The COVID-19 pandemic has always been about race. In Michigan, 40% of the people who have died from COVID-19 were African American — yet we only make up 13% of the state’s population. Southeast Michigan took the brunt of the virus, and we are being left to recover alone by the GOP-controlled Legislature. We will continue to fight for equity during this process, and I’m glad to have Gov. Whitmer, and science, on our side.
Thank you for all the work you have done to fight for equity. Police brutality is a symptom of systemic racism and we will keep working to end it.
Thank you for protesting. Please be safe, if you were out protesting please consider getting tested to ensure we do not allow COVID19 to keep spreading.
It’s not just the hateful people who are a problem — it’s the people who don’t realize there’s a problem.
We all have a story of when we realized we were considered by authorities to be the threat. I’m asking you to share your stories on social media with the hashtag #WhenIBecameAThreat so we can have a public discussion about our very real, unjust interactions with the police.
Auto Insurance Town Hall
This Monday, I hosted a virtual town hall on Michigan’s new auto insurance laws. I was honored to be joined by Dyck Van Koevering of the Insurance Alliance of Michigan to discuss what changes are being made to the system — and there are a lot. Now is your chance to learn more about the changes we will begin seeing as soon as next month.
All Michigan drivers to get an auto insurance refund
On Monday, June 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) announced that all auto insurers in Michigan must issue refunds or premium waivers to consumers as a result of insurance companies’ reduced risk because of extreme reductions in driving during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DIFS Order No. 2020-10-M sets a deadline of June 10 for insurers to submit filings regarding:
DIFS can assist consumers with questions or disputes that cannot be directly resolved with their insurer. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 833-ASK-DIFS (275-3437), or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The premium waivers or refunds are in addition to any savings resulting from the upcoming changes to Michigan’s auto insurance law, which expects reductions to statewide average premiums for Personal Injury Protection medical coverage for policies issued or renewed after July 1, 2020. Visit Michigan.gov/AutoInsurance for more details on changes to the law, a schedule of weekly town halls, and instructional videos on how to fill out new forms.
Safer at Home order ends and more regions, economic sectors reopen
Northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula move to Phase 5 of MI Safe Start Plan
Starting on June 10, Regions 6 and 8 — which include much of northern Michigan and the entire Upper Peninsula — will advance to Phase 5 of the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan. Phase 5 allows the reopening of salons, movie theaters, and gyms, subject to safety protocols and procedures designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Under Phase 5, indoor social gatherings and organized events of up to 50 people are permissible. Outdoor social gatherings and organized events are also allowed if people maintain six feet of distance from one another and the gathering consists of no more than 250 people. In addition, outdoor performance and sporting venues will be open with a larger capacity limit of 500, which will allow for some outdoor graduation ceremonies.
Personal services to reopen
On June 15, personal services including hair, massages, and nails will reopen statewide. Though the remaining regions, 1 through 5 and 7, will remain in Phase 4 for now, the governor has said she expects the entire state will advance to Phase 5 in the coming weeks.
Safer at Home order lifted
Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less will be allowed to gather outdoors with social distancing. Office work that cannot be done remotely can resume, as can in-home services, including housecleaning services.
Retailers are now able to reopen by appointment only, and restaurants will reopen on June 8 subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will be permitted to open on June 8.
Subject to local regulation, gyms and fitness centers may conduct outdoor classes, practices, training sessions, or games — only if coaches, spectators, and participants maintain six feet of distance from one another during these activities. Outdoor pools can also reopen, with restricted capacity.
MI Symptoms web application launched
In an effort to help safely reengage the economy and allow Michiganders to track potential COVID-19 symptoms, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, and the University of Michigan School of Public Health and College of Engineering created the MI Symptoms Web Application.
Users enter information daily to help identify symptoms that might be caused by the virus and to make decisions about when to seek appropriate medical care. Local and state public health can also use the collective data to help identify the potential for new outbreaks of the disease.
MIOSHA website helps prepare for COVID-19 workplace safety
On Friday, May 29, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) launched a new, online COVID-19 Workplace Safety website, Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety. It provides guidance and a toolkit of resources to keep workplaces safe as sectors of the state’s economy reopen.
COVID-19 has not been eliminated, so everyone in the workplace must take precautions to prevent further spread. Content includes MIOSHA-issued guidelines, posters for employees and customers, factsheets, educational videos and a reopening checklist — all of which will help businesses safely reopening their doors.
Best practices that employees should follow to be vigilant in protecting themselves from exposure to COVID-19 include:
Those with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using the new hotline at 855-SAFEC19 (855-723-3219).
To report health and safety concerns in the workplace, go to Michigan.gov/MIOSHAcomplaint.
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