Gov. Whitmer COVID-19 Update 8-2-20

Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 10:00 PM on 8/2/2020                      

UPDATE  

  • Friday, Governor Whitmer joined the Michigan National Guard at the newly-minted National All-Domain Warfighting Center at Camp Grayling for the 2020 Pass and Review Ceremony:  

“I’m honored to be a part of this ceremony and celebrate our dedicated Michigan National Guardsmen and women,” said Governor Whitmer. “This year especially, the Michigan National Guard has responded to multiple crises with honor and dedication to help aid communities across our state.” 

  • Governor Whitmer, signed several bills into law on Friday, including bipartisan budget legislation that will protect funding for Michigan schools and public safety.

“This bipartisan budget package will help protect critical funding for Michigan’s frontline workers, educators, and students, but our work isn’t done,” said Governor Whitmer. “Now it’s time for President Trump and our leaders in Congress to follow Michigan’s lead and work together in a bipartisan manner to extend federal unemployment assistance and provide direct support to states like Michigan so we can maintain essential services like education, health care, and public safety.” 

  • Today Governor Whitmer vetoed Senate Bill 956, which would have jeopardized the health of Michigan’s nursing home residents and other COVID-19-positive patients.  

“Protecting the health and safety of nursing home residents and their staff continues to be a top priority for my administration,” said Governor Whitmer. “Senate Bill 956 is nothing more than a political game that would relocate vulnerable seniors without any requirement for consent, doctor’s approval, or notification to patients and their families.  It’s time for the Republican legislature to get serious about protecting our most vulnerable and addressing the public health and economic crisis faced by our state. We look forward to continuing our work with stakeholders and legislators on the task force to develop real solutions that make sense for Michigan seniors and their families.” 

  • Governor Whitmer proclaimed August 2020 as Community Health Worker Appreciation Month in Michigan and encouraged Michiganders across the state to take this opportunity to thank the community health workers who have worked tirelessly to fight COVID-19.  

COVID-19 has shed a light on the inequalities felt by communities of color. While African Americans represent 13.6% of Michigan’s population, they represent a staggering 40% of the deaths from COVID-19. Community health workers are vital to reaching underserved areas to help promote and protect the health and well-being of their communities.   

“Community health workers have risen to the occasion to protect Michigan residents and battle COVID-19,” saidGovernor Whitmer. “We are grateful for community health workers who continue to work hard to provide health services to communities across the state. I encourage each and everyone of us to show our appreciation to community health workers by taking steps to make their jobs easier by washing our hands frequently, practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask.”   

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced 426 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 82,782.

 HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • Tomorrow is election day, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is encouraging voters to vote as soon as possible at their local election clerk’s office. To find their local clerk’s information, voters can visit Michigan.gov/Vote.
  • The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is reminding Michigan’s small businesses and nonprofits working to recover from the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 virus that there is still time to apply for grants of up to $20,000 through the Michigan Small Business Restart Program, announced earlier in July. The program will provide $100 million in economic assistance to Michigan’s small businesses and nonprofits and in turn, help support workers and their families facing economic uncertainty during the outbreak. 

“The Michigan Small Business Restart Program is providing a significant opportunity to address immediate needs of small businesses and nonprofits negatively impacted by COVID-19, and we encourage any small business or nonprofit in Michigan that hasn’t already applied for a grant to do so before the August 5 deadline,” said MEDC CEO Mark A. Burton. “Through this program and other MSF programs and services, as well as local and federal economic development support, we are working to ensure that small businesses throughout the state can recover from the short and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.” 

  • MDHHS is urging Medicaid providers that are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for federal funds intended to assist them.

“Our Medicaid partners provide critical health care coverage to Michiganders and have continued to do so during the pandemic,” said Kate Massey, director of MDHHS’s Medical Services Administration. “They took a financial hit when many medical appointments were cancelled as a result of COVID-19. These federal dollars are available to help providers so that they can continue to assist Medicaid beneficiaries.” 

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