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Flint Water Crisis Updates

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The United Way of Greater Cleveland has announced that Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the doctor and public health advocate credited with being the first to reveal lead in children’s blood in Flint, Michigan, will keynote Cleveland’s Lead Safe Home Summit in June.

That free one-day event (6/21), which will convene local experts, politicians and residents to share stories about the lead crisis and best practices from peer cities that have combated lead crises of their own, will be held at the Huntington Convention Center. It is a joint effort of the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition and the United Way of Greater Cleveland.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will not reconsider a request from Flint city officials who claim they should be immune from litigation related to a Flint water crisis lawsuit.

Several judges in support of denying the request said it would be inappropriate for the full appellate court to weigh in at this juncture in the case before Flint residents have had time to gather evidence to prove their claims.

Flint officials asked that the full Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, not just the three-member panel, hear their arguments for dismissal, but the court denied the request Thursday in a decision that included concurrent and opposed opinions from judges on the court.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a case of Legionnaries’ Disease at McLaren Flint Hospital.

MDHHS says a patient with the disease spent time at the hospital during their exposure period and had an illness onset in the beginning of May.

Legionnaries’ Disease is a respiratory infection caused by Legionella bacteria. MDHHS says it is a severe infection that includes symptoms of fever, cough and radiologic findings consistent with pneumonia.

The department says this is part of an ongoing investigation of a cluster of cases reported in 2018 and 2019 with exposure histories that involve the hospital.