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January 8: Still in the Tunnel

Good Afternoon and Happy New Year!

I first want to thank everyone who spent part of their holidays clearing the roads and keeping all of us safe as we traveled around the county. This was a group effort and involved everyone from mechanics to plow drivers, sign erectors and signal technicians who all came together to get the job done. I know you have families and other places you would rather be, and yet you did your jobs and we all benefited from your dedication. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Secondly, although it is a new year, unfortunately, we are not done with COVID yet. The state’s COVID infection numbers have increased slightly in the last week and infection rates are still much higher than they were in September and October.

Earlier today, the state provided an update on vaccine distribution. So far, Michigan has vaccinated more than 170,000 people. Starting next week, they will begin to vaccinate emergency responders with high levels of personal exposure and people over the age of 65. Road commission employees directly involved in winter maintenance are now in Phase 1C with other essential workers who do not have frequent or intense exposure to COVID and are not yet eligible for vaccination. Please continue to educate yourself on the vaccine, here’s the latest FAQ from MDHHS.

As the governor said earlier this week, thanks to the vaccine, we can certainly see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we are still in the tunnel. Please keep up your safety practices, wear your mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

Looks like we may have a little sunshine this weekend which is always appreciated this time of the year. I hope you all get some well-deserved rest.

Take care and stay safe,


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