“Everyone deserves a fair and unprejudiced opportunity to enjoy health and well-being.” I’m pretty sure that most readers agree with this statement. I’m more certain that few of us think about how ‘health and well-being’ are impacted by public transportation. A few years ago, Dace West suggested that, “[public] transit helps increase physical activity, lowers levels of disease related to environmental factors, and results in greater pedestrian and vehicular safety.” These benefits are consistent with what many Missoulians believe, I think. Missoula is a place where citizens place high value on the protection and enhancement of personal well-being, community and the environment. In other words, we appreciate where we live and the ways in which our community encourages an optimistic quality of life.
As local health departments are figuring out what a Michigan Supreme Court ruling means on statewide mandates, some are implementing their own public health orders to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Oakland and Ingham counties issued their own orders, including a local mandate to wear a face covering or mask in public. In Kent County, the health department did not implement any orders over the weekend, but it did say it will use public health orders when necessary.
“It is important for public health agencies to responsibly use the legal authorities that have been provided by legislative action. Actions such as orders for isolation and quarantine are not affected by the Supreme Court’s ruling,” a Facebook post from the health department read.
The Centers for Disease Control does advise Americans to wear masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
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