J&J Vax paused. All current appointments scheduled are Pfizer and Moderna only.
From our friends at DHD#10
April 13, 2021 – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a joint recommendation to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) vaccine. Per these recommendations, District Health Department #10 will not be providing the J&J vaccine until further notice.
More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S. to date. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of an extremely rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. The CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday, April 14th to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. The FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, DHD#10 will pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution and will release more information about future J&J clinics as it becomes available.
“Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare, and there have not been any reported adverse events reported in the DHD#10 jurisdiction after the administration of the J&J vaccine,” said Kevin Hughes, Health Officer at DHD#10. “COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for all vaccine providers, and we are assured that the data is being reviewed swiftly by the experts.”
DHD#10 will continue to provide the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination products at clinics as previously scheduled. To schedule your vaccine appointment, go to www.dhd.org/schedule; residents who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call 888-217-3904.
Despite request for 2 weeks of remote, county schools to continue in person learning, sports.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise dramatically in the state Governor Whitmer used her Friday press conference not to issue more restrictive orders, but to make a plea for residents to voluntarily follow recommendations aimed at stopping the current surge.
“Policy change alone won’t change the tide,” she stated. “We need everyone to step up and to take personal responsibility here.”
The recommendations included opting for dining al fresco or maybe take out in lieu of taking a table inside and suspending in person activities for youth sports for the next two weeks.
She also urged high schools to shift to remote learning for 2 weeks to combat the possibility of a surge spurred by spring break travel.
Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart: “When we say that the health and safety of our students must be our priority, that’s not just lip service or a catchy message. As educators, nothing is more important to us – which is why we fully support the governor’s call for in-person high school learning and youth sports to take a two-week break amidst rising COVID-19 cases.”
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health: “As a parent and former student-athlete myself, I understand how important athletics are to our children’s physical and mental health. However, parents and athletes need to understand the risk involved with youth sports if they choose to participate. We’ve seen that the younger population has played a significant role in transmission during this most recent spike. I urge youth sports organizers to pause in-person activities for the next couple weeks.”
And while some folks might adapt their dining decisions and some youth leagues may ponder postponement, the schools in our county look to be unanimous in staying with in-person learning and continuing with scheduled sports and other activities.
Fremont Superintendent Ken Haggart: “The Governor made an announcement this week requesting all high schools return to virtual-only instruction and that all youth sports be paused. We want to assure you that we have carefully considered this request, and that our local circumstances do not yet meet this level of reaction. We will continue to communicate with the local health department, and make decisions that best support our students. With that in mind, we feel it is important to let everyone know that in-person instruction will continue, and our athletic teams will keep playing and competing.”
Grant Superintendent Brett Zuver: “With Governor Whitmer's announcement this morning there have been some things we have had to discuss and look at today. There have been discussions with many other area school districts, each one obviously has its own unique needs and circumstances to consider. Here at Grant Public Schools, we will remain open and all sports will remain scheduled as planned.If something changes, such as an order that will impact our requirements, we will re-evaluate if needed.”
White Cloud and Newaygo will also continue in person learning and spring sports for now.
President & CEO of Spectrum Health Tina Freese Decker also spoke at the press conference expressing concern over the recent surge,
“Based on the increase in positivity rates and hospitalizations, we need the help of Michiganders,” said. “We ask you to practice the safety behaviors that we know work and get vaccinated as soon as possible. This will help us slow the spread and hopefully this will be our last surge.”
DHD#10 Adds Johnson & Johnson Waitlist and second dose waitlist to website; 16+ can now schedule online
From our friends at DHD#10
April 7, 2021 – As the COVID-19 vaccine supply is improving, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) continues to adjust and adapt processes to accommodate getting residents in the ten-county jurisdiction vaccinated that want to receive it.
Soon, DHD#10 will be receiving additional supply of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) one-dose vaccine and will open it up to the general population that prefer to receive this type. A Johnson & Johnson Waitlist has been added to the DHD#10 website so individuals can add themselves and they will be notified when appointments are available.
Additionally, DHD#10 has added a Second Dose Waitlist for those individuals who received their first dose elsewhere and are in need of their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that DHD#10 cannot guarantee that vaccine supply will be readily available for this group. This waitlist will be utilized for filling DHD#10 clinics when all other waitlists are exhausted or if there are extra doses at the end of clinics, and doses are only available on a first come/first served basis. It is also possible individuals who are contacted may need to travel to a neighboring county to receive their second dose. If you received your first dose from DHD#10 and need to reschedule your second dose, please do not add your name to this waitlist. Please email email@example.com and ask to be rescheduled or call 888-217-3904 for further assistance.
DHD#10 has opened online scheduling to anyone aged 16 and older for the COVID-19 vaccine. Go to www.dhd10.org/schedule. Individuals aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when receiving their vaccine or will be turned away.
For questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more COVID-19 vaccine information, visit us at www.dhd10.org/covid-19-vaccine. To stay informed, sign up for our Public Health Alert at www.dhd10.org/subscribe.
Entrepreneurial pitch competition enters third year, continues to grow
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH (APRIL 5, 2021) Newaygo County’s first-of-its-kind entrepreneurial pitching competition, Pitch North, is returning for its third year bigger than ever before.. Entrepreneurs living in Newaygo, Oceana and Lake Counties will once again have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to compete for one of many cash prizes up for grabs.. The competition’s third year boasts bigger prizes, with a total of $10,000 in award funds available to cultivate entrepreneurial growth in these rural communities. The virtual event will take place on June 8th, 2021.
Entrepreneurship continues to be critical to the success of rural communities, especially as they begin recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. When people start and grow businesses, they contribute to the economic diversity of their area. These unique local businesses become differentiators for their communities.
Recognizing that individuals living in rural areas often have less access to funding and resources to pursue these endeavors The Right Place, Inc. launched Pitch North in 2019 to change that.
Pitch submissions for Pitch North 2021 are being accepted at pitchnorth.com now through May 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm. A hand-picked committee will review and score all submissions and select five finalists to present their pitches live at the June 8th event, where cash prizes will be awarded to all five finalists. The public is welcome to attend this free event, which will be held via Zoom. Additional information on how to register is available at pitchnorth.com.
Pitch North is hosted by The Right Place, Inc. and made possible through support from The Adama Family Gift Fund, The Fremont Area Community Foundation, Shelby State Bank, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, River Country Chamber of Commerce, West Shore Community College, Gerber Federal Credit Union and The Lakeshore Fab Lab.
Local troop delivers some gratitude
Nothing says thank you like those famous GS cookies.
Especially the Caramel deLites and Thin Mints and…
But we digress.
Newaygo Girl Scout Troop 4581 met with Kristie Best from Life EMS Ambulance recently.
To show appreciation for service to our community, the Troop donated cans of nuts and boxes of Girl Scout cookies to Life EMS Ambulance.
Nicely done scouts!
Colton Isenhart, Rylee Richards, Lily Ruehmeier take top awards
FREMONT, Mich. (4/1/2021) Gerber Federal Credit Union awarded a total of $2,750 as a result of its Annual Essay Scholarship program. Entrants were asked to explain “Even during the pandemic, the cost of college education has increased while many households have struggled to provide for basic needs. You have been asked to provide three recommendations to your legislators on how to make college more affordable. What are your recommendations?” in 300-500 words. Entries were accepted from Gerber Federal Credit Union members currently attending their senior year of high school and planning to attend an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program.
Colton Isenhart from Fremont, MI is the First Place winner, he was awarded $1,750 and publication of his essay at www.gerberfcu.com. Rylee Richards from Fremont, MI is the Second Place winner and was awarded $750. Lillian Ruehmeier from Newaygo, MI is the Third Place Winner and was awarded $250.
Essays were submitted by email and mail. Our panel of judges included 4 educators from various school districts and a member of management at a local hospital. Judges evaluated the essays on Topical Relevance and Quality of Writing after all identifying information was removed.
Mr. Isenhart’s essay can be found on our Pulse section as a Guest Column.