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For the most updated information regarding COVID-19 in Michigan, please visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.
Over the past few weeks, Michiganders have done incredible work to stay home, limit their trips and movements, and, as a result, have started to “flatten the curve” on new cases and fatalities from COVID-19.
We know this has been hard, but your actions during this unprecedented crisis have no doubt saved thousands of lives. That’s something we can all be proud of.
The Governor’s office has been working closely with public health experts, a broad statewide coalition of business leaders, and Governors nationwide – most closely with a bipartisan coalition of Midwest governors across seven states – Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky – to inform best-practices on how to limit the impact of the virus and how and when to re-open businesses safely. Michigan’s Stay Home order is currently set to expire at midnight on May 28th so long as the public health threat is appropriately mitigated. However, due to the significant progress Michiganders have made on mitigating the threat of the virus, the state has begun easing up on restrictions, including:
Industries back to work (with proper social distancing and safety precautions):
Activities now allowed (with proper social distancing and safety precautions):
Governor Whitmer announced the state’s MI Safe Start plan, a roadmap to safely and sustainably re-engage Michigan’s economy. This plan, developed by an advisory council of business leaders and public health experts from across the state, details the metrics necessary to safely begin to re-engage our businesses and public spaces utilizing a phased approach, beginning with those occupations and industries that have lower risk of virus transmission.
To safely re-engage these industries, this plan also includes high-level, workplace best practices to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Additionally, this includes the introduction of the Michigan Economic Recovery Council (MERC) and identifies 8 regions throughout the state to consider the options for a phased, regional approach.
These regions were defined leveraging data about how and where workers travel to their places of employment within the state combined with their hospital/health care infrastructure and capacity relative to the population in each area.
Due to the drastic actions Michiganders have taken to limit their trips and movements, our state is currently in PHASE 3, and looking forward to continuing our progress moving into later phases so long as we all continue to do our part to stay home whenever possible and practice mindful safety measures (keeping minimum of 6 feet distance, washing hands, wearing masks in public spaces).
The phases of the pandemic include:
1) UNCONTROLLED GROWTH: The increasing number of new cases every day, overwhelming our health systems.
2) PERSISTENT SPREAD: We continue to see high case levels with concern about health system capacity.
3) FLATTENING: The epidemic is no longer increasing and the health system’s capacity is sufficient for current needs.
4) IMPROVING: Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are clearly declining.
5) CONTAINING: Continued case and death rate improvements, with outbreaks quickly contained.
6) POST-PANDEMIC: Community spread not expected to return.
MICHIGAN UNEMPLOYMENT AGENCY: HOW MY OFFICE CAN HELP
If you or someone you know is experiencing issues with your unemployment account, our office can help by sending in a contact form to the Unemployment Insurance Agency as a way of advocating for someone from their department to reach out to you.
When contacting our office, please include the following information:
You can send us an email at SenMMcMorrow@senate.michigan.gov or give us a call at (517) 373-2523
*Please do not send us sensitive information like your SSN. This information is not needed.*
It is important that you answer our call. We will be calling from a 248 or 517 number. We have tried to follow-up on numerous cases and are unable to leave a message due to full mailboxes or mailboxes that are not set up. Additionally, if you are waiting on a call from the Unemployment Insurance Agency, please answer your phone. They will likely be calling from a 517 or 866 We have received a lot of follow-up from the UIA from cases that we have sent in where individuals are not answering their phones. With the large influx of cases the UIA has received, we want to make sure you are able to get the help you need.
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:
Beaumont Health Coronavirus Portal has the latest information, hospital hotline, needed supply donation list, online risk assessment tool, and more, and is frequently updated.
FOR BUSINESSES/BUSINESS OWNERS
FOR LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES
If you are an employee concerned about compliance with Stay Home orders by your employer, please call the Oakland County Sheriff at (248) 858-4911 or Oakland County’s hotline (248) 858-1000, where they can provide information to the Sheriff.
FOR EDUCATORS/SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
Thank you. Stay home, stay safe, and we know we’ll get through this together.
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