Happy New Year! I look forward to continuing to serve this community and supporting you all as best as I can in 2022 and remain grateful for your support.
Included in this newsletter is an announcement regarding a reminder that if you start to feel sick, you can obtain a COVID-19 test at a testing site near you; information about how you can get your COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster; shut-off protections available for residents; and information about a statewide art contest for K-12 Michigan students.
Should you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact my office by phone at (517) 373-7350 or by email at SenDPolehanki@senate.michigan.gov.
FEELING SICK? GET A COVID-19 TEST NEAR YOU AND HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD!
Please remain conscious of your personal health as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads through our community. The virus can affect individuals differently, so if you or someone in your family begins experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, please isolate yourself according to CDC guidelines and seek out a COVID-19 testing site near you to confirm your health status.
Getting tested and following the proper procedure after receiving your results is the best way to protect your family, friends, and community from the continued spread of COVID-19.
MICHIGANDERS URGED TO GET VACCINATED, BOOSTED
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding Michiganders to get their booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Booster doses are available six months after the primary Pfizer or Moderna series, and two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The COVID-19 booster dose may be given with other vaccines, including the flu vaccine, at the same time. Michiganders should bring their COVID-19 vaccine card or immunization record with them when getting their booster dose, which are available at any vaccine provider.
Downloadable immunization records are accessible free of charge at the Michigan Immunization Portal. If you do not have records in the portal, contact your health care provider or local health department.
Find a booster at VaccineFinder.org.
SHUT-OFF PROTECTIONS, RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO STAY WARM THIS WINTER
Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and other state agencies are working to save people money and help keep the heat on this winter as temperatures drop by reminding Michigan families worried about paying for home heating that there are shut-off protections, financial assistance, and other resources available this season.
Need help? Here are ways to get help staying warm:
This brochure and others on important utility issues are also available on the MPSC’s website, Michigan.gov/MPSC. In addition, a variety of energy resources and information is available at Michigan.gov/BeWinterWise.
For more information, check out the MPSC’s tip sheet on home energy assistance and shut-off protections.
GOVERNOR WHITMER ANNOUNCES ART CONTEST FOR STATE OF THE STATE PROGRAM
On Monday, Jan. 3, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced an art contest for the 2022 State of the State program cover. The governor is challenging Michigan’s K-12 students to come up with a creative design for the 2022 State of the State program cover following the theme “Why do you believe in Michigan?”
During her State of the State address, Governor Whitmer will share her vision for Michigan and plan to address key issues to put Michigan first, including jobs, education, infrastructure, and Michigan’s strong economic progress.
Students should be as creative as possible and are welcome to use crayons, markers, paint, or any other materials. To submit your design, please click here and follow the instructions on the webpage. Submissions will be accepted exclusively through the online system and must be received no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, Jan. 16.
The student artist of the winning design will receive a prize.
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