BAY MILLS – Level 3 restrictions will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. this evening, March 22, and are in effect for the Bay Mills reservation, including lands on Sugar Island, until further notice. The decision was made at the March 22 Executive Council meeting as a result of an increase of COVID-19 cases in Chippewa County and the surrounding area. The council also extended the tribal state of emergency order until April 30.
Brimley Area Schools and the Bay Mills Boys & Girls Club have also closed this week in order to reduce the chance of spread and allow Chippewa County Health Department to complete contact tracing.
Michigan currently has the country’s fourth-highest average of new COVID-19 cases per capita, and for the past three weeks, the daily case average has doubled. In the last week alone, the state’s average has increased by 53%. The seven-day average is now over 2,500 new cases a day, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Our health teams are doing an incredible job, and I’m so proud of the work they are doing,” said BMIC Chairperson Whitney Gravelle. “While you do not need to panic, we are asking you to take this situation very seriously. Please limit your social contacts and gatherings, keep track of where you visit and who you meet, wash your hands, and wear a mask. We also ask others who have not had the chance to get a vaccine, to consider signing up to receive it.”
On March 25, Bay Mills Health Center will be having another Moderna vaccination clinic for up to 100 people. This vaccination clinic is open to anyone in the state of Michigan who is 18 or older. You can sign up at this link: https://forms.gle/1nvD5bfp6ZXCUc1J8
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