Greetings Gladwin County,
Let me start by saying, we as a community will be just fine. First of all be careful where you get your information from, as it relates to coronavirus. There appears to be lots of people that seem to have all the answers, if that were true this pandemic would already be behind us. There are people that intentionally spread false or misleading information on social media, and in person, so be careful of the source. Secondly, our community is resilient, we care for and assist our neighbors, no matter what their needs are. Assist our elderly population as much as your able to safely. Wash your hands as often as you can with soap for approximately 20 seconds per wash. A great resource for local accurate relevant information is “cmdhd.org” they have safety tips with local information.
Unfortunately, with every crisis comes people taking advantage of people wanting to help. Yes, it’s already started, here is a sample of the scammers: selling you potential safety products (ie: wipes/sanitizers), that will never arrive after you pre-pay.
Contacting the elderly and offering months of medications, as long as you pay with a credit card. Selling you Red Cross services like a COVID-19 home test, there is no such thing! Soliciting donations for the Red Cross, you’ll never guess but the Red Cross doesn’t solicit on the phone. If you want to contribute in some way to Red Cross, reach out to our local United Way and they will assist you. Lastly, if you’re asked to pay with E-Bay cards, Google play Cards, Target Cards, Green Dot Cards, iTunes cards, or they want you to use Western Union or get a money order, it’s a scam, scam, scam!
You will notice a fair amount of changes at the Sheriff’s Office soon, in light of this pandemic, like no fingerprinting, reduction of pedestrian traffic at the front lobby. From a 911 perspective, police, fire and EMS services are still operational, but please use it only for those type of emergencies. The jail facility is almost in complete lock down, so there is no visitation, education, or other outside foot traffic. Make no mistake however if you break the law we’ll make room for you. Our Sheriff’s deputies may also change how they interact with you like: stepping outside your home to relay information for routine police calls.
Hang in there and be flexible; this is a fluid situation, we will get through this.