Health

MARQUETTE, MI -- The Marquette County Health Department says the ‘West Nile Virus’ has been found in a crow found in Marquette County this month. The virus has been present in Michigan since 2001… and has been found in mosquitos in Marquette County. The virus is spread through mosquito bites.

Symptoms of W-N-V include fever, headaches, body aches and sometimes skin rash and/or swollen glands. People experiencing symptoms consistent with W-N-V should contact their health care provider.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new state rule requires local water systems to get rid of all their lead service lines over the next 20 years. 

Those are the types of pipes that contributed to the Flint water crisis.

Governor Rick Snyder says a confusing federal lead and copper rule helped create the Flint crisis, and called for Michigan to adopt its own standard covering roughly 2,000 water systems.

“So Michigan will now have its own rule that’s stricter than the federal standard.”

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare System is rescheduling a town hall meeting because of unexpected developments with a potential partner. 

The meeting was supposed to take place Thursday night at Bay College in Iron Mountain. Officials wanted public input on the hospital’s future after Bellin Health pulled out of a sale agreement.

DCHS spokesman Joe Rizzo sent out a press release Thursday afternoon saying hospital officials were apologetic about canceling the town hall, but were excited about the news of a potential new business partner.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials at Northern Michigan University think they’ve isolated the source of high lead readings in three buildings’ water. 

The university hired a consultant after readings above the EPA action level were found in the Learning Resources Center, Thomas Fine Arts building, and the PEIF last month. Officials say recent testing indicates the elevated readings are from connections in some water lines within the buildings.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare System is holding a town hall meeting to discuss its future.

A sales agreement between the hospital and Bellin Health was recently terminated because DCHS suffered unanticipated losses. Officials are now urging residents to stay in town for their health care so their dollars can be kept local.

The hospital is also creating what it calls an Internal Strengthening Plan, designed to increase patient volumes and financial stability.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The following is a press release from the Michigan Nurses Association:  

A strong majority of registered nurses at UP Health System in Marquette, represented by the Michigan Nurses Association, voted to accept a new collective bargaining agreement with Duke LifePoint.

The new contract contains many improvements for nurses and patients, including language to ensure that nurses have a stronger voice in staffing decisions and an attractive economic package.

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   A group of Michigan non-profits is concerned not all state residents will be counted on the upcoming 2020 census.

Those organizations are teaming up to make sure groups such as immigrants, homeless people, and minority children are fully counted.

Hassan Jaber is the executive director of ACCESS and a co-chair of the “2020 Nonprofits Count Campaign.” He says there’s a lot at stake for Michigan with this census.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare System is asking residents to stay local.

An asset purchase agreement with Bellin Health was recently terminated because DCHS reported significant unanticipated losses. Officials say fewer people are using the hospital, insurance reimbursements are decreasing, and competition is creating financial hardships.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   Flint officials say there are more damaged lead and galvanized water service lines buried than previously estimated as pipe replacement continues in the wake of the city's drinking water crisis. 

The Flint Journal reports Sunday an estimated 14,000 lines remain buried, roughly 15 percent more than previously projected. The figures come from Public Works Director Robert Bincsik in a recent update to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Registered nurses at UPHS-Marquette have set a date for a vote on a tentative contract with Duke LifePoint.

The agreement in principle was reached early Friday morning after a marathon bargaining session. Nurses had threatened to set a strike date if a contract was not settled by the end of the day Thursday.

President of the Marquette General RN Staff Council—Scott Balko—says membership meetings and a vote are scheduled for Thursday. They’ll take place in the Charcoal Room at NMU’s University Center at 8 a.m., 1:30 p.m.,

4:30 p.m., and 8 p.m.

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