Liz Hornyak: On today’s episode: Ypsilanti finds a way support their local farmers markets in light of social distancing, an EMU student org raises funds for a community halfway around the world and the Washtenaw County Health Department creates two more COVID-19 testing sites for Ypsilanti residents.
First and most importantly, we just want to address an error that was made in last week's episode. One story we covered last week stated that a man was shot and killed in an altercation at Maria's Liquor Store on Grove St. However, the gunshot wound was not fatal and the man is believed to be out of surgery and in recovery. We take the accuracy of our reporting very seriously and we sincerely apologize for this oversight. You can read the full story here.
Those who like to support local businesses will be happy to hear that Ypsilanti Farmers Market is teaming up with Growing Hope and other local vendors to create the Ypsi Area Online Market. This website will allow you to pick your produce from the safety of your home and you can choose your pick up location. This market will accept EBT, SNAP and Double Up food bucks. The pick up locations are as follows:
Ypsi Farmers Marketplace: 16 S. Washington St., Ypsilanti on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
The Farm at St. Joe’s: 5557 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Zilke Farm Kitchen: 1115 Dexter St., Milan on Fridays from 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
The Ypsilanti Farmers Market is tentatively rescheduled to kick off its outdoor setup on Tuesday, June 2 and Saturday, June 6. However, these dates are subject to change.
EMU’s Filipino cultural student org Kapamilya Club has raised over $1000 dollars through their fundraising campaign in order to help families in need in the Philippines. With the donations collected, they were able to purchase food for 200 families in the Rizal province of the Philippines. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the community here in the U.S., Kapamilya Club intends to continue buying food for distribution to other impoverished Filipino communities. You can find more information about their fundraising campaign on their Facebook page which is linked on our website.
In COVID-19 updates, the Washtenaw County Health Department has partnered up with St. Joseph Mercy Health Systems, Ypsilanti Township and the Community Family Life Center to create two pop-up testing sites. The pop-up scheduled for May 9 has already passed but testing at the Community Family Life Center on 1375 S. Harris Rd. will take place on May 16 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Testing is also available at the Perry Early Learning Center on 550 Perry St. every Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Curbside testing is also available at the North entrance of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital located at 5301 McAuley Dr. You can call St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor at 1-833-247-1258.
As of Sunday night, Washtenaw County has had 1,182 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and eighty-one deaths. As of May 8 in the state of Michigan, 22,686 people have recovered.
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Written: Jasmine Boyd
Produced: Lauren Smith