Blue Cross Expands Telehealth Services and Coverage for COVID-19 Treatment

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network continue to take steps to help our customers and members during this international public health crisis. In March, BCBS announced to cover COVID-19 lab tests and waive cost share for medical telehealth visits. Now they are making additional changes for fully insured businesses to cover COVID-19 treatment and offer more telehealth services, including behavioral health.

Below you will find the changes made to date:

  • Most common behavioral therapy services through telehealth with no copay through June 30th
  • Coverage of COVID-19 treatment at no cost share through June 30th.
  • Cover Evaluation for and administration of COVID test, such as doctor or hospital service to obtain test – at no cost share
  • Cover COVID lab test with no copay

Emergency Leave Related to COVID-19

In compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) of 2020, the City of Marquette is required to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  This emergency sick leave is in addition to any existing paid leave.  These provisions will apply from the effective date of April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 and this memorandum serves as a temporary policy for all City of Marquette employees aside from Emergency Responders who will be excluded from eligibility for the leave provided under the Act.

Under the Act, employees will be provided:

  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine, or care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition.

Similarly, under the Act, employees that have been employed with the City of Marquette for at least 30 days will be provided:

  • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19. 

Qualifying Reasons for Leave:

Under the FFCRA, an employee qualifies for paid sick time if the employee is unable to work (or unable to telework) due to a need for leave because the employee:

  1. is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
  2. has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
  3. is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;
  4. is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2);
  5. is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19; or
  6. is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and Treasury.

Under the FFCRA, an employee qualifies for expanded family leave if the employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19.

Duration of Leave:

For reasons (1)-(4) and (6): A full-time employee is eligible for up to 80 hours of leave, and a part-time employee is eligible for the number of hours of leave that the employee works on average over a two-week period.

For reason (5): A full-time employee is eligible for up to 12 weeks of leave at 40 hours a week, and a part-time employee is eligible for leave for the number of hours that the employee is normally scheduled to work over that period.

Calculation of Pay:

For leave reasons (1), (2), or (3): employees taking leave shall be paid at either their regular rate or the applicable minimum wage, whichever is higher, up to $511 per day and $5,110 in the aggregate (over a 2-week period).

For leave reasons (4) or (6): employees taking leave shall be paid at 2/3 their regular rate up to $200 per day and $2,000 in the aggregate (over a 2-week period).

For leave reason (5): employees taking leave shall be paid at 2/3 their regular rate, up to $200 per day and $12,000 in the aggregate (over a 12-week period—two weeks of paid sick leave followed by up to 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave).

Unused paid sick time will not be paid out for any reason or used for any reason other than what’s specified by the Act.  

How to Claim: To claim emergency sick time, please notify your supervisor as soon as reasonably possible.  To claim emergency family medical leave, contact Human Resources and explain (a) date leave begins, (b) date leave is expected to end, (c) whether the employee wants to apply existing paid vacation or sick time to the first unpaid 10 days of leave, and (d) arrange employee share of health insurance payments (if any).  Employee is obligated to contact Human Resources at least once a week during the leave with a status update to verify the continued need for leave.  The “Families First Coronavirus Response Act Paid Emergency Leave Request Form” will be filled out.  If necessary, required signatures will be obtained when reasonable and safe.

City Manager’s office hours canceled

The Marquette City Manager’s community office hours scheduled for April 8 have been canceled. The next community office hours will be held on Wednesday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Dandelion Cottage room, located on the first floor off of the Huron Mountain Gallery of the Peter White Public Library.

City offices closed for Good Friday

City offices located at Marquette City Hall, 300 W. Baraga Avenue; the Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Avenue; the Arts and Culture Center, 217 N. Front St. (in the Peter White Public Library); and the Municipal Service Center, 1100 Wright Street, will be closed on Friday, April 10, in observance of Good Friday. Marquette Police, Fire, and Public Works and Utilities will remain operational during this time.

On Monday, April 13, City facilities will remain closed to the public, in compliance with Executive Order 2020-21. This includes City Hall, the Municipal Service Center, Fire Stations 1 and 2, the Police Department, Lakeview Arena, the Senior Center, the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Water Treatment Plant. City operations will continue; however, the City will be operating at reduced staffing levels for the duration of the Executive Order and phone availability will be limited. To contact the City about essential business, please prioritize electronic communication when possible. Contact information for each City Department is available at www.marquettemi.gov/departments/.

For emergency services, please dial 911. For non-emergency police assistance, please dial 906-228- 0400. The Police Department will be evaluating non-emergency calls and will dispatch services accordingly.

For more information on billing, senior services and updates regarding City services during the COVID- 19 pandemic, please visit www.marquettemi.gov/covid19/.

Small traffic loop at Presque Isle open

Effective immediately, the small loop near the breakwall at Presque Isle Park will be opened to vehicle traffic. The main loop around the island will remain closed to vehicle traffic. The road between Moosewood Nature Center and the Presque Isle Pavilion will also remain closed. The entire island will remain open to pedestrian traffic.

Applications available for City Commission vacancy

Applications are now available for City residents seeking appointment to the vacant seat on the Marquette City Commission.

Applications are available via the City website (here). The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 9.

Under the Marquette City Charter, “vacancies in elective offices shall, within 60 days, be filled for the unexpired term of the officer whose office has become vacant, by appointment by a majority vote of the members of the city commission then in office of a person possessing the qualifications for the office.”

Water meter endpoint replacements continuing

Johnson Controls & Itron will be continuing to conduct exterior endpoint replacements at various residential and business locations throughout the city. This is related to the water meter replacement project and is part of the final punch list necessary to complete the project. Both companies meet the essential infrastructure requirements and are authorized by the State of Michigan to continue performing services.

All work will occur on the exterior of the building. No interior work is required. Itron workers will have company identification and their work vehicles will have Itron logos.

Nominating petition packets available for 2020 BLP, City Commission seats

The Marquette City Clerk’s office is now accepting nominating petitions for the City elective offices to be filled this year. There will be two vacancies on the Marquette Board of Light and Power and three vacancies on the Marquette City Commission.

Packets containing nominating petition forms, the required certificates and information sheets are available from the City Clerk’s Office. Due to the cautionary public health measures implemented by the Governor (Executive Order 2020-21), these materials will not be available for pick-up in person. In order to obtain nominating forms and related documents, residents must contact the City Clerk’s Office by email at clerk@marquettemi.gov or via telephone at 906-225-8667. This communication must include the person’s name, address and contact information; application materials will then be mailed to interested parties.

The deadline for filing nominating petitions is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. To be eligible to run for office in the City of Marquette, candidates must have been residents of the City for at least one year, and may not be in debt to the City.

If a sufficient number of candidates file, a primary election for the BLP and City Commission will be held on Aug. 4, 2020. Candidates moving on from the primary will then be on the Nov. 3, 2020 ballot.

Work resumes on Hawley Street storm drain relocation project

Bacco Construction Inc. will be resuming work on the Hawley Street Storm drain relocation project on March 30. Hawley Street will remain open to through traffic. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to use caution when traveling through this area. A May 15 completion date is anticipated for this project.

Questions regarding the project can be directed to Curt Goodman, Director of Municipal Utilities at cgoodman@marquettemi.gov.

Virtual event listings available through Marquette365 Calendar

The City of Marquette Arts & Culture Division invites the community to utilize the Marquette365 community calendar to upload and share virtual and online events going on amidst the stay-at-home order issued by the State of Michigan.

Marquette365.com, originally a product of the Marquette Chamber of Commerce, is now managed and operated by the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Division of Community Services. This free resource is a one-stop shop for all events going on in Marquette County, including festivals, arts & culture events, performances, meetings and special events. The Division recently added an “Online & Streaming” event category to consolidate and promote events going on in the area that are accessible from home, including online classes, live-streamed concerts and performances and other experiences.

Event hosts are encouraged to create a free account and upload events as they arise. Arts & Culture Staff are available to assist with any questions in regard to setting up an account, getting events uploaded, and further promotion of events. Please contact Tristan at tluoma@marquettemi.gov or (906) 225-8655 or Taylor at tkulju@marquettemi.gov or (906) 869-3385 for assistance or more information.

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Timeline Photos#MarquetteMoment Proclamation.

WHEREAS, the citizens of City of Marquette, along with the rest of Michigan, are facing an extraordinary time of disruption to their daily lives and routines due to the COVID 19 outbreak and the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21) and;

WHEREAS, in addition to physical health, the mental and emotional wellbeing of Marquette is of paramount importance to the City Commission and the community and; .

WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Commission feel it is important that the City provide an outlet where residents and families can provide comfort and safely interact with each other; .

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jenna Smith, Mayor of Marquette, do hereby proclaim the start of the “Marquette Moment” community initiative where every evening at 6:30 p.m. residents and families are encouraged to come out of their homes, wave to neighbors, visually check in with each other, and generally provide comfort and safely interact with each other within the guidelines of proper social distancing. .

DATED this 30th day of March, 2020.
Jenna Smith, Mayor
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Contact Info

City Hall:

+1 906-228-0435

300 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855

Municipal Service Center:

+1 906-228-0444

1100 Wright St., Marquette, MI 49855

Tourist Park Reservations:

+1 906-228-0465

 

Hours

City Hall:

M-F: 8 am - 5 pm

Municipal Service Center:

M-F: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Police and Fire on duty 24/7

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