These are unprecedented times. The state of Michigan, the country, and the rest of the world are facing a global pandemic, and as such, public health experts recommend equally unprecedented action for us to stop the spread of this deadly virus. What’s unique about this challenge, though, is that every one of us can take real action to save lives. We all have a role to play, and together, we will get through this.
For the most updated information regarding COVID-19 in Michigan, please visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.
Since March 13th, in accordance with public health recommendations, my entire office staff has shifted to working remotely. We are always here for you and are working tirelessly to respond to the many questions and concerns you have as we face this pandemic together.
As such, a few things to be aware of:
Our office has a small staff (2 full-time and 1 part-time) and are facing hundreds of calls, emails, and questions via social media every day. The following will help us respond to you as quickly and efficiently as possible:
1. Due to the volume, you may see a delayed response to form emails (such as emails sent through ActionNetwork, Change.org or any other third-party form system), but know we are tallying the total number of contacts on each specific issue, including form emails. Please check our social media channels — for high-volume concerns, Senator Brinks has likely responded directly.
If you still have follow-up questions or concerns, contact us directly. You can reach us by email at SenWBrinks@senate.michigan.gov or call 517-373-1801.
2. Because our staff is all working remotely, no one is physically in the office answering the phones, but that doesn’t mean we’re not taking calls. If you do call, please leave a voicemail. Our team regularly checks the voicemail via remote access.
As this situation is changing rapidly, we respectfully ask for your patience as we continue to communicate with the governor’s team, state departments, our federal partners and local governments surrounding your concerns and feedback.
As a starting point, review the comprehensive list of resources and tools available below. Many organizations are stepping up to compile specific resources, offer regular Q&As and web seminars related to a specific topic, and may be better equipped to assist you quickly.
We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of these resources below and ask that you use them as a first step to address your questions or concerns. If you have exhausted these tools and still have questions, please follow up with us and our team will do everything we can to help.
INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 / HEALTH CARE QUESTIONS
If you are feeling symptoms that match COVID-19 and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, please do the following:
FOR BUSINESSES/BUSINESS OWNERS
FOR LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES
FOR EDUCATORS/SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS
COVID-19 community resources, including local food distribution information
Thank you. Stay home, stay safe. We’ll get through this together.
Office of State Senator Winnie Brinks
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