Commissioners squash Health Dept. rumors

Linda Gallagher

BELLAIRE — The Antrim County Board of Commissioners squashed rumors that the county is on the verge of departing from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan during its meeting last week on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Dozens of emails, most from constituents in support of the Health Department, have been received by Commissioners in the past two weeks, apparently spurred by comments on social media and a recent article in the Petoskey News Review, which reported that the health department "appears to be on the brink of collapsing."

In recent months, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan has been under fire for a mandate requiring face masks in schools, which was put into effect on Aug. 31 of last year by Health Officer Lisa Peacock. The Health Department's Board of Health, which consists of two county commissioners from each of the four counties of Antrim, Otsego, Emmet, and Charlevoix counties that make up the health department district, subsequently voted to rescind the mandate, but did not have the legal authority to do so. 

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