UPDATE: Lansing's Treasury and Income Tax office closes

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MI (WILX) -- Lansing Mayor Andy Schor announced the City of Lansing's Treasury and Income Tax office located inside of City Hall is closed as of Wednesday, March 18.

The Mayor's office said the department is still processing and operating but employees are not in the office to take payments.

Mayor Schor's office said income tax payments can be made via the following:
• In-Person: Payments can be dropped off into the Treasury and Income Tax drop box located on the Capital Avenue side of City Hall (124 W. Michigan Avenue).
• By Mail: Payments can be sent via regular mail to Lansing City Treasurer, P.O. Box 40752, Lansing, MI 48901.
• Online: Payments can be made online at www.lansingmi.gov/onlinepayment – You will need your file number or the last four digits of your social security number in order to complete this payment. Checking accounts and credit cards are accepted.
• Phone: Credit card payments can be made by calling 1-855-474-4076. If assistance is needed to complete the process, call Point & Pay’s Customer Service Department at 1-888-891-6064.
• Payment Plans/Arrest Warrants/Settlement Agreements: These plans are being handled by the Income Tax Investigator who can be reached at 517-483-4103.
• Additional Questions: Call 517-483-4115 for other income tax-related information.

On Wednesday, Henry Ford Allegiance Health said it is going to postpone non-essential procedures at all of its health care system sites.

The health care group said it will also postpone appointments throughout the health care system that are not time-sensitive.

Henry Ford Allegiance Health said all impacted patients are being notified that their procedures or appointments will be rescheduled as soon as Henry Ford Allegiance Health is certain it is safe to do so.

A current list of Henry Ford Allegiance Health location closings can be found here.

The Jackson County Health Department and Human Services Building said it will also begin to suspend or limit non-essential services.

The department said the focus will be "diverting staff to work on COVID-19 response including screening visitors coming into the building."

The Jackson County Health Department said all customers coming to the Human Services Building will be screened for coronavirus symptoms prior to seeing their service care provider.

The department said for those who have business with any agency located in the building (Department on Aging, MSU Extension Services, Guardian’s Office, Smiles on Wheels Veterans Office, and Health Department) are asked to call and ask if the business can be conducted remotely via phone, or through email.

The department also said the north entrance and Lot A will be the only point of entry to the building.

The Unemployment Insurance Agency(UIA) also announced that it will be working to curb the coronavirus by closing its lobbies to the public beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.

The UIA said it will only be seeing customers who have appointments. The department said the changes will remain in effect until further notice.

“Michigan is doing all it can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are asking residents to protect their health by not going into group settings unless necessary,” said UIA Director Steve Gray. “Limiting public visits to our UIA lobbies and eliminating in-person registration and work search requirements are critical steps in this emergency. The fastest and best method for unemployment resources can be found online at Michigan.gov/UIA.Michigan.gov/UIA. Residents can also connect with our agency by calling 1-866-500-0017.”

UIA online resources include:
• File a claim for unemployment benefits
• Chat with a customer service agent (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
• Send a message to a customer service agent (weekdays after 5 p.m. and before 8 a.m. and weekends)
• Manage your account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The department said the announcement comes after Gov. Whitmer's executive order expanding eligibility and suspending requirements for residents to complete in-person registration and work search requirements.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced one of its employees has tested positive for the coronavirus, closing its lobbies to the public Wednesday, March 18.

"In recent hours, we have learned that an MDHHS employee at the Ottawa Towers in Pontiac tested positive for COVID-19. Employees in the building where this person works have been notified, and consistent with CDC guidance, those offices are receiving additional cleaning services," the MDHHS said in a news release sent to News 10.

The department said individuals who had close contact with the infected employee have received further follow-up.

The MDHHS said it is closing its office lobbies to members of the public who don't have appointments. The department said it has also changed its requirements for in-person interviews and are suspending the requirement for individuals to complete in-person orientations and other related work activities as a condition of eligibility for the Family Independence Program.

The department said it is also working to expand access to telework. The company said it is enabling those who can work from home to do so.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority said Wednesday it will not be accepting cash transaction beginning Saturday, March 21 to help slow the spread of the virus.

The authority said until further notice, customers will need to pay with a credit or debit cards, or use a MacPass card or windshield sticker.

"We realize this change may be an inconvenience for many of our customers, but eliminating the handling of cash between drivers and our employees is one more way we can help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus," said MBA Executive Secretary Kim Nowack. "We'll reevaluate this policy as the situation evolves."

The authority said the toll collector will hold the credit card device out to drivers who pay with a credit or debit card so they can insert their own card. Drivers will not need to hand their card to the toll collector.

The state of Michigan has set up a coronavirus hotline, 1-888-535-6136, for those who have questions about the virus. The hotline is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To check out the latest coronavirus results click here.

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