Ingham County approves $2.3 million for COVID-19 programs

The Ingham County Human Services Committee amended its master agreement with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services during its March 15 meeting, authorizing a $2.3 million increase in grant funding to create new COVID-19 programs.

The authorization, along with 19 other resolutions, passed by unanimous vote and without discussion as part of a consent agenda, meaning the proposals were grouped together and voted on as if they were one item.

The new funding will go toward programs for mobile testing, immunization and preparation.

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Holt schools returns to in-person class, commit to student health

Along with wearing masks, students returning to the schools March 15 will have three-sided Plexiglas barriers on desks. Students are restricted to their classrooms during the beginning and end of the school day, and they won’t have access to traditional lockers. School security will help maintain social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols. Teachers will not only be working with in-person students, but will also maintain an online presence for students still at home.

Mason students, teacher compare on in-person, online instruction

With the return to some in-person instruction, some Mason High School students cho0se to continue learning from home. “I just think it really depends on the person. Some people are doing better online,” Mason senior Lauren Pekrul said. “That’s why I stayed online, because I thought I was more productive. And then I think a lot of people needed to be in person to really get a good education.

Pandemic boredom drives students to make crafts

As many of us have found ourselves with excess free time in the last year, some have turned to hobbies that they might not have considered previously. Some students have turned to arts and crafts for physical creations, as the pandemic continues to keep most activities online. Finn Hopkins, a senior studying international relations, started pursuing physical crafts to keep himself busy. “I think probably the biggest thing was that I live alone, so once everything moved online and we were quarantining, the isolation was there,” he said. “So I spent a good chunk of the first bit of quarantine binging Netflix, doing all of that fun stuff, and then after a while that just wasn’t cutting it, I was so bored.

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Mason restaurants adapt to increased capacity allowances

After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order earlier this month allowing restaurants to operate at up to 50% capacity, Mason restaurants have been trying to make back what they’ve lost due to the pandemic. 

Griffin WilesThe Daily Scoop in Mason was hit hard in the 2020 ice cream season and is trying to make up for lost sales. Rob Hearit, owner of Darb’s Tavern and Eatery, said his restaurant opened at 50% capacity as soon as the governor allowed it. “That was pretty much the driving force,” Hearit said. “We were just gonna do whatever the guidelines were. … We followed all the safety protocols, so we felt good about it.”

Due to another order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, businesses are required to enforce mask wearing. 

Hearit said 95% of customers wear their masks, and those who refuse are not allowed in.