4-27-20 Daily COVID Update

Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 10:00 PM on 4/27/2020                      

 

UPDATE 

  • Yesterday, Governor Whitmer spoke abouther MI Safe Start plan to re-engage Michigan’s economy. When making decisions about when to phase in sectors of our economy, the governor will take into account geographic and workplace risk, and will work with her partners in health care, business, labor, and education to ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect workers and their families 
  • The governor was joined by Gerry Anderson, Executive Chairman of DTE Energy and Wright Lassiter, President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System to speak about re-starting Michigan’s economy safe They outlined the factors that the Michigan Economic Recovery Council will consider when working with the governor to provide a path to full economic recovery as safely and quickly as possible. Below is the framework they have developed alongside the members of the council.  
  • The governor and Lt. Governor GarlinGilchrist II, along with the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), announced that businesses across Michigan are now able to apply for an additional $310 billion in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.   

“There continues to be a significant need for additional resources to support our small businesses facing many challenges in the face of the COVID-19 virus,” Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II said. “This additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program offers much-needed financial support for our small businesses and their workers to help them get through this tough time.”   

 

  • The governor also signed Executive Order 2020-63, which extends validity of existing personal protection orders that would otherwise expire during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Michiganders who file for personal protection orders due to threats, stalking, and abuse should have peace of mind in their homes during the ongoing health crisis,” Governor Whitmer said. “By extending the expiration of existing personal protection orders, we are helping secure the safety of vulnerable residents as we continue to flatten the curve and plan for Michigan’s resurgence.” 

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 432 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 38,210.

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  • As Michigan’s schools work hard to provide education to thousands of students during COVID-19 the lieutenant governor stopped by to pick up a distance learning packet for his kids so they can continue their education. 

 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has provided benefits to 1,018,315 Michigan workers who are unemployed as a result of COVID-19. The agency also disbursed more than $1.66 billion in payments since March 15. The most recent U.S. Dept. of Labor report showed 1,178,021 Michiganders filed unemployment claims between March 15 – April 18.  

“We are working hard to provide emergency financial assistance to those affected by COVID-19, with more than 1 million Michiganders receiving benefits,” said Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity Director Jeff Donofrio. “While Michigan’s unemployment system appears to be outpacing the rest of the country in paying benefits, much work remains for those who still need help completing their claim. We will not rest until everyone receives the benefits they are entitled to.”   

  • Pure Michigan is sharing a new effort around “Two Peninsulas, One Pure Michigan” to spread a message of strength and unity as residents throughout the state stay home and stay safe to combat the continued spread of COVID-19. The #ONEPureMichigan initiative is intended to serve as a reminder to residents of the value of unity, connectedness and hope even as we are socially distancing. 

“As we continue to make every effort to flatten the curve in the face of the COVID-19 virus, we want to remind people that no one is in this alone – we are all one Pure Michigan,” said Dave Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “The Pure Michigan campaign has served as a unifying force during other hard times, and through our Two Peninsulas, One Pure Michigan message, we hope to instill the value of staying united at a time when it is needed most.” 

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications from participating lenders today, Monday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. This is a second round of funding that will provide an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, and it is expected that this round of funding will be exhausted quickly. The PPP was created by the CARES Act and offers forgivable loans for businesses, including farms, that use most of the money to retain or rehire workers. Farms are eligible if (i) the farm has 500 or less employees, OR (ii) it fit within the revenue-based sized standard, which is an average annual receipt of $1 million. 

 

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