03/25/2020- As the spread of COVID-19 continues, Menominee County is extending its local State of Emergency declaration and bracing itself for the long haul. The County’s Board of Commissioners met Tuesday to discuss the coronavirus and impacts of related statewide executive orders on County operations. During that discussion they approved a new set of policies to protect county employees and the community. A large swath of county employees have been sent to either work from home or have been placed on paid furlough. County Administrator Jason Carviou says these workers are expected to adhere strictly to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order during business hours or face discipline or even termination.
The Menominee County library system, building code department, and MSU Extension office have been closed until further notice and most other county departments are offering limited service to residents by appointment only. The continuance of the County’s State of Emergency declaration runs through April 14th and will be re-evaluated by the County Board at their meeting that same night.