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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Extending Protections for Nursing Homes Residents and Maintaining Special Hours of Operations at Grocery Stores for Vulnerable Michiganders

Lansing, MI (Blossomland News) - Today, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Orders 2020-148 and 2020-149, extending COVID-19 adaptation in long-term care facilities to protect residents and staff, and extending existing safety measures, including 2 hours a week of reserved shopping time for vulnerable populations, to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores and pharmacies. “The frontline workers across the state have been the heroes of this pandemic and we must do everything we can to protect both them and our ...

Reader Mail: How do you get your COVID-19 Data?

A reader recently wrote us concerned about the COVID-19 Data provided by Blossomland News, she wrote: Hi, I just saw a post that someone shared that states Berrien County is now in a high risk category for COVID that is linked to your website. I looked at the Berrien County Health Department website and found no Alert for our county. On your website it claims that there was expected to be 35 people hospitalized for COVID on July 10 but ...

Chokwe Pitchford leads Pauline Wendzel in a new poll by 1 point

Benton Harbor, MI (Blossomland News) - The Republican bastion in Michigan’s 79th State House district could be drawing its final breaths, as indicated by fundraising engagement as well as a one-point advantage in a poll released July 6, 2020 by Mark Grebner Practical Political Consulting, Inc., that favors Chokwe Pitchford over junior incumbent Pauline Wendzel.This is exciting news. During the period 1992 to 2020, a republican stronghold in Michigan’s legislature, in part as a result of partisan gerrymandering in the ...

Blossomland News Launches Podcast to Bring Content to Visually Impaired Individuals

Berrien County, MI (Blossomland News) - Berrien County's progressive voice Blossomland News is now available on Spotify. Our podcast offers a way for visually impaired individuals to enjoy our "always free" and non-commercial content. It also offers our readers the ability to listen to our content on the go.To listen to the podcast you'll need to download the Spotify app from your device's App Store. Once you are up and running search for "Blossomland News" or click the Spotify icon ...

Attorney General Nessel Warns Of Fake 'Face Mask Exempt' Cards Ahead of July 13th Mandate

Lansing, MI (Blossomland News) - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan & the Upper Peninsula are warning Michiganders about fraudulent cards that falsely claim to exempt the holder from wearing face coverings in businesses and other areas where such personal protective equipment is required. As the country continues to grapple with COVID-19, certain groups like the Freedom to Breathe Agency have made available Face Mask Exempt Cards to residents as an attempt to ...

August 4th Primary Ballot Confusion Has Election Officials Concerned

Berrien County, Michigan (Blossomland News) - Township and County Clerks on both sides of the aisle are concerned that the 2020 primary ballot which consolidates both parties on one ballot may lead to spoiled ballots. When voting in the primary select candidates on the left or the right. If your ballot looks like the void one shown in the picture, the entire ballot will spoiled and your vote will not count.Michigan is an open primary state, meaning you don't have ...

Berrien Health Officials: Recent COVID outbreak linked to large youth group gathering

Benton Harbor, MI (Blossomland News) - In a data commentary posted on social media the Berrien County Health Department says the recent COVID outbreak in Berrien County has been linked to a large youth group gathering and long term care facility.

Michigan: New Executive Order Makes Not Wearing a Mask a Misdemeanor Crime Subject to $500 Fine

Lansing, Michigan (Blossomland News) - Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new executive order, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces.The order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering, with a few exceptions, such as those who are medically unable or ...

AG Nessel agrees to Prosecute Diamond Lake Revelers at the Request of Cass County

LaGrange Twp. Michigan (Blossomland News) - Attorney General Dana Nessel agreed on Thursday to handle prosecutions stemming from the large Fourth of July in Diamond Lake in Cass County, Michigan. On July 7th, The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office requested the Michigan Attorney General's Office appoint a special prosecutor after a viral video showed hundreds of people gathered on Lake Diamond. Individuals shown in the video were not following state orders regarding physical distancing and wearing masks.Diamond Lake is a consistant ...

Whitmer: The law requires that anyone in an enclosed public space has to wear a mask.

Lansing, MI (Blossomland News) - Governor Whitmer made a statement today at a press conference clarifying Michigan's Mask Up Law and hinted at strengthening enforcement of the law. According to Whitmer, "I want to be very clear. Right now, the law requires that anyone in an enclosed public space has to wear a mask, and that means every store you’re going into. And we are reviewing that requirement and considering whether or not we need to take this a step ...