Jackson mayor Derek Dobies has officially declared a Local State of Emergency due to COVID-19.

Per Dobies, “in a city where one in three are in poverty, we recognize the threat coronavirus poses to vulnerable populations in our city, and we are taking a strong stance to be prepared as a community.”

What does this mean?

This declaration allows City administration to activate the City’s emergency operations plan and direct all traditional and non traditional resources to respond to community needs, and further establish which City-owned buildings and services will continue or change as the pandemic unfolds. The declaration also initiates formal contact with the State of Michigan and positions the City to secure additional aid if the disaster is beyond control of the regular and emergency city forces.

City staff have arranged for 10 hand washing and sanitizing stations to be placed throughout the City of Jackson. Locations are listed below.

  • Blackman Park, 212 W. Michigan Ave – CP Federal City Square
  • Boos Center, 210 Gilbert St. – Parking lot near Edgewood
  • City Hall, 161 W. Michigan Ave. – Front lobby
  • Interfaith Shelter, 414 S. Blackstone – Near building at corner of Franklin and Blackstone
  • Kiwanis Park, 1521 Blakely Ave. – Under pavilion
  • New Leaf Park, 2012 Fourth St. – Near walking trail
  • Elnora Moorman Park, E. High & Milwaukee – Near walking trail
  • Reed Manor, 301 Steward – Corner of Michigan & Homecrest
  • Second Baptist, 304 E. Prospect – Fellowship hall

The mayor’s emergency declaration can be viewed here.

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