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  FACE MASKS ARE ESSENTIAL
By: Sherii Sherban, Publisher
  Effective on April 26, Executive Order (EO) 2020-59 requires residents in Michigan to suspend activities that are not necessary
to sustain or protect life. This 12-page order also includes details about what activities are acceptable as well as protective measures to be taken when venturing out. As is described in the EO section 15 a-c the following is indicat- ed.
(a) Any individual able to medically tolerate
• Has the ability to be laundered.
 (b) All businesses and operations whose workers perform in-person work must, at a minimum, provide non-medical grade face coverings to their workers.
• Do not just wear a standard bandana or scarf. Your mask should have at least two layers and cover your face more tightly.
(c) Supplies of N95 masks and surgical masks should generally be reserved, for now, for health care professionals, first responders (e.g., police officers, fire fighters, paramed- ics), and other critical workers who interact with the public.
• Using a HEPA or AC filter isn’t necessary. It could be dangerous as some are made with fiberglass. Like so many other issues sur- rounding COVID-19, it’s not very clear, and people have different opinions.
This order continues through May 15, 2020 at 11:59pm. It is likely to be extended just as a new state of emergency EO was signed April 30 and is in place until May 28 at 11:59pm.
CDC Mask Guidelines:
Launder your mask each time you wear it. Washing with hot water and letting drip dry is acceptable. You can also put in the wash- ing machine but be sure to put in a bag so
the straps or elastic do not get caught in the agitator. Do NOT put in the microwave. Once you’ve taken steps to wash the mask, be sure to wash your hands.
Purchase more than one mask so that you can always have a clean one available.
Note: Consistent with MCL 10.33 and MCL 30.405(3), a willful violation of EO 2020-59 is a misdemeanor. If you need assistance with a face mask reach out to us at Senior Times.
It’s no surprise that we are all confused about the conflicting information being provid- ed as it relates to masks. It seems to all relate back to the need to keep the N-95 masks and surgical masks for health care workers.
• Material should be a tightly knit or woven cotton material. (A scarf that is big enough to fold several times and cover your nose and mouth for the non-sewing masks will work.) Cotton has been shown to have the greatest breathability and absorbency.
First and foremost, the community, homemade mask, is really part of the EO requirement to protect others, not necessar- ily the person wearing the mask. Though it is clearly a barrier of protection for you too.
Mask considerations presented by the CDC:
 a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth – such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or hand- kerchief – when in any enclosed public space.
• Do not put a face mask on kids under two years old – or anyone who has difficulty breathing or might be unable to remove the mask themselves.
It is inevitable that you will share fluids when you sneeze or cough, but fluids can also escape when you talk, or simply while breath- ing. Wearing a mask helps to contain your flu- ids. And frankly, it may help you to keep your hands away from your face.
• Do not buy and hoard medical masks. Health care professionals are already facing a dev- astating shortage in supplies, and we should not use protective masks that ill patients and health care workers may need.
The mask is not intended to remove the need for social distancing however. The mask is a tool, a shield, but not a force field. Just
as important is the continued need for hand washing as the virus can live on some surfaces for a minimal period of time. With all the fre- quent hand washing it is also valuable to fol- low up with hand lotion. The lotion will help keep your hands smooth and supple as well as reduce the risk of chapped hands. When hands become chapped it creates an opening for other infections to enter your system.
• Do not remove a mask by the mouth area. Grab it by the straps. Wash your hands after touching it.
• Should have multiple layers of fabric, gener- ally two with the sewn mask.
 This EO seems to ‘clearly’ address the question whether homemade coverings are effective, at least somewhat. But what else should we consider when choosing a face covering?
• Be secured with ties or elastic ear loops.
• Fit snugly but comfortably against the side
 of the face and covers the mouth, nose, and
chin.
• Allows for clear breathing without restriction.
    SENIOR TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES
 ORGANIZATION
Alamo Transportation
Alpha Medical Transport
Battle Creek Tele-Transit
Battle Creek Transit - Fixed Route
Community Action Senior Transportation
JTC Transportation Service LLC
Mobility 1 Transportation
JNZ Transportation
AREA
Calhoun & Jackson Counties
Battle Creek Area
Battle Creek Area
Battle Creek
Calhoun County- Battle Creek
Calhoun County Area
Southern Michigan
Michigan
SERVICE CONDITIONS
Door-to-Door Service
Fixed Routes
Origination To Destination
Within 150 miles
Will Travel Out Of Michigan
PHONE
(517) 494-0029
(844) 895-4809
(269) 966-3474
(269) 966-3474
(269) 565-4144
(269) 339-6928
(269) 430-5055
(517) 879-0978
HOURS
M-F, 7am-5pm
By Appointment
M-F, 5:15am-mid- night, Sat, 9:15am-5pm
M-F, 5:15am-6:45pm, Some Routes Sat, 9:15am-5pm
M-F, 8am-4:30pm
Daily 6am-8pm
By Appointment
7-days, 6am-6pm
COST
Bills Medicare/Medicad
Arranged through individual health insurance plans; direct pay not accepted
$2 one-way for senior/disabled, Personal attendants ride free, $7 adults ($5 after 6:45pm)
$0.60 seniors
$1 suggested cost share per ride, funded by Senior Millage
Wheelchair $35+$1.50/mile after 20miles, Ambulatory $25+$1.50/ mile after 20miles
Can bill some Medicad plans
Wheelchair $45+$2/mile, Ambulatory $30+$2/mile
NOTES
Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
Reservation Needed, 10 punch pass for $20, 20 punches for $40
Must have exact change, 12 punch pass for $6, 48 punches for $24
Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
10-15% Disc for ambulatory frequency
 Albion Marshall Connector
Marshall, Ablion
Curb-To-Curb
(269) 781-3975 or (517) 654-3000
M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm
$1 one way for seniors, 60+; disabled & children 6-12, $2 adults/children 13+
 Must have exact change, can receive tokens for future trips if you overpay
  Area Wide Transportation
Southern Michigan
(269) 679-6999
Available 24 hours/ day
Bills Medicare/Medicad
 Rider responsible for any costs not covered
BC Go
Battle Creek
(269) 966-3474
Sat. night all day Sun.
$5 - $15
Branch Area Transit Authority
Branch County
Curb-To-Curb
(517) 278-5889
Daily
Half Fare for Handicapped & Senior Citizens Over 60
 Weekly Subscriptions Available
 Community Action Senior Transportation
Calhoun County- Albion
Origination To Destination
(269) 565-4144
M,T,W,F, 9am-2:30pm
$1 suggested cost share per ride, funded by Senior Millage
 Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
 Marshall Dial-A-Ride
Marshall
(269) 781-3975
M-F, 7am-6pm
$1.50 one-way for seniors, 60+, disabled, children 5-12, $3.00 adults/children 13+
Free on Wed for seniors, age 60 and over
 Ready Ride Transportation
Michigan
(616) 261-2400
By Appointment
Contact for Rates
 10% Discount for Veterans
 Senior Transportation, DC Services LLC
 Michigan, Northern IN
  (517) 677-9262
 By Appointment
 $0.50/mile
  Starting from Tekonsha
 Details subject to change.To have your senior transportation added or changes to your listing, Call Sherii at (269) 979-1479 ext. 302 or ssherban@scenepub.com.
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