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Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives Executive Order:
Information on the Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives Executive Order (EO 2020-42) can be found here with guidance on this order found here. For a list of Frequently Asked Questions for Executive Order 2020-21, click here.
I am continually updating my Facebook page with information about COVID-19, and my post about EO 2020-21 can be found here. Finally, guidance on critical infrastructure workers can be found here.
Guidance for individuals to determine when they can leave home
Guidance for business to determine who can perform in-person work
Health Department Hotline Information:
The Ingham County Health Department has created a hotline to address COVID-19 questions, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has created a hotline and an email address to answer COVID-19 health questions, which is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Additional Health Resources:
Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties has developed a COVID-19 Support Line available to anyone in Clinton, Eaton, or Ingham counties, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, at 517-237-7100.
In response to the ongoing outbreak, Governor Whitmer has issued a number of executive orders to protect our state and the people of Michigan. You can find the executive orders here.
Small Business Resources:
A press release about small business grants in Michigan can be found here. Additionally, here is a list of resources issued by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation about Michigan businesses impacted by COVID-19. Finally, here is information about disaster loans you can apply for through the Small Business Administration.
Additional Small Business Resources:
Disaster Loan Assistance
Penalty and Interest Waived for 30 Days
Small Business Development Center
Michigan Paycheck Protection Program
Work Share Program
Unemployment Insurance for Employers
Unemployment FAQs for Employers
Consumer Protection tip line:
877-765-8388. Or you can file a complaint online.
Governor Whitmer has signed an executive order temporarily expanding eligibility for unemployment benefits. This executive order is in effect until Tuesday, April 14th at 11:59 PM. Eligible employees are strongly encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits online at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 866-500-0017. A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can also be found online.
Evictions Executive Order:
Executive order temporarily banning evictions
Call 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected to a list of statewide resources for everything from food and diapers to rental assistance and bus fare. You can also search their online database.
Alzheimer’s Support Groups:
Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan has freeonline support groups to offer caregivers and those living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with social interaction, educational information and support. Dial-in support groups are 6 to 7 p.m. March 25, 10 to 11 a.m. April 15 and 6 to 7 p.m. April 22. The dial-in number is 312-757-3121 and the access code is 294-847-693.
Food Insecurity Programs:
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has announced that an online map has been developed for families to find locations where meals are being provided during this period of school closure. The map can be found at Michigan.gov/meetupeatup and will be updated twice a day during the closure period.
These meals are available to all children at no cost. Up to two meals per day may be served to all children ages 0-18. This includes students with disabilities ages 18-26 with an active individual education program (IEP). This program assists Michigan’s school districts and community partners to ensure that kids receive nutritious meals during the emergency school closure.
Additionally, MDE is seeking a series of federal waivers of statutory and regulatory requirements in child nutrition, emergency food assistance, and commodity food programs to ensure seniors, children, and families do not go without food during this time of personal hardship.
Double Up Food Bucks is a healthy food incentive which doubles the amount of SNAP funds spent on fruits and vegetables at participating retail locations. All SNAP benefits are eligible for Double Up at participating locations and the $20 per day Double Up cap has been removed during the state of emergency. Families with (K-12) school-age children eligible for reduced or free lunches will receive SNAP benefits in May and June. About half or 750,000 Michigan kids are eligible for this pandemic EBT. For more information, visit https://www.doubleupfoodbucks.org/
Meals on Wheels Update:
Until further notice, Meals on Wheels home delivered meals clients will see a change in the delivery process but will not experience a decrease in the number of meals. Generally, clients will now receive one week’s worth of frozen and/or shelf stable meals delivered at one time.
Questions can be directed to the individual Meals on Wheels Offices:
Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA) Updates:Until further notice, TCOA is suspending all in-home visits to clients in order to minimize their potential exposure to the virus. TCOA staff will maintain regular phone contact with clients.
Currently TCOA’s main office remains open with limited onsite staff. Clients may reach a voicemail but calls and correspondence are being returned promptly.
On Tuesday, March 17th, the Legislature passed several pieces of legislation in response to COVID-19. Unfortunately, the Senate adjourned without taking action on critical school funding issues and provisions in law that would protect our students and school personnel in the midst of this unprecedented public health emergency. The legislature must act immediately to waive days tied to the current emergency school closure and allow for additional waived days in response to COVID-19 if approved by the Governor. Additionally, we must ensure all school personnel continue to be paid as though school were in session. It is unacceptable that the Senate adjourned without taking action on these important protections for our schools, and I will continue to fight for our educators and students. Here is the statement from the Michigan Department of Education on online instruction counting as school days. There are many resources online for fun and free family and kids activities, some of which can be found here.
Here is information about Michigan State University’s response to COVID-19.
Student Loan Support
The CARES Act automatically suspends payments on all federally-owned student loans until September 30, 2020. No interest will accrue on these loans during this suspension. Additional information is available on the U.S. Department of Education website at www.ed.gov/coronavirus.
Utilities and Telecommunications Resources:
Michigan Department of Education mental health resources
Resources for sales and donations of supplies
To make financial, material and in-kind donations, contact the Michigan Community Service Commission at COVID19donations@michigan.gov or 517-335-4295.
For businesses seeking to sell state requested protective gear, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all other businesses needs related to procurement and/or supplier capabilities: https://pmbc.connect.space/covid19/forms.
Michigan Department of Corrections resources
MDOC has created 3 public COVID-19 hotlines and an email address. Calls will be answered Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and messages will be returned as promptly as possible.
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