COVID-19 Updates and Resources

This site is a resource to members containing information from public sources and SEIU on the latest information concerning our current pandemic. Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. More information is available at: Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.  

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Information, Executive Orders, and News Bulletins (most recent on top):

4/3/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-36, prohibiting all employers from discharging, disciplining, or otherwise retaliating against an employee for staying home from work if they or one of their close contacts tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of the disease. Executive Order 2020-36 also strengthens the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order by declaring that it is the public policy of the state that all Michiganders who test positive or show symptoms, or who live with someone who tests positive or shows symptoms, should not leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.

Executive Order 2020-36 takes effect immediately and will remain in place until the end of the governor’s declared emergency or until otherwise rescinded.  EO 2020-36.pdf     COVID-19 When is it Safe to Leave Home .pdf

4/2/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. District facilities may be used by public school employees and contractors for the purposes of facilitating learning at a distance while also practicing social distancing.

School districts will have the flexibility to adopt a balanced calendar for the 2019-2020 school year and/or to begin the 2020-2021 school year before Labor Day without having to seek additional approval. Teachers and school employees will be paid for the remainder of the school year. Student teachers will still be able to get a temporary certification and current teachers will still be able to get their certifications renewed, even if they can’t meet all the requirements due to COVID-19.  EO 2020-35.pdf

4/2/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-34, to clarify the temporary restrictions she placed on non-essential veterinary procedures as part of Executive Order 2020-32.  EO 2020-34 Emerg order – vet services – reissue.pdf

4/1/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-33, which recognizes the expanded scope of economic, educational, and civic dislocation caused by the COVID-19, and equips the administration to address fully the devastation caused by virus. The order also formally declares a state of disaster. EO 2020-33.pdf

In addition to issuing Executive Order 2020-33, Governor Whitmer sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield requesting a concurrent resolution extending this declared state of emergency and disaster under Executive Order 20-33 by 70 days from the date of the resolution. Letter, Gov. Whitmer to Speaker Chatfield and Leader Shirkey (4.1.20).pdf

4/1/20 – Approximately 20 members of the Michigan National Guard will assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with logistics support to establish a Federal Medical Station (FMS) at TCF Center, March 31 – April 1.
Michigan National Guard members will augment FEMA, assisting with inventory of equipment and supplies as the FMS is established as an ad hoc site to receive COVID-19 cases during a period of surge demand. The FMS received by the State of Michigan supports the 1,000-bed alternate care site being established at the TCF Center in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

3/31/20 – Overview of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act from SEIU International

3/30/20 – Today, President Trump authorized the use of National Guard members under Title 32, United States Code, section 502(f), granting Governor Whitmer’s request for a formal Mission Assignment (MA) to allocate and order up to 3,000 members of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard for up to 90 days to perform humanitarian missions across the state.

Michigan’s National Guard, under Governor Whitmer’s command and control, will perform humanitarian missions across the state, such as helping run mobile screening facilities, distributing food and medical supplies, ensuring resiliency of supply lines, disinfecting public spaces, and supporting public safety when required. Presidential Authorization for National Guard Deployment

3/30/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-32, which places a temporary restriction on non-essential veterinary procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order prohibits all non-essential veterinary procedures starting on March 31, 2020, and encourages veterinarians and veterinary technicians to practice telemedicine as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19. EO 2020-32 Emerg order – vet services.pdf

3/30/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-31, suspending the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline. The order takes effect immediately and expires on April 30, 2020.

To ensure the health and safety of the public, gasoline supplies must remain available to support essential functions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This public health emergency has caused an unexpected oversupply of higher volatility gasoline, which is occupying bulk fuel storage systems and preventing many distributors from shifting their supplies to lower volatility gasoline that meets vapor pressure requirements for sale in Michigan beginning April 1, 2020.

Stocks of winter-blend gasoline, which is sold in Michigan prior to April 1, are ample and available to supplement the undersupply of April-compliant gasoline stocks during this emergency. EO 2020-31.pdf

3/30/20 – The Michigan National Guard has received a request to aid Food Banks in four communities across the state, including Ann Arbor, Comstock Park, Flint, and Pontiac. Approximately 10 Michigan National Guard members will be serving at each site. Support to the Food Banks is scheduled to begin March 30 and is expected to continue through mid-April.

The food distribution sites requested Michigan National Guard personnel to assist with mobile food distribution, which serves between 300-600 Michigan families daily. Guard members will direct traffic for the drive-through distribution site and assist with packing bags of fruit and handing bags to cars. The guard members will perform their duties with personnel protective equipment to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including gloves and hand sanitizer.

Since March 18, guard members have provided logistics support to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, assembling and loading critical personal protective gear such as gowns and face shields. There are also members of the Michigan National Guard serving the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. Their support includes temperature screening of all employees before they enter the homes, and ensuring screening protocols are being followed to protect resident veterans from the spread of COVID-19.

3/30/20 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-3, temporarily restricting discretionary spending by state departments and agencies while they work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. The governor also signed Executive Directive 2020-4, temporarily suspending hiring, creating new positions, filling vacant positions, transfers, and promotions within the executive branch of state government.
ED 2020-3.pdf     ED 2020-4.pdf

3/30/20 – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Sen. Mike Shirkey, Sen. Jim Ananich, Rep. Lee Chatfield, and Rep. Christine Greig issued the following joint statement on the signing of two supplemental budget bills that provide $150 million in new state funding in the current fiscal year for the response to COVID-19.

“Residents across the great state of Michigan need to know that the Executive and Legislative branches of state government are working together to do whatever is necessary to ensure an effective response to COVID-19. Today’s signing of two supplemental budget bills will provide new state funding of $150 million to bolster response efforts. To date, the state has already expended more than $130 million to secure more than 20 million masks, more than 2,000 ventilators, nearly 9 million ounces of hand sanitizer, more than 255,000 boxes of gloves, 2.4 million gowns, more than 2,000 beds, 210,000 testing supplies, 3,000 thermometers, 185,000 face shields, 22,000 cartons of disinfecting wipes, as well as other needed supplies. The additional funding provided today, along with the supplies and funding provided by the federal government, helps ensure that Michigan has the necessary resources to save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The supplemental appropriations are contained in SB 151, sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas, and HB 4729, sponsored by Rep. Shane Hernandez. The vetoes in SB 151, totaling nearly $80 million in the state’s General Fund, were agreed to by both branches of government so that funding could be reprioritized for COVID-19.

3/29/20 – Governor Whitmer Daily COVID-19 Update

3/29/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-30, which relaxes scope of practice laws to give hospitals and other health-care facilities the flexibility they need to successfully deploy qualified physician assistants, nurses and other health care providers to combat COVID-19. EO 2020-30.pdf

3/29/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-29, which protects vulnerable populations in Michigan’s county jails, local lockups and juvenile detention centers during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Executive Order details risk-reduction protocols that have been adopted and implemented by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) and that county jails and local lockups are strongly encouraged to adopt. EO 2020-29.pdf

3/29/20 – Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer accepted the recommendation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, for an alternate care facility conversion at the TCF Center in Detroit. The decision comes as Michigan continues its effort to address imminent capacity issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. FEMA will fund construction and supply the site which will have approximately 900 bed spaces.

3/28/20 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID-19 Update

3/28/20 – Today Gov. Whitmer and MDHHS launched a new volunteer website, www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19, where trained medical professionals can register to serve their fellow Michiganders by assisting hospitals in fighting COVID-19. Other state residents also can use the site to find out how they can help in their local communities, give blood, donate money or needed medical supplies, or assist public health officials in tracking infections.

3/28/20 – President Trump approved Governor Whitmer’s request for a Major Disaster declaration in Michigan. The declaration means that Michigan is now eligible for participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programming to provide relief for Michiganders impacted by the COVID-19 virus and measures to slow the spread of the virus. While Michigan made a broad request for aid in every Individual Assistance and Public Assistance program from the Individual Assistance category, funding was approved for the Crisis Counseling Program and funding for Emergency Protective Measures from the Public Assistance Category was also approved. 

3/28/20 – Michigan Receives 112,800 N95 Masks from Strategic National Stockpile. Today, Gov. Whitmer announced on Twitter that the State of Michigan received a shipment of 112,800 N95 masks from the strategic national stockpile this morning, with an additional shipment of 8,000 masks on the way. Gov. Whitmer Twitter Announcement

3/27/20 – Governor Whitmer COVID-19 Daily Update

3/27/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-27, encouraging Michiganders to vote absentee by allowing the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter, and to provide absentee ballots directly to new registrants. Local jurisdictions will still need to keep at least one polling place open for those who wish to vote in-person or are unable to vote by mail. EO 2020-27.pdf

3/27/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-26, which pushes all April 2020 state and city income tax filing deadlines in Michigan to July 2020, as a part of continued efforts to help Michiganders during the COVID-19 pandemic. EO 2020-26.pdf

3/26/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to the president requesting a major disaster declaration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If granted in full, among other things, a major disaster declaration would help the state provide meals to families who need them and provide rental assistance and temporary housing to families. It would also allow the state to provide counseling and therapy for Michigan residents whose mental health is affected by COVID-19, whether they or a loved one gets sick or hospitalized. Additionally, the declaration would provide much-needed additional capacity and funding to the state in the event Michigan needs to quickly set up field hospitals or other facilities.

Request for Presidential Disaster Declaration.pdf
Letter Gov. Whitmer (Mich.) – Major Disaster Declaration Request.pdf

3/26/20 – SEIU International has created a top line summary of the COVID-19 Federal Legislative Package #3, which passed the Senate on a 96-0 vote last yesterday evening. We expect the House to pass the bill on Friday. 3-26-2020 COVID-19 Legislative Package #3 Summary

3/25/20 – Governor Whitmer Daily COVID-19 Update

3/25/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-25, which will allow pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days’ worth of supply for patients and require insurers to cover these emergency refills during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The order will also allow pharmacists to dispense COVID-19 treatments according to government-approved protocols. EO 2020-25.pdf

3/25/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-24, clarifying how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 will work.  EO 2020-24 Emergency Order -Unemployment.pdf

3/25/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer  today signed Executive Order 2020-23, which temporarily allows the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Unemployment Insurance Agency, and other administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone in place of in-person hearings. The order also temporarily allows e-signatures in place of written signatures on related documents. EO 2020-23.pdf

3/24/20 – Governor Whitmer Daily COVID-19 Update

3/24/20 – SEIU’s legal department explains the paid sick and paid leave provisions included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA, which was signed into law on March 18th and is different than the bill that is currently being debated in the Senate). There are still a lot of open questions on how the federal government, states, and employers will interpret and implement rules. SEIU will continue to monitor and give more information when available. View the provisions here.

3/24/20 – Governor Whitmer Calls on Michiganders, Businesses to Donate Essential Medical Supplies, Personal Protective Equipment to Hospitals. With many hospitals throughout Michigan facing potential shortages of face masks and other essential medical supplies and personal protective equipment, Governor Gretchen Whitmer called upon Michiganders and businesses to donate items needed most by hospitals and medical providers.  

Donations of essential items will be used to meet medical providers’ most pressing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are the material donations most needed by hospitals. This list will be updated as efforts continue to progress. 

Items most needed at this time 

  • Hospital Gowns 
  • Ventilators
  • Sanitizer (Hand / Wipe)
  • Gloves  
  • Surgical Masks
  • Masks N95-N100
  • No-Touch Thermometers 

Donations can be directed to the Michigan Community Service Commission at COVID19donations@michigan.gov or 517-335-4295.  

3/23/20 – Governor Whitmer Daily COVID-19 Update

3/23/20 – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office issued the following statement today from Press Secretary Tiffany Brown on the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order:

“Gov. Whitmer is committed to ensuring that Michigan students have access to the food they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the governor’s executive order, K-12 school food services are considered critical infrastructure and should continue. The governor deeply appreciates the vital work that our frontline school employees are doing every day to ensure that our kids have the food they need while the order is in effect.”

3/23/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.  EO 2020-21 Stay Home, Stay Safe.pdf

3/22/20 – Governor Whitmer Daily COVID-19 Update

3/21/20 – Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-20, which makes clear that all facilities that provide non-essential personal care services must temporarily close. These services include hair, nail, tanning, massage, spa, tattoo, body art and piercing services, and similar services that require individuals to be within 6 feet of each other. This order does not apply to services necessary for medical treatment as determined by a licensed medical provider. EO 2020-20 Emerg Order – Public Accommodations.pdf

3/20/20 – Governors Gretchen Whitmer and Mike DeWine (R-OH) called on President Trump and Congress to ensure the automotive industry and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it supports are able to weather the rapid economic deceleration brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. MI.OH.Auto Industry Support Letter.March 2020.pdf

3/20/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-19, which allows tenants and mobile home owners to remain in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic even if they are unable to stay current on their rent. The order also relieves courts from certain statutory restrictions to enable them to stay eviction-related proceedings until after the COVID-19 emergency has passed. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in effect until April 17 at 11:59 p.m. EO 2020-19 Emerg Order – Eviction Prohibition.pdf

3/20/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-18, which included minor clarifications of her executive order that temporarily imposed enhanced restrictions on the excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items. EO 2020-18 Emerg Order – Price Gouging.pdf

3/20/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 on Friday, March 20th at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Social Media and Live Streaming: Twitter.com/MichStatePolice / Facebook.com/MichiganStatePolice /  or

TV 7 (Detroit) at www.wxyz.com

3/20/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-17, which imposes temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures beginning as soon as possible but no later than March 21, 2020 at 5:00pm. EO 2020-17 Emerg Order -Nonessential Procedures.pdf

3/19/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer Daily Update

3/19/20 – Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer wrote a letter to President Trump requesting federal funding for the use of Michigan’s National Guard to be dedicated to COVID-19 response and support. Under the Governor’s command and control, the Michigan National Guard would be used to aid in the distribution of resources like food and supplies to families who have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. Letter Gov. Whitmer to Pres. Trump .pdf

3/19/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved her request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to access low-interest loans from the SBA.  View more of the story   

3/18/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer Daily Update

3/18/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-16 to expand the capacity for child care services for health care workers, first responders, and other members of the essential workforce providing critical infrastructure to Michiganders during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The order provides temporary and limited relief from certain regulatory restrictions regarding child care services and facilitates the use of certain property for child care services. EO 2020-16 Emerg order – Child Care.pdf

3/18/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-15 to order a temporarily change to the Open Meetings Act to allow public bodies to conduct their meetings electronically, while also facilitating public participation, until April 15, 2020 at 11:59PM. EO 2020-15 Emergency Order – OMA.pdf

3/18/230 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-14, extending the deadline for Michigan residents to pay back taxes and avoid foreclosure on their property during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. EO 2020-14 Emergency Order.pdf

3/18/20 – What’s Happening? – Two DOC Employees Test Positive For Coronavirus: Two state Department of Corrections workers, 1 Probation Agent and 1 Corrections Officer, have tested positive for coronavirus. These employees work in Jackson County and the Detroit Detention Center.

May Election Options: Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is exploring options for the May 5 elections to not put public health at risk. This could include voting by mail or moving ballot issues to the August election.

DHHS Closing Lobbies Except For Appointments: All Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) lobbies will close to the public and go on an appointment basis. Residents will no longer be required to visit a DHHS office to receive state assistance benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak. People can use www.michigan.gov/MIBridges to submit necessary paperwork, review benefit information, report changes, apply for benefits and complete the process for redetermining eligibility for assistance. Individuals may also call DHHS offices.

3/18/20 – Legislature Approves Coronavirus Response Bills.  The Michigan Legislature passed $125 million in additional money for coronavirus response. Check out the bills here: HB 4729      SB 373

3/17/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today formally requested the U.S. Small Business Administration to issue an Economic Injury Disaster declaration for the state. View more of the story.

3/17/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-13, to temporarily lift regulatory requirements on hospitals and care facilities and help ensure an adequate number of health care providers available to patients during the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). EO 2020-13.pdf

3/17/20 – SEIU International has provided information for those members whose job it is to clean and sanitize our workplaces in this crisis. This information may also be of interest to the whole membership on best practices of cleaning away the virus. Checklist on Coronavirus     10 STEPS TO PREVENTING Janitorial Specific

3/16/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-12, temporarily lifting weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The executive order is effective immediately and extends until Monday, April 13 at 11:59pm. EO 2020-12.pdf

3/16/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-11, to prohibit all events over 50 people or assemblages in shared indoor spaces over 50 people beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 9:00am.  EO 2020-11 Emergency Order – Assemblages .pdf

3/16/20 – Executive Order 2020-10 to temporarily expand eligibility for unemployment benefits. 

3/16/20 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-9, which temporarily closes theaters, bars, and casinos, and limits restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders effective at 3:00 p.m. today. EO 2020-9.pdf

3/16/20 – Governor Whitmer Coronavirus Daily Update 3/16/20

3/15/20 – Executive Order from Governor Whitmer Concerning Price Gouging

3/13/20 – Executive Order from Governor Whitmer Concerning Events and Large Assemblage Prohibition and Temporary School Closings

3/13/20 – State Employees Use of Sick Leave – SPDOC 20-02

3/11/20 – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Interim Recommendations for COVID-19 Community Mitigation Strategies

 

View all of Governor Whitmer’s press releases here.

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