With cases rising and new shut down orders in effect, local leaders are encouraging people to stay safe.

Fenton Mayor Sue Osborn

 When asked what she thought about the government response to COVID, Osborn said, “I think the Governor is trying to save lives and protect our health care workers.”

 Fenton is continuing its meetings on Zoom. Links to all the meetings are posted online.

 The city has had 329 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, Nov. 19, according to the Genesee County Health Department, which updates these numbers everyday at 2 p.m.

 “The counts from the health department are all cumulative totals and many of them are from our many nursing homes. I think citizens should go to it daily to keep track of the numbers we have in Fenton. The number has

increased considerably the last two months. The city council passed a resolution suggesting all people to wear masks to help control the virus,” Osborn said.

 She knows several people who have contracted the virus. Some were extremely ill and required lengthy hospitalizations. She is aware of several deaths.

 The city has been working with businesses for support.

 “Our businesses have been extremely affected. The DDA is working on a program now that should be available in several weeks that will help businesses. I think this program will be a definite help to our community,” Osborn said.

 She said people should only go out when “absolutely necessary.”

 “I am telling people to wear a mask out in public and social distance along with aggressive testing,” Osborn said. “It will only be a few months and a vaccine will be available and we will gradually return to normal if everyone does their part. We can do this if we all work together.”

Linden Mayor Danielle Cusson

 Cusson said the pandemic has had a “drastic impact” on everyone. As of Thursday, Nov. 19, Linden has had 84 COVID-19 cases.

 “With the information about COVID-19 evolving and precautionary measures changing, all levels of government have had to react and adapt. Like all businesses, we had to change the way we work with the public to protect our staff and community. The amazing events that make life in Linden such a connected community had to be canceled to protect the community,” she said.

 She misses seeing the faces of volunteers and community members.

 “I love living in a small city where we come together to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom at the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony rather than just seeing Memorial Day as the beginning of summer. As a community, we come together to show gratitude and celebrate,” she said. “Things may look different this year, but we will continue to adapt. Our city staff and first responders are taking the extra precautions to protect themselves and those they serve.”

 The Linden City Council held a few socially distanced meetings. The majority of meetings are held on Zoom.

 “Our City Manager Ellen Glass has shown tremendous leadership throughout the pandemic,” she said. The city is working with businesses to offer support.

 “The City has continued to work with the businesses and our business liaison, Bryan Mulanix, has been a big help. I encourage people to shop local to keep these businesses here in Linden,” she said.

 Cusson encourages residents to take precautions.

 “For our citizens, I encourage them to continue to take precautions for themselves and their families. I also ask that people look out for their neighbors,” she said. “I know many people have been impacted by the pandemic and many are struggling. We will get through these times by helping out each other. I want people to know that they are not alone. We have many organizations and individuals willing to help our residents; sometimes they just need help making the connection.”

Argentine Township Supervisor Brian Saad

 Saad has been in quarantine per state guidelines and will be until this coming Monday even though he recently took a test and it came back negative.

 Argentine Township has had 215 COVID-19 cases.

 “The job remains busy through this crisis and the Board decided last week, before the Governor’s orders to lock the Township office down out of an abundance of caution for the administration staff,” he said.

 Information is posted on the door and social media. They take appointments when necessary. The township can be reached at (810) 735-5050 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 The Board has held Zoom meetings for the last seven months, and the public has been allowed in for meetings. Chairs are spaced out. They’ve limited the number of people allowed in the hall to six people.

 “Public safety teams are working very hard dealing with monstrous issues and could always use more prayers and support,” he said. “The Township Board wishes for each individual to make the safest, smartest, best hygiene choices for their personal protection and the well being of others. Please make the best decisions for your family. I want to hug my parents again.”

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