County orders essential workers to be screened for virus symptoms


FRIDAY, March 27 — Essential workers in Ingham County must be tested for coronavirus symptoms under an emergency order issue today by the county health officer. The order requires taking employees’ temperatures as well as questioning them about their health and travel.

Here is the press release the department issued today:

“Ingham County Health Department is issuing an emergency order requiring all essential service providers and businesses in Ingham County to conduct a brief health screening of workers and implement a social distancing plan to protect everyone’s health to the greatest degree possible.

“Only those operations deemed critical under the Governor’s ‘Stay Home. Stay Safe’ order may remain open in Ingham County. They must additionally follow this county order.

“’We must be absolutely vigilant and do all we can. We’re at a critical point in our community’s COVID-19 response,’ said Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail. ‘The best and safest thing for people to do is to stay home, but this order helps reduce the risk for those who must work or interact with workers while seeking essential services.’

“The Ingham County order takes effect March 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. and requires all essential services and businesses to take the following actions to protect their workers and the entire community. 

  • Screen everyone. Check employees for fever or other symptoms if they will enter facilities or buildings.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance between people whenever possible.
  • Post this order at facility entrances.

“State law provides Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail with the authority to issue orders to protect the public health under Section 2453 of the Public Health Code (MCL 333.2453). Those who disregard the order could be subject to a misdemeanor that includes up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $200.

“For additional information, Ingham County residents can call the new ICHD COVID-19 response line at (517) 887-4517 or visit

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