Visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus, CDC.gov/Coronavirus and oakgov.com/health/information/covid-19 for information, including updates on Governor Whitmer’s executive orders, Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter’s executive orders, fact sheets, translated resources and more.
HOTLINES TO CALL
Oakland County has a hotline for non-health related COVID-19 questions, such as food and housing assistance, that is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day at 248-858-1000. For health-related questions, call your primary care physician or you can call the Oakland County Nurse On Call at 800-848- 5533, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, Beaumont Hospital has a hotline for COVID-19 questions, and health experts there can be reached at 800-592-4784.
Businesses who have questions about whether they are “essential businesses” can call Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs at 248.858.0721. If no one answers, leave a message and someone will call you back
Also, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched a Coronavirus Information Hotline that is available every day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1-888-535-6136.
Oakland Community Health Network (formerly Community Mental Health) is staffed up to be able to provide crisis counseling help for students and other adults during this time of stress.
Resources and more information are available on their website at http://oaklandchn.org/. If you need help, call the Crisis line at 800-231-1127 – 24 hours a day. They have text and chat services available. There is also a non-emergency help and substance abuse counseling at 248-464-6363, available during the day.
HELP WITH UTILITIES
If you are having a problem paying your heating or electric bill, DTE and Consumers Energy have developed plans to assist you. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, both companies are suspending all shutoffs for non-payment for low-income customers effective immediately through April 5th. Those in the Senior Winter Protection Program will have their end dates automatically extended to May 3rd (Consumers) and May 5th (DTE).
DTE Energy now has a COVID-19 Payment Assistance plan. Call 1-800-477-4747 to learn more.
For Consumers Energy customers, if you are unsure if you qualify or have any questions, please call 1-800-477-5050.
Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020. For information go to https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 or call 1-855-846-8376 for restrictions and complete details.
The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, Jim Nash, is suspending the late-payment water program until further notice due to current circumstances. Additionally, for any residents whose water service has been put on hold, WRC will assist in getting their water turned back on. For assistance, please call 248-858-1110. For more information, check out their website at https://www.oakgov.com/water/Pages/default.aspx
As you already know, all K-12 schools in Michigan are closed. Most, if not all, school districts in Senate District 12 are providing free breakfasts and lunches to their students. Some are offering free food to all children in the area, regardless of if they are registered students or not. Please visit your school district’s website for details. If you cannot find the information, please feel free to contact my office at 517-373-2417 and we will help find it for you!
If you have questions about food and housing, please call the Oakland County hotline, available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, at 248-858-1000.
The United Way for Southeastern Michigan has a 2-1-1 helpline that is confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They have established a fund specifically to help during the coronavirus pandemic. Please call for more information.
You can also visit PantryNet.org to locate a food pantry near you.
In Orion Township, if you need food assistance or other help please email email@example.com, or call 248-391-0304, ext. 3507.
In central Oakland County you can go to www.mycovidresponse.org. Fill out a short form on the website and they will get back to you.
Finally, if you have school age children, please check the website of school districts near you. Most are providing FREE pick-up breakfasts and lunches to children in their area.
PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS
Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner has stated that no one in Oakland County will be foreclosed on because of circumstances related to COVID-19. Anyone with a hardship associated with the coronavirus outbreak will not face foreclosure this year, and their property will be pulled from the tax foreclosure process. For more information, visit oakgov.com/treasurer or call the Treasurer’s office at 248-858-0611.
REPORT PRICE GOUGING
To report price gouging during the pandemic, please call the Attorney General’s office at 877-765-8388.
Governor Whitmer issued an executive order to expand unemployment benefits to:
In addition, the State is also seeking solutions for self-employed workers and independent contractors who traditionally do not have access to unemployment insurance. Access to benefits for unemployed workers will also be extended as follows:
Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits online at Michigan.gov/UIA or call 1-866-500-0017.
Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Oakland County Michigan Works! offices are offering a limited number of services ONLY by telephone and virtual/remote services.
Appointments are required. There will be no in-person services available at this time. Please call 1-800-285-WORKS (9675) to make an appointment and they will help you over the phone.”
Information on help for small businesses is changing rapidly, with the latest available on the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Development website.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will be providing grants and loans through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program. The Michigan Small Business Relief Program will provide up to $20 million in support for small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. The funding is divided between $10 million in small business grants and $10 million in small business loans to support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow and the continued support of their workforce. Click this link https://www.michiganbusiness.org/about-medc/covid19/
The U.S. Department of Small Business Association has information on their website about disaster assistance available, or you can call their national hotline at 1-800-659-2955. Also, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has information on their website as well.
Oakland County is now offering the Oakland County Stabilization Fund with grants and loans for small businesses in the county. For more information go to: https://www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland/business/OneStopShop/Pages/OSSBC-Coronavirus-Resources.aspx
SECRETARY OF STATE
In accordance with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, all Secretary of State offices are closed until further notice to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect public health. Late fees will be waived during this period. Customers can complete many transactions using online services and can make an appointment for a future visit (subject to cancellation). For more information please go to the Secretary of State website at https://www.michigan.gov/sos/ or call 1-888-SOS-MICH.
WAYS TO HELP
There are many ways you can help out right now! Michigan needs public health volunteers, medical volunteers, community volunteers and donations. You can make a difference. To volunteer or donate please go to https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98811—,00.html. On this link you will find multiple donation and volunteer opportunities – multiple ways you can help!
In Oakland County several organizations such as the Pontiac Community Foundation, Oakland University and others are involved in a network of leaders from various local community organizations, churches, and other agencies in central Oakland County who are working to establish connections between those in need and those with resources to meet those needs. If you or your organization would like to get involved or volunteer to help or donate through this group, please go to https://www.mycovidresponse.org/.
In Orion Township, if you would like to volunteer or donate, you can go to https://www.oriontownship.org/, scroll down to the donation section and follow the links.
To donate or volunteer with Forgotten Harvest please go to https://www.forgottenharvest.org/COVID19/.
In addition, Oakland County businesses who have supplies to donate can contact Oakland County Emergency Management by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oakland County has a local drop-off location. They will also come pick up your donation if needed. Email them the details.
Finally, if you are healthy and able, Michigan hospitals need blood donations! We have a critical shortage right now. You can find our more information about how to donate blood at https://www.redcross.org/.
QUESTIONS? CONTACT MY OFFICE
Please remember that while my staff and I are working remotely, we are always available to help. Call our office at 517-373-2417, leave a voicemail and we will return your call as soon as we are able to.
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