COVID Update 7/7/20

Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 10:00 PM on 7/7/2020                      

UPDATE  

  • Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nesselannounced court action against a rule issued by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that would unfairly limit the ability of public schools to use federal funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES).  

https://twitter.com/dananessel/status/1280579514968539137 

  • The governor announced appointments to the Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force which was created by the governor to adequately inform the state’s response to a potential second wave of COVID-19

“We have taken great strides here in Michigan to protect families from the spread of COVID-19, but we must stay engaged and continue to protect our most vulnerable Michiganders and those who have dedicated their lives to caring for them,” said Governor Whitmer. “These appointees have the knowledge and professional backgrounds that will help our state protect more nursing home residents and staff in the case of a second wave. I will be working closely with this task force and with everyone who wants to help us protect our most vulnerable populations, the heroes on the front lines, and our families from COVID-19.” 

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced 454 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 66,627.

 HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF)  approved a $100 million program that will provide grants to small businesses around Michigan working to recover from the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 virus. MSF also authorized the distribution of the funding across 15 local or nonprofit economic development organizations (EDOs) covering all 83 counties in the state.

“The COVID-19 virus has especially impacted Michigan’s food and agriculture sector. This investment will provide critical resources to ensure the safety of Michigan’s food production industry and its workforce,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “We can further our economic recovery in Michigan by putting federal dollars through the CARES Act to work for the people and business across our state through efforts like these grants to farms and food processors.”  

  • The Michigan Economic Development Corporation also announced that MSF approved $15 million in economic assistance for Michigan farms and agricultural processors, to mitigate risks of the COVID-19 virus across the state’s food production industry. 

“Michigan’s food and agriculture sector has been especially hard hit by the COVID-19 virus, and this investment will provide critical resources to ensure the safety of the state’s food production industry and its workforce,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “We can further our economic recovery in the state by putting federal dollars through the CARES Act to work for the people and business across Michigan through efforts like these grants to farms and food processors.” 

  • To assist with staffing shortages at long-term care facilities due to COVID-19, MDHHS is offering Rapid Response Staffing Resources in 11 counties.

“As additional COVID-19 testing takes place in long-term care facilities, some facilities will experience a need for surge staffing if staff test positive,” said Robert Gordon, MDHHS director. “To meet this need and ensure the safety of long-term care residents, MDHHS has established emergency staffing for short-term, immediate support to facilities facing acute staffing crises.” 

  • Additionally, Michigan National Guard will continue their partnership by offering COVID-19 testing on Wednesday and Thursday in Big Rapids.  

“The Michigan National Guard is honored to be a vibrant part of Michigan’s communities every day, but especially during times of crisis,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Working alongside public health professionals, we are proud to offer this testing as a key component of mitigating the risk of COVID-19 across the state.”   

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