• There have been 114,939 recoveries from COVID-19. This information was published by the state on Oct. 23 and is updated weekly.

• Recovery numbers show that a person is alive after 30 days from the onset of testing or onset of symptoms.


• Manistee’s neighboring Grand Traverse County reported 656 cases and 13 deaths.

• Wexford County reported 149 cases and four deaths.

• Benzie County has seen 107 cases and two deaths, according to the state’s numbers. However, the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department reports 98 cases in the county as of Friday.

• Lake County has seen 52 cases.

• Mason County has seen 198 cases and one death. One case was removed from a previous count because the person resides outside of Mason County.

• All counties in the state have reported cases of COVID-19.

• Most cases in the northern Lower Peninsula could be found in Grand Traverse County. However, Iosco County leads northern Michigan

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Upper Thumb sees 26 additional coronavirus cases Saturday

UPPER THUMB — Both Tuscola and Sanilac counties saw double-digit increases in confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday as the Upper Thumb reported 26 new confirmed cases.

Tuscola County, which has had significant increases multiple days over the past week, showed 11 new confirmed cases in the state report Saturday, bringing its total since the pandemic began to 558 cases. The state reports another 78 probable cases for the county. There were no additional deaths reported, with the toll remaining at 35.

Sanilac County also added 11 new confirmed cases Saturday, bringing its total to 170 since the pandemic began. The death tally remained at six with one additional probable death. Sanilac County also showed six probable cases.

Huron County had the smallest increase with four new confirmed cases Saturday, bringing its total since the pandemic began to 221. There were 43 more probable cases reported in Huron County, and the death toll remained at five Saturday.

Statewide, there were 3,338 new confirmed cases reported, the largest single-day number reported since the pandemic began. That brings the state’s total to 158,026 since the pandemic began. There were 35 deaths reported Saturday, and according to the state, 27 of those were identified during a vital records review.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tweeted Saturday, urging residents to use safety precautions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

“We are seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in Michigan right now,” Whitmer tweeted. “It is vital that we wear masks, avoid large gatherings, and practice social distancing.”

In the U.S., there were 82,929 new cases reported Saturday, bringing the national total to 8,469,976. There were 946 additional deaths across the country Saturday, bringing that total to 223,393.

Despite Michigan’s increase, the state remained 29th of all states and territories in cases reported in the last seven days. Michigan reported 18.6 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days. North Dakota still led that category with 105.5 cases per 100,000 people. Wisconsin ranked fourth as its battle continued, with 62 cases per 100,000 people. Ohio ranked 30th, just behind Michigan, with 18.3 cases per 100,000 people, and Indiana ranked 18th with 30.4 cases per 100,000 people.

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Middlesex Integrative Medicine Announces Grand Opening for Their Norwood Retail Location This Saturday

NORWOOD, Mass. – October 16, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

Middlesex Integrative Medicine (MIM) announces it will host a grand opening for their Norwood retail location at 76 Astor Avenue, this Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Nancy Koury, President of MIM, said the company is eager for Saturday’s grand opening, representing the successful culmination of several years of a combined effort between MIM, CCC, and the Town of Norwood. “We have collaborated with officials from the Town of Norwood, its residents, and local businesses through every step of this process,” said Nancy. “It’s vital to us that we show our appreciation for the approval to operate here, by taking steps to be a responsible and valuable member of this community, including a commitment to local hiring and by creating a retail establishment that adds value to Norwood.”

To help ensure their visitors’ health and safety, MIM’s leadership decided to forgo a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony that typically draws large crowds, making it harder for the staff to enforce the state’s social distancing protocols. Instead, MIM plans on celebrating its grand opening by offering first-time patients a 20% discount on their purchase, along with other specials advertised on their website.

Even without the traditional opening activities, word of MIM’s presence has already spread through the local community. Mighty Mystic, a Jamaican-born, Boston-based reggae artist, dropped by MIM for a surprise visit. Later he posted several pictures and videos on his social media channels saying MIM was “Medical marijuana on the highest levels!”

Eddie Bartlett, General Manager for the Norwood dispensary, said, “Our team is extremely excited to open the doors to medical patients in Norwood and the surrounding towns. MIM’s knowledgeable staff focuses on providing education and guidance, resulting in exceptional patient experience. Having grown up in Norwood, I am proud to serve area patients while giving back to the community that means so much to me.”

MIM produces its products at the company’s cultivation center in Leominster, MA. Completed in late 2019, this 24,000 square-foot facility includes a state-of-the-art extraction lab where cannabis experts cultivate and develop innovative products from numerous strains of flower offering MIM patients a wide range of cannabis solutions to meet their health and wellness goals.

Greg DeConciliis, MIM’s Chief Operations Officer, shared some additional insight. “It’s important to us that every patient understands the how and why of cannabis, so they feel confident and empowered about making decisions that can improve the quality of their life in very tangible ways.”

To ensure this goal is met, MIM’s website offers an online assessment tool that helps match patients with the best strains and products for their individual needs. The site also allows patients to pre-order products for a faster, more convenient patient experience. 

For more information visit http://www.mimrmd.com.

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Getting a Saturday Dentist Appointment

If you work regular business hours during the week, you may find it very difficult to find an opportunity to have your teeth cleaned and examined on a regular basis. Business hours are called that for a reason. They are the time when most business is conducted. This makes it convenient because we know to expect banks and stores and other places to be open during certain hours of the day each week. However, people are needed to run these banks and stores and other places and if you are one of those employees, the hours may not be so convenient anymore. If you work from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday and your dentist also works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday to Friday, when are you supposed to be able to book your biannual inspection and cleaning?

For some individuals, this type of work can be completed on their lunch hour. Instead of enjoying a relaxing meal at our favorite local restaurant, we will spend that hour in a waiting room and dental chair taking care of our oral health and hygiene. This is less than ideal for a couple of reasons. For some people, lunch time ends up being more work time. Whether you are catching up on stuff that should have been done last night or taking an important client out to eat, your lunch hour may not be free for a visit to your dentist. It is also an inconvenient time because it tends to book up fast. Most people are interested in the same time slot, so you may have to plan far in advance in order to get the appropriate day. This is not ideal for last minute or emergent visits.

Instead, it may be best for you to find a dental office that is open on Saturday. Appointments on the weekend are much more convenient for many people and can help you keep on top of your regularly scheduled cleanings and checkups. Look for a Saturday dentist in your area to find out what types of services are available and when you can book your initial appointment. These types of dental offices are often very popular and may book up as quickly as the lunch time dental appointment.

Contact a Saturday dentist near you and stop choosing work over your very important oral health and hygiene. Your long term health depends on it.

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